The 90th Academy Awards: Always overblown, newly relevant

The Academy Awards felt as relevant and fresh as they could while yet maintaining all the cheese and slight odor of staleness that marks this large, ponderous institution. 

Achariya: Full disclosure, although I unreservedly love the red carpet of any Hollywood event, I haven’t watched the Academy Awards for years, in part because it felt like there was little point to watching Hollywood wank itself over movies that I generally find uninteresting. I’m a geek and like action/spy/fantasy/sci-fi/arthouse movies, and the stuff that tends to win is what garnered best actor last night, movies like Darkest Hour (which, ok, I kinda liked).

Jen: Even though I appreciate the fanfare and pageantry, the Oscars have become a thing I’m aware of rather than look forward to. I appreciate filmmakers and crews and such receiving much-deserved recognition because it usually results in more work for them and more creative control, but for me actually making time to sit down and watch is less a priority than knowing what’s nominated and what won.

Achariya: I watched the show last night because after the #MeToo movement pointed out all the flaws in the Hollywood system, I wanted to see how the Academy Awards producers would handle it. And in fact, they handled it subtly and well.

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In Theaters Now – Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is at once beautifully shot, perfectly acted, and possessed of some of the richest visuals I’ve ever seen. It is nominated for a slew of awards, and rightfully so.

It felt strange watching a peak arthouse movie (a bildungsroman about a young musical prodigy falling for an older grad student in 1980s Italy doesn’t get much arthouse-y-er) in a multiplex theater, especially when we already have an arthouse theater down the road that’s still playing The Shape of Water, but the times they are a-changing.

My co-blogger Achariya loved it, devoured the book, and has been looking forward to it since last summer, and although she watched a screener for her most excellent preview earlier this week, we wanted to get the full theater experience.

Achariya: At the end of the movie, I looked around and spotted no fewer than three gay couples (and a few more straight couples) wiping tears from their eyes due to a certain scene. It’s nice to see this at an AMC.

Jen: I know, it was so sweet!

Call Me By Your Name, as mentioned, is a coming of age romance about Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a 17-year-old Jewish musical prodigy summering with his family in their elegant Italian villa. His family are warm, cultured, and incredibly European as they all dine alfresco all the time, read each other 14th century sonnets, and smoke like burning tobacco warehouses.

Every summer the family takes in a grad student for six weeks who helps Elio’s father, an archaeology/antiquities professor, with his notes and projects. Enter Oliver, played by Armie Hammer. Almost from the start, Elio is captivated by the tall, blond, dashing Oliver, who wears his Star of David as easily and overtly as he wears his billowing blue shirt.

I would recommend CMBYN to anyone who loves a good romance amid beautiful settings. The sex scenes are carefully blocked to avoid any full frontal, per the actors’ contracts, but there’s still lots of male nudity on screen, which you would expect in a movie where men get it on. Do not take an elderly, conservative relative to see this film unless you are really hoping to broaden their horizons or kill them with a heart attack.

For a more in-depth discussion involving spoilers, journey under the cut. We are going to demarcate my reaction to the film from our chatter by putting our discussion in italics.

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I Got Nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award! Woo Hoo!

Here are the people I nominate. NOTE: If I nominate you and you don’t want to participate, that’s cool! No worries!

Yay!
Yay!

Thank you to Nalia Rose for nominating me! I never expected to receive anything like this!

And thank YOU readers, for continuing my enable my mad ramblings! I appreciate you so much, and love that there are so many people with similar interests!

The Rules!
The Rules!
  1. Thank the Person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Award.
  3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other Bloggers and comment on one of their recent posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Facts About Me
Facts About Me

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I’m a shy weirdo introvert.
  2. I played the violin for seven years.
  3. I’m a Scorpio.
  4. I’m 5’2.
  5. I like experimenting with natural beauty products and methods, and have tried LOTS of different kinds.
  6. I LOVE to cook (and eat)!
  7. I am insulin resistant/Pre-Diabetic and control it with diet and exercise.
Nominations!
Nominations!

Here are the people I nominate. NOTE: If I nominate you and you don’t want to participate, that’s cool! No pressure and no worries! 

  1. Patrick Sponagle
  2. Flamingo Dancer
  3. Nicholas C. Rossis
  4. #HowEllaGotHerGrooveBack
  5. YellingRosa
  6. Suchamuse