The other weekend I buckled down and went to see True Grit. I didn’t think I would enjoy this movie at all and was dreading it being on my list. Based on the trailers I had seen I just imagined this crazy action western flick which just isn’t my type of movie. To my surprise, I liked it a lot more than I expected. It had less action and was more focused on the story of a girl who chased after the man who killed her father. I think Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld were GREAT and so was Matt Damon. The acting was great. And while I did like this movie more than I thought I would, I don’t think I like it enough for it to win Best Picture. Personally I don’t the story was strong/unique enough for it to win that sort of award. But I have to say I’m glad I gave it a chance. Its appeal surprised me…but that also sort of makes me wonder who designed the trailers…I don’t think they were that accurate of a portrayal of what the movie as a whole is like.
That next week Inception came in the mail from Netflix. This summer I purposefully avoided this action flick, as my friend Sam and my family can attest to. But when it was put on the EW list I figured I had to break down and watch it. The concept behind this film was interesting…but the movie as a whole didn’t sit that well with me. Some of the “rules” surrounding the dreams felt like they were made on the fly for convenience. I also thought all the action in the movie was a bit unnecessary. I think it probably got some people to the theaters….but I feel like there could have been a compelling story without ALL of the gunfire. It just seemed a bit overkill to me. All in all it was an interesting concept and film…it was alright…but I’m not sure I agree with everyone who raves about it.
My next Netflix movie was the Australian film Animal Kingdom. I hadn’t heard much about this film or seen any trailers so all I had to go on was the Netflix description. I thought it sounded interesting: A 17 year old’s mother dies and he gets caught up in a crime family while a detective attempts to help him get out. I actually thought it sounded interesting but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I had a hard time staying interested…it seemed like the whole movie was whispered in pretty thick Aussie accents and the kid was just so….quiet/meh….you just wanted to shake him (not acting wise…character wise). I think the story had potential to be more interesting and keep my attention more than it did. Sometimes I felt a bit lost as to what some of them were really talking about or thinking. Maybe I just wish there was a little more “umph” in the film…and maybe less frustration….and maybe that doesn’t make sense…but if you watch you might see what I mean.
Today I went out to see a matinee of The Fighter. This was another movie that I wasn’t super excited to see because I don’t tend to enjoy boxing movies (or the sport really…sort of bores me…and also seems really REALLY painful). Anyway I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this film. The main part of the story I think started a bit slow and I didn’t really see how it was going to be different than the same old: underdog fighter starts overcoming obstacles and comes from behind to accomplish his dreams. But without spoiling a surprise of the movie…the twist I think does make it interesting. And it takes a little bit to sort of understand why the story is so special. Its one of those movies I sort of want to go back and watch again from an “all knowing” perspective. I think the actors did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed the way the movie was shot. I don’t know what its called but it wasn’t glamorous and perfect….on purpose….felt more genuine for this movie. Overall it’s a pretty good movie that I enjoyed more than I thought. (I have to admit that I really enjoy Amy Adams’ acting so that might have swayed me a bit haha).
So this past Tuesday the official Oscar Nominations were announced. You can see the complete list here. I am very excited to say that I have now seen 7 of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture! As of now I’m rooting for The King’s Speech to win Best Picture. But keep in mind…I haven’t seen The Social Network yet…and I hear that it is really good. I also still am rooting for Colin Firth and Natalie Portman for Best Actor/Actress. So far with those two I have been correct in that they won both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards! Also, I think for the first time ever…while watching the SAG Awards tonight I had seen every movie for which the Best Supporting Actresses were nominated….I was really excited! Soooo I think my Oscar Snob 2011 Mission is succeeding…even if I don’t wind up being able to see them all!
I recently made plans to be home in NJ for a family party over the weekend of the Oscars so I will be watching the big show with my family…maybe we can have a Movie Themed Charades Party like my favorite Modern Family!
UPDATE: I am sorry that the pictures (movie posters) from this entry seem to be broken...I'm having trouble fixing it but I'm working on it.
Also, I don't think I can stop watching the MF clip above hahaha "Cloudy with da chance of da meatballs!"