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Manchester by the Sea

Have you seen Manchester by the Sea? My dad, aunt and I went together over Thanksgiving, and I still can’t stop thinking about the powerful acting, funny dialogue and heartbreaking story. It was haunting. Without giving anything else away, I’ll just say: go forth and see it. (Also, here’s Michelle Williams talking about her toughest scene. It’s fascinating to hear her explain the technical elements of the dialogue.)

On a lighter note, later that night, I saw this fake trailer for a movie called “Boston Accent.” Made me laugh out loud…

Any other good movies you’ve gone to lately? Has anyone seen La La Land? Definitely next on my list.

P.S. Awesome accents, and what British people really mean.

  1. When I watched it, I thought of myself as supporting Michelle Williams, who was incredible. It was a haunting and beautiful film, and I hope she is nominated for an award for her acting. I highly recommend seeing it.
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  2. Movie with a young girl and his love sence make the movie story interesting to me.

  3. Allison says...

    Agree with the comments re: #OscarsSoWhite. Why not feature Moonlight, which is getting wide acclaim as one of the best movies of the year (and according to the New Yorker, one of the most beautiful films ever)? Everyone should see it.

    • When I watched it, I thought of myself as supporting Michelle Williams, who was incredible. It was a haunting and beautiful film, and I hope she is nominated for an award for her acting. I highly recommend seeing it.
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  4. KateS says...

    Watched La La Land last week (it came out early overseas) and it has definitely stayed with me! I LOVED it. Would love to hear what you think!

  5. Lauren says...

    Re: Casey Affleck–sadly, our society has made it clear it does not care about the sexual/physical assault or harassment of women anymore (did it ever?). Look at whom the US elected! Look at Woody Allen. Look at professional and college sports. Look at the atrocities against women occurring throughout the world. If the future commander-in-chief is allowed to get a free pass on committing and then bragging about sexual assault, certainly, sadly, very few will bat an eye at Casey Affleck. Just another reminder women don’t matter. I’m not saying this is right or that we musn’t continue to fight, but the reality of the harshness we face every day is painful and disheartening.

  6. LB says...

    I feel compelled to comment here. I saw the movie and like some others thought it was beautiful and challenging and tragic. I’m from the Boston area. Manchester by the Sea is a stunning place and I found the scenery very poignant….extremely well done in terms of propelling the story forward using the imagery. This is not even remotely a story about a white male from a tough neighborhood in Boston. I have my own feelings on the allegations against Affleck, but this film was haunting and he was remarkable in it. Whether this is right or wrong, there are times I wish we could consume art for the sake of the art and without the backlash.

    On a side note, a big YES! to “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople”!

  7. Barbara says...

    Sorry, I saw this movie…i cant get on the bandwagon with this movie. Casey acting was good, but truth be told, this felt like a Lifetime movie i could have seen at home.

    White boston thing has been done..lets do something new.

  8. I was told I sobbed and sniffled throughout the movie…what I remember was just becoming overwhelmed with sorrow and then trying to find hope…not unlike my emotional state since November. Headed to LaLaLand this evening and hoping for a bit of joy and lightness to get ready for the holidays.

  9. Whit says...

    I have to admit…a lot of feelings when I saw this post.

    First of all, I am disappointed that after the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco last year, two of the most talked about films of the year (La La Land and Manchester by the Sea) are…really freaking white. I get the appeal of La La – this year has sucked and escapism sounds like a dream. But Manchester? Maybe it’s just me, but I think I’ve seen the I’m-a-white-male-from-a-tough-neighborhood-in-Boston plot at least five times before?

    Secondly, YES to all the comments about Affleck’s assault accusations. I’ve always been confused how we view “settling” in court as an indicator of innocence. It’s not. It can been the victim cannot afford to go through a lengthy trial. It can also provide the (in this case, famous) guilty party an option to cough up some big bucks to prevent their name/the story being dragged through the news if they lost the case and were found guilty…

    • Cristina says...

      I actually saw the movie on a whim w friends who insisted on it–in their words it was “critically acclaimed!” I walked out of the theater entirely depressed and thought to myself…I should’ve known that this “critically acclaimed” film was about a depressed white character. Do we remember that widely popular film and once again critically acclaimed, The Hours–which featured a series of depressed white women? Who are these critics that we give our reverence and trust to? I wasn’t aware at all of the sexual assult suits that he settled in court–had I known I would have NEVER seen it. The racial bias w Casey Affleck v Nate Parker is all too stomach churning. All of these critics who heaped praise upon Casey Affleck while ignoring his sexual assaults–yet, peppering Nate Parker w questions every chance they got about his past highlights once again that white privilege is alive and thriving. It would be nice to see features and recommendations on COJ of films that encompass a broader stroke of this countries (and your readers) makeup.

  10. Daynna says...

    Easily one of the best films I’ve ever seen. And easily one of the hardest, roughest films to ever endure, to get through. Talk about a study in grief and loss.

  11. Liz C says...

    The Boston Accent trailer has me laughing outloud! I’m from western Massachusetts and I attended Westfield State University. A majority of my friends were from the Boston area, and they all thought I had an accent!

  12. Rachel says...

    Okay, SUPER fun, funny, and slightly poignant movie to see… “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. Likely not in any theatre near you anymore, but available in other ways I’m sure. It played at our little independent theatre for MONTHS. About a foster boy from New Zealand and the antics he gets up to after being placed with an AMAZING couple in the bush. See it!

    • Cassie says...

      Yes yes yes!!! This one!

  13. Zoe says...

    *I’m just pretending I didn’t read any other comments because I don’t want to make it seem like I don’t care about them but this is going to seem frivolous by comparison. Okay, I said it. Conscious cleared.*

    I’m nervous I’m going to hate Michelle Williams’ attempt at a Boston accent (though she is LOVELY), based on the trailer. Which is such a Boston thing for me to say. Can take the girl out of the city…

    In fact, there was an NPR segment recently about how protective Bostonians are of their accent, and a large portion of it was aimed at HOW RIDICULOUS BOSTONIANS ARE ABOUT THEIR ACCENT. :-)

  14. Meghan says...

    I have been appreciating the conversation in the comment section about art and the artist, particularly when the artist has been accused of sexual assault or hassarment, something that the COJ readership feels strongly about. Perhaps this complex topic could be mulled over in a COJ post or series of posts? How do we uphold our personal morals (creating violence free spaces for some, for example) and consume art and media? Maybe in the style of how you do a series of quotes and musings from women about their careers. I’d love to see something like that here! IChris Brown’s song , ‘Forever’, was my go-to pick me up, but can’t enjoy it since his domestic assault charges :(. I’d love to hear your and others take in this!

    • Kash says...

      As someone who used to volunteer for prison rehab program, working with many accused and convicts who want to start a good life, and many do. I hope most people keep in mind that this is a deep and complicated issue and promoting it blindly can only increase the stigma associated with it. My comment is not for Casey Affleck per se. He may still be the obnoxious person he was accused of and maybe not. But a call-out for boycotting and banning people’s work because of an act or offense in past is, in a way, holding on to judgment and promoting an already judgemental society pertaining to this issue. If one is not comfortable with somthing they should take a personal stand and go with it but publically reaching out to promote boycott is, imo should be only for certain cases. Just stating another side, NOT justifying him AT ALL.

    • Agreed. I would love to see this subject as the topic of a post, perhaps with the addition of whether boycotts effect change / what are additional ways to take a stand. Very timely topic.

  15. amy says...

    Wow, this was the first time I heard about the Casey Affleck accusations and after hearing about and reading about it, I’m definitely passing on ALL Casey Affleck films.

  16. Kaitlin says...

    I’m from MBTS (when I was in elementary school they changed it from Manchester to MBTS–we all thought it was terribly embarrassing at the time)!!! I’m planning to see this with my high school friends next week. Good to know I should bring some tissues–I can’t wait to see people I know as extras. :)

  17. All these comments about boycotting the movie interest me. Do you also boycott professional football games in which one of the players has allegations of sexual assault in his past? Have you stopped listening to 2PAC? Will you watch Roman Polanski films? etc. etc. It sounds like a really principled thing to do – but where does it stop?

    • Jennifer says...

      Maybe I’m in the minority but my answer to all of the above is yes (well, answering the Polanski question in the negative). My family and I have never been into the NFL, but certain college football teams have been ruined for us based on sexual assault/domestic violence scandals and the universities’ respective refusals to properly handle them. I didn’t go to Coachella the year that 2Pac was hologrammed on stage in the same way that I can’t watch the Cosby Show anymore without feeling icky. Likewise, both Roman Polanski and Woody Allen’s films do not appeal to me in the slightest. I’m certainly not under any illusion that MY individual actions of “protest” are single-handedly righting these wrongs because I’m just soooooo principled. Rather, when you and/or someone close to you has been the victim of sexual assault, supporting those who commit sexual assault becomes increasingly less fun.

    • alexis says...

      I find it less disturbing that people will see and support this movie than that he seems to have avoided the conversation, aside from a few pointed articles. When Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Nate Parker, etc…come out with a movie, it is always part of the conversation, even when written up by staunch supporters. This part of Casey Affleck’s narrative has not gotten traction, even as our culture has become less forgiving about assault and abuse of women. Fine if you still want to see if, it is a personal choice to separate art from the artist or not. But it should follow him the way it follows his peers. I am disturbed by the apparent reasons that he has evaded much scrutiny for this and the way that scrutiny is disproportionately doled out based on factors of race, social/career status, and taking the option of settling (and silencing victims) vs being treated as a criminal matter.

  18. Alright, my new favorite thing is this SNL skit. I’m a Massachusetts transplant in California and, I’ll tell ya, there’s something hilariously comforting about watching Boston based movies (nothing’s truer than the five million mentions of neighboring towns…kills me!). But Casey Affleck…my gosh is he always SO good. Can’t wait to see it; looks like a powerful one.

  19. jonna prinzing says...

    Moonlight!!

  20. Laura says...

    I haven’t seen this or any considerably great movies lately, but have you heard the new Homecoming podcast? So good! It’s fictional & with Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, & more.

  21. Sarah says...

    I played hooky and took myself to see “La La Land” this week. Enjoyable, but I’m confused by the acclaim it’s receiving. The film is not a best picture in my book. It’s a stylized, primary color palette “Annie Hall” with musical numbers. Wonderful homage to musicals of 1950s, 1960s, but are the performances/cinematography/writing/directing/subject matter revolutionary? No. Very fun, light, and pretty. Emma Stone is mesmerizing. “Manchester by the Sea” and “Jackie” are my next picks.

  22. Colleen says...

    How do people have time to see movies and read books? My kids take up all my time. Jealous!

    • Laura C. says...

      Colleen, I read books at bed before falling asleep (with my kindle on) and I go to the cinema one/twice a year.
      My gurls take up all my time too, sis!1

    • Becky says...

      I was thinking the exact same thing! :)

  23. Suzanne says...

    Both Moonlight and Loving have been so touching (and tear-inducing) movies that I’ve seen lately.

    Seeing The Arrival this weekend and I can’t wait!

  24. I saw it last night! I’ve been thinking about it ever since. “I just can’t get past it.”

  25. We recently watched eye in the sky and fantastic mr fox (immediately after haha!) and enjoyed both tremendously. Looking forward to watch this one here.

  26. Hannah says...

    The past 2 movies we’ve seen have featured my forever girl crush, Amy Adams – Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Arrival was SO well done, I wasn’t looking forward to seeing the “alien movie” but went along because my boyfriend was so into it. It was so moving and smart, we were both engrossed the entire film.
    Nocturnal Animals was another beast entirely – I’ve never felt so tightly wound in a movie before. Our entire theater was silent, not a single iPhone lit up the entire time. Plus one can never see enough of Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s just a fact.

    • 100% agree on Arrival. I wasn’t thrilled about seeing it, but it was our only option at the time we wanted to go. It was so good! Not a typical alien movie at all. Also good for seeing with the in-laws as there is nothing too blush-worthy.

  27. Sarah Christine says...

    I also want to recommend the movie Hidden Figures that Janelle Monae talks about in the article you linked to. It is such an inspiring story told with such grace about badass mathematicians during the civil rights era. Literal rocket scientists. I was lucky enough to hear Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer speak about their roles after a screening and was SO encouraged by the whole thing. Great family movie for the holidays!

  28. Christine says...

    I agree with previous commenters that the allegations against Casey Affleck mean I won’t watch any movie he is in (I don’t watch Woody Allen films either). And they are more than just allegations, he settled out of court with both women. This article details his past, and it’s gross. I really hope he doesn’t win an oscar this year.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/22/casey-affleck-s-dark-secret-the-disturbing-allegations-against-the-oscar-hopeful.html

  29. Archana says...

    I loved Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine!

  30. I’m a member of the Screen Actors Guild and am SO EXCITED to be getting all these movie screeners in the mail soon!! It’s my favorite time of year, haha. Can’t wait to watch this and especially La La Land.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  31. Robyn says...

    Saw this movie and absolutely loved it… until I found out later about the allegations against Casey Affleck. I think it is so troubling that the media has chosen for the most part to ignore this, while for Birth of a Nation it was ALL they focused on (does it have anything to do with race? Sadly, I think so). Casey Affleck has the privilege of being a white male and having celebrity friends and family to protect him and honestly I find it pretty disgusting that he is not being held accountable for his actions. True, they settled in court, but I choose to believe the victims’ stories and even if they got a monetary settlement that does not make it right. That being said, Michelle Williams and Kenneth Lonergan are awesome and I hope the movie gets the praise it deserves- just none for Casey Affleck, please. Also LOVED “Loving” and “My Life As A Zucchini” (super cute and moving French animated film).

  32. MKC says...

    I am on board with the other comments regarding Casey Affleck. It is disturbing to me that he is receiving so many accolades without any mention of the fact that he has settled 2 sexual assault allegations outside of court. It’s possible to praise a performance and also acknowledge the allegations. Nate Parker, of Birth of A Nation, had his movie torn down and the success of the film tanked because of it. He is a black man; Casey Affleck is white – something to be examined. Some can argue that art should be separated from the person who made it, but how is that any different from Roger Ailes being “successful” at running a network but being someone who sexually harasses women? If someone gives a “good” “successful” performance on screen we’re just supposed to excuse their behaviors behind closed doors? As someone who works in the industry I find this mentality very hard to swallow and it’s tough to see this posted on this blog.

  33. Erin says...

    I loved Blue Jay, which is on Netflix right now, if you’re into unconventional love stories about high school sweethearts who reconnect in their hometown unexpectedly.
    It’s a gem!

  34. Ooo I forgot… I’d read this great interview last month with Casey Affleck and writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
    Enjoy!

  35. I am soooo excited to see this! I love Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams! It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and I was so sad tickets were sold out.

    Last night, I watched Gone Baby Gone on DVD. Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris is in it. I highly recommend it if you’ve never seen it.
    I also recently watched and loved Brothers with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman. The performances blew me away and Tobey Maguire deserves every single award in existence for his performance!
    Also, watched Boyhood (finally!) and loved it.

    I can’t wait to see La La Land as well. It won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Fest! I also really want to see Brain on Fire (I read Susannah Cahalan’s memoir last month and can’t stop recommending it!)

  36. Danielle says...

    Moonlight!!! Such an important and wonderfully-made movie.

    • YES! I second this. Moonlight is incredible.

  37. Fung says...

    I have no idea what these allegations are about on Casey Affleck, but I saw the movie and like many said here it was quite an experience. Nothing overly dramatic, just a snap-shot of a tragic life, but the story is told in a very affecting way. He’s a great actor. I first saw him in Jesse James and didn’t know who he was but thought he was excellent in it. Very subtle, very real. Personally I have no desire to know who he is outside of being an actor. So purely from an audience point of view, this movie is a gem. Michelle Williams was good but I expected more screen time, and next to Affleck she paled.

  38. dhannon says...

    We saw Allied recently and loved it. I agree with others that we should boycott actors/musicians/writers who offend our sense of right and wrong. I’ve given up almost all newspapers, magazines, etc because of the incredible bias I see there, including NYTimes, Washington Post, Time. I think if people will take a stand then perhaps we can bring change, sadly the only way it seems to work is if their ‘pocket book’ is hit.

  39. Kay says...

    It’s really sad to me that people would boycott this film because of Casey Affleck – the filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan is one who I think is brilliant and rarely makes movies and it’s really he who would be hurt by a boycott. Casey Affleck’s future could be hurt in different ways, more effective ways than boycotting a film that is already done. I am 100% sensitive to/support voting with your dollar – but I think the other people of the film ARE worth supporting, like Michele Williams.

    • Belle says...

      But Lonergan is complicit by casting Affleck. It’s a public statement that Hollywood isn’t bothered by such behaviour. While Affleck might be a brilliant actor, I’m sure there are equally talented actors who don’t assault their colleagues. The message of a boycott isn’t primarily for Affleck, it’s to the systen that shelters him. Refusing to add to the revenue stream of such studios, directors etc is the most effective way to communicate that message.

    • Allyson says...

      I think regardless of who else is involved in the film, boycotts send a message to all. Maybe then in the future, filmmakers, like Kenneth Lonergan, will opt for actors who are not connected to sexual harassment, rape, assault, etc. Casey Affleck is benefiting from this film, and I don’t think he should. Overwhelmingly, women don’t make rape and harassment allegations up, and the details of Affleck’s (repeated) behavior are just gross. Also, if anyone is interested, here’s an interesting take on black vs white accountability, particularly as it relates to rape/harassment allegations of actors and directors. I think we have to hold everyone accountable, and it would be good to start with this film:
      http://verysmartbrothas.com/kanye-west-is-what-happens-when-whiteness-becomes-the-standard/

    • MK says...

      Okay, but- it’s indicative of rape culture that Casey Affleck’s future is not in any way hurt by this. He is on track to win an oscar. Many media outlets don’t even bring it up. The story just won’t stick, and it’s worth having a conversation about why, whether or not you believe the film should be boycotted.
      It should, at the very least, be a part of the conversation surrounding this film.

  40. Laura C. says...

    Last ones have been “A Monster Calls” and “Fantastic Beasts…”. We had two great nights. My next one should be “Rogue One” and “La la land”.

    • Hannah says...

      Can’t wait to see A Monster Calls!

  41. Briana says...

    Go see Lion!!! It is the BEST movie I have seen all year (and I’ve seen Manchester by the Sea and La La Land). The child in it is incredible – the producers said they auditioned over 2000 children to find him. The movie is surprisingly gentle and is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. And Dev Patel is a total hunk in it!

  42. Alba says...

    I recently saw Arrival and Nocturnal Animals and highly recommend both. Amy Adams’ performance in both is guaranteed to win her an award or two this season. Nocturnal Animals was visually stunning (Tom Ford produced, directed so no surprise there) and evoked such visceral feelings. I hadn’t been to the movies in years mostly because no new movie releases had peaked my interest until these two and they were definitely worth the time and money invested.

  43. Laura says...

    It’s so interesting to consider how someone’s personal life should affect the way we consume/experience their artwork.

    For the most part I try to not have it influence me, but for some reason have a harder time with music versus movies. Maybe since movies are more make believe whereas music seems less so.

  44. I need to see this, even though we spent OUR Thanksgiving weekend making fun of the accents in the trailer.
    (We are accentless or more or less accentless Bostonians born and raised (though half our family now resides in CA) who wish Boston movies could be made with less emphasis on the accent, since most people get it wrong).
    We all LOVE the Seth Myers trailer (Trailah?)!

  45. Interesting to see so many comments regarding avoidance of the film because of alleged abuse on set. Curious if these same people choose to avoid Woody Allen or Bryan Singer films?

    • Belle says...

      I would love to see this but I’m not going to because of the allegations against Affleck. I absolutely avoid work by Allen, Singer, Bill Cosby, Johnny Depp etc. I know people would say they’re innocent until proven guilty but I’m a lawyer and I’ve seen first hand how hard it is to prosecute such cases. It upsets me deeply that Hollywood is prepared to stand by men who have such horrendous records because they make money. For me, if there is a relatively credible allegation of assault etc, that is enough to avoid their work.

    • mandy says...

      I agree with Belle – I also avoid work by alleged abusers. We are complicit in letting these men stay on their pedestals if we are silent.

    • Hannah says...

      I’m just fascinated with the double standard so richly exercised in Hollywood – Nate Parker’s extremely phenomenal Birth of a Nation was completely snubbed because of his past, yet we still praise Woody Allen and award Casey Affleck the Best Actor award. Granted, Parker’s story was a bit more violent and ended tragically, but does that mean the movie should be entirely overlooked?

    • i have avoided movies by woody allen and those with Johnny Depp. for the former, i find his movies to be boring and for the latter, i find him to be a terrible and overrated actor. the fact that they are shady does play a part too in my decision to not support their movies.
      i struggled going to see Manchester by the Sea, and i enjoyed the movie thoroughly, it was engrossing and completely different from what i normally see. i still don’t have a reason or excuse as to why i would see this and not the other dirtbags’ stuff.

    • evan says...

      thanks for the feedback! very interesting. I enjoy hearing the perspective of others on this matter.

  46. Dee says...

    Like some other commentators, I think that as consumers we should be aware of, and in my case make decisions, based on the personal choices of actors and directors. I was quite upset to see this movie being promoted here without any mention of the allegations against Casey Affleck (of sexual harassment and creating a toxic workplace). I’m going to see Moonlight or Loving instead!

    • Frankie Rose says...

      I agree with you Dee and I came here to say just that! I think of Cup of Jo as a safe, supportive place for women and I find the media’s overall ignoring of the allegations against Casey Affleck problematic and likely due to the fact that 1 . he’s white and 2. his brother is Hollywood royalty.
      I will be seeing Moonlight (again) as well.

  47. Meredith says...

    Really good movie, but OY. I sobbed through the whole second half. It’s one that I’m glad I saw, but once was enough. (I also warned my parents away from it—this is definitely a beautiful film, but also incredibly sad and heavy.)

  48. I haven’t watched it but it seems great! I’ll have to watch it for free though because I don’t want to give Casey Affleck any of my money or support (even though he was already paid and everything but you know what I mean)

  49. Erin says...

    Loved that movie. So emotional. It was definitely Case Affleck’s best work.

  50. megan says...

    Michelle Williams is a dream. Can you interview her?? ;-)

    • kathy says...

      i second that. she seems so talented and awesome.

  51. Katie C says...

    I agree with the commenters re: not seeing the movie. I was dying to see this movie! Although they are allegations, and the civil case was settled out of court (I believe) it is reason enough for me to forego seeing it.

  52. I saw Manchester by the Sea a few weeks ago and have thought about it so many times since. It was so good. Heartbreaking but good.

  53. Alice says...

    Oh this movie! Incredible. I kept waking up the night after I saw it thinking about it. That has never happened to me before.

  54. sofija says...

    Manchester by the Sea was incredibly moving – being from Boston made it even more special for me since I’m very familiar with that area as well. I’m so glad I saw it, it’s a film that will stay with me for a long time I think.

  55. I’m “SO excited to see both ‘Manchester’ and ‘La La Land’ in the coming weeks. There’s so much buzz surrounding them both.

    I’m also going to see the latest ‘Star Wars’ tomorrow night, but I’m not expecting anything too original. Did you ever seen ‘Loving’ by Mike Nichols?

  56. Sarah Kang says...

    i loved this movie too. the acting was truly next level — very subtle and beautiful. i could not stop thinking about it for days afterward.

  57. margie says...

    I am with the other commenters about the alleged sexual harassment and assault by Casey Affleck- it ruins it for me. I have better things on which to spend my time and money.

  58. Leah says...

    I really want to see this but I don’t want to give a cent to Casey Affleck after reading about the sexual assault allegations against him.

  59. Caitlin says...

    I just saw Manchester by the Sea on Sunday and it was the most affecting, heartbreaking movie I’ve ever experienced (because it really is an EXPERIENCE). I loved how the emotions of it all sort of wash over you slowly (there are no real dramatic, tearjerker scenes that feel forced, like in most dramas) so that when that scene with Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck happens, the simplicity of it absolutely breaks your heart. It’s burrowed into my brain and my heart hurts every time I think about it. I’ve never been so affected by a movie before. I’m really hoping for some best actor/supporting actress nominations and wins, because the two of them deserve it on that scene alone.

  60. Betsy says...

    I had wanted to see Manchester by the Sea but then read about the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Casey Affleck and couldn’t bring myself to support his work. I have a hard time distancing actors from their personal life, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. I’m hoping for the chance to see Lion, Moonlight and Loving before awards season is in full swing.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I felt the same way. After reading an article about the type of work environment he created for women on past sets I decided not to support him. If it’s free and on Netflix at some point maybe I’ll give it a go.

    • Brianna says...

      I didn’t know this. This changes my opinion now.

    • Sarah Kang says...

      It’s a tough question — do you avoid actors with allegations even if not convicted? do you separate professional work from personal life? it’s hard to know where to draw the line. i don’t watch woody allen films any more but did watch this casey affleck movie. i felt it was okay to do so, but it’s a personal question to answer.

    • ks says...

      thank you for this insight – i didn’t know about this but after reading a few articles, this changes my opinion. how do we stand together and say no more if we always have an asterisk as to who can slip quietly under the radar without being held accountable or at least being made to tell the story of their actions?

    • Sarah Kang says...

      but i think he was held accountable? two women accused him (and he denied it) and the lawyers settled. it was seven years ago.

    • Erin says...

      Wow, I didn’t even hear about this. I saw Manchester by the Sea and he was great in it, but this makes me so mad.

    • Veronica says...

      When I watched it, I thought of myself as supporting Michelle Williams, who was incredible. It was a haunting and beautiful film, and I hope she is nominated for an award for her acting. I highly recommend seeing it.

  61. Brianna says...

    This looks amazing. I had to watch the trailer on mute since I’m at work and forgot my headphones today, but I’ll watch it when I get home tonight.

  62. Christine says...

    Date night to see La La Land tomorrow night!! I’m so excited. I loved Emma Stone and Ryan gosling together in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  63. Cynthia says...

    What about the sexual assault accusations against Casey Affleck?

    • mlkeen says...

      I’m wondering about that as well. The movie looks good, but I don’t feel comfortable supporting an actor with multiple sexual harassment charges filed against him.

  64. ks says...

    la la land was nothing short of perfection – it’s my new favorite romantic comedy that’s so much more than just that. I saw it at a film festival and the crowd laughed, cheered & cried together. thanks for the manchester by the sea review – will add it to the list to see over the xmas holidays. xx

  65. Meg says...

    We saw it this weekend. Though we found the acting amazing, and always like a movie set around our home city (Boston), we found the movie heartbreaking to watch. We also can’t shake it and we didn’t feel much like dinner after – we just wanted to rush home to relieve our babysitter and hug our kids. Looking forward to seeing La La Land this weekend for something lighter!!

  66. Broke my heart in a million pieces, but a fantastic movie nonetheless!