Obligatory Oscar Predictions.

Sorry for my lack of posts (other than my Bucket List Photo Challenge…) but I’ve been on a working trip to Europe! More on that in the coming days!

To ease myself back into the routine, how about some Oscar predictions?

I’m very excited for the show this evening— Seth MacFarlane, Adele and Barbra “The Nose Knows” Streisand come to mind— and I’d like to go out on a limb and make some calls:

Best Supporting Actress is one of two locks for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Anne Hathaway will be taking the stage and acting all surprised. Should she win? Probably. But I’m pulling for an unlikely sweep by Silver Linings Playbook— the rest of these are all of my predictions. I’m now on record as saying that I would like to see Silver Linings Playbook win in every category for which it has been nominated. Will it happen? No.

Best Supporting Actor is a wide-open category. But the Academy loves Christoph Waltz. Then again, they love De Niro, too. However, I think the Academy will split the votes between those two and Tommy Lee Jones, allowing the ever-so-respected Philip Seymour Hoffman (don’t those three names just make him sound so prestigious?!?) will win the gold.

Best Actor is the other lock tonight. Daniel Day-Lewis it is, for Lincoln. But Bradley Cooper is still dreamy, right?

Best Actress is a bit iffy. I’m 99% sure that Jennifer Lawrence will win. But Jessica Chastain could pull off an upset. And if she does, it’s because of Lawrence’s SNL bit about the other nominees. Was it funny? Yes. But does Hollywood take itself too seriously? Yes.

Best Director is up in the air, in my opinion. Everyone thinks Spielberg is just so damn awesome. But his record is spotty— lots of nominations, just a few wins. There’s an outside chance Ang Lee sweeps in for Life of Pi. Or even David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. But I believe, in the end, the Hollywood liberals will get all caught up in the Lincoln hype and Spielberg will walk away the winner. Which brings me to Ben Affleck.

Best Picture will likely be won by Argo, as a pure sympathy vote. I enjoyed the movie, I really did. And Ben Affleck should have been nominated for Directing. However, he got snubbed. After the nominations were read and this film picked up steam throughout awards season, I think the Academy will attempt to rectify their error in excluding Affleck by awarding his film Argo with Best Picture. If not, Lincoln has it.

And if Zero Dark Thirty or Beasts of the Southern Wild win anything tonight, there is no movie God.

Talk to you soon.

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Movie Review: Lincoln… zzzzzz… zzzzzzzz….

 

 

 

 

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Oh, how I wanted to enjoy this movie.

As a self-admitted politics junkie, I was excited to see this film because I was promised a political process film, not a biography. And that’s just what I got.

However, Abraham Lincoln was a man like any other. All of our Presidents are human beings, first— or at least they should be. This movie seems to forget that fact and instead treats him as a Saint or a Greek God. I imagine that, if Steven Spielberg could have re-imagined the whole history, he might have even given Lincoln Greek columns at his nominating speech. You know, like this:

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I think historical films should take a historical look at their subjects. Unfortunately, as much as President Obama likes to refer to Lincoln, and as much as Steven Spielberg likes President Obama, I think this movie was borderline propaganda. I don’t want to say this, but that’s how I felt while watching it. I expected the clouds to part and the rising of the oceans to stop.

Besides this, the movie just… barely… plodded… along. I couldn’t keep my interest, as much as I tried and as much I love history and politics.

Don’t get me wrong— the acting was spectacular. Daniel Day Lewis obviously fell in love with his character. He will win the Oscar on February 24th. And I really like Sally Field… I mean, I really, really like her. So I would like to see her walk away with a little gold man later this month.

Yes, the movie was big and historical and one-of-a-kind and OHMYGOD Spielberg(!!!) directed it. But I just didn’t like it.

Is that OK? Does that make me a bad person?

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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook has plenty…

Silver Linings Playbook is the best movie I’ve seen in a while.

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You know that I simply loved some of the other big films of the past couple months, including Django Unchained, Argo and The Impossible. But Silver Linings Playbook is my personal favorite.

The acting in this movie is superb and I can see why all four acting categories see a name from this work for the first time since Reds did it in 1981.

Jennifer Lawrence, who I didn’t know existed until The Hunger Games, has won me over with her snark and emotion.

Bradley Cooper is still dreamy and his manically bipolar character is done just right, making me question if I’m bipolar myself.

Robert DeNiro is a class act, always has and always will be, but it was nice to see him actually acting here and being funny– not slapstick funny like Meet the Parents… but seriously funny, if that makes any sense.

And Jacki Weaver, who I’ve never really heard of before (or maybe I wasn’t paying attention, since she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Animal Kingdom a few years back…), was beautifully heartbreaking as the Mother holding her family together. The love that she shows for her husband and son is touching.

One of the main reasons I totally fell in love with Silver Linings Playbook is that it’s one of those movies that cannot be placed into a box. People will ask if it’s a comedy or a drama. Why does it have to be one or the other? I think it’s a romantic comedy drama with a lesson and it throws in laughs to the greatest effect possible. When have you gone through a dramatic episode in your life and not found something humorous? You know— the silver lining?

And the film also reminds me of something: we’re all searching for our “happily ever after,” but unfortunately it usually is not what we picture it to be. Sometimes we just have to let go and float where life takes us. And usually, that’ll be the fix.

But here’s a hint while you’re watching it: don’t keep thinking of all those Oscar nominations. Just watch and enjoy.

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