Winter. A wonderful time. Why? Snow days. Scarves. Vacation time. Christmas. Hot chocolate. These are all delightful things, but they do not compare to the one reason why winter is the best. Why winter brings joy to my heart. Why winter can’t come soon enough. Winter is the best time of the year, because winter is…………..Oscar season.
Yes, Oscar season. When the supposed best movies of the year open in a theater three cities away. When overrated movies win every award ever made. When your favorite movie of the year is completely snubbed and only gets a Razzie nomination. When we all become fashion critics. Ah yes. A wonderful time indeed.
Despite the utter disappointment I feel every year when nominations come out, I still get up at 5:30 a.m. to watch them, complete with gasping, cheers, and shouting. This year was particularly memorable when Dick “Poop” was announced as a nominee. Chris Pine should get an Oscar just for keeping a straight face.
Oscar season is also the time for making a list and checking it twice. Santa does it for naughty and nice children. I do it for all the movies I need to see before the Oscar ceremony. One day, I might just cross off every title. One day.
So begins my wrap up of the nominated films I’ve seen so far. I’ll keep it short and sweet. The next film on the list starts in 20 minutes:
THE IMITATION GAME
If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the film. An excellent film indeed that manages to dumb down the content enough for non-genius people like me to understand. While worthy of most of its nominations, why Keira Knightley was nominated for Best Supporting Actress baffles me more than the code sequence Alan Turing’s machine cracked. If you don’t get lost in the subject matter, you’ll certainly get lost in Matthew Goode’s eyes. I hope he didn’t have any important lines, because I can’t remember a word he said.
Most of us were surprised by its 6 nominations, probably because most of us hadn’t even seen it yet. Once you do see the film, it will make total sense. This is one of Clint Eastwood’s best films and certainly Bradley Cooper’s best performance. I’ll admit I had a bit of a meltdown at the end. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Fantastic film. Should have even more nominations in my opinion. Too bad there isn’t a nomination for Best Fake Baby.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
You’ll cry. You’ll feel inadequate. You’ll wonder what the hell you’ve been doing with your life. The person next to you will cry. You’ll all CRY! Eddie Redmayne gives the Marion Cotillard performance of the year. No one is better or ever will be better than that performance. Daniel Day Lewis is jealous right now. If this film doesn’t inspire you, you have no soul. So go cry about it.
Ok. The way this film was made is very impressive. The commitment. The idea. Never been done before. I get it. However, filming a movie over 12 years does not a good movie make. I won’t apologize. I found this movie extremely boring. A 3-hour film about….nothing. A boy grows up. Whoo. Many critics argue that this film is great because this film captures real life. Real life can be boring, but not this boring. Where is the tragedy? The drama? The romance? The likeable characters? I’ll tell you where they are….not in this movie. Your life is more exciting, so don’t waste 3 hours of it watching this.
INTO THE WOODS
Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen singing “Agony” is worth the ticket price and two hours alone. The rest of the film is highly entertaining and Meryl Streep delivers yet another perfect performance (damn it), but trust me. Agony. Chris Pine. Billy Magnussen. You have to.
I don’t like Reese Witherspoon. I didn’t care much for this character. I felt little redemption or sympathy at the end. Maybe I’m a bad person. I did not hate this movie, but I did not love it. Would I watch it again? Probably not.
I laughed a few times. The cinematography and directing were top notch. Michael Keaton certainly deserves his Best Actor nomination. Ed Norton was perfection. Did I think it was Best Picture quality? No. I am all for films that are open to interpretation, but this ending was just weird. I did not understand the message or metaphor or whatever that was supposed to be. Someone please explain it to me. I also found Emma Stone quite annoying, but maybe that was the point. The score was nauseating, as was the voice of Birdman. Sorry. Not my favorite film.
Movies I still need to see: Selma, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Still Alice, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2 Days 1 Night.