​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)


There are two coming-of-age drama nominated for Best Picture this year - Lady Bird, which spotlights a young Sacramento girl finishing high school and figuring out her next step; and this one, Call Me By Your Name, where a young man (Oscar-nominated Timothee Chalamet) wants to express his feelings for his father's graduate student (Armie Hammer) while all are in Northern Italy circa 1983. The film unfolds slowly - TOO slowly as its two-hour plus running time might indicate. The actors are good, and their scenes together are warm and touching. But we learn almost nothing about these men except that Oliver has become Elio's summer love/crush. And Oliver has to decide whether to reciprocate or not while working for Elio's father (Michael Stulbarg). The film heads exactly in the direction you might suspect. And there's some business with an apricot that - well, see for yourself. Lady Bird is full of life as she finds herself. Call Me By Your Name is a leisurely slumber while, not unpleasant, could have benefited from finding a way to edit some of the extremely slow sequences that pepper its running time. This could have been so much better (and I realize I am in the minority here).  


​TLA one word review: glacial