The New York Times just published a fascinating piece on how different counties in America have responded to each of the Best Picture nominees this year. With 2016 proving that our geographic location plays a huge part in our perceptions of the world, this approach to understanding public enthusiasm (or lack-there-of) for each nominated film is very interesting.
Personal note: I couldn’t help but notice how Dane County (Madison, Wis.) sticks out in the map of which counties liked Moonlight. This is one of those moments where I am very proud of where I live!
Directed by: Tom Ford Written by: Tom Ford, based on the book by Austin Wright Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Summary: A successful art dealer in Los Angeles reads her ex-husband’s manuscript which he has dedicated to her. As she reads the disturbing story she reflects on their previous relationship, its downfall and how it is represented in his latest work.
Nocturnal Animals was my favorite movie of 2016. I was super disappointed to see that it didn’t get the Oscar attention it deserved because, this movie is very well done. Most of the film is Amy Adams (Susan) reading a book. Sounds dull, right? It’s riveting. (more…)
Directed by: Garth Davis Written by: Luke Davies, adapted from the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley Starring: Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara
Summary: A young boy is separated from his brother and ends up thousands of miles outside of his impoverished home town in India. After being entered into the foster system, Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple. 20 years later, he seeks out his birthplace and the mother he left behind so many years ago.
I must have a soft spot for little kids with bright, innocent eyes because much like last year’s Room, I wept through most of this movie. It’s not that the story is devastating, it’s just incredibly touching. Despite some pretty apparent flaws in the film, Lion packs an emotional punch and tells a remarkable story. (more…)