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The Oscars Are Here!

So, due to technical computer problems, I couldn’t watch as many of the nominees as I wanted to.

But, I got through all of the best picture nominees! As in I finished Zero Dark Thirty literally 10 minutes before the Oscars started. Well, here is my version of liveblogging them. Enjoy!

Opening monologue was pretty funny. Pretty sure Will Shatner was drunk haha

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

called it. He was brilliant, and such an impressive field of actors to be nominated in!

Animated Short: Paperman

That’s the one I wanted to win! It was beautiful.

Animated Feature Film: Brave

I’m surprised, I thought Wreck it Ralph was going to take it. However, Brave was visually beautiful, and made me cry. Congrats!

Cinematography:Life of Pi

Totally. That was the most visually beautiful movie I have seen in quite some time.

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Another no-brainer. Although seeing Avengers win would have been pretty cool.

Costume Design: Anna Karenina

I haven’t seen this one yet, but from everything I’ve seen so far, it looks beautiful.

Hair and Makeup: Les Miserables

I was going to say either them or The Hobbit. I loved what they did with Les Mis, so totally deserved.

Foreign Language Film: Amour

I had a feeling this one would win, mostly because it’s nominated for Best Picture, so got that one right.

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Well considering they had to mix in live singing with an orchestra, that’s pretty damn impressive.

Sound Editing: a tie between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

I mean, that’s cool. Didn’t see Skyfall, but Zero Dark Thirty was fantastic!

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Duh. She’s flawless.

Film Editing: Argo

I was expecting Life of Pi or Zero Dark Thirty, but cool.

Production Design: Lincoln

While it wasn’t my favorite movie, the overall design of this movie is really seamless, and enjoyable to view.

Original Score:Life of Pi

Yes. The music was gorgeous.

Original Song: Skyfall from Skyfall by Adele

Another obvious one. Although I would have laughed so hard if the Ted song won.

Adapted Screenplay: Argo

Hm. I thought Silver Linings were going to win this one, but good for Argo, it is still a really interesting story.

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained

Yes. Called it.

Director: Ang Lee-Life of Pi

Called it. He totally deserves it!

Best Actress:Jennifer Lawrence-Silver Linings Playbook

My bets were that it was between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence-so I was right in that regard, so yay guessing haha She was fantastic in this role and completely deserves. Plus it was nice to see someone win for something other than a straight drama.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis-Lincoln

I didn’t quite know about this one. But it was a decent historical drama, so of course he won. He was pretty good though. So good for him.

Best PictureArgo

Personally, my favorites were Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook, with Zero Dark Thirty coming close behind. So, I was rooting for those. However, Argo was a decent historical thriller, so good for the team, but I wish it would have gone to something a little more original.

So that’s it! What did you all think of the Oscars tonight? Any surprises, things you guessed, or disappointments?

Until the next movie I watch!…Which would probably be tomorrow!

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Zero Dark Thirty

 

 

MV5BMTQ4OTUyNzcwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTQ1NDE3OA@@._V1_SX214_Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actress (Jessica Chastain), Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Original Screenplay

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (IMDb)

 

I thought this was an extraordinarily compelling movie. It showed a side for the hunt for Osama bin Laden that we as Americans never saw. It was totally fascinating to watch. Jessica Chastain was riveting and deserves every nomination she garnered. The time jumps are big and take a little bit to get used to, considering time spans from 2003-2011. Overall, a movie that is totally relevant to our society today. A definite must see.

 

8.5/10

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Life of Pi

 

 

MV5BNTg2OTY2ODg5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODM5MTYxOA@@._V1_SX214_Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing (Ang Lee), Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song (Pi’s Lullaby), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, and Adapted Screenplay

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (IMDb)

 

This was one of the most visually beautiful movies I have seen in quite some time. I was in awe of the visuals. The story itself is also quite powerful. Looking at faith in God, what is real and what is not, and the strength of the human will and spirit. While at a few points of this dragged and were slow, for the most part I stayed with it. Suraj Sharma was fantastic as Pi. He was dynamic to watch and I loved him. I also enjoyed Irrfan Khan as older Pi. He gave a moving performance even though it was mostly in memory monologue form. Overall, a moving film that is worth a watch.

 

7.5/10

 

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Django Unchained

MV5BMjIyNTQ5NjQ1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg1MDU4OA@@._V1_SX214_Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Cinematography, Sound Editing, and Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino)

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (IMDb)

Score another one for Tarantino. It was everything I have come to expect from his films. Exciting, darkly funny, fake blood everywhere, vaguely ridiculous, everything. Acting all around was fantastic. Jamie Foxx was a ton of fun to watch, he made Django a hero that everyone can root for and get behind. Also, loved the chemistry between him and Kerry Washington. They may not have been on screen together a whole lot, but I loved the two of them. Christoph Waltz knocks it out of the park again. Not surprised. Loved how he handled the language of his character, which was great, another nod to Tarantino, who also wrote it. Then, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson made great antagonists. DiCaprio was borderline crazy, yet hilarious at the same time, I really enjoyed his performance. Going back to the writing, Tarantino did a nice job balancing the dark humor with some moments of real drama that were exciting, as well as treading the whole slavery storyline really well. Overall, I loved it, would love to watch it again.

9/10

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Argo

MV5BMTc3MjI0MjM0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTYxMTQ1OA@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Nominations:Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin), Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Adapted Screenplay

A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. (IMDb)

So, confession time, this was actually the Best Picture nominee I was least looking forward to watching. Yeah, I was really wrong. When one watches these historical retelling movies, they are normally really drama filled and heavy. However, while yes, there was a lot of the above, it was balanced  out nicely with moments of lightness, comedy, and the whole “it’s so ridiculous it may work” type of thing. That is mostly attributed to John Goodman and Alan Arkin. They’re characters were great and a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed the rest of the ensemble cast a lot. Bryan Cranston specifically was totally on it. Obviously, a ton of credit goes to Ben Affleck. He turns in a solid performance both in front of and behind the camera. I loved in the credits how they showed pictures from the era side by side with stills from the movie. The accuracy is amazing. This is a historical movie that is thrilling, tense, and definitely worth a watch.

8/10

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Amour

MV5BMTk1NTc3NDc4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjYwNDk0OA@@._V1_SX214_Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Directing (Michael Haneke), Foreign Language Film (Austria), and Original Screenplay (Michael Haneke)

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. (IMDb)

So, I’m in a weird place with this one. Let’s start with the positives. The acting is fantastic. The chemistry between Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant is undeniable. The two of them carry this movie, in every way. Unfortunately, I found basically everything else in this movie somewhat boring and stagnant. The plot is essentially episodic, which could work, if there was some editing done and about 1/4th of the scenes knocked out. There were scenes that simply did not make any sense, or did not contribute to the movie whatsoever. I also found the cinematography really stagnant. I’m all for long, continuing shots, but when the scene is going on for quite some time and there is literally no movement and I’m seeing the back of one actor and the profile of another, I begin to check out. Overall, while parts of this movie are beautiful, at the end of it, I was depressed and acutely aware of my mortality. While I appreciate that as a form of artistic expression, I don’t know if that’s how I want to feel after watching a movie.

6/10

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Silver Linings Playbook

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Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Bradley Cooper), Leading Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), Directing (David O. Russell), Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell)

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (IMDb)

I absolutely loved this. With it’s, for lack of a better word, delicate subject matter, it had the possibility of going into some pretty sticky territory. However, the script handles those moments well, and then they are even further handled by the more than capable cast. The story is everything from funny, to poignant, to heartbreaking, and everything in between. The ensemble cast is impressive. Loved Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro as the parents, and Bradley Cooper really handled those dramatic character shifts really well, and was quite impressive overall. For me though, Jennifer Lawrence stole it. There was something really transformative about her performance. Also, this character runs the risk of being a caricature, or being really unlikeable. Thankfully, she avoids both of those, and some of my favorite moments in the whole movie involve her. Overall, I loved this movie, it is a definite must see.

9/10

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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