We finally saw the last of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated movies this weekend when "A Star is Born" was on HBO. Both Kitty and I came to the conclusion that it was the meat thrown out to the white audience just like "Black Panther" was thrown out for the black. They really have no place being nominated except to please the general viewing audience. But as has been pointed out to me here on LJ, a lot of previous winners also had no place being nominated. I guess that's the general state of cinema. All the movie was was a vehicle to have Lady Gaga sing. If that's your thing, great! If you could care less about Lady Gaga (me!) then the movie was a complete waste of time.
Last week we had watched the Best Picture winner "Green Book" and both liked it. Once again, it wasn't great, but of the other nominees, it was probably the best. Perhaps "Roma" or "The Favourite" had better storytelling, but "Green Book" was a nice safe choice.
Speaking of storytelling, we also saw a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, "Shoplifters." It's a Japanese movie about a family living on the bottom rungs of society, but they seem to have togetherness. One reason I like foreign films is because they usually tell the story slowly. Sometimes they're just overly-pretentious and have nothing but story with no resolution, but here we have a story that slowly builds until the critical point when there's the "big reveal" and everything comes to a head. Of course Kitty liked it because it was about her peeps and she got to try her skill translating the Japanese dialogue. I like seeing the day-to-day lives of ordinary people in foreign countries with stories so different from what we're constantly fed.