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  • So it’s officially award season, and as I do every year, today I’m gonna talk about

  • some of the Oscar-y movies that I finally got to see since 2016 ended.

  • A couple things to note up front, 1, while I am talking about a lot of more serious,

  • Oscar nominated films, I will also be talking about some movies that are definitely not

  • nominated for any awards, but are just movies that I saw since the year ended that I kind

  • of wanted to talk about.

  • 2, there are times of the movies in the description so you can skip around as you please.

  • 3, I’ve already talked about Hacksaw Ridge in my top 10 movies of 2016 video, so check

  • that out if you wanna hear my thoughts.

  • Long story short, amazing movie, 10/10, it was my number 1 of the year in that video.

  • And 4, while I have made a big effort to see as many 2016 movies as I can, there are still

  • some that I have missed, because maybe a 15 year old kid who has a ton of school work

  • and a limited amount of money can’t see everything.

  • Also, quite a few of these just did not come out where I live or won’t come out until

  • like April, so movies that are nominated for some Oscars that I have yet to see:

  • Fences, Moonlight, Patriots Day, Jackie, The Lobster, Silence, The Founder, and Nocturnal

  • Animals.

  • Alright, with all that said, let’s get into this kind of extra 2016 movie wrap up starting

  • off with Arrival.

  • Arrival is a movie that I’m really not gonna talk a lot about, and in fact throughout this

  • whole segment I’m only gonna use pictures.

  • Because I went into this movie knowing basically nothing and I think that is definitely the

  • best way to watch this movie.

  • I want people to experience this movie the same way I did, so without going into any

  • plot details, let me just say, this film is phenomenal.

  • Everything in it comes together perfectly, all the performances are outstanding, the

  • movie’s pacing and editing is fantastic, the technical side of the film, like the sound

  • design and the cinematography is superb.

  • I alsos thought this had one of the best and most memorable scores of 2016, which is why

  • I personally was really surprised that it didn’t get any Oscar nomination for it.

  • I haven’t seen Passengers, but I’m willing to bet a lot of money that the music in this

  • movie is better than in that.

  • The movie’s very much a slow burn which absolutely works, the twists along the way

  • are intriguing, it’s a very unique, tense, and original film.

  • And the ending is great.

  • It really leaves you thinking after the film is done, and it totally messes with your head,

  • I absolutely loved it.

  • Arrival is amazing, if you haven’t seen it, check it out, I’ll give it a 10/10.

  • Ok, now let’s take a tad bit of a break from all the serious stuff and talk about

  • a movie that I was interested in seeing since it came out despite not so great reviews,

  • Hardcore Henry.

  • In case you don’t know what this is, this is the first person shot, r rated action movie

  • about an android (?) called Henry who is on a mission for revenge.

  • And ultimately….I kind of enjoyed this.

  • It is far, far from perfect, but I think it was a very unique kind of movie and I can

  • appreciate how much effort must have gone into this.

  • Firstly, what I liked, by far the best thing about this movie is Sharlto Copley.

  • I don’t wanna spoil his role in this, but it is very, let’s just say versatile.

  • And Copley nails it, had me laughing consistently throughout.

  • The action like I said is also very impressive, there are some incredible stunts that left

  • me genuinely wondering how they were pulled off.

  • Some of the action is great, some of it is not, like the climax for example which I found

  • to be a bit disappointing.

  • And I guess this is where we talk about the bad stuff.

  • This is a movie that I would definitely describe as exhausting.

  • It never really lets up, and plus the first person perspective (especially in some of

  • the action) did start giving me a bit of a headache.

  • I cannot imagine how people couldve watched this whole thing on the big screen.

  • This movie is also very very violent.

  • Like, it takes a lot these days in terms of movie violence to have me saying, ahhhh this

  • is actually quite off putting.

  • But the violence got so extreme sometimes where I was like, this is just a bit upsetting.

  • So just know that going in.

  • Ultimately, there’s not a ton to say about this movie.

  • This has a super video game feel to it, from the way it’s shot down to the story (of

  • which there isn’t all that much) and the villain (who’s super over the top).

  • I think this movie will be loved by a very specific type of viewer, and will be hated

  • by a lot of other people.

  • As someone who I guess kind of falls in the middle of those, I thought this was alright.

  • Check this out if it seems like something you’d like, it certainly lives up to its

  • name, I’ll say that much.

  • I’ll give Hardcore Henry a 6.9/10.

  • Next there’s Disney’s latest princess movie, Moana.

  • I had been hearing great things about this movie for weeks following its release.

  • And now that I’ve finally seen it, I can say that it’s….pretty great.

  • I don’t think it’s a new Disney classic, I don’t even think it’s better than Zootopia

  • actually.

  • But I had a lot of fun with this film.

  • The voice acting all around is great, especially from the main two leads.

  • Dwayne Johnson continues to be the modern day movie star, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho

  • is just as good.

  • The two of them are really funny together, I was chuckling consistently throughout.

  • The animation is also stellar here, as is to be expected from Disney these days.

  • Especially the water animation, I mean just look at that.

  • The music is also pretty good, personally my favorite song is Youre Welcome, but

  • I can see that Moana’s main number also seems to be pretty popular.

  • Really, all I can say about this movie is that it’s a really fun, enjoyable romp.

  • My problems with this movie really lie in the story.

  • It’s a bit of a just generic Disney story.

  • It felt a lot like a mix of The Emperor’s New Groove meets Hercules….on water, which

  • is a fun mix, but I could tell where it was going for about 95% of it.

  • But all in all, I left the movie with a smile on my face.

  • While quite predictable and nothing really special in the story department, the rest

  • of the movie is a ton of fun for both adults and children.

  • And even though most of it felt a bit cookie-cutter, there were a few segments that I thought were

  • actually really creative.

  • I just don’t really have a ton to say about this.

  • I’ll give Moana an 8.5/10.

  • Next up is a little movie called Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

  • Look, I’d just say, watch the trailer for this movie and if it looks like something

  • you’d like, then youll like it.

  • This is a really quirky New Zealand comedy by Taika Waititi, who has done other really

  • quirky comedies but is also doing the next Thor movie, which is one of the main reasons

  • why I checked this out.

  • And I had such a fun time with this.

  • If you wanna take a break from the insane and often not very pleasant world were

  • living in right now, watch this movie, because it’s such a nice fun break from reality.

  • It’s so ridiculous and funny and heartfelt, it’s filled with likeable and hilarious

  • characters, it’s well written, well shot, and really well edited, it’s just a well

  • made super fun movie.

  • Sam Neill gives one of the best performances of his career, the kid who plays Ricky is

  • also great, the woman who plays the Child Protective Services woman is amazing.

  • Again, if you just wanna laugh and go on an adventure with characters that you really

  • like, watch the Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

  • The movie goes from amazing to good towards the end as a lot of movies seem to, but most

  • of it is still excellent, and even the ending made me smile, it’s just a movie that makes

  • you smile.

  • I’ll give it an 8.7/10.

  • Now there’s a little movie called Manchester by the Sea that came out, aaaaaaand yeah,

  • it’s pretty depressing.

  • That’s kind of been the joke around this movie, how depressing it is, but yeah, it’s

  • a pretty sad movie, not gonna lie.

  • But with that, it is also an extremely well made film.

  • This has not only some of the best performances I’ve seen all year but I would say the most

  • real performances I’ve seen in a movie in a few years.

  • Cuz even in movies with great performances, I guess I just didn’t feel like I was watching

  • completely real people like I did in this movie.

  • Casey Affleck gives maybe the best performance of the entire year, Lucas Hedges is fantastic

  • as well, Michelle Williams is great, there’s not a single person in the movie that I thought

  • was just ok, everyone’s great.

  • The movie’s well shot and really well edited, similarly to Arrival not getting nominated

  • for best music it surprised me this didn’t get nominated for best editing.

  • A shot will often stay on a thing more than youre expecting it to and this really helps

  • you feel like youre not watching a movie and that youre actually there with the

  • characters.

  • The movie’s extremely well written, again, it feels very real, and really, the best way

  • I can sum up this movie is that it’s 2 hours and 17 minutes of compelling nothingness.

  • A lot of this runtime is just nothing that’s pushing the story forward happening, but it’s

  • all interesting because it’s making the characters feel more and more real.

  • The movie is very slow, not a lot happens, just know that going in.

  • But it is still really really interesting and compelling because of these characters,

  • performances, and writing.

  • Somehow I was never bored once while watching this.

  • Something that also helps is that in addition to feeling very real, the characters are also

  • quite relatable.

  • I’m assuming there are a lot of people who can relate to Casey Affleck’s character

  • (although hopefully there are very few people who can relate to his character in some certain

  • ways), and other people who can relate to the kid in the movie (some of the things he

  • did I found myself latching onto.

  • I was like, yeah, I know that, I can empathize with this guy more than I couldve otherwise.

  • Although again, thankfully, there were quite a few elements to his character that I can

  • have the pleasure of saying I don’t know anything about . Overall, this is a very interesting,

  • and honestly quite unique movie.

  • It features incredible performances that really carry something that under the wrong vision

  • couldve become a completely boring story.

  • The movie is also incredibly depressing, like, life just generally sucks for this guy.

  • Although I saw this movie with my dad and when we walked out of this and i saidwell

  • that was pretty depressingmy dad was likereally?

  • I thought it was kind of uplifting towards the end.”

  • So while I personally didn’t really see that until maybe the very very end, sure,

  • maybe youll see some uplift in this movie, who knows.

  • Most of it though, yeah it’s pretty sad.

  • I’ll give Manchester by the Sea a 9.5/10.

  • Next let’s talk about Hidden Figures, finally something less dark.

  • This is the bigtrue storytype movie this year, and surprise surprise as these

  • things usually are, it’s pretty good.

  • This movie is basically carried by the three main performances, all of which are great.

  • While all of them great though, I personally wouldve given an Oscar nomination Taraji

  • P. Henson over Octavia Spencer.

  • Again, both solid, I just Henson carried more of the movie and gave a deeper performance.

  • Besides the main three, the supporting cast is superb.

  • Kevin Costner is great as a supporting actor as usual, I’m not a Big Bang Theory fan

  • but Jim Parsons was really good in this, Kirsten Dunst was really good, and so was Mahershala

  • Ali, who is gradually becoming one of my favorites.

  • Going back to the main three, seeing these characters working with this stuff that theyre

  • so good at it is really cool, but also seeing their personal lives and their personalities

  • developed over the course of the film was really interesting to me.

  • The movie also deals with this story and time period in a respectful way, and watching it

  • I’m just happy this movie got made, because this is an important story that people should

  • know about.

  • I’ll often walk out of these based on a true story movies and be like, how did I not

  • know about that stuff?

  • Those some really important and amazing people!

  • But while it does tell a story set in a not-so-ideal time period for these women, the movie is

  • still very fun, uplifting, and is definitely what I’d call a feel-good movie.

  • It’s just a really enjoyable watch from beginning all the way to the credits.

  • As far as what I didn’t really like, the movie is a bit predictable.

  • Like everything you expect to happen in this kind of movie happens.

  • And it also does that based on a true story movie thing, especially towards the end, where

  • it gets just a little bit too cheesy.

  • Also I feel like a little bit of this was exaggerated and/or altered in some way to

  • make this a more entertaining movie, but it did entertain me, so I don’t really know

  • if I can count that as a negative.

  • In the end, Hidden Figures is a very fun, feel-good movie.

  • It’s got great performances, it’s something I think pretty much the whole family can enjoy,

  • it’s just a pleasant experience.

  • I’ll give Hidden Figures an 8.3/10.

  • Now let’s talk about a movie that I feel like no one has seen, Captain Fantastic.

  • And that is a shame, because Captain Fantastic is just as good as the title implies.

  • Kind of like the Hunt for the Wilderpeople, this is another very weird, offbeat comedy,

  • except way darker than Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

  • While that movie was pretty much just a comedy, this is a pretty serious very well made film

  • with a lot of funny moments.

  • Also, another difference between the two is that this one is not for children, as in there

  • is blood, cursing, and brief full frontal male nudity.

  • Just warning you.

  • And you know what, this movie is excellent.

  • Looking at the Oscar nominations for best actor this year you might think Viggo Mortensen

  • seems like a little bit of an odd one out, but once you see this movie, he deserves to

  • be up there with everyone else.

  • He gives maybe the best performance of his career here, maybe, I don’t know, I love

  • Aragorn, but he is so good in ths.

  • Also, not only is he a great actor, but he’s also another mainstream Danish actor, so hell

  • yeah!

  • This dude drove trucks in Esbjerg and sold flowers in Copenhagen, I’m gonna have a

  • little bias for him even if he was a terrible actor.

  • Luckily, he’s phenomenal, so the Danish thing is just a bonus.

  • Everyone else is really good in this, there are some surprise appearances from actors

  • I didn’t really expect to see here, and also, pretty much all of the child performances

  • are spot on, which is rare in a movie.

  • Really, everything this movie shoots for, it hits.

  • All the comedic parts hit really well, but the dramatic

  • parts, and there are a few of them, hit just as well.

  • There are some things in this movie, especially towards the end, that if handled by another

  • director wouldve been really weird and unpleasant and cringey, but with this filmmaking

  • team behind it, this movie actually pulls off some stuff that….let’s just say is

  • out of the box.

  • Ultimately, if you haven't seen this which odds are you haven’t, go watch it now.

  • It is worth your time.

  • I’ll give Captain Fantastic a 9.4/10.

  • And finally, let’s get to the big one, La La Land.

  • Now look, I don’t know if I really wanna say this, because a) I could and probably

  • will change my mind and b) I know people will call me out for just making this decision

  • in the heat of the moment