I’ve already posted a couple of movie review offerings for my long-suffering readers; but there is time for one more before the Oscars are handed out this evening. Are you sitting comfortably, popcorn on your lap? Good.
Best Picture Oscar nominations I have in my collection, but haven’t watched yet:
Lincoln – It’s Spielberg, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis doing his method acting thing; but I managed ten minutes before boredom set in. Will try again after it has swept up a huge number of awards.
Les Miserables – It’s Anne Hathaway being all vulnerable and waif-like; yummy. But I can’t get past the singing every sentence routine and had to stop before Anne had even made an appearance. They should have included a car chase early on to keep me interested.
Best Picture Oscar nomination I don’t have in my collection: Amour – I suspect it is desperately sad, and I am not prepared for desperately sad right now.
Oscar nominations I have seen and not yet pontificated upon:
Beasts of the Southern Wild – A six year old child lives with her deadbeat alcoholic father in a rundown shack in a soon to be flooded levee. What could be a grim tale of hardship is actually an optimistic story of survival, beautifully filmed and featuring an outstanding performance by young Quvenzhané Wallis who had never acted previously (and now is the youngest person to receive an Oscar nomination). Almost as impressive is Dwight Henry as her father, a man who had to be persuaded to leave his baker’s shop to take on the role. It’s a small indie film with a small story in a forgotten location; and it is well worth a watch. Nominated for best film, and you never know…
Silver Linings Playbook – Pat (Bradley Cooper) suffers from bipolar disorder, has recently been discharged from mental hospital and is now living with his parents. Unrealistically determined to get back together with his ex-wife, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has problems of her own and the two form an uneasy alliance. The end result is Hollywood romance predictable; but the journey is intelligent, witty and fun to watch. Jennifer Lawrence is a stand-out; but both she and Cooper deserve their Oscar nominations. Even Robert de Niro takes a break from his increasingly pathetic “comedy” roles to give a nuanced performance as Pat’s father; and gets an Oscar nomination for his efforts. Nominated for best film, and you never know…
Flight – Oscar nod to Denzel Washington as an alcoholic, drug-abusing, whore-consuming airline captain who saves a doomed aircraft using the most unlikely of manoeuvres and is proclaimed a hero; until suspicions are aroused that he was probably high and smelling of prostitute at the time. Cue Denzel doing his getting sober/oops now I am pissed again routine for an hour or so. Enjoyable enough little movie but not sure Mr. Washington deserves an Oscar for his performance.
The Impossible – Based on a true story of a family caught up in the tsunami in Thailand. Naomi Watts picks up a Best Actress nomination for screaming and crying a lot and, to be fair, giving a believable portrayal of a mother and wife who has lost part of her family. The tsunami scenes are well made and probably best appreciated in a cinema; but I found that the rest of the movie dragged a little. Still, it made she who must be obeyed sniff a lot; so probably worth a watch.
And that’s it, apart from a nomination tucked away somewhere down the bottom of the list and probably awarded during the advertising break on TV. The category is “Writing, Original Screenplay” and the nomination is:
Moonrise Kingdom – Set in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two children who decide to run away together, and the members of the community who search for them. In the hands of a lesser man, this would be a pretty feeble film; but the director is Wes Anderson so the entire movie is a delight. Every frame has been lovingly constructed and I was constantly swearing out loud in admiration at the utter gorgeousness of the visuals. The nominated script was written by Anderson and Roman Coppola (he of the famous father), and Anderson assembled a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.
I originally downloaded it because I thought she who must be obeyed would enjoy it; but I was completely captivated by it and it easily wins the Pattaya Days best movie Oscar of 2012. I have ordered the Blu-Ray version which is currently en route from the USA and I intend watching it several times. There will be swearing.