Tuesday, February 22, 2011

And the Statue goes to.........

This year Joe and I did something we have always wanted to do.  We saw every single movie nominated for an.........well.......award.  I don't want to use the actual term because I don't want people to G**gle it and end up here.

Anyway, we watched every movie that was up for best picture.  All 10 of them.  (Did they always have 10 films up for best picture?  Because that was a lot of movies).  It took us like 4 weeks to get around to watching the ones we hadn't seen in the theaters already.

I should say the majority of these we did not go to the theater to see.  I'm going to let you draw your own conclusions there, since not all of them are out on video yet.  ;)

I'm posting these in no particular order.

I'm also not writing the names because I don't want people looking for movie reviews to end up here.

This was one of the few movies we saw in the theater.  I loved it, but I'll be honest it wasn't my favorite in the series.  I thought  they did a great job with some of the "villians" (hello, Big Baby.  Nightmares much?) but the last part of the movie dragged on and on and I found myself wishing it would just hurry up and get to the end. Of course it paid off with all of the sentimentality at the end(I was bawling) but I just wish they would have been quicker in getting there.  The original TS will always be my favorite.

I wasn't really looking forward to this movie but it's probably because I didn't know a lot about it(who did?).  I actually ended up really liking it, but it was pretty gritty and very dark at the end. It also wasn't a feel good movie and the ending wasn't all warm and fuzzy but it was a good movie and I can see why  the actress is nominated.

This is another movie I really wasn't sure I wanted to see.  It looked too Matrix-ish to me and too science fictiony.  I'm not sure either of those are words.  Anyway, I was worried I wouldn't understand what was going on and would leave the theater thinking "Huh?" But I figured even if I decided that I hated it, at least I got to oogle Leonardo De Caprio for two some odd hours.  Can't complain about that. I did end up being somewhat confused towards the end but Joe did some explaining and I got it after that.  The ending had me literally holding my breath to see what happened and overall I enjoyed it a lot.  I saw it twice and liked it even better the second time.

I had wanted to see this one ever since it came out but Joe didn't.  We only just watched it last weekend. 
The story was fascinating to me.  It was so interesting to see how something that sucks up so much of my time began.  LOL.   Joe liked it too, even  he was so opposed to seeing it.  I surfed FB a little bit while we were watching towards the end, which was kind of funny.  I don't feel the need to see it again though.  

I can't say enough good things about this movie.  I love, love, loved it.  It was so good!  I heart Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush is such a good actor and the movie was so, so good. You should go see it! We are going to watch it again this weekend.  I loved it.  I hope it wins.  
Did I mention I loved it?  Because I did.   (:

I didn't want to see this movie either(are you sensing a theme here? I'm not usually a movie person because I have a short attention span), but only because I saw the special they did on 20/20(or dateline or one of those shows) several years ago and I knew pretty much exactly what had happened.  I really enjoyed it though.  It hooked me in and kept me interested, even though I knew the outcome.  The end had me wanting to know more about the actual guy it was about, but I realize if the story had proceeded past the point where he cut his arm off they would have had  to change the title.

 I really wanted to see this movie.  I got pulled into all of the hype and we went and saw it in the theater the first weekend that it opened and we never do that.  I love Natalie Portman and I usually enjoy movies about ballet but I was disappointed.  Parts of it were just plain weird.  I realize that's what they were going for, but I didn't get a lot out of it and at the end I was like "That's it??"  Not a fan.

I can't give a review of this movie because I didn't watch it.  I am not a fan of Westerns.  At. All.  Not even the cast could get me excited about this one.  I surfed the internet and then made dinner the whole time it was on and really on saw a couple of scenes.  The little girl did an excellent job though.  Very good actress.  Joe is making me watch it again this weekend because he says if I pay attention I will probably like it.  Whatever.  I'm willing to give it another try.

I was skeptical about this movie because hello, it's about boxing and those aren't exactly chick flicks. 
 I love Mark Wahlberg though so I gave it a shot. I enjoyed it.  I got a little bored towards the end, but the last fight had me on the edge of my seat, even though I knew he won.  
He was a very likable character and I was really rooting for him.  
Christian Bale was great too.
And of course it had a happy ending.  Don't most sports movies?

We only just finished this one tonight.  I had very high hopes for it, since I love all three of the main actors.  Overall I wasn't thrilled.  I was disappointed that Julianne Moore's character  cheated on her partner.  I didn't like the direction they went with that.   
And I hated how they made the sperm donor/bio dad into such 
an unlikeable character at the end.  
It was O.K.
Joe liked it more than I did.  
 I though both Julianne Moore and Annette Bening were excellent though.

So that's it.  My take on the 10 movies up for an award.  Did you see any one these?  Which ones were your favs?


Cora said...

I actually only saw a few. I saw almost Inception 3 times :) I started watching it on the way to China and missed the last 30 minutes. So I tried watching it again on the way home. Jim crunched my headphones about 5 minutes to the end and after about 20 hours with no sleep and a cranky baby, I cried like a baby over broken ear buds. So when we got home I finally got to see it all. I liked it but I love sci-fi.

Hope you don't get too bored watching True Grit again :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah! I can comment!

As I told you on FB, the only one I have seen if Toy Story 3. I don't think I've been to a movie since before I got pregnant with Noah, six years ago! We haven't rented a movie in quite a while either - we have all the movie channels so I just DVR stuff. I've always wanted to see all of the movies before all of the awards, but it's just never worked out. Bravo for you. What a cool project!

Anonymous said...

I would never skip a movie because it is out of my genre. I am not a Western fan but I have seen some great ones.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...


both awesome flicks!