Monday, February 7, 2011

Prepping For The Oscars!

My mom, brother and I have been trying to watch as many Oscar-nominated movies as possible before the ceremony. I think I've mentioned before in this space that I LOVE the Academy Awards. Yes, they're stupid and lame and the right people never win. (I'm still lookin' at YOU, Julia Roberts.) But still. We have a party every year with snacks and voting and we start with bitchy, red carpet dress mocking. I have SUCH high hopes for Helena Bonham Carter's dress. Maybe it will rival Bjork's crazy swan thing! ::fingers crossed::

Here's the scorecard so far (List stolen from Sars at Tomato Nation):

  • 127 Hours (There's no fucking way I'm going to see this movie.)
  • Alice in Wonderland (It was fine. I mostly went for the Michael Sheen.)
  • Animal Kingdom (I would LOVE to see this. I'll probably try to grab it from the Redbox this weekend.)
  • Another Year
  • Barney's Version
  • Biutiful
  • Black Swan (I really loved this movie until the last 20 minutes where I feel like it went off the rails a bit. Well. A lot. Natalie Portman was really great. The scene where she calls her mother from the bathroom stall brought tears to my eyes AND a chill up my spine.)
  • Blue Valentine (Haven't gotten around to this one yet. I'm not sure I'll be able to before the ceremony. It's...probably not a date movie, right?)
  • The Confession
  • Country Strong (Yeah, no.)
  • The Crush
  • Day & Night
  • Dogtooth (I'm really morbidly curious about this one.)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • The Fighter (Meh. I hate boxing.)
  • Gasland
  • God of Love
  • The Gruffalo
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt. 1 (Of course I saw this one. Loved it. I'm sure it won't win anything. Heh.)
  • Hereafter (I'm curious about this movie. I like things to with with the afterlife, etc. but it's hard to do well.)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (I think the next time we keep my nephew overnight, we'll rent this.)
  • I Am Love
  • The Illusionist
  • In A Better World
  • Incendies
  • Inception (LOVED this movie. My second favorite of 2010. My Gentleman Caller and I watched it with the Rifftrax commentary and it was HILARIOUS.)
  • Inside Job
  • Iron Man 2 (Mmm...Downey...)
  • The Kids Are All Right (I liked this movie quite a bit. The dialogue was great; it felt very natural and more like how real people talk. They really seemed like a family.)
  • Killing In The Name
  • The King's Speech (LovedlovedLOVED it. Much funnier than I expected. Lovely and touching and everyone in it is great.)
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, A Journey Diary
  • Na Wewe
  • Outside The Law
  • Poster Girl
  • Rabbit Hole (I saw the play during its original Broadway run and adored it. I'd like to see the movie. I'm not notably a Nicole Kidman fan, but she can be excellent when she puts her mind to it. And when her forehead moves.)
  • Restrepo (Documentaries aren't usually my thing, but I'd like to see this.)
  • Salt (...No.)
  • The Social Network (I liked this fine, but wasn't as impressed with it as many seemed to be. Andrew Garfield is ADORABLE. I disagreed with the last line. Mark Zuckerberg, as portrayed in this film, is a giant asshole. Don't try to tell me differently, Rashida Jones.)
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • Tangled (I will SO see this. Someday.)
  • The Tempest (Helen Mirren is hot.)
  • The Town (It was fine. Whatever. Jeremy Renner was great. I really liked Rebecca Hall. Blake Lively was woefully miscast and WAY too young for the role. PEOPLE WHO MAKE MOVIES. STOP DOING THAT. Don't try to tell me that Blake Lively and Ben Affleck could have had a years-long relationship in any way other than statutory rape. Ugh.)
  • Toy Story 3 (Sobbed off and on for the whole movie. It's wonderful.)
  • Tron: Legacy (My Gentleman Caller dragged me to this one. Well. I went willingly because of Michael Sheen [Seeing a pattern here?] and the Daft Punk score. It was fine. I despised Garrett Hedlund in the main role, but Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde were fine. Sheen was hilarious and, I'm sure, took home massive amounts of money for his 15 minutes of screentime.)
  • True Grit (GAH. I HAVE to see this before the Oscars!)
  • Unstoppable (I do not have to see this one, ever.)
  • The Warriors of Quigang
  • Waste Land
  • The Way Back
  • Winter's Bone (I adored this film. Best movie of the year, hands down. Everyone in it is wonderful and perfect, but John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence are SO excellent. I can't say enough good things about this film.)
  • Wish 143
  • Wolfman (I would watch this with friends to mock it. We should get on that.)
Looks like I've got some work to do! What Oscar movies have you seen?


Doug Jeffreys said...

I saw: Wolfman, Salt, Iron Man 2, Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 1 & Alice in Wonderland

EGT said...

Are these all the movies nominated? I don't even know what half these movies are. (Well. Not a surprise.)

I actually did agree with Rashida Jones at the end of "Social Network," I thought Zuckerberg was just...immature. This is why kids shouldn't be in charge of business empires. They're young and they're stupid and they don't have ideas about consequences.

Bea said...

@Doug - what was your favorite?

@EGT - Those are all the movies that are nominated for ANYTHING, from sound editing on up.

Re: Zuckerberg, he WAS immature and poorly socialized but for me, that line hit the ground with a THUD because it seemed like Sorkin trying to tell me something that wasn't in the movie. I felt like he'd been portrayed solidly as a jerk (Not as much as Parker, though). Not a completely irredeemable one, which may be what they were going for, I don't know.