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    Saw Mary Queen of Scots last weekend. Multi-layered and well-acted. Great leads in Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, with Guy Pearce and Jack Lowden doing extremely well in supporting roles. I know quite a bit of English history and Lord knows we've seen enough of it with The Tudors, The White Queen, Wolf Hall, and other offerings, but I'll admit I can't drill down to the subterranean level so it's difficult to tell if the tale of the dueling queens rolled out quite this way. It's slow, but moving and thought-provoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50PoundHead View Post
    No one seeing any movies?

    Saw The Favourite last weekend. Dark, dark humor with splendid performances from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone. If Colman isn't nominated in one of the best acting categories, the awards system should just be junked. She's been a solid supporting player in both movies and a lot of British television and she is phenomenal as Queen Anne. Stone and Weisz are excellent, but Colman is a cut above.

    I watched First Reformed on Amazon Prime the other day and while it is difficult to say it was an enjoyable experience, it's a very heady meditation on a lot of issues and Ethan Hawke does very well in the main role. Paul Schrader can create these tortured characters that are painful to watch (see Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver as an example) and it's probably a challenge for an actor to portray that complexity without becoming tirelessly maudlin.
    I’ve been catching up a bit with semester projects and student grading over. Saw The Favourite and loved it—though I’m a Lanthimos partisan to begin with.

    Saw both Ralph Breaks the Internet and Holmes & Watson on Chrimbus for a John C Reilly mini-marathon. The former was a decent sequel, but still lacked the buoyancy and energy of its antecedent; the latter was not as bad as the deluge of abysmal reviews suggest, but still felt lazy and farted-out. Upshot of the latter is it did convince me to rewatch Step Brothers to get a good Ferrell/Reilly taste back in my movie-mouth.

    Not sure what else to screen before my break if over in two weeks. Have a decent blu-ray backlog, though, and nothing jumps at me from the proper cinema except Vice, which I’ll make a point to catch.
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    Christian Bale really totally becomes Dick Cheney in Vice. Storytelling is similar to what McKay used in The Big Short. It's obviously biased, but it's a great refresher on what a pair of d*ckheads David Addington and "Scooter"Libby are. Not enough of John Yoo to make it a trifecta.

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    Agree with you on Holmes and Watson. Doesn't reach the comic heights of Step Brothers, but it's in the same strata as Talladega Nights. Reviewers must have been expecting something more Shakespearean. The romantic subplot was a bit wasted, but I could watch Rebecca Hall all day long.

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