I don't get to many movies, unless they're rated G, of course. And those G rated movies I think more of as $8 naps anyway. I have been trying to see some of the Oscar nominated films, a task I take on every year about this time with mixed results. I've only caught three of the nominated films and they each left an impression on me. Note: an impression is not necessarily a positive thing.
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The film I saw first while on my mission, was the critically acclaimed Black Swan, which I absolutely detested. The acting was very good and I loved the costumes and special effects, but the plot alternated between boring me to tears and annoying me. I can't tell you how pissed I was to find myself in a theater, alone by choice, suffering through B.S. I don't know what I regret more: selecting this movie or not walking out when it turned the corner to ridiculous. Next!
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My oldest son, Liam, is a bit of a history buff, particularly when the topic is England. On his request we went to see The King's Speech recently and I really enjoyed the movie - the story, the acting, seeing Helena Bonham-Carter wearing normal clothes... Colin Firth is incredible and it would be a crime (especially after the snub for A Single Man) if he didn't take an Oscar home for his work. The only bad thing about this movie, as far as I can tell, is the absurdity of the R rating. As Liam said, there were way more F-bombs in Get Him to the Greek which had no historical significance. Out of the mouths of babes...
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This past weekend I checked out one of the nominated documentaries, Gasland, based on the recommendation of a friend. I have to admit that I may have caught a wee nap during the middle of the film, but, believe me, I saw enough to completely enrage me. I mean, even angrier than the time I
wasted invested watching the Black Swan. Are you familiar with this movie? Essentially, the filmmaker, Josh Fox, is offered the "opportunity" to lease his land to a company interested in drilling for natural gas. Josh decides to do a little research prior to committing to having his land raped and what he learns is intensely disturbing. I don't want to completely give the plot away, but suffice it to say that Dick Cheney's Halliburton is involved. Enough said.
I'm hoping to see Blue Valentine one night this week - or even at a matinee if the Snow God(dess) is smiling. What have you seen? Any predictions for Oscar winners?