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

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I, TONYA (2017)


Everyone who remembers the 90s probably also remembers the brief era of ice skater Tonya Harding, who had undeniable talent but who just couldn’t get past her white trash upbringing and her domineering mother.  Her lowlight was when she was implicated in the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, found guilty and sentenced (among other things) never to figure skate competitively again, effectively ending her career.  I, Tonya takes a satirical look at the goofy yet tragic life of Tonya Harding, adopting a mockumentary style that lets everyone play to the camera.  Margo Robbie captures Tonya wonderfully, and manages to make Tonya more than the butt of late-night talk show jokes, making her sympathetic despite a ton of wrong decisions.  And her mother – Allison Janney is said to be a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actress as Tonya’s mother LaVona, who raises Tonya to be a champion skater, and nothing else.  Janney curses like a sailor, pushes everything and everyone out of her way, drives her husband to get the heck out and generally steals every scene she’s in.  The way Janney plays her is nasty, scary and hilarious, and sure explains a lot about how Tonya went so wrong.  Sebastian Stan plays on-again-off again-husband Jeff Gillooly with a mix of cluelessness and menace.  This dark comedy is highly enjoyable - you’ll shake your head at the shenanigans of Tonya Harding and company while admitting she never had a chance with a mother like that!


TLA one word review: snarky

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