The Oscar nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards were announced today. There were a few surprises and snubs, but overall most of the nominations went as expected. More posts will follow as I catch up on a few films, but here are my ten initial thoughts on the 2019 Oscars:
I spent a lot of time in movie theaters in 2018. Whether it was Ocean’s 8 or A Star Is Born, there were a lot of movies that tried to tell memorable stories. Not every film succeeded. Many stood as platforms for terrific acting performances, but came up short as art and entertainment. All made for a great collective experience as a moviegoer.
Before last weekend I knew nothing about Black Panther. That is not unusual for me. I am an underachieving nerd who never got into comic book superheros. If it was not Batman, I passed on it. One glimpse of the trailer for Black Panther was enough to draw me to the unexplored Marvel universe of... Continue Reading →