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Reel catch-up

This week has been devoted to catching up a bit on some of the Oscar nominated films. I still have quite a few to go, and one I don't want to see at all (The Blind Side, don't EVEN get me started on that), but I'm more caught up this year than I have been for well over a decade. A lot of that has to do with the types of films being nominated this year -- I still don't quite get the whole 10 films for best picture, but at least they have finally thrown a bone to the brilliance of Pixar, which they should have done years ago, most especially for Wall-E.

I've watched all of the nominees for best animated. I still seethe over the whole treatment of animation as a separate category, as if it's not a real fucking movie, but seething doesn't change anything. This year, even though you know Up is going to win, all the movies for animation are amazing and fantastic. I loved 9 with all my heart -- if you haven't seen it, please, please rent it. And watch it on a hi-def TV because you will not believe your eyes at how gorgeous it is. I also adored Coraline -- sooo charming with some really genuinely creepy moments.

Today was A Single Man and Inglourious Basterds, which probably sounds like the strangest combination. The latter was a piece of crap which was pretty much only worth watching for Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz (I swear if I hear one more person call him Christopher I will blow a gasket), who were both aces. I have no words for A Single Man. Other than brilliant.

And okay, with all due respect to my beloved Jeff Bridges and to Jeremy Renner, I think Colin Firth blows everyone out of the water. He gives a master class in acting throughout the film. I didn't think I could love Tom Ford more, but the guy is just freakishly talented in so many things. I can't wait to see what he does next.

Next I'm steeling myself to watch Precious this weekend. I know it's going to require quite a bit of running from the room and peeking around the corner. But I do want to see that. There's still Up in the Air, too. So little time, so many movies. I went to a theatre I haven't been to before, a newish one up by Northgate Mall. To my extreme surprise, they have a Five Guys hamburger shop in the building right next to the theatre. My heart nearly burst from joy -- I had no idea they had expanded around the country and outside the Washington DC area. That was one of the first things I demanded of Keith during my visit over the holidays -- I said we had to go to Five Guys at least once. I've even written Five Guys into one of the X-Files Mulder/Skinner stories, many years ago. And now they're here in my city! Awesome, truly awesome.

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varina8
Feb. 20th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
I haven't been as dedicated as you are. That said, I'm with you on Colin Firth. Brilliant! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Up in the Air. (I still haven't seen Crazy Heart. Maybe this weekend.)
deejay
Feb. 20th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't even made it to 'Avatar' yet. Maybe sometime this week. *sigh*
feochadn
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Told you Thornton Place was cool (if expensive)! Let me know if you need Up in the Air...
beerbad
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Soooo... not a Tarantino fan, huh?
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