What are you watching? I’ve been keeping up with The Good Place, which remains a delight. Also consider this your official Oscar nominations discussion post, if you like.
This is a first since maybe high school: I have seen nothing nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, or any of the Acting awards. I am a bad citizen.
Holy crap! I just paged through the history of nominees and got all the way to the 53rd (mind you, we are about to do the 90th) before I hit a year where I didn’t see any of the nominees before the Big Night. Hoooleee crap that makes me feel old. And proud of my life of achievement? And ancient! And wise? (And: I am not 100% sure I’m right, because I definitely saw Coal Miner’s Daughter on HBO — but in those days, the lag time from theater to HBO ran 12-18 months; wikipedia sez CMD came out on March 7, 1980, so possibly I really did see it before March 31, 1981.) I ASSURE YOU I WAS VERY YOUNG AND COULD NOT DRIVE OR VOTE in 1981.
(What’s funny is that if you go back another year, when the movies of 1979 were under consideration, I saw one of the nominees because I was taken to see The Black Stallion. It was one of the first movies I ever saw in a theater. I remember being soooooo bored and being ordered to sit still. So… if I saw Coal Miner’s Daughter before it won — which I probably did not, because I recollect HBO’s promos making a huge stinking deal out of the acting in it, like “This month… Home Box Office presents… the most artfully acted movie of our epoch… starring the incomparable Sissy Spacek…” so it had probably already won, BUT, if I did see it before it won, then the Black Stallion means I have actually somehow been on a roll since the 51st Awards, March of 1979, when the ’78s had their moment. DEAR GOD. Dare I break this streak in 2018?)
I also have not seen any of these movies. I finally got around to seeing Moonlight last week (Soooo good.)
Also–I saw Coal Miner’s Daughter on HBO! Back in the day. I was also a kid, thank you. I don’t remember the lag time being so long between theatre and HBO. (Remember Fraggle Rock?)
Also, everybody get off my damn lawn.
I also saw Moonlight last week! It was SO AMAZING. Which I was expecting, based on all the hype, but it was even MORE amazing.
Fraggle Rock was literally the best. “Down at Fraggle Rock! [doop-do-dee-doot!] Down at Fraggle Rock!”
Moonlight was wonderful. I love movies that don’t rely on soundtrack to prompt an emotional response from the audience. This movie is all about character and setting and it’s great.
hotspur, that’s exactly how much of the Fraggle Rock jingle I remember.
I didn’t go to the movies at all last year, so I haven’t seen anything either, although I’m keeping a list for when stuff finally comes out to stream (I know Get Out already is, and I really want to watch it, but I’m also a coward who can’t handle horror movies).
I really need to find someone to watch Get Out with, because like you say, the horror aspect.
I’ve seen a whopping TWO of the Best Picture nominees. Dunkirk and Get Out. I might go see Phantom Thread, and will definitely watch Three Billboards, Call Me By Your Name, and Lady Bird once they are available to rent or stream.
Oh and when I say that I might go see Phantom Thread, I mean that I might actually drag myself to the theater for that one. I really don’t like going to the movies anymore, but my love for Daniel Day-Lewis might override my anxiety. If not, I’ll buy/rent it when it’s available to watch from the comfort of home.
I’ve seen all of the Best Picture nominees except Darkest Hour and The Post, neither of which I intend to watch. Out of all of them Call Me By Your Name was my favorite, then probably Lady Bird and the The Shape of Water.
There’s a new medical show called The Resident and I really like the cast. It’s interesting because they’re exposing some of the darker/business side of running a hospital.
Have I made my pitch for why everyone should watch MTV’s The Challenge? This season looks like it’s going to be great so it seems like a good one to get into the series. We’re only two or three episodes in so it’s easy to catch up, too. Remember back when seven strangers were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped, and we got to see what happened when people stop being polite and start being real? Well those Real Worlders now compete on The Challenge, alongside people from other shows such as Are You The One? (spoiler alert: they are NOT the one), Big Brother, and some UK shows that I don’t understand. They all live together, get drunk and hook up, but also have to compete in tough physical challenges and eliminations. Anyhow it’s on tonight and I hope people will start watching it so I have someone to talk with about the show.
Is The Resident on a streaming service?
I think I saw it advertised on Hulu’s home page scroll. I haven’t seen it, but I think that is why the name sounds familiar.
It’s a Fox show so it should be on Hulu but I think we’re glossing over the larger point that The Challenge is the best show on TV. I’m having a liquid lunch to deal with the shitty day I’m having in a very healthy mature way so I might actually be ready to fight someone about The Challenge soon
I’ve seen five of the Best Picture nominees! Pretty sure that’s a record for me.
1) Lady Bird – Really really good. Probably my favorite movie of the year.
2) Get Out – Also really good, but I don’t remember it that well.
3) Shape of Water – It was a perfectly fine movie.
4) Dunkirk – I remember it being really loud and giving me a headache so bad that I bought excedrin as soon as it ended instead 15 minutes later at home. Put Tom Hardy in everything.
5) Three Billboards – I did not like this movie. I love all the people in it, I loved In Bruges and thought Seven Psychopaths was fine, but this was bad. I almost didn’t stay until the end. I’m so confused. The praise for this movie has me questioning my opinion on everything.
Everyone is raving about Shape of Water, but I’m not sure it’s a movie that I want to see. I think I am one of the only people that did not like Pan’s Labyrinth, so my interest in Guillermo del Toro movies is low.
Of his movies that I’ve seen, this is the only one I would recommend to just about anybody.
Very disappointed Kenneth Branaugh wasn’t nominated for Best Hat Actor.
I haven’t seen many of the Oscar noms this year yet because for the first time in a long time, the UK seems quite behind the US with release dates. Also I’m trying to save money, so I may just have to pick one or two that I REALLY want to see rather than seeing lots like I did last year.
ANYWAY TV though. It being the new year, a lot of new stuff has come out and there’s some good ones in there. If you can get hold of Inside Number Nine, any series really, I implore you to watch it. It’s just one of the cleverest, funniest, darkest shows I’ve ever seen. Every single episode makes you sit up.
Of the various dramas right now, I’d recommend McMafia, though it’s not to everyone’s taste, I understand that. Kiri is a bit of a waste of time IMHO, but if you can find a Swedish police one called Before We Die, I highly recommend, on the basis of the first episode anyway. I’m just about to sit down with the second!
Thank you for these recommendations! I’ve never heard of any of these shows, but I’ll see if they are available.
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