Friday, December 9, 2016

Loving: a quick take

Last night I trekked out to Memphis to see "Loving," the subtle and beautiful film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. For those of you who don't know, "Loving" tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple whose legal battle would end miscegenation arrests-decriminalizing intimate relationships between interracial couples, including marriage and, as we see in the film, even lying in bed together.

What makes "Loving" so wonderful, is the fact that Nichols never adds to the story a sense of importance. It speaks for itself. They are a couple, in love, who want to live in their home state of Virginia. That simple. The performances are incredibly nuanced. Especially Negga. There is a scene when she is being interviewed/filmed by a journalist in which her posture is slightly altered from the other scenes in the film, allowing the audience to question whether she might enjoy the potential of being known and photographed. It is a minute detail and impossible to explain here. It must be seen. In the hands of another actress it might have be taken to an extreme that would derail the delicate tone Nichols set.

What's so interesting about this film in this particular Awards year, is that what makes this film stand out is what will probably keep it from much recognition when the Oscar nominations are announced. I worry that with at least 6 worthy actress candidates, Negga will be left out. We shall see.

Check out this Awards Daily exclusive on the film as well!!
Ruth Negga On Loving

Ruth Negga On Loving - Awards Daily exclusive from Film on Vimeo.

In the meantime, here is my updated list of films I need to see by years end!! I did reach out to a few studios begging for screeners. I already received a link for "Closet Monster," (YAY!) but I have a feeling I will be making several trips to Memphis post Christmas Day. And something might be left off. But it's good to have one film ticked off!

Must sees!
The Lobster
Toni Erdmann 

Hell or High Water 
Nocturnal Animals
Closet Monster
The Witch
American Honey
Rogue One
La La Land
20th Century Women

2nd tier (totally possible)
The Red Turtle
The Eagle Huntress
Maggie's Plan
Miss You Already
Hail Caeser
Knight of Cups
Other People

Not happening....
Land of Mine
Finding Dory 
X Men Apocalypse
Suicide Squad
Batman v/s Superman
The Meddler
Miles Ahead
The Hollars

Don't Think Twice
Captain Fantastic

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