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90th Academy Awards Nominees


March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).

Host: Jimmy Kimmel


Best Picture: 

"Call Me By Your Name"

"Darkest Hour"

"Dunkirk"

"Get Out"

"Lady Bird"

"Phantom Thread"

"The Post"

"The Shape Of Water"

"Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"


An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.

Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.

If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or Telluride
film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017 Academy Awards
consideration. 

In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely available
in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere, publicly, in
2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).

The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
and this year they  chose nine.

As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.

Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.

I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and choosing
the best movies made in 2017.

There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.

I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."



Best Picture:



1.)  "Wind River"

Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.

Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water" and
"Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).



2) "Blade Runner 2049"

Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").



3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"

Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").



4) "Baby Driver"

Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").



5) "Good Time"

Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.



6) "Sweet Virginia"

"Unknown cast" (In the good way).

This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel; unfortunately
for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  



7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"

Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;" "True
Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")



8) "Get Out"

This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.



9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"

Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").

From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.  



("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
"the best movies of 2017," imo.)


Honorable Mention:


"Hostiles"

Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).

Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.



"The Post"

The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 



"Thor: Ragnarok"

Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth: The
Golden Years").



"Darkest Hour"

Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").



"Dunkirk"

Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").



"I, Tonya"



"The Disaster Artist"



"The Fate Of The Furious"

Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson

Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 



"Ingrid Goes West"

Aubrey Plaza

Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.



"Small Town Crime"

John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").

If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).



"Wonder Woman"

Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").

Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.



"War For The Planet Of The Apes"

Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 

They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.



"Spiderman: Homecoming"

Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").

The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 



"Mean Dreams"

Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").

It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.



"American Made"

Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").

"American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 



"Radius"

Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the story
together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   



"Logan Lucky"

Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").

Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 


"Hounds Of Love"

Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic and
without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 



"Phantom Thread"

Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").

Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.

The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").



"Lady Macbeth"

Florence Pugh

This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 



"The Big Sick"



"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...



"Only The Brave"

Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").

Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.



"Logan"

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 

The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").



"Barracuda"

A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.



"The Trip To Spain"

Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon

Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
cinematography.



"Shot Caller"

Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").

Good prison drama. 



 "Lucky"

Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").

Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.



"Painted Lady"

A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at the
end.



"The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"

Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel

Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of as
"westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time. 

	
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On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:15:07 PM UTC-8, Travel wrote:
> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture: 
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> "Get Out"
> 
> "Lady Bird"
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> "The Shape Of Water"
> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> 
> An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> 
> Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> 
> If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> 
> In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> 
> The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> and this year they  chose nine.
> 
> As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> 
> Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> 
> I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and choosing
the best movies made in 2017.
> 
> There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> 
> I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> 
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> 
> 
> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> 
> 
> 
> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> 
> 
> 
> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> 
> 
> 
> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
> From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.  
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> 
> 
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> 
> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> 
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> 
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"
> 
> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> 
> 
> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> cinematography.
> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama. 
> 
> 
> 
>  "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 
> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.


Thanks for the effort. I'm always looking for good movies to help keep my wife entertained. I know
she really enjoyed Lady Bird. Three Billboards was good, but a little heavy. Shape of Water was just
weird. 

	
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On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:40:51 PM UTC-5, BillB wrote:
> On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:15:07 PM UTC-8, Travel wrote:
> > 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> > 
> > 
> > March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> > 
> > Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture: 
> > 
> > "Call Me By Your Name"
> > 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> > 
> > "Dunkirk"
> > 
> > "Get Out"
> > 
> > "Lady Bird"
> > 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> > 
> > "The Post"
> > 
> > "The Shape Of Water"
> > 
> > "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> > 
> > 
> > An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> > 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> > follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> > the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> > 
> > Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> > made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> > 
> > If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> > 
> > In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> > 
> > The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> > and this year they  chose nine.
> > 
> > As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> > what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> > the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> > movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> > 
> > Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> > the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> > year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> > 
> > I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and
choosing the best movies made in 2017.
> > 
> > There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> > considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> > 
> > I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 1.)  "Wind River"
> > 
> > Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> > 
> > Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> > 
> > Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> > 
> > Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 4) "Baby Driver"
> > 
> > Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 5) "Good Time"
> > 
> > Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> > 
> > "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> > 
> > This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> > 
> > Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 8) "Get Out"
> > 
> > This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> > a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> > 
> > Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami
Vice").
> > 
> > From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra
"Tarantino-violence" effect.  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> > "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> > 
> > 
> > Honorable Mention:
> > 
> > 
> > "Hostiles"
> > 
> > Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> > 
> > Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Post"
> > 
> > The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad
news is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Thor: Ragnarok"
> > 
> > Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> > 
> > Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Dunkirk"
> > 
> > Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "I, Tonya"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Disaster Artist"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Fate Of The Furious"
> > 
> > Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> > 
> > Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Ingrid Goes West"
> > 
> > Aubrey Plaza
> > 
> > Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Small Town Crime"
> > 
> > John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> > 
> > If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Wonder Woman"
> > 
> > Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> > 
> > Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> > 
> > Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> > 
> > They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies."
They're good. Caesar still rules.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> > 
> > Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> > 
> > The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Mean Dreams"
> > 
> > Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> > 
> > It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "American Made"
> > 
> > Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> > 
> > "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Radius"
> > 
> > Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan Lucky"
> > 
> > Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> > 
> > Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> > 
> > 
> > "Hounds Of Love"
> > 
> > Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> > 
> > Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> > 
> > The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Lady Macbeth"
> > 
> > Florence Pugh
> > 
> > This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say
on "Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Big Sick"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> > 
> > It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Only The Brave"
> > 
> > Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> > 
> > Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan"
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> > 
> > The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Barracuda"
> > 
> > A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Trip To Spain"
> > 
> > Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> > 
> > Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> > cinematography.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Shot Caller"
> > 
> > Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> > 
> > Good prison drama. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >  "Lucky"
> > 
> > Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> > 
> > Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Painted Lady"
> > 
> > A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> > 
> > Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> > 
> > Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> > only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.
> 
> 
> Thanks for the effort. I'm always looking for good movies to help keep my wife entertained. I know
she really enjoyed Lady Bird. Three Billboards was good, but a little heavy. Shape of Water was just
weird.


"The Shape Of Water," ya, really. It was bad enough with looking at a disgusting fish in a tank for
two hours, but then the girl has to have sex with it. Holy crap was that bad. 

	
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> "The Shape Of Water," ya, really. It was bad enough with looking at a
> disgusting fish in a tank for two hours, but then the girl has to have
> sex with it. 
> 
> Holy carp was that bad.

	FYP. 

	
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> On Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:57:43 -0800, Travel wrote:
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> > 
> > "The Shape Of Water," ya, really. It was bad enough with looking at a
> > disgusting fish in a tank for two hours, but then the girl has to have
> > sex with it. 
> > 
> > Holy carp was that bad.
> 
> 	FYP.

The fish must have liked the way she was always floundering around the tank. 

	
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> The fish must have liked the way she was always floundering around the tank.


you're funny 

	
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> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"

Too gay

> "Darkest Hour"

Too dark

> "Dunkirk"

Too many Dunkirk movies

> "Get Out"

Really good

> "Lady Bird"

meh.. ok, Brooklyn was better

> "Phantom Thread"

Haven't seen

> "The Post"

Pretty good, reminiscent of today

> 
> "The Shape Of Water"

Just weird

> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"

Cracker.. loved it

> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).


Yup, a beaut.

> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").

Nix.. cgi overkill and a convoluted plot.
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").

Boo, loved the first one, this one is all the action without the story 
to back it up, like Jack Reacher 2. Waste of time

> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").

I found it contrived.
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Haven't seen

> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."

Haven't seen

> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")

Top notch entertainment
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.

Loved it
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
>  From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.

It was a little over the top for me..
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.

No see yet
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks.
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").

Great, they learned from some of the other superhero successes, don't 
take yourself too seriously
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").

Tremendous performance


> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").

Great true story, fair movie

> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"

Same as above, excellent performances.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"

Bloody unwatchable
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.

Agree
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.

Better than expected. Also "Professor Marston And The Wonder Women" is 
quite good.

> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one.
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.

Yep, really good.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one.

Yea, pretty darn good.
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin.

Pretty good Cruise vehicle, his charisma carries it.
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character).

Didn't see
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.

Didn't see

> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!"

Didn't see either
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"

Really well done

> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Pretty good, and I'm not a big Star Wars fan

> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.

didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years.

How could it be bad with Wolverine in it?

> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").


> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.

didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great
> cinematography.

Enjoyable, but not as good The Trip to Italy with the same two characters.

> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
>   "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 

Didn't see

> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.

Didn't see
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman),
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.

Didn't see.


Some other ones I enjoyed..

"Bright"  A buddy-cop flick with a twist.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5519340
Set in a world where fantasy creatures live side by side with humans. A 
human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is 
prepared to kill for.

"Goodbye Christopher Robin"
The story of the author of the Winnie the Pooh series.

"Mudbound" Postwar racial tensions in the deep south

"My Friend Dahmer" Dramatized story of the serial killer's high school days.

"The Man Who Invented Christmas"  Charles Dickens' story

"The Florida Project" Story of a precocious young girl and her 
struggling single mother.

"Wonder" True story of a young kid with a facial deformity starting school 

	
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<...>

>> 8) "Get Out"
>>
>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> Loved it

Quite agree.

Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more 
than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings 
like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP 
um.....uncomfortable.

And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact 
that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and 
directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy 
Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".

Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and 
Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would 
actually recognize.

Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele... 

	
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On 3/2/2018 12:43 AM, Clave wrote:
> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> 
> <...>
> 
>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>
>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>
>> Loved it
> 
> Quite agree.
> 
> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more 
> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings 
> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP 
> um.....uncomfortable.
> 
> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact 
> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and 
> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy 
> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
> 
> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and 
> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would 
> actually recognize.
> 
> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...

Thanks for your opinion, Clave ... only black men like you and Paul with 
proper cultural and ancestral credentials could possible comment on this 
movie with authentic experiences.


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> On 3/2/2018 12:43 AM, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>
>> <...>
>>
>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>
>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>
>>> Loved it
>>
>> Quite agree.
>>
>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even 
>> more than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger 
>> warnings like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents 
>> of RGP um.....uncomfortable.
>>
>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact 
>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote 
>> and directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American 
>> Academy Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some 
>> "consequence".
>>
>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) 
>> and Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would 
>> actually recognize.
>>
>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> 
> Thanks for

This has been another content-free post from Stupid Pickle. 

	
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> On 3/2/2018 7:33 AM, da pickle wrote:
>> On 3/2/2018 12:43 AM, Clave wrote:
>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>>
>>> <...>
>>>
>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>>
>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>>
>>>> Loved it
>>>
>>> Quite agree.
>>>
>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even 
>>> more than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger 
>>> warnings like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents 
>>> of RGP um.....uncomfortable.
>>>
>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact 
>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote 
>>> and directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American 
>>> Academy Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some 
>>> "consequence".
>>>
>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) 
>>> and Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would 
>>> actually recognize.
>>>
>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
>>
>> Thanks for
> 
> This has been another content-free post from Stupid Pickle.

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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
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> 
> <...>
> 
> >> 8) "Get Out"
> >>
> >> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> >> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> > 
> > Loved it
> 
> Quite agree.
> 
> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more 
> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings 
> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP 
> um.....uncomfortable.
> 
> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact 
> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and 
> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy 
> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
> 
> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and 
> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would 
> actually recognize.
> 
> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...

Can't imagine why there was only one movie this year where Clavey was moved enough to comment. You
can be quite sure that my comments on "Get Out" were solely based on the entertainment value of the
movie and notoriety-level of the cast.   

Can't imagine why, when baseball is discussed, I mention Pedro Martinez as my all-time favorite
player. 

	
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>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>
>> <...>
>>
>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>
>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>
>>> Loved it
>>
>> Quite agree.
>>
>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>
>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
>>
>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>> actually recognize.
>>
>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> 
> Can't imagine why there was only one movie

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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:14:22 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
> > On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> >> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
> >>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> >>
> >> <...>
> >>
> >>>> 8) "Get Out"
> >>>>
> >>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> >>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> >>>
> >>> Loved it
> >>
> >> Quite agree.
> >>
> >> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
> >> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
> >> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
> >> um.....uncomfortable.
> >>
> >> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
> >> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
> >> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
> >> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
> >>
> >> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
> >> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
> >> actually recognize.
> >>
> >> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> > 
> > Can't imagine why there was only one movie
> 
> Can't imagine why my comment would tweak your ass so much.

It doesn't, I just like to demonstrate how easy it is to totally destroy your usual, dumb-assed
race-baiting. 

	
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On 3/2/2018 1:17 PM, Travel wrote:
> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:14:22 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>>>
>>>> <...>
>>>>
>>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>>>
>>>>> Loved it
>>>>
>>>> Quite agree.
>>>>
>>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
>>>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
>>>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>>>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>>>
>>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
>>>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>>>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
>>>>
>>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
>>>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>>>> actually recognize.
>>>>
>>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
>>>
>>> Can't imagine why there was only one movie
>>
>> Can't imagine why my comment would tweak your ass so much.
> 
> It doesn't, I just like to demonstrate how easy it is to totally destroy your usual, dumb-assed
race-baiting.

ngcfc



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> On 3/2/2018 1:17 PM, Travel wrote:
>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:14:22 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>>> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
>>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>>>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> <...>
>>>>>
>>>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Loved it
>>>>>
>>>>> Quite agree.
>>>>>
>>>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even 
>>>>> more
>>>>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger 
>>>>> warnings
>>>>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>>>>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>>>>
>>>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>>>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also 
>>>>> wrote and
>>>>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>>>>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some 
>>>>> "consequence".
>>>>>
>>>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) 
>>>>> and
>>>>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>>>>> actually recognize.
>>>>>
>>>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
>>>>
>>>> Can't imagine why there was only one movie
>>>
>>> Can't imagine why my comment would tweak your ass so much.
>>
>> It doesn't, I just like to demonstrate how easy it is to totally 
>> destroy your usual, dumb-assed race-baiting.
> 
> I have nothing intelligent to say.

Of course you don't. 

	
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> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:14:22 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>>>
>>>> <...>
>>>>
>>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>>>
>>>>> Loved it
>>>>
>>>> Quite agree.
>>>>
>>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
>>>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
>>>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>>>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>>>
>>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
>>>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>>>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
>>>>
>>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
>>>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>>>> actually recognize.
>>>>
>>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
>>>
>>> Can't imagine why there was only one movie
>>
>> Can't imagine why my comment would tweak your ass so much.
> 
> It doesn't...

Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively. 

	
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> Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.



Why do you have to piss on every thread?  You ruin RGP by doing that. 

	
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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:39:09 PM UTC-5, popinjay wrote:
> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:15:27 PM UTC-8, Clave wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> > 
> > Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.
> 
> 
> 
> Why do you have to piss on every thread?  You ruin RGP by doing that.

Clavey's extra stirred up by his other recent ass-kickings. 

	
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>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:15:27 PM UTC-8, Clave wrote:
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>>
>>
>>>
>>> Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.
>>
>>
>>
>> Why do you have to piss on every thread?  You ruin RGP by doing th
> 
> Clavey's extra stirred up by his other recent ass-kickings.

Kicking yours has been as mildly exhilarating as usual, but I wouldn't 
say I get "stirred up" by it.

BTW, pointing out the inaccuracy of your description of the cast is 
pretty fucking far from Pop-Tard style thread-pissing.

Also BTW, can I have my hook back now? 

	
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> On 3/2/2018 5:39 PM, Travel wrote:
> > On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:39:09 PM UTC-5, popinjay wrote:
> >> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:15:27 PM UTC-8, Clave wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>> Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Why do you have to piss on every thread?  You ruin RGP by doing th
> > 
> > Clavey's extra stirred up by his other recent ass-kickings.
> 
> Kicking yours has been as mildly exhilarating as usual, but I wouldn't 
> say I get "stirred up" by it.
> 
> BTW, pointing out the inaccuracy of your description of the cast is 
> pretty fucking far from Pop-Tard style thread-pissing.
> 
> Also BTW, can I have my hook back now?

Actually, you got your ass-kicked by three separate posters. You're not too popular are you. 

	
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On 3/2/2018 6:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:09:41 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/2/2018 5:39 PM, Travel wrote:
>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:39:09 PM UTC-5, popinjay wrote:
>>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:15:27 PM UTC-8, Clave wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Why do you have to piss on every thread?  You ruin RGP by doing th
>>>
>>> Clavey's extra stirred up by his other recent ass-kickings.
>>
>> Kicking yours has been as mildly exhilarating as usual, but I wouldn't
>> say I get "stirred up" by it.
>>
>> BTW, pointing out the inaccuracy of your description of the cast is
>> pretty fucking far from Pop-Tard style thread-pissing.
>>
>> Also BTW, can I have my hook back now?
> 
> Actually, you got your ass-kicked 

Sure, Travel.  And Rasmussen is the only fair poll.

LOFL 

	
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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:15:27 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> On 3/2/2018 11:17 AM, Travel wrote:
> > On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:14:22 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> >> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
> >>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> >>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
> >>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> <...>
> >>>>
> >>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> >>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Loved it
> >>>>
> >>>> Quite agree.
> >>>>
> >>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
> >>>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
> >>>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
> >>>> um.....uncomfortable.
> >>>>
> >>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
> >>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
> >>>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
> >>>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
> >>>>
> >>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
> >>>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
> >>>> actually recognize.
> >>>>
> >>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> >>>
> >>> Can't imagine why there was only one movie
> >>
> >> Can't imagine why my comment would tweak your ass so much.
> > 
> > It doesn't...
> 
> Of course not.  That's why you replied so defensively.

Pointing out that I kicked your ass is offensive. 

	
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On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>
>> <...>
>>
>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>
>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>
>>> Loved it
>>
>> Quite agree.
>>
>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>
>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
>>
>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>> actually recognize.
>>
>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> 
> Can't imagine why there was only one movie this year where 

You know, I wasn't going to call you out as a racist shitbag over this, 
but the defensiveness of your reply really makes me wonder if your 
slight against Peele really wasn't in fact motivated by skin color.

You aren't at all helped by your mooing racist herdmates Pop-Tard and 
Stupid Pickle either. 

	
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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:21:39 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
> > On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
> >> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
> >>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> >>
> >> <...>
> >>
> >>>> 8) "Get Out"
> >>>>
> >>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> >>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> >>>
> >>> Loved it
> >>
> >> Quite agree.
> >>
> >> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
> >> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
> >> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
> >> um.....uncomfortable.
> >>
> >> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
> >> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
> >> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
> >> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
> >>
> >> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
> >> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
> >> actually recognize.
> >>
> >> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
> > 
> > Can't imagine why there was only one movie this year where 
> 
> You know, I wasn't going to call you out as a racist shitbag over this, 
> but the defensiveness of your reply really makes me wonder if your 
> slight against Peele really wasn't in fact motivated by skin color.
> 
> You aren't at all helped by your mooing racist herdmates Pop-Tard and 
> Stupid Pickle either.

Did you know that you have "racism" living inside your head rent free? 

	
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> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:21:39 PM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>> On 3/2/2018 7:37 AM, Travel wrote:
>>> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:42:26 AM UTC-5, Clave wrote:
>>>> On 3/1/2018 10:01 PM, Dutch wrote:
>>>>> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
>>>>
>>>> <...>
>>>>
>>>>>> 8) "Get Out"
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
>>>>>> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
>>>>>
>>>>> Loved it
>>>>
>>>> Quite agree.
>>>>
>>>> Going unmentioned is the fact that it's a socio-racial satire even more
>>>> than a horror movie.  A lot of people around here need trigger warnings
>>>> like that.  This movie will (or should) make many residents of RGP
>>>> um.....uncomfortable.
>>>>
>>>> And the cast might be "non-consequential" if it weren't for the fact
>>>> that the male lead, half of Key and Peele (Jordan Peele), also wrote and
>>>> directed the movie, becoming only the fourth African-American Academy
>>>> Award-nominated director in history.  I think that's of some "consequence".
>>>>
>>>> Also featured are Brad Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods) and
>>>> Stephen Root (Office Space, News Radio), and others people would
>>>> actually recognize.
>>>>
>>>> Can't imagine why Travel would neglect that detail about Peele...
>>>
>>> Can't imagine why there was only one movie this year where
>>
>> You know, I wasn't going to call you out as a racist shitbag over this,
>> but the defensiveness of your reply really makes me wonder if your
>> slight against Peele really wasn't in fact motivated by skin color.
>>
>> You aren't at all helped by your mooing racist herdmates Pop-Tard and
>> Stupid Pickle either.
> 
> Did you know that you have "racism" living inside your head rent free?

Did you know that you're babbling incoherent nonsense? 

	
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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:01:48 AM UTC-5, Dutch wrote:
> On 3/1/2018 4:14 PM, Travel wrote:
> > 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> > 
> > 
> > March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> > 
> > Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture:
> > 
> > "Call Me By Your Name"
> 
> Too gay
> 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Too dark
> 
> > "Dunkirk"
> 
> Too many Dunkirk movies
> 
> > "Get Out"
> 
> Really good
> 
> > "Lady Bird"
> 
> meh.. ok, Brooklyn was better
> 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Haven't seen
> 
> > "The Post"
> 
> Pretty good, reminiscent of today
> 
> > 
> > "The Shape Of Water"
> 
> Just weird
> 
> > 
> > "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Cracker.. loved it
> 
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 1.)  "Wind River"
> > 
> > Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> > 
> > Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> 
> 
> Yup, a beaut.
> 
> > 
> > 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> > 
> > Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> 
> Nix.. cgi overkill and a convoluted plot.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> > 
> > Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> 
> Boo, loved the first one, this one is all the action without the story 
> to back it up, like Jack Reacher 2. Waste of time
> 
> > 4) "Baby Driver"
> > 
> > Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> 
> I found it contrived.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 5) "Good Time"
> > 
> > Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> 
> Haven't seen
> 
> > 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> > 
> > "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> > 
> > This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."
> 
> Haven't seen
> 
> > 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> > 
> > Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> 
> Top notch entertainment
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 8) "Get Out"
> > 
> > This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> > a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> Loved it
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> > 
> > Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami
Vice").
> > 
> >  From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra
"Tarantino-violence" effect.
> 
> It was a little over the top for me..
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> > "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> > 
> > 
> > Honorable Mention:
> > 
> > 
> > "Hostiles"
> > 
> > Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> > 
> > Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> 
> No see yet
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Post"
> > 
> > The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad
news is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Thor: Ragnarok"
> > 
> > Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> 
> Great, they learned from some of the other superhero successes, don't 
> take yourself too seriously
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> > 
> > Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> 
> Tremendous performance
> 
> 
> > "Dunkirk"
> > 
> > Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> 
> Great true story, fair movie
> 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "I, Tonya"
> 
> Same as above, excellent performances.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Disaster Artist"
> 
> Bloody unwatchable
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Fate Of The Furious"
> > 
> > Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> > 
> > Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes.
> 
> zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
> 
> > "Ingrid Goes West"
> > 
> > Aubrey Plaza
> > 
> > Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> 
> Agree
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Small Town Crime"
> > 
> > John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> > 
> > If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Wonder Woman"
> > 
> > Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> > 
> > Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> 
> Better than expected. Also "Professor Marston And The Wonder Women" is 
> quite good.
> 
> > 
> > 
> > "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> > 
> > Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one.
> > 
> > They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies."
They're good. Caesar still rules.
> 
> Yep, really good.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> > 
> > Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> > 
> > The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one.
> 
> Yea, pretty darn good.
> > 
> > 
> > "Mean Dreams"
> > 
> > Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> > 
> > It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > "American Made"
> > 
> > Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> > 
> > "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin.
> 
> Pretty good Cruise vehicle, his charisma carries it.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Radius"
> > 
> > Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan Lucky"
> > 
> > Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> > 
> > Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character).
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > "Hounds Of Love"
> > 
> > Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller.
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> > 
> > Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> 
> Didn't see
> 
> > 
> > The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Lady Macbeth"
> > 
> > Florence Pugh
> > 
> > This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say
on "Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!"
> 
> Didn't see either
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Big Sick"
> 
> Really well done
> 
> > 
> > 
> > "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> > 
> > It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> 
> Pretty good, and I'm not a big Star Wars fan
> 
> > 
> > "Only The Brave"
> > 
> > Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> > 
> > Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> 
> didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan"
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years.
> 
> How could it be bad with Wolverine in it?
> 
> > 
> > The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> 
> 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Barracuda"
> > 
> > A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> 
> didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Trip To Spain"
> > 
> > Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> > 
> > Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great
> > cinematography.
> 
> Enjoyable, but not as good The Trip to Italy with the same two characters.
> 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Shot Caller"
> > 
> > Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> > 
> > Good prison drama.
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >   "Lucky"
> > 
> > Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> > 
> > Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> > 
> > 
> 
> Didn't see
> 
> > 
> > "Painted Lady"
> > 
> > A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> 
> Didn't see
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> > 
> > Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> > 
> > Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman),
> > only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.
> 
> Didn't see.
> 
> 
> Some other ones I enjoyed..
> 
> "Bright"  A buddy-cop flick with a twist.
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5519340
> Set in a world where fantasy creatures live side by side with humans. A 
> human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is 
> prepared to kill for.
> 
> "Goodbye Christopher Robin"
> The story of the author of the Winnie the Pooh series.
> 
> "Mudbound" Postwar racial tensions in the deep south
> 
> "My Friend Dahmer" Dramatized story of the serial killer's high school days.
> 
> "The Man Who Invented Christmas"  Charles Dickens' story
> 
> "The Florida Project" Story of a precocious young girl and her 
> struggling single mother.
> 
> "Wonder" True story of a young kid with a facial deformity starting school


Oh!, I left-out "The Man Who Created Christmas." That's a first. I had it ready to go, and forgot it.

Actually, that makes two. I left-out "Ghost In The Shell," also. It was very underrated, but I think
that it suffered from comparison to the original "Ghost In The Shell" (1995), which was a
feature-length animation from Japan that is really good.

The 2017 regular-movie with Scarlett Johansson has a sophisticated storyline compared to most other
sci-fie movies of this type; and the visuals are awesome, with an agreeable (original) "Blade
Runner" feel to it. 

Scarlett Johansson has been making some pretty good, but somewhat obscure sci-fi movies in the last
few years and I think she's done it again with "Ghost In The Shell." What's not to like? 

	
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> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture: 
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> "Get Out"
> 
> "Lady Bird"
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> "The Shape Of Water"
> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> 
> An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> 
> Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> 
> If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> 
> In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> 
> The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> and this year they  chose nine.
> 
> As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> 
> Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> 
> I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and choosing
the best movies made in 2017.
> 
> There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> 
> I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> 
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> 
> 
> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> 
> 
> 
> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> 
> 
> 
> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> 
> 
> 
> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
> From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.  
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> 
> 
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> 
> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> 
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> 
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"
> 
> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> 
> 
> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> cinematography.
> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama. 
> 
> 
> 
>  "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 
> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.


Well, it pretty much sums it all up when you -have- to say that Jimmy Kimmel was the class of the
Academy Awards show. A relative value.

The only bright spots were Frances McDormand for "Best Actress" and Gary Oldman for "Best Actor."
That made complete sense in an otherwise tedious exercise of one groaning, political-innuendo-joke 
dud after the other.   

Jane Fonda has to have the best facelift in history. She actually did look about 45 years old.

Never seeing Gary Oldman in a "real-life" interview, etc., I was surprised by Gary Oldman's
"retiring" personality; I was expecting him to be, ya know, more "hip," like Michael Caine with some
funny lines. He also deserved to win the "Best Actor" award, imo, for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
a few years ago. 

Too bad they have to do all that heavy duty political crap now, because when Johnny Carson hosted
the thing, it was a decent, entertaining show. 

	
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> Jane Fonda has to have the best facelift in history. She actually did look about 45 years old.

She looks like a photo of a 45 year old. Her facial expression bizarrely 
never changed. 

	
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> On 3/5/2018 9:53 AM, Travel wrote:
> > Jane Fonda has to have the best facelift in history. She actually did look about 45 years old.
> 
> She looks like a photo of a 45 year old. Her facial expression bizarrely 
> never changed.

Botox.

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> She looks like a photo of a 45 year old. Her facial expression bizarrely 
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> She looks like a photo of a 45 year old commie. Her facial expression bizarrely 
> never changed.



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On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:15:07 PM UTC-5, Travel wrote:
> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture: 
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> "Get Out"
> 
> "Lady Bird"
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> "The Shape Of Water"
> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> 
> An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> 
> Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> 
> If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> 
> In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> 
> The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> and this year they  chose nine.
> 
> As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> 
> Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> 
> I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and choosing
the best movies made in 2017.
> 
> There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> 
> I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> 
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> 
> 
> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> 
> 
> 
> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> 
> 
> 
> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> 
> 
> 
> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
> From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.  
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> 
> 
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> 
> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> 
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> 
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"
> 
> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> 
> 
> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> cinematography.
> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama. 
> 
> 
> 
>  "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 
> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.

OMG!  What a wonderful, creative insightful post!  It is truly  inspiring!  I have never seen
the spirit of the Oscars, and the entire film industry, captured in such a stunning, awe
inspiring way!  Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you! For sharing your artistic wisdom
with the rest of us!  Your post was, without question, the high light of the Oscars!
I can't wait to read your next Oscar post!

So how's that Travel?  Satisfied now?

Irish Mike 

	
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On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 3:15:33 PM UTC-5, irishra...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:15:07 PM UTC-5, Travel wrote:
> > 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> > 
> > 
> > March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> > 
> > Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture: 
> > 
> > "Call Me By Your Name"
> > 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> > 
> > "Dunkirk"
> > 
> > "Get Out"
> > 
> > "Lady Bird"
> > 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> > 
> > "The Post"
> > 
> > "The Shape Of Water"
> > 
> > "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> > 
> > 
> > An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> > 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> > follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> > the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> > 
> > Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> > made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> > 
> > If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> > 
> > In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> > 
> > The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> > and this year they  chose nine.
> > 
> > As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> > what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> > the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> > movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> > 
> > Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> > the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> > year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> > 
> > I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and
choosing the best movies made in 2017.
> > 
> > There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> > considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> > 
> > I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Best Picture:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 1.)  "Wind River"
> > 
> > Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> > 
> > Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> > 
> > Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> > 
> > Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 4) "Baby Driver"
> > 
> > Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 5) "Good Time"
> > 
> > Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> > 
> > "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> > 
> > This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> > 
> > Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 8) "Get Out"
> > 
> > This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> > a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> > 
> > Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami
Vice").
> > 
> > From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra
"Tarantino-violence" effect.  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> > "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> > 
> > 
> > Honorable Mention:
> > 
> > 
> > "Hostiles"
> > 
> > Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> > 
> > Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Post"
> > 
> > The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad
news is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Thor: Ragnarok"
> > 
> > Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Darkest Hour"
> > 
> > Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Dunkirk"
> > 
> > Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "I, Tonya"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Disaster Artist"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Fate Of The Furious"
> > 
> > Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> > 
> > Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Ingrid Goes West"
> > 
> > Aubrey Plaza
> > 
> > Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Small Town Crime"
> > 
> > John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> > 
> > If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Wonder Woman"
> > 
> > Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> > 
> > Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> > 
> > Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> > 
> > They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies."
They're good. Caesar still rules.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> > 
> > Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> > 
> > The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Mean Dreams"
> > 
> > Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> > 
> > It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "American Made"
> > 
> > Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> > 
> > "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Radius"
> > 
> > Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan Lucky"
> > 
> > Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> > 
> > Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> > 
> > 
> > "Hounds Of Love"
> > 
> > Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Phantom Thread"
> > 
> > Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> > 
> > The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Lady Macbeth"
> > 
> > Florence Pugh
> > 
> > This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say
on "Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Big Sick"
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> > 
> > It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Only The Brave"
> > 
> > Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> > 
> > Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Logan"
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman
> > 
> > Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> > 
> > The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Barracuda"
> > 
> > A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Trip To Spain"
> > 
> > Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> > 
> > Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> > cinematography.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Shot Caller"
> > 
> > Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> > 
> > Good prison drama. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >  "Lucky"
> > 
> > Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> > 
> > Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "Painted Lady"
> > 
> > A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> > 
> > Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> > 
> > Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> > only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time.
> 
> OMG!  What a wonderful, creative insightful post!  It is truly  inspiring!  I have never seen
> the spirit of the Oscars, and the entire film industry, captured in such a stunning, awe
> inspiring way!  Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you! For sharing your artistic wisdom
> with the rest of us!  Your post was, without question, the high light of the Oscars!
> I can't wait to read your next Oscar post!
> 
> So how's that Travel?  Satisfied now?
> 
> Irish Mike

And without a smidgen of sarcasm. Ya, that was big of you. 

	
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"Top Post" bump.

Hey, Dutch, just checking if you've seen any of your "not seen" movies?; especially "Good Time" and
"Sweet Virginia"  

And a general comment that, next year, I'm thinking of doing a "movie finds" kinda thing; like a
2019's movie "Hidden Gems." Good movies that most haven't even heard about.

The original purpose of the "Travel's Academy Awards Picks," besides trying to promote an annual
discussion about movies among the posters (this reason has predictably failed- chortle), was to show
the contrast in the "Hollywood-picks" compared to a "regular viewers'" likely picks. This reason has
become obsolete, or moot, due to the over-the-top extent to which "Hollywood" has now so blatantly
"gone political."    

Also, posting the "big movies" is somewhat redundant, given the fact that, by the end of the year,
the "blockbusters" and superhero movies, etc., are so well-known and easily checked on IMDB/Rotten
Tomatoes.

The most satisfying movies found through an intensive screening process are some of the most obscure
movies, anyway; a lot less work just cherry picking the good ones than sifting through them all to
satisfy a "Best Movies of The Year" criteria. 

Plus, five years seems like a good stopping point. 

.................................................

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:15:07 PM UTC-5, Travel wrote:
> 90th Academy Awards Nominees
> 
> 
> March 4th (Sunday), 2018 (on ABC @ 8pm EST).
> 
> Host: Jimmy Kimmel
> 
> 
> Best Picture: 
> 
> "Call Me By Your Name"
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> "Get Out"
> 
> "Lady Bird"
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> "The Shape Of Water"
> 
> "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> 
> An Academy rule states that a movie must be "feature length" (at least
> 1 hour & 40 minutes long) to be eligible for an Academy Award. I don't
> follow this rule; e.g., if a movie is 1-1/2 hours long and it's one of
> the best of the year, imo, it goes on the list.
> 
> Foreign movies with subtitles, documentaries, animation, shorts and
> made-for-cable movies aren't covered at all.
> 
> If a movie appears publicly in a certain year, say, 2017, anywhere (i.e., the Sundance or
Telluride film festivals, etc., for example), that movie is considered "a 2017 movie" for 2017
Academy Awards consideration. 
> 
> In other words, as in the case of the movie "Hostiles," although "Hostiles" wasn't widely
available in U.S. theaters until 2018, it's "a 2017 movie," because it had appeared somewhere,
publicly, in 2017 (September 2, 2017 @ Telluride Film Festival).
> 
> The Academy can choose up to ten nominees. Last year they chose nine,
> and this year they  chose nine.
> 
> As the main point in posting my own picks is to show the contrast in
> what, imo, are the best well made but entertaining movies, compared to
> the Academy's often "messagie," "political" and/or "eat your veggies"
> movies, I'll go with 9 picks, too.
> 
> Only two of the Academy Awards nominated list-of-nine made my list of
> the top nine movies of 2017, but four of their other nominees for this
> year made my own "Honorable Mention" list.
> 
> I've taken the challenge upon myself once again this year of screening for, watching and choosing
the best movies made in 2017.
> 
> There are a countless number of movies that I've checked out,
> considered beforehand, rejected as not worthy, and did not watch.
> 
> I've seen 56 "movies of 2017."
> 
> 
> 
> Best Picture:
> 
> 
> 
> 1.)  "Wind River"
> 
> Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker;" "Arrival") and Elizabeth Olsen.
> 
> Another excellent present day western directed and written by the writer of "Hell Or High Water"
and "Sicario" (Filming location: Park City, Utah).
> 
> 
> 
> 2) "Blade Runner 2049"
> 
> Ryan Gosling ("Drive;" "The Place Beyond The Pines"); Robin Wright ("House Of Cards").
> 
> 
> 
> 3) "John Wick: Chapter 2"
> 
> Keno Reeves ("John Wick;" "The Matrix"); Ian McShane ("Deadwood;" "Sexy Beast").
> 
> 
> 
> 4) "Baby Driver"
> 
> Kevin Spacey ("House Of Cards;" "L.A. Confidential").
> 
> 
> 
> 5) "Good Time"
> 
> Robert Pattinson; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
> 
> 
> 
> 6) "Sweet Virginia"
> 
> "Unknown cast" (In the good way).
> 
> This thriller-noir slow-burner surrounds a drifter staying at a "most-budgeted" motel;
unfortunately for a small town in Alaska, he chose the "extended-stay-plan."  
> 
> 
> 
> 7) "Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri"
> 
> Frances McDormand ("Fargo;" "Burn After Reading"); Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men;"
"True Detective"); Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men")
> 
> 
> 
> 8) "Get Out"
> 
> This entertaining movie is of a non-consequential cast, but sports
> a Coen Brothers-like Horror/comedy story.
> 
> 
> 
> 9) "Brawl In Cell Block 99"
> 
> Vince Vaughn ("True Detective: Season 2"); Don Johnson ("Hot Spot;" "Cold In July;" "Miami Vice").
> 
> From the director of "Bone Tomahawk," Vince Vaughn gives this story an extra "Tarantino-violence"
effect.  
> 
> 
> 
> ("Honorable Mention": listed in no particular order of merit; all are
> "the best movies of 2017," imo.)
> 
> 
> Honorable Mention:
> 
> 
> "Hostiles"
> 
> Christian Bale; Wes Studi ("The Las Of The Mohicans"- best indian character, ever).
> 
> Ya, figured Christian Bale could do westerns.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Post"
> 
> The good news is that Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul;" "Breaking Bad") is in it, and the bad news
is: so is Tom (look-up "corny" in the dictionary) Hanks. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Thor: Ragnarok"
> 
> Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"); Tom Hiddleston ("Only Lovers Left Alive"); Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth:
The Golden Years").
> 
> 
> 
> "Darkest Hour"
> 
> Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy").
> 
> 
> 
> "Dunkirk"
> 
> Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander").
> 
> 
> 
> "I, Tonya"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Disaster Artist"
> 
> 
> 
> "The Fate Of The Furious"
> 
> Vin Diesel; Dwayne Johnson
> 
> Always worth a look at the "series-of movies" that specializes in over-the-top chase scenes. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Ingrid Goes West"
> 
> Aubrey Plaza
> 
> Amusing dark comedy-satire on internet stalking.
> 
> 
> 
> "Small Town Crime"
> 
> John Hawkes ("Too Late"); Robert Forster ("Too Late;" "Jackie Brown").
> 
> If you liked "Too Late," you'll probably like this, too ("quirky" movie of the year).
> 
> 
> 
> "Wonder Woman"
> 
> Gal Gadot; Chris Pine ("Star Trek: Beyond").
> 
> Surprisingly, one of the best "Superhero" movies.
> 
> 
> 
> "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
> 
> Woody Harrelson is the Colonel Walter E. Kurtz-like villain in this one. 
> 
> They "did with" the "new Planet Of..." movies what they did with the "new Batman movies." They're
good. Caesar still rules.
> 
> 
> 
> "Spiderman: Homecoming"
> 
> Michael Keaton ("Jackie Brown;" "Zodiac"); Robert Downey Jr. ("Zodiac;" "Iron Man").
> 
> The best and only good "Spiderman movie." Robert Downey Jr. "saves" another one. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Mean Dreams"
> 
> Bill Paxton ("Nightcrawler;" "A Simple Plan").
> 
> It's not "Wind River," and it's not even really a "present day western" (more like "present day
farmland"),  but Bill Paxton's (last movie before he died) crooked-deputy-sheriff character is a
standout among most others of this oft-portrayed role.
> 
> 
> 
> "American Made"
> 
> Tom Cruise (In 2018, "Mission: Impossible- Fallout;" In 2019, "Top Gun: Maverick").
> 
> "American Made" is retro-Cruise as a pilot for "the cartels;" replete with non-stop, shiteatin'
grin. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Radius"
> 
> Sci-fi psychological thriller. Low key/budget type, but with an actual "ending" that ties the
story together. Call it, no-frills-intelligent.   
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan Lucky"
> 
> Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale;" "Layer Cake;" "Skyfall;" "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo").
> 
> Traditional but well-made "heist comedy" (however, Daniel Craig's role is way out of character). 
> 
> 
> "Hounds Of Love"
> 
> Goes to show you that "scary," or "horror" in a movie can be most effective when it's realistic
and without particular gore. Good Indie psych-thriller. 
> 
> 
> 
> "Phantom Thread"
> 
> Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Last Of The Mohicans;" "There Will Be Blood").
> 
> Good "period Piece," but probably, mostly for the "Masterpiece Theatre" crowd.
> 
> The director also made "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight" (a "don't miss" movie about gambling), and
"There Will Be Blood").
> 
> 
> 
> "Lady Macbeth"
> 
> Florence Pugh
> 
> This is the best period piece of the year, and it's for all crowds. Like Mel Brooks used to say on
"Hollywood Squares," "Go with me on this one!" 
> 
> 
> 
> "The Big Sick"
> 
> 
> 
> "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
> 
> It takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
> 
> 
> 
> "Only The Brave"
> 
> Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "Sicario").
> 
> Although the script wasn't the greatest, you can appreciate the subject matter and point of the
story.
> 
> 
> 
> "Logan"
> 
> Hugh Jackman
> 
> Hugh Jackman has played "The Wolverine" nine times in seventeen years. 
> 
> The lowest rated (no idea why), but the best one, imo, was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine;" where his
older brother (also a Wolverine) was played by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
> 
> 
> 
> "Barracuda"
> 
> A "long-lost relative" psychological thriller.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Trip To Spain"
> 
> Steve Coogan; Rob Brydon
> 
> Another "reality-trip" with funny celebrity impressions by the lead characters, and great 
> cinematography.
> 
> 
> 
> "Shot Caller"
> 
> Nikola J, Coster-Waldau ("Game Of Thrones").
> 
> Good prison drama. 
> 
> 
> 
>  "Lucky"
> 
> Harry Dean Stanton; David Lynch ("Twin Peaks").
> 
> Present day western/comedy that revolves around a guy who seems to be living forever, and a
small-town  bar where one character is more of "a character" than the other.
> 
> 
> 
> "Painted Lady"
> 
> A good traditional western for the most part, but with some, call it, modern-theme thrown-in at
the end.
> 
> 
> 
> "The Ballad Of Lefty Brown"
> 
> Bill Pullman; Jim Caviezel
> 
> Another traditional-style westerns story (but with a lead character you wouldn't have thought of
as "westerns-material"- Bill Pullman), 
> only as told from the "sidekick's" point-of-view this time. 

	
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On 3/21/2018 4:47 PM, Travel wrote:
> "Top Post" bump.
> 
> Hey, Dutch, just checking if you've seen any of your "not seen" movies?; especially "Good Time"
and "Sweet Virginia"

I watched them and really like them both. Gritty dramas like these are 
right up my alley.

> And a general comment that, next year, I'm thinking of doing a "movie finds" kinda thing; like a
2019's movie "Hidden Gems." Good movies that most haven't even heard about.

I much prefer that idea to the big Oscar list.