No, this is not a "new" idea for a spin-off show or anything. It's two movie reviews.
I can't tell you anything about the plot of Room. It would spoil it for you. I didn't know anything about the plot before I started watching it, except something that made zero sense. But we put it in tonight so I could review it and vote before the weekend hits.
OMG, y'all. This movie made me weep. So good. So very good. We honestly didn't know what we were watching, until it finally started making some sense, and then we were riveted. The performances are outstanding. I dunno if the kid is nominated, but if he is, I'm going to have to weigh my vote very carefully. I may have to give it to him instead of Eddie Redmayne. And if the lead actress is nominated, well, I'm going to have to weigh that against Saoirse Ronan. Dang.
Also a couple of very fine performances by Joan Allen and William H. Macy. And Wendy Crewson showed up; I recognized her without knowing exactly who I recognized. If you like any of these performers, then go ahead and admire their performances, but pay attention to the principles. Really good flick (about which I can divulge NOTHING other than accolades).
Mad Max: this thing is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture? Are you FUCKING kidding me? Sure, it's holding our attention, in bits, but seriously, Stephen has been looking over something in his phone from time to time, and I, of course, am BLOGGING while we watch. This movie will not change the world; Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (yes, more grunting Tom Hardy) are doing a fine job; the story is a bit silly while trying to tell us something. I don't feel the least bit unhappy that I missed this one in theaters; I'm grateful that one of Stephen's co-workers lent him his Blu-Ray (still sealed - what does that tell you, kids?).
Yes, there are "epic landscapes", and for a post-apocalyptic action flick, there's plenty of fighting, driving, and explosions. But Best Picture? I think not. At least we've had wine and chocolate tonight! And tomorrow, if I'm not working? I hope to figure out how to stream the last two, Trumbo and Carol. I think I have to watch them both in my laptop, rather than on the tv screen, but I'm hoping that the stories don't make me hate that option. We'll see!