Following the Oscar nominations, I went on a movie watching bender. August: Osage County, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska. Here is what happened.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
The trailer for this movie makes it seem like it is a rip roaring family comedy. True, I laughed. It was funny, but goodness gracious was it depressing. Not the “oh look how pathetic those poor people are” kind of depressing. It was take a shot of tequila and chase it with a glass of wine kind of depressing. There are two possible feelings you might have after this film. 1. Appreciation. Your family is not as crazy as this. Yes, your family is crazy, but in a funny “Auntie is nuts” way. 2. Depression. You just watched a movie about your family and are now researching who it is you have to sue for stealing your story. Perhaps you come out feeling a bit of both. Because let’s be honest…everyone has that one person in their family that is horrible.
I’m not one of those “Meryl is God” people, but this is one of those times when I think she deserves every nomination and heck even a win for this incredible performance. She was better in this than the films she actually won for. Next we have Julia Roberts, who I just wanted to hug. She not only had two of the best lines in the film (“Eat the fish bitch!” and “I am running things now!”), she delivered them with such perfection I got chills.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 hours never went by so fast. Yes, it was full of sex, f-words, drugs, and graphic nudity, but somehow it was done in a way that wasn’t uncomfortable. You want uncomfortable…go see Her (I’ll tell you more about that one in a bit). Anyway, I LOVED this movie. It was hysterical. I may have even peed myself a little from laughing so hard. Leonardo DiCaprio could win the Oscar for his “cerebral palsy” scene alone. The most surprising part of the film? Jonah Hill’s performance. He 100% earned that Oscar nomination. And can we talk about Margot Robbie? She may actually be perfect.
I can’t remember the last time I walked out of a movie. I have sat through some crap. Crap I actually paid to see. Luckily I saw Her for free. Well, I saw half of it for free. Because after the second phone sex scene, and the twentieth “deep” conversation with a computer, I was done. There were at least two people asleep in the theater. Two people walked out about thirty minutes into it. My poor mother fell asleep a few times. I’m not sure how we lasted a whole hour. I just thought I could be doing far more important things with my life than watching some sad pathetic dude talk to a voice set to melancholic music. Now, I’m not a prude, but the two phone sex scenes were far too long, and one made zero sense, even in the fantasy world. A computer having an orgasm? I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that. I understand the point the movie was trying to make, but perhaps I was just not in the mood…and never will be. It is beyond me how the Academy thinks this was in the top 9 films of the entire year. If it wins (doubtful), I may lose all faith in the movies and become a doctor instead.
This one was interesting. It was slow, but still interesting. Not boring. After about half an hour, I started wondering how yet another movie like this had made the top 9 Best Picture list. There were a few quiet chuckles, but nothing truly hysterical. This movie creeps up on you. It crept up on me. By the end of it, I had the warm fuzzies. It has a subtle adorableness about it. A quiet little movie, with a powerful message. It isn’t the greatest movie I have ever seen. Nor the worst. Does it deserve a Best Picture nomination? Not really. Is it memorable. Yes. I don’t think Bruce Dern should be in the same category as the other nominees for Best Actor, but June Squibb deserves her nomination simply for portraying the most adorable old lady bitch you’ll ever meet.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
I saw this one too late to include in my Top 20 Favorite Films of 2013 list, but I need to bump something off that list, because this was definitely in the top FIVE of my favorites this year. I don’t like Matthew McConaughey, but I fell in love with him in this movie. Similar to the way Jennifer Garner’s character does. I wanted to hug him. Cheer him on. Help him. Thank him. He better win that damn Oscar. I was routing for Leo before, but now I’ll actually be upset if he wins and McConaughey doesn’t. He was phenomenal. What’s more? Jared Leto was beyond spectacular. One of the greatest performances of all time. I can’t even talk about it properly. It won’t do him justice. He is winning the Oscar. No question. If he doesn’t, then I will know for sure that someone else paid off the Academy.