2018 Oscar Party Time

Yup…it’s that time again! The Oscars are this Sunday. Casey Affleck will not be presenting, there’s sure to be political commentary by some and will the attendees wear black? I would love to see everyone with a #metoo or #timesup pin, but I’d also love to see some fun color on that red carpet. It’s always fun to be a fashion critic when watching and it’s kind of hard when everyone is wearing black….but that’s just me!

It’s always a fun party at my younger sister’s home…from the great food to the great company and who has the most wins on the ballot. Click here for a printable ballot.

Here’s my two cents on some of the films…click on name for trailers…

Call Me By Your Name… A lovely story, but could have been MUCH shorter. The middle dragged a bit. I thought Timothee Chalamet was great. The best part of the movie was the last 15 minutes & dad’s soliloquy.

The Post…  I went into it thinking it was all about the Watergate scandal and how The Washington Post and Katharine Graham were involved. It’s not about that at all. It’s about the Pentagon papers and how Graham handled it in a male dominated industry. Her husband had died and some of the men were very condescending to her. In the end she made the important decisions to keep the Post going successfully. Good movie, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are good, but I just thought it was okay.

The Shape of Water…I loved it! I didn’t really know anything about it, but it reminded me a little bit of the movie Her about falling in love with an operating system. At first, seemed totally stupid and then the love story just grew on me. Oh…and visually it was beautiful…greens and blues and the cinematography was amazing.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…One of my favorites. It’s depressing, but the story kept moving. Frances McDormand was great and I predict she’ll win for best actress…and Woody Harrelson was also really good, but probably won’t win best actor.

Phantom Thread…I loved this movie!! Beautiful  cinematography, a twisted love story, sometimes just reminded me of a painting by Vermeer…just gorgeous! It’s quite a departure for Paul Thomas Anderson (director) from his other movies like Boogie Nights. (funny side note…my sister and I used to babysit him…our families were close friends)

The Darkest Hour…Interesting movie, although I thought a bit too long, considering we knew the outcome. Gary Oldman is great and I think will probably win in the best actor category.

Dunkirk…I’m sure it’s an amazing movie…it’s up for best picture…but I just wasn’t in the mood to watch another war movie….so I didn’t stay til the end.

Get Out…WOW, WOW, WOW! This movie is not for the faint of heart. It makes you uncomfortable, it’s suspenseful and, weirdly, there are funny parts. Very well done and should win best original screenplay, in my humble opinion…although 3 Billboards won the BAFTA for screenplay.

Lady Bird…I think I’d heard too much before I saw it. I really liked it, but wasn’t blown away by it. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are great…but it just kind of reminded me of my Catholic School girl days…without the mean mom. It made me a bit nostalgic, which was fun.

The Greatest Showman…Well, I’m a sucker for musicals. They hardly ever get the good reviews by the critics, but are liked by audiences….go figure. Anyway, I LOVED this musical and I’m really hoping the song “This is Me” wins best song.

…now what sort of clever food ideas can I come up with to go with these movie themes…English themed food for Dunkirk or The Last Hour, Ladybird Chicken, anything with a Phantom Thread running through it?????

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

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