June 17, 1994

Do you remember where you were the day that white Bronco sped down the freeway? I vaguely recall watching the chase on TV that summer, but I was too young to follow/care about the never-ending trial the following year. It was my freshman year of high school and I had more pressing things on my mind, like, “Should I keep wearing Sunflowers, or switch to CK One?”, and “Can I just get my braces off already?!?!”.

So for some, FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is just a rehash of the past, but I’m eager to watch the fictionalized version of the trial and catch up on all the crazy that I missed. (Don’t worry, I know the basics–it was everywhere, after all.) Based on the bestseller, “The Run of His Life, The People V. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, the show features a doppelgänger-heavy cast. (Who else could pull off Marcia Clark but the brilliant Sarah Paulson?!) Much like Ryan Murphy’s other anthology, American Horror Story, this crime series will capture a new event each season. (Up next is Hurricane Katrina, but I feel like that was already handled beautifully by HBO’s Treme.) If you’ve somehow missed the genius promos, here’s a peak at the series premiering this Tuesday at 10/9c.

 

This week in Oscars…

Mad Max: Fury Road – Whoa. This film was visually stunning, and I understood that it was meant to be one endless chase scene, but I really didn’t enjoy it. Charlize Theron was wonderful, as always, and I appreciate a strong female character, but it just wasn’t Best Picture material for me. (But then I also wasn’t a fan of last year’s winner, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).) I do think it’s worthy of its nominations in the other categories: Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling (amazing details!), Production Design (George Miller created quite a world), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. I’m fully aware that I just said that a film nominated for 10 categories wasn’t Best Picture material, so I sound like a crazy person, but it was just missing that “thing” that elevates a movie to Best Picture for me. I can appreciate the genius behind it and the work that went into it, though. (Available on DVD and streaming on HBO Go.)

Ex Machina – Another film with amazing visual effects, but also a great cast and an original story. I really enjoyed this one, and I’m sorry that Oscar Issac wasn’t nominated for Best Actor, because he gave a perfect performance. (I’m sure he’s doing just fine with that Star Wars money, though.) It’s up for Visual Effects and Original Screenplay, but sadly, I think there are stronger contenders in both categories. Worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it yet. (Available on DVD and streaming on Amazon.)

**Also available now on Amazon: Amy, the Oscar-nominated documentary about Amy Winehouse. Highly recommend!

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