By guest columnist paoloarag0na.
I’d been catching up on all the big films that were released in the tail end of 2016 and had put off seeing Moonlight until a late screening this past Saturday evening.
(Minor spoilers follow.)
I admit it: at the Awards viewing parties I usually use the Feature Length Documentaries section as a chance to get up and stretch my legs, take a bathroom break, and snag an appetizer, because most of the time I haven’t seen any of the nominations. Not this year. This year I watched all of them.
What did I learn? What with two of the films discussing troubled musicians, one about the Mexican drug war, one about Ukrainian military opening fire on protestors, and one about an Indonesian man confronting his brother’s murderers, I learned that cheerful, upbeat documentaries aren’t Oscar Bait.
All kidding aside, there are some really good films up for the Award. Read on for some (very brief) (I promise) (well, mostly) rundowns of each; which one I liked best, and which one is likely to get the Award.
The Academy Awards are fast approaching. We are not attending, so we can eat what we want because we do not have to fit in that dress or tux! I personally love appetizers. I don’t like to eat a lot at once and appetizers are the perfect way to experience many different dishes in small bites. Here are some of my simple favorites that your friends will love.
Since I’ve been trying to watch a lot of the Oscar-nominated documentaries this year (just because it’s the one category I usually skip completely) I looked at Last Day of Freedom, the story that Bill Babbitt tells about the brother he delivered to the police. At just under 34 minutes, it’s not an easy film to watch. But I can see why it was nominated.
This week we devote our whole episode to the Oscar nominated film, Ex Machina, the movie where a young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. But of course, all is not what it seems. Please download and enjoy as we talk about this fascinating movie. Read On
Elizabeth and I watched Spotlight, which is nominated in six different categories: Best Picture, Directing, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Film Editing. Mark Ruffalo is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Rachel McAdams is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Listen to our thoughts on this magnificent movie.
“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it.”
This was the movie I watched only because I had to, because I’d watched all the other documentaries nominated for an Oscar this year, and I didn’t want to leave one out. I’ve never been a huge fan of Amy Winehouse’s music, and I hadn’t felt particularly sorry for her: one more talented musician who wasn’t prepared for how hard fame can be. One more person who snuffed themselves out too young.
I don’t have any patience with stories about how hard the life of a celebrity can be (eye roll) so I was surprised at how much I liked the film. Created from news footage, concert videos, studio shots, and personal film from phones and camcorders, it paints a very detailed picture of her life, train wrecks and all. I didn’t want to like the movie, but I did anyway.
What do horrifying growls, unexplained power-outages, and two collections of indescribable figures coming together mean? Why it must be the grand opening of the new Skating Rink at the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex! And it’s adorable.
There’s also some discussion of the new Lucifer show, Jessica Jones, the return of The Walking Dead, and the continuing Pixelated Geek coverage of the Academy Awards.
February 28th is the 88th Annual Academy Awards. So much has happened in the last 88 years especially with the trends of cocktails. I am going to take you on a walk through history with cocktails and their recipes!
This week Jada and Elizabeth had a chance to see all of the films that have been nominated for Best Animated Short, and they recorded the post-viewing debriefing as a bonus podcast, part of a month of Oscars® coverage from PixelatedGeek.com.
Listen in as Jada and Elizabeth discuss their choices for Best Animated Short!