AMC Oscar Showcase 2019: Mini Movie Reviews

Posted February 18, 2019 by shooting in TV/Movies / 30 Comments

This past Saturday, my sister and I attended Day One of the AMC Oscar Showcase. There were only three movies (there will be four on February 23), because they aren’t showing Roma in the showcase. I thought it would be nice to do mini reviews of the films that I saw! Did anyone else attend their local AMC Oscar Showcase? There is still one more day if you wanted to see some of the nominees on the big screen.

The first movie was The Favourite. This is the one movie showing that day that I didn’t have as much interest in seeing. I liked some of the actors in the movie though, so I figured it would be worth watching. The Favourite is a bit of an odd movie. It’s definitely not my favorite (ha ha), but I’m glad to have watched it. I think the actors in the movie were fantastic – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone Nicholas Hoult- and they definitely made the movie for me. I thought the music throughout was a bit jarring and annoying, and I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. It’s kind of anti-climatic in a way, but also just a tad confusing.

Next up was The BlackKklansman, which was I really excited to see, and I definitely recommend if you haven’t already watched it. The movie is about a young, black cop who becomes a klansman, AKA a member of the KKK as part of an undercover operation. John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, and he does an amazing job. He’s the voice on the phone, when talking to the KKK (even the Grand Wizard, David Duke). When in person Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, is the face of Ron. It was horrifying watching these two men listen to the hateful rhetoric these KKK members spewed. They obviously hated people who were black, but also those who were gay and even Jewish (which Zimmerman was, and he has to constantly lie about this). This movie is based on the memoir of the real Ron Stallworth, and while I haven’t read it, I thought director Spike Lee made a great film, and it definitely parallels today’s times as well, which is horrifying that things haven’t changed as much as they should have.

The third and final movie was Bohemian Rhapsody, about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. This movie was one I’d wanted to see as soon as I heard about it, so I was really glad it was nominated for Best Picture and included in the Showcase on the day I went, as I hadn’t yet had the chance to see it. It’s one of those movies that was great to see on the big screen, but I’ll definitely be buying my own copy soon. Rami Malek plays Freddie, and he does a fantastic job. The movie starts right before Live Aid in 1985, then goes back in time to before Freddie has become part of Queen. The movie then continues on in order until we are back to Live Aid. Not only does Rami do a wonderful job, but so does the entire cast. This was such an amazing movie – it was definitely sad in parts, but it just makes you love Freddie and Queen that much more. Plus, one of my favorite Queen songs “Don’t Stop Me Now” was played in the credits, so I can’t complain there!

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Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think?

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30 responses to “AMC Oscar Showcase 2019: Mini Movie Reviews

  1. RO

    I haven’t watched The Favorite, but I did check out the other two and enjoyed them. I had seen various reviews and wasn’t sure what to expect, but both were pretty amazing. Hugs…RO

  2. Jen

    I want to see the Klansman and Bohemian Rhaspody movies! I have never heard of the Favourite movie before! I wish we had an event like this. You really do live in such a cool place. Heading out on vacation today, so I might miss a few things over here, but hope to catch up soon šŸ™‚

  3. I liked BlacKkKlansman a lot but I’m not sure it’s Oscar worthy. The ending did give me chills. I’ve heard there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the making of Bohemian Rhapsody but I still want to see it. Which one is your pick to win?

  4. Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! I haven’t seen any of these (I KNOW) but BlacKkKlansman and Bohemian Rhapsody are top of my list. I haven’t heard of The Favourite, but based on your review, meh. LOL, doesn’t sound like I’m missing much. I’m sad that BlacKkKlansman mirrors so much of what is actually happening in our world today šŸ™

  5. I definitely want to see Bohemian Rhapsody. I saw some promos for The Favourite but even though seems odd. The cast sounds awesome, but I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be funny or not?! I feel like I’d get really angry watching The BlackKklansman, but Spike Lee does great movies so I’ll probably watch that one too!

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  6. I have only seen Black Klansman, it was really good. My husband and I enjoyed it. The actors were terrific. I have heard such great things about The Favorite so I am disappointed that you didnā€™t like it more. I also want to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, hopefully soon.

  7. AMC always has some odd ones, but The BlackKlansman sounds interesting, even if I probably would be horrified by the Klan and all horrifying ideas!

  8. Bohemian Rhapsody was amazing — and I thought the Live Aid concert was so amazing. I would love to have seen that live! BlackKklansman is another one I’ve wanted to watch — I need to get to it.

  9. I really want to see Bohemian Rhapsody still as well as The Hate U Give, which doesn’t seem to be showing anywhere here. They’ve been advertising an Oscars showcase on pay TV here in Australia for all the versions of A Star Is Born, another film which I’m dying to see. I love Lady Gaga. It’s been ages since I’ve even seen a film, these days I seem to be more into television series and documentaries.

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