It’s become a favorite annual tradition for me to do my best impression of every internet know-it-all and blunder boldly into predicting the Academy Awards outcomes among movies I largely ignored. However, this year I’ve actually seen a good number of the movies up for the statue? Weird.
The issue is what Once Upon a Time in Hollywood culminates to in terms of a message and moral. Certainly, Inglourious Basterds culminates to a message we can all agree on: Nazis fucking suck.
If you’re rich you get fancy candlelit dinners and grand speeches, if you’re poor you get to sing and dance.
Want the quick and dirty? This movie is fantastic. Go see it. Bring your friends. Those of you sticking around are going to get the treat of a one on one cage match between Booksmart and its spiritual predecessor, Superbad (2007).
Gerry Maravilla doesn’t waste time. Not his own, and not his viewers’.
Each vignette has not only its own unique style, but its own philosophy, its own universe or corner of the world.
Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Watson has set the bar for all of next year’s awards here and now.