I didn’t love Vice but it’s not strictly a comedy. There were a few parts of the film-making that rubbed me the wrong way but the major wrong-way-rubbing was what Dick and the gang got up to. Especially the Halliburton shit.
Roma is stunning and the best of the Oscar nominees by a significant margin.
A Star is Born is painfully earnest and self-indulgent but good performances make it watchable.
Green Book is painfully lightweight and formulaic but good performances make it watchable.
BlacKkKlansman (not to mention Sorry to Bother You) are far more urgent, confrontational, and compelling films about race than the feel-good Green Book. But I suppose there’s something to be said for feeling good about race relations. Some movie-goers don’t go to movies to get challenged.
It’s just so great to see Spike Lee back in the nominees! Remember how great Spike Lee is?
I’ll be watching Buster Scruggs in the next day or two. Love the Coens more than anyone but this premiering on Netflix thing is a weird adjustment for me so I’ve been waiting on it for weird adjustment reasons.
Oh, and hell yes to Sam Elliott’s comment on his first-ever nomination, “It’s about fucking time!”