Commentary on the Oscar Nominations

While I’m going to release my totally untrustworthy predictions concerning this year’s Oscars next week, let me make a few comments about the nominations.

Hostiles

Unfortunately, Hostiles is a film whose enormous meaning will prove to be a bit tedious to many members of the audience.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Let me just say that the three Maze Runner films evolved far more powerfully than the Blade Runner sequel or The Hunger Games trifecta.

12 Strong

The good news about 12 Strong is that it rises above the expected absurdity comprising most January film releases.

Molly’s Game

Despite the fact that this film lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes, trial lawyers in particular are likely to enjoy the ride.

Call Me By Your Name

A powerful love story that will be a turnoff for many. Those are the very people who should see it.

Phantom Thread

If your favorite pastime is to experience two hours of boredom, then this film is your cinematic cup of tea.

Paddington 2

I saw this film with my skeptical 19 and 16-year-old grandchildren. We all loved it. Enough said.

The Disaster Artist

If there was a more pathetic movie released in this past year, I haven’t seen it.