oscar wrapup

So how did it all go?  I didn’t get to see all the movies, but almost all of the movies that won something I saw with the exception of “Hugo'” All in all my plan was a bit of a failure but I think I saw the most nominated movies in the shortest amount of time since I have set this self-imposed goal.  Jesse did enjoy it as well.

I really did enjoy the Oscars pretty much because I love Billy Crystal’s hokey sence of humor and the self congratulations.  I loved Mother Meryl’s speech, sorry Viola, it just wasn’t your year.  Jean Dujardin was by far my favorite to win for best actor and I hope this win does for him what it did for Christoph Waltz.  Put him in American movies while still holding onto a career in their european counterpart.

The fashion was glorious but didn’t quite stand up to the elegance and feminism of years past. Angelina’s leg and J. Lo’s nipple made a strong presence but I’m sure you have all seen the memes. 

So here is to next year in film and hoping that I see all the movies next year!

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Moneyball

Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

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The Help

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Continue reading

Midnight in Paris

Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.  Read on for my two-cents.

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oscars 2012

Ahh the Oscars, a time where I get to pretend that I am a glorified movie critic and can pass my judgement on this years nominated movies.  For whatever reason I have always loved watching the Oscars.  Maybe its the glamorous dresses or the history of film, but its my thing what can I say?

As my normal ritual goes I attempt to watch at least every movie that was nominated for best picture each year.  This year I am going to have a bit loftier goal, I am going to watch every best picture and every best actor/actress nominated movie.  Thankfully there is some overlap otherwise I may not be able to make it through in the 30 days from nomination to awards.

Jesse has willingly agreed to watch all of these movies with me so I have some ideas to bounce ideas off of, and hopefully I will be able to make some solid predictions about what movies should win and what movies actually will win.

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