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 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 9: Last Men in Aleppo

“Where is humanity?” – Khaled Umar Halah, a White Helmet, in Last Men in Aleppo Nominations Best Documentary Feature A Quick Aside I really enjoy documentaries as I have stated in an previous post.  I highly encourage you to check all of the nominees out – one of the things that’s so great about them…

Part 7: Icarus

“Remember me.” – Grigory Rodchenkov Nominations Best Documentary Feature My Two Cents Posting 2 today…and picking a sports-related one since the Super Bowl kick-off is in just a couple of minutes…(p.s. this one has nothing to do with football). Doping in sports.  As an athlete and as a fan of athletics and sports, this is…

Part 6: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Too big to fail turns into small enough to jail.” – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Nominations Best Documentary Feature My Two Cents This is a documentary is about the 2012 indictment of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small bank owned by the Sung family located New York City’s Chinatown, for mortgage fraud.  It’s a…

Part 5: Heroin(e)

“The only qualification to get into long-term recovery is to be alive.” – Fire Chief, Jen Rader, Huntington, WV Fire Department My Thoughts on Docs I watch a lot of documentaries. And there are so many documentaries out there that it can be difficult to know where to start. Aside from having long and short…

Part 4: Phantom Thread

“The tea is leaving, but the interruption is staying right here with me.” – Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, in Phantom Thread. Nominations Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress Basic Plot Still not sure to be honest.  But I’ll give it my best attempt…here goes… Set mostly in London, a designer by the…

Part 3: The Post

“The news is the first rough draft of history.” – Kay Graham, played by Meryl Streep in The Post Nominations Best Picture, Best Actress in a leading role Basic Plot Ok. So we have another historical drama here (woo!).  This time we are looking at the Washington Post, who at the time was constantly chasing…

Part 2: Darkest Hour

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour’.” – Winston Churchill, addressing the House of Commons on June 18, 1940. I’m going to kick off my Oscar challenge using…