So, Josh, who did you find the most redeemable in this basket of deplorables?
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Review excerpt: MOONLIGHT (2016) Josh: I want to take time to praise Mahershala Ali.
Adam: So good.
Josh: That was the performance that - I don't know why, just.. it's devastating when he disappears from the narrative.
Josh: And you feel that absence in the other segments that he's not in because he makes such an impact in that first segment and not because he gets any grandstanding scene. And at first he's almost - you wonder: "Is this a wolf in sheep's clothing?"
Adam: You do. You have to.
Josh: We're trained by other movies, right, more than anything else to think: this is a bad situation.
Adam: He doesn't tip his hand either way.
Josh: No, he does not. I mean you still get a sense that maybe this could go wrong near the end even after you've seen him and really feel that his protection is genuine. There's a gorgeous scene where he takes Little swimming and teaches him how to swim. And I think that's where we finally begin to understand that his interest is genuine in the boy. But just the way Ali makes these quiet moments hit so hard - again without pushing any sort of demonstrative personality. You would think as this drug dealer who runs the block the temptation would be to go big, right? No, it's just his quiet presence. And it's really one of my favorite performances of the year.
REVIEW EXCERPT: THE FAVOURITE Adam: So Josh, who did you find the most redeemable in this basket of deplorables? Or perhaps who did you find the most entertainingly irredeemable? Coleman's exhaustingly needy, childlike monarch? Weisz's icy, brutally honest Sarah? Stone's seemingly wide-eyed schemer? Or, rakish puppet master Yorgos Lanthimos – so determined to devise and explore hermetically sealed worlds that present their own unique language, protocols and acrid blend of decorum and debauchery?
Josh: Yeah, this is quite the cheery vision of humanity isn't it? As we would expect from Lanthimos. I think we both knew what we were getting into at this point from the director and for the most part we both really enjoy getting into these sorts of dramas that he gives us. Great question. I would argue they're all redeemable.
Josh: But I would also say -
Adam: Such compassion, Josh.
Josh: I guess I would say that some of them have more redeeming qualities than others.
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper(-) A Star is Born Alfonso Cuaron (-) Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos (-) The Favourite
Lynne Ramsay (-) You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader (-) First Reformed
Christian Bale (-) Vice
Bradley Cooper (-) A Star is Born Ethan Hawke (-) First Reformed
Rami Malek (-) Bohemian Rhapsody
Joaquin Phoenix (-) You Were Never Really Here
Yalitza Aparicio (-) Roma Toni Collette (-) Hereditary
Regina Hall (-) Support the Girls
Lady Gaga (-) A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy (-) Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali (-) Green Book
Timothee Chalamet (-) Beautiful Boy Richard E. Grant (-) Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan (-) Black Panther
Steven Yeun (-) Burning
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Olivia Colman (-) The Favourite
Elizabeth Debicki (-) Widows
Zoe Kazan (-) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Regina King (-) If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz (-) The Favourite
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER Ari Aster (-) Hereditary
Bo Burnham (-) Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper (-) A Star is Born
Bing Liu (-) Minding the Gap
Boots Riley (-) Sorry to Bother You
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Yalitza Aparicio (-) Roma Elsie Fisher (-) Eighth Grade
Lady Gaga (-) A Star is Born
Thomasin McKenzie (-) Leave No Trace
John David Washington (-) BlacKkKlansman
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Ralph Breaks the Internet
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