Part 21: Wonder

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”- Auggie Pullman, Wonder Nominations Best Makeup Basic Plot This movie is based on the book, Wonder, and centers itself around the character of August (Auggie) Pullman.  Auggie has a rare genetic disorder…

Part 20: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

“Get your head out of your cockpit.”  – Leia Organa, played by Carrie Fisher, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Nominations Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects Basic Plot This is Episode VIII of the super awesome and epic Star Wars franchise.  One storyline centers around Ray.  The force is strong with…

Part 19: Beauty & The Beast

“Be. Our. Guest…” – Lumier, Beauty and the Beast Nominations Best Production Design, Best Costume Design Basic Plot I think we all know the plot (if you don’t, crawl out of your cave and watch some Disney classics and/or you must be a very young reader so I will give you a pass on that…

Part 18: Knife Skills

“In life, anything tough is meant to be. We had to get to the point where we believed in something enough to make others believe it was possible too.” – Brandon Chrostowski Nominations Best Documentary Short Subject My Two Cents This is a straight forward story about second chances as the filmmakers follow the opening…

Part 17: Edith + Eddie

“She don’t want to go.  I don’t want her to go.” – Eddie, of Edith + Eddie Nominations Best Documentary Short Subject My Two Cents Oldest interracial newlyweds in America, Edith (96) and Eddie (95) met when they shared the winnings of a lottery ticket.  They said it was love at first sight and they…

Part 16: Mudbound

“I went to fight for my country to come back and find it hadn’t changed a bit.” – Ronsel Jackson, played by Jason Mitchell, in Mudbound Nominations Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song Basic Plot Written and directed by Dee Rees, this movie is set in the very deep…

Part 15: The Big Sick

“Apparently, there are good and bad comas. And the kind that they put her in – the medically induced ones – are definitely the good kind of coma. Like, you know how there are good and bad carbs? Gremlins – those can be good or bad.” – Kumail Nanjiani, as himself, in The Big Sick…

Part 14: The Florida Project

“It’s only the second week of summer and there’s already been a dead fish in the pool.”- Bobby, played by Willem Dafoe, in The Florida Project Nominations Best Supporting Actor Basic Plot Other than minimally supervised, ill-behaved children screaming?  Not entirely positive.  But there’s a bunch of people living in a Florida motel, located near…

Part 12: I, Tonya

“It should have been about the skating.  But you didn’t really care about that, did you?” – Tonya Harding Nominations Best Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing Basic Plot Tonya.  As in Tony Price, formerly Harding.  As in the gal who knew the guy with the crowbar.  As in the reason we…