Oscars 2017

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With the Oscars airing this Sunday, everyone here at Sup, Nerds! from Brendan and me to our guest blogger Stephanie, made it a mission to watch all of the films nominated for the categories listed below.

And the Oscar goes to… 

  • Best Picture: Hidden Figures
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Ruth Negga. Loving
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Dev Patel, Lion
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
  • Animated Feature Film: Moana
  • Cinematography: La La Land
  • Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Directing: Arrival
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
  • Music (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • Visual Effects: Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
  • Writing (Adaptive Screenplay): Hidden Figures
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Hell or High Water

 

To be honest, the only film we did not get to was “Fences”. I love Viola Davis. I feel she is beyond talented and is finally getting the recognition she deserves and earned. Nevertheless, the movie simply did not grab my attention. As for the Best Film category, the main event of the Oscars, it was hard deciding between “Hidden Figures” or “Hell or High Water”. Both couldn’t be more different but both also gave the audience something new to watch. For me personally, Hidden Figures taught me something new about our history. The truly inspiring story of these 3 women, who changed history and whom history forgot about is sad. However, I am glad that their story is being shared for everyone to know and remember their names, forever.


This was definitely a first for us, to watch and review most of the Oscar nominated films, especially since we pride ourselves on not caring what the Academy thinks. Most of the time, the films nominated are overrated and too artsy fartsy. This year was different. Original content was created and thank goodness the Oscars woke up and took notice.

We hope you liked our Oscars 2017 coverage. Now, let’s see who wins. 🍿🎥🏆

The LEGO Batman Movie

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Here at Sup, Nerds! we like to hear reviews from anyone and at any age. This is a first for us, so please welcome our first review from a child’s point of view. Also, this report is written word for word by our guest reviewer, no spelling or grammatical errors.


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The LEGO Batman Movie is a great family movie.

Batman was not nice to Robin, but I know see why. He did not know that he said “yes” to be his father. Batman did not realize how much he needed a family until Barbara Gordon, Robin and Alfred became a team with Batman as the leader. Robin was so happy that he had a family again.

My favorite character was Barbara because she became Batgirl. She’s a great fighter too.

Love,

Elizabeth Marie Laporte (age 7)

Go Batgirl!

Manchester by the Sea

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Synopsis: Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. (via Wikipedia)


Get a box of Kleenex ready because this film is sure to make you cry….. the ugly kind.

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The beginning of the film follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a handyman who has zero fucks about his life. For the first 30 minutes or so, I was wondering “Is this going somewhere because he’s just an asshole, who is kind of a loner and this is boring”, and then, we finally get to see why Lee is the person that he is. Yes, he’s an asshole and a loner but more than anything he is numb. He is numb from the pain, for feeling the guilt of being irresponsible and the consequences from his actions causing the deaths of his young daughters.

For me, the story starts there. We know why Lee is detached from his family and friends. With the unexpected loss of his brother and becoming a guardian to his nephew is weighing on him. He feels that by becoming his guardian, he might also kill his nephew. Even though Lee did not kill his daughters, a quick moment of irresponsibly, one that I am sure we’ve all had, came at the highest price. After the reveal, Lee starts to struggle to keep his barriers up, trying to convince himself that maybe he can take care of his nephew but he just cannot shake the tragic loss of his daughters and ends up giving his guardianship to a family friend. He loves his nephew but wants the best for him and Lee knows that he is not the best guardian. He needs to truly find help himself and at the end of film, at least for me, Lee is opening up again and will possibly find the help he needs.

Although the film is depressingly sad and great at the same time, I don’t believe it should win Best Film. We’ve seen this story in some shape or form in the past BUT Michelle Williams truly deserves the Oscar for Best Female Actress. She only has about 20 minutes of total screen time in a 2 hour and 20 minute film. The scene where she tried to have a conversation with Lee about the loss of their daughters and her breakdown…. WOW!

I could really feel her pain. We’ve all known loss in some way, we know what that cry sounds like, and maybe she used her own loses as her reference, because her monologue was heartbreaking.

With all of that said, if you want to watch a very sad film that is sure to make you cry, then watch Manchester by the Sea. The acting is very real. Just keep the tissues handy.

Oscar Contender #7

John Wick: Chapter 2

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Now that I’m done reviewing Oscar nominated films, I can go back to my usual tone and style of writing.  With that being said, holy shit.  This movie made me feel like I injected cocaine straight into my dick, and someone gave me a muscle car.  The flow of this movie was incredible.  My only gripe with these films is that you’ll give yourself a bladder infection, if you have to pee at any point in the movie, because your ass is going to hold it.  It’s that gripping.


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The movie picks up where the first left off.  John is still pissed about his puppy and his car.  We open with a loud muscle car chasing a motorcycle.  John wants whoever is on that bike. Badly.  And because we know John Wick (Keanu Reeves), you know he gets the guy.  Turns out he only wanted the guys’ key card to gain access to the base of operation of Viggo Tarasov’s brother, Abram.  Abram (Peter Stormare) knows exactly who John is, and what he’s capable of.  And, you damn well better believe, he wants no part of what his deceased nephew and brother started.  Tough shit. John wants his damn car back, and it’s sitting in your warehouse.  Abram is frantically moving all of his money and product from there, because he knows the wake of destruction Wick will/is bringing.  After a few minutes of some beautiful hand to hand choreography, and “in your face” gun play (No, seriously.  I need to re-watch chapter 1 and 2, just to count the head shots), he storms into Abram’s office, pours 2 glasses of vodka, and offers peace to Abram.  John gets in his car, and goes home.

Not to give the whole movie away, but it picks up again, when Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) a figure from Wick’s past shows up with Wick’s marker.  With “rules” playing a huge part in the underworld, Wick protests the marker because he just wants to be done with that world.  But, eventually he’s left with no choice but to oblige.  Once again, Wick unleashes destruction, cunning, brute force, and a plethora of headshots upon anything and anyone in his way.

To say that this movie pumps you up, would be an understatement.  I left the theatre driving my wife’s Toyota a tad bit more aggressively than normal.  Upon arriving home, I had to walk our dog, Chunk.  Being night time, and living in the crazy world we do, I am always in a heightened state of awareness when walking him through our unlit wooded/residential neighborhood.  In the distance, I could hear shouting and rowdiness.  Those sounds got closer and closer, and Chunks hackles were standing on high.  It was a seemingly small group of obnoxious assholes approaching.  Chunk began to bare his teeth, and I was ready.  I can’t tell you how many scenarios went through my head.  Unlike the first John Wick, they would not get a chance to kick my dog.  I had it worked out so I could neutralize one of them with Chunk’s leash, while Chunk keeps the others occupied.  It turns out the assholes were just going to their car.  In a sick way, Chunk and I were a little disappointed that nothing transpired, and just walked back home.  That is the level of pump this movie will deliver.

I highly recommend.

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Hacksaw Ridge

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 Although based on a true story, I found it hard to swallow that they could make a war movie centered around a hero that refuses to fight.  Was it going to be some hippies’ wet dream type of story?  Would it be a perverted tale of history, complete with love a triangle, like “Pearl Harbor”?  Was it going to be loaded with political propaganda and rhetoric? So, I had to see for myself.

Opening, it shows some of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) growing up with his brother.  Typical for the time.  Alcoholic WWI veteran father, battered housewife, growing up in poverty, and two young boys who love fighting.  During one of their fights, Desmond almost kills his brother.  That moment really shook him up.  Later in the film, we see a scene where a more grown up Desmond awakens to his father beating his mother.  Desmond stops the father, and shoves a gun in his face.  He was pounds of trigger pull away from sending his father to his judgment.  In that moment, he reflected on his faith, and made a strict vow to never harm a human being again.

Fast forward to the U.S. involvement in WWII.  After Desmond’s brother Hal Doss (Nathaniel Buzolic) enlists in the army, Desmond struggles with wanting to help with the war effort, as well as his father’s overwhelming disapproval.  Although his father Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) comes off as such a bad person, you can’t help but sympathize with him, and his own struggle.  However, his religious beliefs handicap him.  In a run in with a nurse, who would become the object of his affection, he takes an interest in becoming a medic.  He realizes he can do the opposite of hurting people, by saving them in war.

The film would later follow his struggle through boot camp, being a conscientious objector.  Although a great and powerful story in itself, it still pales in comparison to what was to come.  After an eventual attempted court martial for refusing to comply with Army regs and training, due to his refusal to handle weapons, we have Desmond’s Dad find piece and redemption by saving his son from his court martial by calling in a favor from a high ranking soldier that Tom himself had served with and fought beside.

At this point, we get to the meat and potatoes of the story.  Desmond’s upbringing and victory of becoming an Army Medic as a conscientious objector would have made a fantastic movie alone.  But, that’s not what makes greatness.  Imagine watching a movie about a young black woman, set in the Jim Crow days, who struggles to become a lawyer.  And after her hurdles, earns her law degree, and goes on to do nothing significant.  In fact, she turns out to be a mediocre lawyer, and is eventually arrested for embezzling NAACP funds, and just turns out to be a bad person.  You’d feel pretty bad.  You’d be yelling at the screen, “WHY!!!! So it was all for nothing.  Damn it”.  Her struggles early on become void, invalid, etc…   In Hacksaw Ridge, do not expect that.  They go on to validate Desmond’s struggle.  Big Time.

Fast forward to a very vicious battle, against an unrelenting enemy who does not fear death, the Battle of Okinawa.  After a day of tragic battling, the US soldiers are forced to temporarily retreat.  Desmond, however, was still on the battlefield.  He spent the whole night, treating, and dragging one soldier at a time to safety.  And by dragging to safety, I mean patching wounds, sneaking past enemy patrols, keeping the injured soldiers quiet, and lowering them down a cliff with rope to the safety of their temp base of operations.

Desmond Saved over 75 lives, just to have to go back into battle the next day

The film ends with the eventual victory over the Japanese, but leaves you with your jaw hanging open.  When you realize, you just watched a WWII action drama, where the hero doesn’t even punch a person, let alone shoot anyone.  Desmond would go on to be awarded the Medal of Honor, the first to earn this award having never used a weapon.

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The acting was great. Andrew Garfield delivers a great performance, making you forgive him for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The battles were well directed (Mel Gibson) and deliver the most unromantic picture of war.  The screams, wounds, and demise of the multiple brave troops is anything but haunting.

A great film, that sucks you in, but comforting being based on a true story, so you know he lives.  But knowing it’s a true story, makes it even more powerful.  Sometimes the real deal, is the most unbelievable and amazing thing ever.

Oscar Contender #6

Lion

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Lion is a film about a five-year- old Indian boy named Saroo. He’s separated from his brother and gets lost in the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home and where no one speaks Hindi. He endures many challenges before he is taken to an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, he begins his search for the family he lost.

Let me just say, you’ll need a box of tissues when you watch this film. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. Saroo’s journey in search of his family truly touched my heart and it’s a story that will stay with me. Dev Patel, who plays the adult Saroo, did a phenomenal job with this character. I believed every moment, felt his pain, and walked with him.

It’s no wonder Lion has received so many nominations! This film gets a 5/5 stars from me! I suggest watching this with a friend or someone you love. You’ll want someone to hold nearby.

Till next time!
X Steph Cardozo

 
Oscar Contender #5

Arrival

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Synopsis: Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. (via Wikipedia)


Where do I even begin? I guess I should start off by saying that I did not hate the film, but I don’t think I can say I loved it. It’s very odd. I might have to watch Arrival again to really confirm a love or like. Perplexed is the best word I can think of. After Brendan and I finished watching the movie, no lie, for 30 minutes all we could say was “hmm”. Not in a bad way but we just kept thinking about what we’ve just watched.



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The film begins with a montage of life and death between a mother and daughter. The death being the daughter, who appears to be in her late teens, early twenties.  As I watched, I assumed the montage was the past, but as I would learn, it was actually the future. Linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and Physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) are a team comprised of learning, while questioning, these aliens in heptapods.

“What is your purpose on Earth?”

Louise and Ian learn to trust each other and trust these extraterrestrial visitors enough, that they do not wear hazmat suits while present. Something happens along the way to Louise. While working, she is daydreaming about a girl and seeing her life. Louise is being called mother by this girl named Hannah. Like I stated from the beginning, we thought the montage was the past but it was not. As we later learn, Louise has figured out, that the aliens gave people of Earth a gift; to see the future. Louise opened her mind up so much to the possibility of learning from these aliens, that the montage and her daydreaming was simply her future.

I would love to explain more, but I feel as though I would not be able to convey what I am trying to say. If you are familiar with any sci-fi stories involving time, either in writing or film, you know that explaining without watching can be very confusing.

What I can say, is that I do suggest this film. Even after watching and saying “hmm” for 30 minutes, I am still left wanting more, wanting more answers, that I’ll never get, and I think I am fine with that. The story, albeit confusing at times, managed to keep me intrigued. To see your future, the happiness you would feel, the sorrow that is to come and to still choose to live those exact moments were nothing short of beautiful. I have never seen a story like this regarding aliens. It was not the “norm” we are used to seeing (like wanting to destroy mankind) and I can appreciate that. After proof reading my own review, I guess I can say I like this film.

Like Hell or High Water, more films that have a sense of the stories we know with a new spin or twist is great and I welcome it. We need new stories to tell, more original content. Now go watch this film and get mind blown.

Oscar Contender #4