Monday, February 16, 2009

Oscars, 2009

So, it seems like each year when the Oscars come around, I have seen less and less of the main movies involved. Last year I hadn't seen any of them, but then I saw 4 out of the 5 Best Pic nominees.

I loved No Country for Old Men.

I thought Michael Clayton was good, but not great.

I thought Juno was very good.

I thought There Will Be Blood was so dark and painful to watch that I never wanted to see it again. That said, Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor to ever live.

So, this year, I am even more struck with not seeing the movies involved in the acting or best picture awards. Here are some of the key films that I have either never heard of, or not heard of anyone I know seeing:

Rachel Getting Married

The Reader

Frozen River

The Visitor

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Movies that I have heard of, but have not talked to anyone about:



The Wrestler

Movies that I have no interest in seeing:

Tropic Thunder (Downey, Jr. is nominated). I heard that it is non-stop swearing. I can deal with language if the movie has substance, but I just can't put up with it for a comedy.

Revolutionary Road (some best supporting actor that I have never heard of). I heard it is just a 2-hour shouting match between Winslet and Dicaprio. Sounds like fun.

Movies that I have at least a slight interest in seeing:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I am a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the movie looks interesting enough.

Frost/Nixon. Heard it was good.

Changling (Jolie is nominated). Eastwood directed it, and it looks like a very engaging story.

The only category in which I have seen more than 2 movies nominated:

Sound Editing. Can you believe that ?! The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Slumdog Millionaire are all nominated.

Who I am rooting for?

Heath Ledger. I have not seen any of the other Best Supporting Actor nominated performances, but I can't imagine that any of them were better than the Joker. He was terrifying.

Slumdog Millionaire. I haven't seen any of the other nominated movies, but this movie was AWESOME! Just saw it on Friday. I strongly recommend it to everyone. Amazing movie. Go see it!

Non-nominated movie that I want to see: Defiance.

I just don't make it to many movies anymore.

Recommended Best Picture Winner from the Way Past: On the Waterfront.