The Oscar Expert has written 12 reviews for films during 2019.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    I still think it could have done a little more with the first two thirds but the last third is such a masterpiece.

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★★

    The middle of this film absolutely shook me and made me experience emotions that were foreign to me. It was probably the most powerful thing I’ve witnessed in a movie. Trey Edward Shults has an ability possibly greater than any other filmmaker to put you inside of a mental breakdown. His maximalist style uses camerawork, sound, and editing in ways that I’ve never seen before. It’s all in service of emotion. He can elicit empathy from you in a way…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★½

    Love films that focus on complex and intimate human relationships. Shia LaBeouf is genuinely incredible here and Noah Jupe matches him. Wasn’t as captivated with the first half but I really did feel the pain of the kid in the second, who cannot get the love he needs from his dad. Shia is incapable of being a proper father but we can also forgive him just for recognizing that he is a human being.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite is My Name is a fun, but surface level look at Rudy Ray Moore, capturing what made him such a unique voice, but little underneath. The film's main goal is to be fun. I personally had more fun with The Disaster Artist, which is an extremely similar film, though I wouldn't fault Dolemite for that.

    What the film does best is showcasing how Dolemite stood up to an industry that didn't allow voices like his to be heard. Dolemite's…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    The look and sound to this film is unlike anything else. The cinematography is absolutely stunning from start to finish, and the way dark shadows overwhelm the screen creates a maddening effect on the viewer.

    Strikes me as a wtf movie, and I’m not sure if there’s much to take away. It seems to me that any reading of the film would need to delve heavily into folklore, something I am not remotely into. But it works as an experience.…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    Boy this movie is just a pleasing heart-warmer. Sure, conceptually it's a little smug thinking that it's the movie we need right now, and it doesn't comment on Nazi Germany in a way that adds much to that conversation. But I kinda fell in love with the story and the relationship between Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie, both of whom are perfect here.

    Everything is in place to make this film extremely enjoyable and satisfying for that Oscar bait…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    At 3.5 hours long, it maintains a brisk pace throughout, which is an achievement. But it grew tiring, not from being boring, but from being more of the same, for a long period of time. Most of the film is good, some of it great, but there's maybe just too MUCH movie, considering that the last 40 minutes really makes the film, and the rest is... 170 minutes.

    The performances are excellent, but Pacino steals the show, and is responsible…

  • Joker

    Joker

    I don’t understand thinking it’s a masterpiece and I don’t understand being repulsed by it.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    I'm gonna explain why this movie is deep, and why it's A tier Pixar, not just a mediocre sequel like Finding Dory and Incredibles 2. Spoilers ahead.

    This film is about what we find to be comforting and how that can shift throughout our lives, and the difficulty that comes with accepting that kind of drastic change.

    Forky is a reflection of Woody. Forky is born as an assembly of trash, and therefore, trash is all he knows. Forky describes…

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    Great post Marriage Story watch. The acting and writing is, again, incredible. Baumbach can continue to explore the human condition through divorce as long as he likes. Somber and delightful in equal measure.

    It's more of a coming-of-age about identity and one's relationship with their parents than a film about how divorce is sad. About how the way you view your parents becomes more nuanced with age. They are flawed humans, just like you. You are not all of them, and you are not none of them.

    They should have nominated Daniels, Linney, and Eisenberg.

    Set aside an easy 80 minutes to watch this on Netflix.

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    The biggest compliment I could give it that it feels like a welcome addition to Breaking Bad. It doesn’t take as much advantage as it could of bringing something new to the show. A lot of it is focused on Jesse trying to get money, so it’s a little more plot oriented than reflective, but I will say that there are a lot of great suspenseful moments. As a thriller it’s as good as the show. But the way it wraps up is just kinda... expected? And not very different from other ingonnastartanewlifeinthemountains endings we’ve seen.

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    Didn't impact me in any substantial way but there are moments of great filmmaking.