I am obsessed with awards shows. This is no secret. Every year when the Oscar nominations come out, I try to see as many nominated movies as possible so I can feel like I am a part of the awards show. This year I am a little more obsessed than usual, for some reason. I even dreamt about being at the show, in the front row (somehow) sitting next to Channing Tatum. He and I left the ceremony early to go do community service. Hopefully it was me servicing him. Anyway...here are the movies I have seen over the last few weeks to prepare me for March 2nd. I won't give any spoilers.I managed to see all of the movies nominated for Best Picture and all of the acting characters, and threw in one of the animated movie nominees just for good measure.
American Hustle - I know this movie is getting the most award-love this season but...I don't get it. I mean it was fine, but I am not really sure why a movie with three very unlikeable characters and one hilarious train wreck is being named one of the best movies of the year. I seriously think it was just timing with this one - it came out right as the awards talk started happening.
Dallas Buyers Club - I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to see this one, and it certainly is not a feel good movie. But the acting is solid. Matt and Jared (yes, I'm on a first name basis with my celebrities) deserve the props they are getting for this movie. Jared is the prettiest man I have ever seen, and I hate him because his hair is more luscious than mine.
The Wolf of Wall Street - this movie was good. Really good. Really raunchy, and it taught me a few things, and I really enjoyed it. Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing. It was three hours long, so usually I would just say no to that, but it sped by and I can't think of anything that should be cut out to make it shorter.
August: Osage County - Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are great in this movie...maybe great isn't the best word. Their acting is great, but they are pretty unlikeable. This whole movie is weird. Not anything I will ever see again. But I think Meryl deserves the best actress nod for this one.
Frozen - Everyone was telling me I would love this movie, and they were SO RIGHT. However, the best part was going to see my nieces afterwards and they, somehow, already know all the words to the songs so they performed them for me.
12 Years a Slave - Oh my. This one was painful to watch. There were several times I had to turn away from the screen. I would reccommend seeing this movie, but be prepared because it is a true story, and the ending made me cry one of those cries where you sit there and tear up, and then you think about it later and tear up again.
Captain Phillips - This movie was 2 hours long, and the first hour and 45 minutes I was like "oh, so they are fighting over a boat. Those guys are mean." Then for the last 15 minutes I sat in awe of Tom Hanks performance. He is amazing. It is a crying shame he did not earn a best actor nod for this film. And it's another true story, which makes it crrrrraaazy.
Her - As I was sitting watching this movie, I was thinking how confusing it was and how I just could not grasp the concept. This guy falls for his computer? That's weird. I mean, I am tight with my iphone, but I don't want to have sex with it. I think if I tried, Suri would shoot me down anyway. So basically, this movie was weird and odd and awkward and the more I think about it the more I didn't like it even a little bit.
Nebraska - I have been anxious to see this movie, obviously because it was shot in small town Nebraska. I also try to see Alexander Payne movies cause I gots to support the hometown boy yo. I was not let down by this movie - it is a touching story about a old man who mistakenly thinks he has won a million dollar award and needs to go to Lincoln, Nebraska to get it. His son takes him on the trip, so the movie follows their journey. It really made me think about family, relationships and love. It's amazing how sometimes you are the meanest to people that you love the most, I think because you are confident that they will never leave you.
Philomena - Judy Dench was wonderful (oh excuse me, DAME Judy Dench) in her role as a mother who was forced to give her child up for adoption and live in a convent with a bunch of crabby old lying nuns.This was based on a true story - this teenager gets knocked up, and the Catholic Church just gives her kid away. Then, 50 years later, she goes on a search for him and it's sad, sometimes funny, then really sad, then funny again. It's good stuff. But I don't want to give away anything.
Gravity - I was not excited to see this movie at all. The thought of being tossed around the atmosphere with no sense of grounding terrified the evaliving out of me. It was stressful to watch, but better than I was expecting.
Blue Jasmine - I had zero expectations about this movie because I have never seen any of Woody Allen's work and was kinda planning on living my whole life without him. However, I did like this one a lot. Again, I don't want to give away too much, but the main character (Cate Blanchett) loses the love of her life, who ends up being quite the douchebag. Everything she goes through - the sorrow, the sense of loss, the self pity, the selfishness - I felt it with her. She did an amazing job.