"Roma" Is Netflix's Best Oscar Bait Yet

'Roma' Is Netflix's Best Oscar Bait Yet

Netflix put all its marbles in one basket with "Roma."


"Roma" could be the biggest piece of Oscar bait ever dangled before the nose of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It's precisely the black and white, foreign language, depression fest that Netflix has been looking for to break into the world of respectable original films.

The beginning of the film drags a little and is filled with artistic camera work that can be a bit overbearing at times. It was like watching an art film from a college student who had just learned the close-up technique and was determined to fit it into every scene they could.

It overcomes a slow start with pivotal defining moments for characters in key roles and except for an inordinate amount of close up shots in the first 30 minutes it's a beautifully shot film. It goes without saying that a film nominated for 10 Academy Awards is probably going to hold up pretty well.

"Roma" is exactly what you probably think it is. It's Netflix's best attempt at grabbing as many Oscar nominations as it can and honestly they nailed it. Netflix has taken pretty big swings at the award season before with films like "Beasts of No Nation" which earned a Golden Globe Nomination and "Mudbound" which earned four Oscar nominations. "Roma" has been it's most successful film thus far regarding nominations, and for good reason.

It's received a myriad of Oscar nominations for awards such as Best Actress and Best Screenplay. The most surprising of the nominations are Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. These nominations are surprising because "Roma" uses little to no music. The sound is clear and distinct but there is no musical backdrop, and those not fluent in Spanish cannot distinguish whether or not the dialogue is clear as they depend on subtitles.

"Roma" is worth your time, but be warned that it will take an immense amount of concentration to catch all of its symbolism while keeping up with subtitles. Netflix put all of their marbles into this one, and I expect it to pay off for them this award season.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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