Inspired by Tomato Nation and my own inner stupid overachieving pop culture glutton, I’m once again attempting to see all this year’s Oscar-nominated films before the ceremony. Here’s how it’s going so far.
I’d love to stay and chat, you guys, but I have so much eating to do. For my job. Which I love right now. So: SPEED REVIEWS.
The Social Network: Exactly what I expected: Witty, nerdy, engaging. I’m a sucker for Sorkin’s dialogue. The music didn’t really hit home for me. And has anyone tested Zuckerberg for Asperger’s? Because the movie version of him felt to me like a grown-up Max Braverman.
Unstoppable: I honestly didn’t believe people when they told me Unstoppable was a decent movie. Which was nice, because I was able to be pleasantly surprised. The writers manage to hold the story to only the most basic action film cliches, and there’s real suspense in parts. It’s a movie that knows what it is, and does it well. It’s not Inception, but at least it’s not Salt.
Blue Valentine: Of all the weepy films I’ve seen for this project, this one was probably the hardest on me. I’m newly married, okay?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: I don’t read the books and haven’t seen any of the movies since the … third one? Maybe? So I basically had no idea what was happening. It’s up for art direction, which is cool, but at movie #7, isn’t it just more of the same?
The Illusionist: My feelings about The Triplets of Belleville, remixed: I know it’s critically acclaimed and I’m supposed to love it but YAWN. Spent most of it wondering why this girl was so gullible, and the rest wishing it were The Illusionist.
Rabbit Hole: Why do I love movies in which nothing happens? I don’t know, but I really do. Great, heart-wrenching acting, believable story and a light at the end of the tunnel.
Death Race Tally: 29 seen*, 27 to go.
Day & Night*
God of Love
In A Better World
Killing In The Name
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary
Outside The Law
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang
The Way Back