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James Garcia

"The Long Road Home" The Road To War(2017)

Eventually, a tank company came up the adjoining road. Watching the tanks rolling by, SFC Swope frantically called into the radio for them to stop. The platoon leader, Lt. Aguero, in a last-ditch effort, ran down the alley waving his flashlight in the dark. The tank company commander saw the light, and stopped, bringing the power and might needed to push back the enemy fighters and get the platoon out.

"The Long Road Home" The Road To War(2017)


Choked with dust, or smoke, or debris, the Ranger Humvees work their way down these roads until they can make their way no farther. Heads pop up over building parapets, an AK-47 is lifted, fired. The mounted M2 .50-caliber on the Humvee returns fire. The bullets shred those parapets, and whoever lurks behind them. Still the AK-47s appear. The gunner is hit, slumps, then collapses into the vehicle, blood covering his body, filling his lungs. To scream is impossible. He will die shortly.

But who they are as people emerges through the chaos and horror. At his core, Aguero is fundamentally decent. Sgt. Eric Bourquin (Jon Beavers) is smart, tough, also a destabilizing presence. Sgt. Robert Miltenberger (Jeremy Sisto) is a dour fatalist and realist. He knows where the road leads and perhaps where it ends, too.

As always, full disclosure: I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So this award announcement is always filled with anxiety for me because I want to be heard. We all want to be heard. Nevertheless most of the longer shots I rallied for didn't make it, he said, pushing away a single tear. The Shape of Water led with 14 nominations... and it was so far out front it nearly doubled the nominations afforded to its nearest rivals (a clump of them jammed together with 8 nominations each: Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Dunkirk, and The Post).

"The Beguiled" and "A Ghost Story" should be serious Best Cinematography contenders if people actually voted for superior craft rather than broadly liked and "hot" year-end releases. Ditto for Editing.

Remember when Meryl Streep called Weinstein GOD in broadcast live television? Do you know Timothée Chalamet is in the next Woody Allen movie? And Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Blue Jasmine? What are we going to do now? Hang them all? 041b061a72


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