When I was driving around my home town with Vicky recently, we passed by a shopping center where there used to be a dollar theater. When I pointed out that fact, to emphasize to Vicky how important that theater had been to me, I added, “That’s where I first saw The ‘Burbs.”
What 80s toy am I flashing back to whenever I see the dark blue/neon green on the Seahawks’ uniforms? In my brainstorming I’ve narrowed it down to maybe a) a G.I. Joe, b) some kind of robot, c) both? Or d) all three?!?
I still have to see Blue Jasmine and August: Osage County, but...
…I’ve now seen all of the 2014 Best Picture nominees, and for no greater purpose than to organize my own thoughts on my preferences, here is how I rank them from favorite to least favorite (“best to worst” has always been problematic for me in ranking movies…Sometimes I have personal emotional reactions that I can’t always attribute that to something the movie does 100% right or wrong). I’ve seen each of these only once, so I’m sure that in the future the order will change around as some will hold up better than others.
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
I really liked or loved 1-6. I didn’t necessarily hate 7-9, but I’m sorry that they have to appear on this same list.
I have a copy of Blue Jasmine on DVD waiting for me at home, so after that I’ll just need to see August: Osage County at some point soon and I’ll consider myself adequately caught up on the major contenders.
I’ve actually already seen a ton of the nominated movies this year. To complete my education on the major nominees before the awards, I really just need to see American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Philomena and August: Osage County. Normally the amount of catching up I have to do is overwhelming to the point that I don’t even bother, I’m fine seeking out those 4 in the next month+.
Some more thoughts:
Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry are now both 2 for 2 on movies they’ve appeared in being nominated for Best Picture. They are both the John Cazale of our time. Cast them both in your movie.
I didn’t like Dallas Buyer’s Club. I thought the first half hour or so was decent, but then there were tripping-up points in the storytelling that pulled me out of it. However, I thought McConaughey and Leto were both really good and definitely deserve their nominations.
I’m surprised that Inside Llewyn Davis was 100% shut out. Oh well…Llewyn is a loser, so it fits. EDIT: Scratch that, it’s up for cinematography, deservingly so. I had only heard the noms that they read out first thing this morning, I’m looking at the full list now…
With Jonah Hill nominated, I sort of wish that James Franco had been nominated for supporting actor for Spring Breakers…And maybe Danny McBride for This Is The End…And then one other from that group just because I think it would be hilariously absurd for a supporting actor race that’s four goofy real-life friends, versus Barkhad Abdi.
Not because he was good in Captain Phillips (which he was), but because now the Best Actor Oscar race in 2014 can’t be an official Tom “Ray Peterson” Hanks and Bruce “Mark Rumsfield” Dern The ‘Burbs reunion tour.
(Also, check this out: Academy Award nominee Steve Coogan; two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill.)
“Oh man, I can’t fucking believe this. Another basement, another elevator…How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?”—
John McClane, Die Hard 2
McClane was never in a basement in the first Die Hard movie. But he was in an elevator…So I have to conclude that he was previously involved in another terrorist siege that they didn’t make a movie about, that had a basement but no elevator (because then elevator shit would have happened to him three times).
What single scene from a movie this year made the biggest impact on you, and why?
Trying to stay spoiler-free:
The very very last scene in Captain Phillips comes to mind right away, because while it’s exactly what would likely happen in real life, it was so unexpected as the final scene in a Hollywood movie of this kind that it kind of shocked me. I have no idea how the true events actually played out, I know there’s some controversy over the whole thing, but I was rapt for much of the movie (even though I thought some of the last act dragged) and the final scene was a powerful capper.
I also loved the Mandarin reveal scene in Iron Man 3, probably only because I’d never even heard of the Mandarin character before so for me there was no rich history being tossed out the window in favor of this new story…I just saw a great actor having fun with a character that was suddenly very different than the one that had previously been established and I gladly went with it.