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 24: Traffic Stop

“Are they really here to protect me?” – Reaion King, Traffic Stop Nominations Best Documentary Short My Two Cents I have a lot to say about this one but I’m going to try to keep it brief. If you want to boil this one down to a single topic, this short doc is about police…

Part 23: Logan

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made me last too long.” – Logan, played by Hugh Jackman, in Logan Nominations Best Adapted Screenplay The Basic Plot Because we haven’t apparently exhausted this story, Hugh Jackman is back for a final time, in the 10th film of the X-Men franchise…

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 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…

Part 11: Dunkirk

“We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be.” – Winston Churchill, read by Tommy, in Dunkirk. Nominations Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design Basic Plot Well…