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National Board of Review Honors ‘Green Book’

I posted a semi-critical review of “Green Book” on Monday. On Tuesday, the National Board of Review honored it with the best film of the year. 

So it goes. Me and NBR have never really agreed on much. Here are its best pics this century:

YEAR NBR BEST PICTURE
2000 Quills
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2002 The Hours
2003 Mystic River
2004 Finding Neverland
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima
2007 No Country for Old Men
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2009 Up in the Air
2010 The Social Network
2011 Hugo
2012 Zero Dark Thirty
2013 Her
2014 A Most Violent Year
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Manchester by the Sea
2017 The Post
2018 Green Book

Years in which its best would be in my top 5: 2007, 2010 and 2016. 

Its odd choices are inconsistently odd: from the lightweight (“Finding Neverland,” “her”) to the heavy/gritty (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “A Most Violent Year”); from black-and-white serious (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) to outlandishly colorful and comically pop (“Mad Max: Fury Road”). NBR is like an odd cousin. When they show up, not sure what I'm going to get. 

That said, “Green Book” is part of its celebration of the middle of the road. They did it last year with “The Post,” too. They also released their top 10—or I guess #s 2 through 11. (Why do they call it top 10?) Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Eighth Grade
  • First Reformed
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Looking forward to “Roma,” “Buster Scruggs” and “Mary Poppins.” Willing to watch “First Reformed” again to see what I missed in my “meh” review. Otherwise...

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Posted at 10:46 AM on Thu. Nov 29, 2018 in category Movies - Awards  

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