Oh Captain, Her Captain

“Oh Captain, my Captain, rise up and hear the bells; Rise up – for you the flag is flung – for you the bugle trills; For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths – for you the shores a-crowding; For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning…” – Walt Whitman   On Sunday March…

Part 35: My Oscar Night Predictions

Well it’s officially that time. Hollywood’s biggest night kicks off in less than an hour, I’ve watched as many nominated films as I could squeeze in these last couple of weeks (along with the Olympics), and I’m breaking it down by category right here, right now. I’ve ranked these in order of my personal preference,…

Part 34: Baby Driver

“He had an accident when he was a kid. Still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that’s what makes him the best.” – from Baby Driver Nominations Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing My Review It’s been a while since I have seen this one as I saw…

Part 33: Roman J Israel, Esq

“I’m tired of doing the impossible for the ungrateful.” – Roman J Israel, played by Denzel Washington, in Roman J Israel Esq. Nominations Best Lead Actor My Review I’ll come right out and say it.  This movie is not great; it really just does not go anywhere and other than demonstrating that a U-Haul can…

Part 32: The Shape of Water

“If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say?” – Giles, played by Richard Jenkins, in The Shape of Water. Nominations Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production…

Part 31: Animated Feature Nominees

“The lesson here, my daughters, is that Afghanistan has always been the home of the bravest women in the world. You are all brave women.” – the Father, The Breadwinner It was a very animated day…pun intended.  In my opinion, this is one of the weaker categories this season.  Big shocker that yet another Pixar…

Part 30: Strong Island

“How do you measure the distance of reasonable fear?” – Yance Ford, Strong Island Nominations Best Documentary Feature My Two Cents This documentary feature is about William Ford, Jr who was shot and killed in New York during an incident at a car garage.  A Grand Jury elected to not file charges against the man…

Part 29: Animated Short Nominees

“You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream, And I’ll always love you for it.” – Kobe Bryant, Dear Basketball I don’t typically watch the animated shorts, but I figured hey…why not.  Plus they were all available (for free) to view. Here’s a quick review of the nominated films for Best Animated Short (please keep…

Part 28: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

“You look like Mary Poppins” – Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Nominations Best Visual Effects Basic Plot This is a Marvel comics superhero movie based on the superhero team called Guardians of the Galaxy.  In this movie, the team has been hired to protect batteries (seriously?!?) by a…

Part 27: Get Out

“I’m T.S. mother-f#&*in’ A. We handle shit.  That’s what we do.  Consider this situation f#&*in’ handled.” – Rod Williams, played by LilRel Howery, in Get Out Nominations Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay Basic Plot Rose is taking her boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her parents.  Her parents Missy and…