(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season’s The Bachelor, go here)
I kept trying to write this recap on Tuesday, but every time I would get in a rhythm, Olivia kept coming in my room and asking if she could steal me for a second. Then I drove to a coffee shop to get some writing done, and Olivia popped up right next to my parking spot and asked if she could steal me for a second. Then I was trying to watch The People vs OJ Simpson, but Olivia kept appearing on my TV and asking if she could steal me for a second. Even later I was trying to read before going to sleep, and as soon as I opened my book, Olivia popped out of it and asked if she could steal me for a second. GO AWAY, OLIVIA. Is there some way the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus can come cast a spell on her to make her disappear?
In this week’s episode of “I’m not that girl you saw earlier, that’s not me, I’m not crazy,” Olivia is still a part of our lives, Amber whiffs on her 3rd chance of reality TV marriage bliss, and a certain girl that looks just like another girl gets dumped in her own living room, but first…
Hey guys, it’s been a really tough week for me. I got some news that will alter my life forever. I actually just got a call from my doctor and he told me that I have… wait, hold on, Olivia would like to say something. Go ahead, Olivia…
“Yeah, sorry to interrupt, but I’m really self-conscious about my legs, so I know what it’s like to struggle. Now go ahead, you were saying you like want to be a doctor when you grow up or something.”
Ahhhh, man! She did it again! It happens to the best of us.
The Revenant: **** out of 4.
It’s easy to think of The Revenant as simply the vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutally other-worldly Oscar-winning performance or as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Award-winning Birdman.
In fact, as I was sitting in the theater watching Leo eat raw bison liver and sleep in animal carcasses, I kept wishing he’d already won an Oscar (even though I don’t think he’s had a performance I would have voted for before this one) so the craziness would end. I kept mumbling to myself, “It didn’t have to be this way. Give him an Oscar so the insanity will stop already!” But in all seriousness, Leo’s performance should go down as one of the best of all-time, but the subplot surrounding his striving for an Oscar distracts a bit from it, at least on this side of what will hopefully be his first Oscar win.
Sadly, it also distracts from how magnificent and brilliant this film is as a whole. In fact, I think The Revenant would be my vote for Best Picture of the past two years. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to get the respect and recognition it deserves due to Iñárritu’s success last year.
So what makes The Revenant so powerful? It is filmmaking operating on all cylinders, pushing each of those cylinders to the max in a breathtaking experience that leaves you gasping for air while pumping your fist.
It feels like yesterday. When I was seven-years-old, my mother bought me my first computer. This device lacked the thinness of a MacBook Air or the portability of a tablet. No, this was a honest-to-goodness, white-block-with-a-screen computer. It was completely old school, and I loved it. Read more
The nominations are out and what we’re perhaps focusing most on this morning is just how sad the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars will be as we lost Alan Rickman, a great actor perhaps best known as Severus Snape by our generation but probably Hans Gruber for our parents’ generation.
For a complete list of nominees and to watch trailers go here
But on to the nominations. I have a lot of thoughts…