Road To Gold: Tis The Season For Depression

Manchester By The Sea
Golden Globes Nomination: Best Picture, Drama + Best Director + Best Actor, Drama + Best Supporting Actress + Best Screenplay
SAG Awards Nomination: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture + Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role + Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role + Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

I live on Earth and read movie reviews, so I knew that this movie would be tragic, and yet I was still surprised at how deep that tragedy went. At the risk of describing it like any generic drama, Manchester By The Sea really is a sad, simple story that’s beautifully told. But with a surprising twist in the middle and excellent acting by the entire cast, there’s a lot more at stake here than it seems. Movies don’t need to be hugely scaled to influence, which Manchester by the Sea easily proves. I haven’t yet seen Moonlight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this comes away with most of it’s potential awards on Sunday.
The Lobster
Golden Globes Nomination: Best Actor, Comedy

You know the feeling you get when you watch a movie and have to just sit there a few minutes after it ends, wallowing in it’s strangeness? That’s how I felt after The Lobster, which is billed as a comedy but made me feel deeply sad. Maybe I would have felt differently if I hadn’t watched it directly after the delight that is La La Land, and just didn’t give it the right attention. It wasn’t exactly the funniest movie I’d ever seen, despite the refreshingly original concept and the way that Colin Farrell and co. spoke clipped phrases like bad actors reading a script. I’m thinking Hugh Grant or dark-horse Ryan Reynolds already have this award, but it would be interesting if Farrell won. Maybe I should just tune in to Seven Psychopaths.