Favorite Movies with Oscar Nomination 2018


Call Me by Your Name (2017) dir. Luca Guadagnino

*May Contain Spoilers*

The film is beautiful in every sense of the word and as both actors have put it, is an earnest story of first love, coming of age, vulnerability, sexual awakening, and so much more.

I’m aching to see Call Me by Your Name again. I am so enamored by the screenplay, the direction, the cinematography, the soundtrack, but most of all the actors. All of them are marvelous in their roles but the dynamic between Armie (Oliver) and Timothée (Elio) as well as the way Michael (Mr. Perlman) and Amira (Annella) carried themselves, just unf, so f*cking good.


The acting in this film has so many levels, from Timothée Chalamet’s emotional rawness to Armie Hammer’s control of tone and nuanced facial expressions to the final monologue performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.

It was so refreshing and captivating to watch all of the characters interact with one another. I honestly don’t believe the film would be what it is without the cast. They delivered the story of Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman in ways that far exceeded my expectations. There are parts of the film that differ from the novel but I kind of appreciate Luca Guadagnino’s & James Ivory’s decisions to have the film stand apart from being an exact retelling of the novel.



There are dozens of scenes from this film that are memorable, that made me bite my lower lip, that made my heart ache. Moments where I laughed unexpectedly and felt safe, and moments where I felt like I was reliving a vulnerable experience.

Mystery of Love and Visions of Gideon are the soundtracks and they are incredible and mellow.


I love films that can do this to me despite the emotional and psychological toll they can have. They delivered the story of Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman in ways that far exceeded my expectations. There are parts of the film that differ from the novel but I kind of appreciate Luca Guadagnino’s & James Ivory’s decisions to have the film stand apart from being an exact retelling of the novel.



                                                      Lady Bird (2017) dir. Greta Gerwig

Before I watched this film, I expressed that I was deeply in love with Saoirse Ronan without ever watching a film she’s been in and feared what this film would do to me. Literally, every time she was on screen (which was pretty much always) I was just like ‘wow I love you wow’. It has made the situation code red.

Greta Gerwig!!!!! Is a star !!!! I can’t believe she wrote and directed this amazing, amazing film. The story-line wasn’t trying to be anything BIG and COMPLICATED or anything TOO MUCH. It was simple, relatable and beautiful. I literally thought to myself ‘if I could have made any film, it would have been this one’

Everything about the cinematography and the editing was amazing. The color grading to get 2002 vibes - I always appreciate good color grading. That end shot when she’s talking on the phone and talking about her hometown and all those beautiful, beautiful shots of Sacramento. It made me want to get in my car and drive around my town and view it in a whole different light.


Before watching the film I was worried about the mother/daughter relationship because it’s a touchy subject and I’ve never really watched a film so focused on that relationship. I saw A LOT of myself and my mum in the movie. The Mum’s tendency to care only about what others thought of Lady Bird and not how SHE felt. A

Nearly lost it at the scene after prom when it’s Lady Bird and Julie and Julie goes ‘I’m going to miss the f`*ck out of you’.

I loved the beginning scenes with Lady Bird and Danny. Everything they did was so precious, especially ‘pick a star for us’ and I’m glad that played out how it did and I know we didn’t really return to Danny, but I hope he accepted himself and found a good boy to love.

So obviously I’ll have more to say after I’ve watched it again. But it’s gone straight to my top 3 films (which is hard to do). I am completely in love with everything about it.












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