Here we go everyone! The home stretch! Only one more week until it's all over. In one more week, all the debates and controversies will be settled, and we can at last set 2017 behind us and focus on what's ahead of us in cinema. This has certainly been a strange time for the Academy, with categories where the frontrunner is unclear and sexual allegation scandals majorly influencing some top decisions in voting, let's look ahead to see what's most likely to win on Oscar night!
Now for this, I tried to stick with what the hype has been saying, even if it went against my impression of the nominees. I learned about a year ago the truth about how the Academy selects its winners, so I'm now going to do my best in predicting based on how the pattern's been like over the past several years, being cautious of any curveballs they could throw at us (hopefully nothing as embarrassing as last years'!
Click here to read my review of Lion.
Garth Davis’s movie works hard to raise awareness about the crisis of children losing their families. It always happens for different reasons, including separation in a crowd, wandering, or even kidnapping. Every parent wants to ensure their kids know as much as possible about what to do in a given circumstance they are separated from their family, but what differences should be considered when the child falls upon the autism spectrum?
First, some common causes of children with autism losing their families in busy public places:
Six-Word Lessons for Dads with Autistic Kids, Lesson #22: Their Senses are Much More Sensitive.
Click here to read my review of Me Before You.
Coming from my own experiences, my autism has been an enormous stumbling block, just like Will with Quadriplegia. But what I learned over time, is that what I thought was holding me back was actually setting me up for something better, such as my book on growing up autistic that currently has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. But it doesn’t end there. Do you think Stephen Hawking would have inspired others had he decided to end his life after losing his muscular capabilities? Do you think that Roger Ebert would still be remembered as a well-respected movie critic if he killed himself after losing his jaw? What about Abraham Lincoln? Would our nation still be a slave-free country if he chose to end it after meeting a failure on the job? The devastating thing is, this movie proves that people don’t quite understand the value of a disability.
Maybe Me Before You isn’t promoting the best solution on how to deal with physical and mental impairments, but there is one thing that it gets right: the portrayal of what it does to a person.
Click here to read my review of The Imitation Game.
We are all familiar with the societal fight to shine a stronger, more inspirational light on the LGBTQ community, as The Imitation Game reflects, but this movie also depicts a more subliminal, and more important concept about the historical figure Alan Turing, autism’s influence on history.
Although it’s never said in the movie, as autism was a newly coined disorder at the time, Alan Turing displays many symptoms of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. He rarely associates with others, he gets obsessive over his interests, he can’t understand a joke, he trembles in his speech, and he freaks out when the peas on his plate are touching the carrots. These are all common traits of ASD, and in my belief were intentionally placed by the director and screenwriter to suggest how Alan Turing was not only gay, but autistic as well.
It’s not every day you hear of somebody on the autism spectrum following an ambition to change the course of history under the secrecy of the government, but these types of stories are happening all around us, and where we never knew to look.
Click here to read my review of The Shape of Water.
What really stood out to me about this movie is the parallel that the creature has to anyone who seems to be a misfit to society. Sure enough, throughout the film, those ties are made, as several of the story’s heroes are misfits to 1960’s Baltimore: one is mute, one is a Black woman, one is a closet homosexual, and they’re the ones who connect the most with the creature’s condition. In fact, with the main character, Elisa, she shares quite a few similarities to people on the autism spectrum.
The most noticeable trait from when we first meet her is that she keeps a specific morning routine that we see her repeat to the dime. First, she prepares a bunch of eggs in boiling water, and as she waits for them to finish, she takes a bath, specifically because it sexually arouses her. After her hardboiled eggs are done, she speaks to one of her only real friends, the struggling artist from next door who is a closet homosexual. Then she takes the bus to work, using her cap as a pillow to rest against the window. Then once she arrives at work, she cuts in line to punch her time card in. Outside of work, her neighbor likes to take her out to a key lime pie, which she keeps having to remind him that she hates the taste of. Although she can’t speak, the two find a way to bond by watching TV.
Click here to read my review of Inside Out.
“Cheer up! Stay positive! Always look on the bright side of life!” Wherever we go, at home, at school, or at work, we are always pressed upon by our peers and media to keep up a grin as a solution to hard times. Anything besides happy, we are expected to think that something is wrong with us. If we get angry, we get called aggressive. If we are disgusted, we get called judgmental. If we are fearful, we get called cowardly. If we are sad, we get called negative.
What Inside Out teaches us is that we have multiple emotions for a reason: each one makes up who we are, that means we should not feel ashamed to express tears of sorrow when necessary. No matter what our surroundings try to tell us, it is not always a good thing to keep a happy face. It’s even more important that we make sure people with ASD understand this.
With every situation of moving or switching schools, all sorts of emotional upsets overwhelm a savant’s mind like an overfilled glass continuing to be filled.
Another year for movies has gone. If there's anything I can say about this year for movies is that this has probably been the most polarizing year we've had. With films such as Bright, mother! and Star Wars: The Last Jedi dividing audiences and critics, as well as audiences themselves, the artform of filmmaking is growing more and more subjective, nearly as hotheaded as the political arena. I myself have some opinions that polarize from other popular opinions, which I'll go through in this list of my favorites and least favorites of the year. Bear in mind, I haven't seen all the films this year, so you won't see The Emoji Movie in my worst list, and this is purely subjective. That is, I'm using this time to take off my critic's cap and judge each movie purely by how much I personally enjoyed it.
If you want to see what I pick for the objectively best of the year, you'll have to wait until it gets closer to Oscar Sunday, I'll post my own little awards show when it gets close. So for now, here's what stood out for me in the cinema this year! To make sure we end on a high note...
Well, another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? Feels like it should still be March if you ask me! We’ve seen a lot happen in 2017, as usual there have been shootings, natural disasters, and public disrespect for the government. But also from this year, we’ve been introduced to Fidget Spinners, Disney acquired the film rights to Fox, a solar eclipse hit the US, and Donald Trump accomplished his first year in office, with strongly opinionated results from all citizens. It has been tough for all of us to go through this year and handle the moral outrage that continues on social media whenever a disaster happens, or our president sends everyone into a frenzy when he misspells “coffee” in a tweet.
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