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Ed Aycock
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Posted: 02 January 2019 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

While everybody is talking about "Bird Box" - but interestingly, not on here- I caught another great Netflix movie the other day: "Roma."  Directed by Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity," "Y Tu Mama Tambien," "Prisoner of Azkaban"), it's a beautiful film set in Mexico City in the early 70s.  It's really worth seeing for the cinematography alone.  

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Ok, this may have received no responses but it did get the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film last night so... it's worth it, people.  

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It's on my radar.  Will definitely catch it on Netflix, probably this week.
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I totally agree, Ed - this is an excellent movie.  I waited for it to come on Netflix because it was such a short theatrical window, and immediately regretted not seeing this in the theater.  Cuaron's cinematography is gorgeous.  So if you watch it on Netflix, be sure to at least watch on TV and not your computer - get the biggest screen you can find!  I saw it over the weekend and haven't stopped thinking about it, so I will probably so see it again in the theater.

Yalitza Aparicio is amazing as Cleo - the heartbreak in some of these scenes comes from such a wonderful performance.



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Tim, I'm still thinking about it too.  When I read that Aparicio is a schoolteacher in real life, a lot of her performance made sense.  
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I donít have Netflix, and I donít think shows/movies on streaming services should be nominated for these awards. Only those that are freely available to everyone.
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I think you should get Netflix, youíre missing out. I also think I get where youíre going with that, but movies at the cinema are not freely available for everyone. You have to pay to go in and watch the movie. Arguably, the cost of one movie ticket is more than a month of Netflix. Netflix is freely available to everyone to buy too, unless youíre a weirdo with no internet service. Even if you donít have a roku device or a smart tv, or a DVD player with WiFi or a gaming system, or a smart phone that you can use for streaming, you can still order the movies on dvd through the mail. This is the world weíre in now. Netflix is producing movies, so if youíre awarding movies, they should be in the prize pool with everyone else.
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It was released in "select theaters" before it was on Netflix in order to be eligible and will most likely be shown in more theaters it gets more awards.  And that's about the same amount of theaters it would be shown in if it were never streamed on Netflix.  Unless you're "Life is Beautiful" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Best Foreign Film Winners are lucky if they are shown outside New York, LA and Chicago and small art towns.
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I was finally able to get my theatrical experience with this one - and it was amazing!  The American Cinematheque had a 70mm screening at The Egyptian in Hollywood this past Sunday.  The film is even better on screen - the black & white cinematography is beautiful and accentuates the wonderful performances.  Subtle flourishes I missed on TV were big as life on screen and even more impactful.  

The sound design was really something else - I didnít give it much thought on TV, but it added significantly to the experience.

After the screening, there was a panel discussion with Yelitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira - am interesting discussion with all of the energy you would expect from two Oscar nominees.  The theater was sold out, so it was packed.  Itís great to see a movie like this with a large and appreciative crowd. 



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Posted: 19 February 2019 at 2:28pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Well, color me jealous, Tim! How did the giant lobster look? :)
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Ha!  The lobster was even BIGGER on screen, Ed!  It got a good laugh from the audience, about half of which had not seen the film before Sunday (per an informal poll by the moderator, who asked for a show of hands).

There was also some knowing laughter when the scene from MAROONED (1969) came on screen.  For a moment, I didn't realize why people were laughing as the scene wasn't campy or silly, and then I realized that the film is a reference to Cuaron's GRAVITY (2013).  Reading about it the next day, the movie was a huge influence on Cuaron as a kid and informed his filming GRAVITY.



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Posted: 20 February 2019 at 6:25am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I donít have Netflix, and I donít think shows/movies on streaming services should be nominated for these awards. Only those that are freely available to everyone.

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HBO shows have been winning Emmys long before streaming started. Itís not free to anyone. 
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