What I'm Watching

This is a thread to share all the good things you're watching at the moment, or have recently watched. Serialized shows on broadcast or streaming; films; digital shorts; stand-up; documentaries; performances — whatever! Tell us what you're watching and enjoying these days.

collage of three images: Glenn Close in 'The Wife,' John David Washington in 'BlacKkKlansman,' and Olivia Colman in 'The Favourite'

Iain and I have been catching up on some of the Oscar movies that we wanted to see, now that they're becoming available for rental.

We first watched BlacKkKlansman, which I thought was quite good, although it weirdly lacked tension in a lot of places where there should have been an enormous amount of tension. Something about the direction or editing or score that I couldn't quite identify. I'll have to watch it again.

The performances were so great, though, and it is an absolute scandal that John David Washington was not nominated for Best Actor. I honestly think he's an even better actor than his father (who is Denzel Washington, in case you didn't know).

We then watched The Wife, which was also so very good, and all the way through I was annoyed that Glenn Close didn't win Best Actress, because she was just sublime. Christian Slater was very Christian Slater. (I intend that fully as a compliment.) And wow I loved watching her daughter, Annie Starke, play her character as a younger woman.

Between John David Washington and Annie Starke, there was a lot of second generation Hollywood royalty showing up this year!

And then we watched The Favourite, which Iain loved way more than I did because he just gets Yorgos Lanthimos in a way I don't. (He also adored The Lobster, which I hated, lol.) Don't get me wrong — I really enjoyed The Favourite, but I didn't love it. And I thought Olivia Colman was amazing, but my vote still would have gone to Glenn Close.

Especially because I'm not sure I view Colman as the lead actress. Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone were equal if not more significant players, but they were nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. Ugh, the nomination process is stupid, and often so are the awards. Who even cares! I'm just really thrilled that I got to see a bunch of really terrific women in really interesting roles.

Next on the list: If Beale Street Could Talk. So looking forward to that!

Anyway! What are you watching these days?

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