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…

Part 26: Kong – Skull Island

“I am the calvary” – LTC Packard, played by Samuel L Jackson, in Kong Skull Island Nominations Best Visual Effects Basic Plot Ok.  So basic gist of this one is as follows.  We jump in right when the US pulls out of the Vietnam War.  A couple of researchers want to go to this newly…

Part 25: Blade Runner 2049

“Is it real?” – K, played by Ryan Gosling, in Blade Runner 2049 Nominations Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects Basic Plot One may think this is a movie about ice skating or winter sports, but alas, it is not.  Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a blade…

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 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…