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2016 movies

The friday five this week reveals how little I go out to the movies.

1) Do you try to see all the nominees for Best Picture each year before the Academy Awards show?

Obviously not, as I had to google who the nominees even were. For the record they are:
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

2) How many of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees have you seen so far?
I have seen Hidden Figures. It was great.

3) Of those nominated films you’ve seen, which is your favorite?
Hidden Figures.

4) Is your favorite the same as the film you think is actually the “best picture”?
Still Hidden Figures.

5) Which film do you think will win Best Picture?
Hidden Figures.

I thought Hidden Figures was amazing for several reasons. First, science movie about going to space, I love being amazed by the ancient technology that somehow got us to the moon. Second, let us never forget all the complete and total bullcrap we have put people through because their skin was a different color. Race was an even bigger issue than sex seemed to be in this movie, especially evident when white women were absolutely no help. It was sad. Go see it. Take your daughters.

Speaking of movies I googled the top-grossing of 2016 and here is my quick list of other movies I somehow saw this year. Lots of kids stuff, because my life. This is literally every single movie from the 2016 list that I have seen, that should tell you how often I watch a new movie, of the hundreds of movies released this year I got around to nine.

Star Wars Rogue 1 - Loved it, surprisingly worthy of my time, would see again.

Finding Dory - Not bad.

Zootopia - Really happy this is in our rotation now, it's deep!

Trolls - Puts my kids in a happy mood. Not deep.

Ghostbusters - AKA Feminist Ghostbusters. I thought it was delightful but it's hard to outdo the original. Several times a week my melissa mccarthy inner voice says "Kevin? I'm gonna have to ask you to try a little harder."

Kubo and the Two Strings - Pretty but not as good as I'd hoped at all. Really just pretty. The plot could have used some of those disney writers from Zootopia to add some interesting characters, I am not interested in stories where one side is pure good and the other is pure evil and they have a swordfight in a thunderstorm. Seen it.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Tina Fey was good in this. I thought it was a very interesting film.

Keanu - About a kitten. I didn't like the ending but it made for a decent date night movie with funny moments.

Zoolander 2 - I only saw part of this but it was awful. AWFUL. Let it burn away forever. WHYYYY BEN STILLER WHYYYY.


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Feb. 10th, 2017 11:04 pm (UTC)
I think you would enjoy Arrival.
Feb. 10th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC)
I see tons of kids movies and I can't use having kids as an excuse because I haven't any. Zootopia was one of my favorite kids movies in a long time because of its message.. A few years ago, I fell in love with the Sherman and Mr. Peabody reboot. I still need to see Hidden Figures -- totally up my alley.
Feb. 11th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC)
You saw more 2016 movies than I did...
Feb. 11th, 2017 02:12 am (UTC)
yep. I only saw Hidden Figures too! Fences & Lion are ones I would like to see but likely see them when they are out on DVD from the library - which likely be next year!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was a very fascinating movie and apparently very realistic based on hubby's and some friends who have been there for work.
Feb. 11th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
I have heard of exactly none of those nominees.
Feb. 11th, 2017 12:10 pm (UTC)
The only one I've seen is Hell or High Water, which is way better than its title would lead you to imagine. I have Arrival, Hidden Figures, Lion, and Manchester By the Sea on my "want to check out" list at the library, but the line is quite long for some of them.

Of the others you mentioned, the only one I've seen is Finding Dory. And I agree, not bad. Not great, but not bad.
Feb. 11th, 2017 04:05 pm (UTC)
The only one I saw was Hidden Figures. I agree, it was really great. We don't see many Best Pic noms in the theater because we mostly go for movies with special effects. Avengers, etc.

I agree with you on most of those movies, except I fell asleep during Rogue One and I didn't like Zootopia that much. I guess I like my kids movies either light and funny or more artsy like Kubo. If they're going to be cartoons I don't really want this whole underlying commentary on socioeconomic roles, prejudice, etc. (Although I do love Inside Out, but I guess it's because the whole mental health thing speaks to me)
Feb. 11th, 2017 11:50 pm (UTC)
Let us never forget all the complete and total bullcrap we have put people through because their skin was a different color. Race was an even bigger issue than sex seemed to be in this movie, especially evident when white women were absolutely no help. It was sad. Go see it. Take your daughters.

Make sure every young African-American (ages 15 -30) you know sees it. They don't realize what their parents and especially their grandparents struggled through. That history is in danger of being forgotten or denigrated.

On your list of new movies, I saw:
Star Wars Rogue 1 - Loved it, surprisingly worthy of my time, would see again. Agreed.

Finding Dory. Too long. I thought if I watched with a seven-year-old and a four-year-old, there might be a lot of wriggling going on.

Zootopia. Loved it. Saw it twice.

Ghostbusters My grandson, age 31, loved it. I did not. Not in the target demographic.

Kubo and the Two Strings. Enjoyed the pretty. Not in Zootopia's class. FanSee

Edited at 2017-02-11 11:52 pm (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2017 08:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear a couple of people who answered this meme say Hidden Figures is good, because I had been put off by a colleague who described it as "really boring". I will probably add it to my list of movies to watch in future, now. Thanks.
Feb. 12th, 2017 05:15 pm (UTC)
I kind of want to see Moonlight. I've heard meh things about Arrival, serious consent issues. Unless I've conflated it with another one?

Curious about your Ghostbusters comment, I re-watched a bit of the original and I just hadn't remembered how awful and ... awful... Bill Murray's character was.

Hidden Figures was great! I hope it wins a bunch of stuff.

I wanted to punch that white woman though. and that one awful man. And her supervisor when he was like "can't do anything about this" FUCK YES YOU COULD YOU GLCLAKDJLadJFDLKJ anyway. Also the bathroom thing didn't happen that way IRL I wish they'd done it they way it did.

Feb. 14th, 2017 06:09 am (UTC)
it's helpful to remember that anybody white is a composite character.

How did the bathroom thing go in real life?

Are you sure you're thinking consent issues about Arrival and not Passengers? I suppose if i think about it sideways I could come up with a consent issue in ArrivAL but it requires special rules around precognition.

I saw moonlithg the other night. It got 98% rotten tomatoes. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had realized ahead of time that it's a few autobiographic vignettes; instead I kept waiting for rather more plot than that sort of movie tends to have.

I did notice that there were all but no white people in the movie, which in and of itself was interesting.
Feb. 12th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Some people don't like the race politics of Hidden Figures in that it overrelies on a white male savior figure (and I can kind of see that point...) LIke apparently in real life the white male boss was not the one to remove the "colored" bathroom sign. I find that interesting...
Feb. 14th, 2017 06:12 am (UTC)
eh. sometimes the film narrative requires changes. The guy was a composite, as was anybody white in the movie other than maybe John Glenn. (I really want to know if Glenn did the things he's portrayed as doing.) I'm interested in what did happen re the bathrooms, but I think I'm seeing mr composite guy-in-charge as standin for The Establishment being convinced the current state of things is wtf.
Feb. 18th, 2017 07:09 pm (UTC)
the crazy thing about the sexism in Hidden Figures is how it seemed to be used as the more socially acceptable form of discrimination. There's people that would say things like "We're not used to having a... uh... a woman over here".

"Second, let us never forget all the complete and total bullcrap we have put people through because their skin was a different color."

Absolutely. Having grown up white in the pro-diversity 90s and 00s (At least in terms of social messaging), it's easy to think 'oh well, look at how much things have improved since then!' but really, recent political events have made it evident that the same negative feelings still exist; they've just been buried deep down and are now resurfacing
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