The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced yesterday. All in all, I do not have too many qualms with the academy’s choices. My issue comes more so with the fact that the Oscars were moved up nearly a month, and the lack of consideration for movies to release before the Fall. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, only Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened before September.
The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
In this World War I epic, Dean-Charles Chapman plays Lance Corporal Blake, who is motivated to reach his brother, a member of the second battalion that Blake must warn of an ambush. Chapman is a young actor, most recognizable from his role as Tommen Baratheon in “Game of Thrones.” Alongside Blake is his comrade Lance Corporal Schofield played by George MacKay, who gained fame from his role as Bo in “Captain Fantastic.”
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the most movies about journalism, especially ones made before the 21st century. However, it is without doubt one of my favorite genres to watch, especially when done well. Well-crafted dialogue, a sharp attention to detail and charming characters are hallmarks of the genre.
What makes a bad movie? When thinking about this question, I like to contemplate a variety of factors. I consider how bad the acting is, how underdeveloped story is, and how often the director disrespects the audience’s intelligence.
I also like to think about how true the movie is to its intended genre. Is the horror movie scary? Is the comedy funny? Sure, these are subjective standards. What I find funny, you may not and vice versa. However, I think the true test of how bad a movie is depends on how you react during the film. Are you constantly checking the time on your phone? Does it take multiple viewings to get through the movie?
It’s been six years since the hit show breaking bad concluded. Many regard the finale as one of best of all time, myself included. However, for as good as it was, there was always one questions lingering: What happened to Jesse? The final time we see him in the finale he is busting through the fence of the Nazi compound in Todd’s El Camino, as a battered, broken man.
In a thought-provoking montage, Joon-ho intertwines the two environments during a severe rainstorm. To the affluent Parks, the downpour is an aesthetic gift from mother nature—a soothing backdrop for sleep. At the same time, The Kim family must trek to their predominately underground home, only to find shoulder deep water has filled the space.
These were my four favorite Best Picture nominees. Having just watched the Oscars, I could not be happier that "Parasite" won for best picture. It was one of the most intelligent, well-rounded movies of the year, and I am glad Bong Joon Ho finally got an Oscar as well for Best Director.