Once done, however, I'm sticking to it. We shall see how right I am, but I must say this was a year I really enjoyed watching the many different films nominated.
I never thought I would say this, but Ben Affleck was totally robbed. I loved this movie. I was totally engaged from beginning to end, moving right along with this fast paced thriller. Every scene led into the next one, every moment was important, and when I was over I wanted to watch it all over again. This is a movie people will watch in ten years, twenty years, even thirty. It will never get old and it will always be fun. And did I mention the costumes? The costumes rock. Makeup, costumes, scenery, everything. I LOVED this movie.
Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Okay, okay, it was good. But I still stand by my opinion that this is blatant Oscar pandering. Blatant. That being said it was very well done, and of course Daniel Day-Louis basically channeled the soul of Abraham Lincoln. I don't know how he does it. It's as if President Lincoln was raised from the dead to act in this film. Don't get me wrong--the sets are fantastic, the costumes are amazing, and you as the viewer are fully immersed the in the period. All the acting is decent, but the film does plod along. And there isn't really any suspense. But for Daniel Day-Louis alone, the film gets high marks from me.
Life of Pi
This film is visually stunning. It's beyond beautiful to watch and the detail is fantastic. Even the shots in India are wonderful to see. The animals add an extra touch that I can appreciate. And the story of a young boy going through a difficult journey into manhood can be appreciated by a large audience. My boyfriend liked that the movie kept you thinking, and you could really pick your own ending. But this film loses points for dragging on at certain points, which the same lavish attention to detail that makes it so beautiful in fact contributes to. Still...lovely, and worth watching. I say Ang Lee wins best director, certainly cinematography.
If you've seen Inglorious Bastards, you've seen this film in one way or another. However, I found it entertaining, well acted, and crisply directed. Obviously, it is viscerally disgusting at some points, and if you have an easily upset stomach, stay far away. But my favorite part about this film was the director's ability to completely invert the genre of a Western. Jamie Foxx is a black, enslaved Dirty Harry. And it's such fun to watch.
Of course I was so thrilled to see this movie. And actually I do think it is wonderful. But at the end of the day it doesn't hold up against these other wonderful films. There are some great actors, and some mediocre ones. There are some fabulous scenes, and some less fabulous ones. Anne Hathaway has completed locked up the Best Supporting Actress category, and anyone seeing her famous scene knows it is well-deserved. And Hugh Jackman has some great moments. But as a whole, the other films are better. Sorry grandma!
Beasts of the Southern Wild
That's it! Just over an hour to showtime....let the race begin!