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04 March 2014

Marching on

It's a ToT/BPF mash-up this week!

Ten on Tuesday:

Best Picture Festival Wrap-up / Thoughts on This Year's Oscars

I saw the final five of nine Best Picture nominees on Saturday, and let me just say that a five-movie marathon is just about one too many for me! I was pretty restless during that last show; needed to stretch out and move!

Nutshell reviews:

1.  I loved Philomena -- Dame Judy Dench played her beautifully. I thought the supporting cast was terrific. It was so sad that "Phil" wasn't able to meet her son again, but I'm glad she didn't give up her quest to learn more about him, and the ending was heartwarming... if not a bit surprising.

2.  Her was the only movie in this batch that wasn't based on a true story (at least some of it!)... though perhaps it is foretelling? I was a little lost in time, missing whatever reference there was to that (learning later that it's 2025), and I sure hope that if anything about this movie comes true, it's not the return of HIGH-WAISTED PANTS! Haha. While not one of my favorite movies, I thought Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job in the role.

3.  12 Years A Slave was amazing, and PERFECT casting! I had a little problem with time -- keeping track of passing time -- in this movie, also. (It's me.) Heart-wrenching. I think it was definitely deserving of the Best Picture award, and am also quite happy that Lupita Nyong'o won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Patsey.

4.  One of the things I was looking forward to in American Hustle was the late '70s fashion review! Oh, I could relate!! It was a great story, I loved how it was told, and every single actor was perfectly cast; I can't imagine another actor in any of those roles. Christian Bale's ability and willingness to transform himself is amazing.

5.  Dallas Buyers Club definitely grew on me. Having lived through the scary time that was 1985 and remembering the fear, uncertainty, desperation, prejudice... I don't remember who referred to it in their acceptance speech, that young people who have always known a world with HIV and AIDS don't realize what that was like... so true.

6.  In doing a little pre-Oscar research, I was delighted to learn that June Squibb and I share a birthday... and with Sally Field (and some other people)!

7.  A Scorpio trait? June and Sally appear to be women willing to "age gracefully," if not define the term. I don't mean to be snarky -- I'm not the plastic surgery police and it's certainly a personal freedom and preference -- I just know that when I'm 80, I'd like to look closer to 80 than an indeterminate age obviously passed a long, long time ago. I'd also like to be able to move my face. Sometimes it looks so painful!

8.  I loved Bette Midler's performance of Wind Beneath My Wings. And Pink's Somewhere Over The Rainbow, though the entire Wizard of Oz thing threw me for a loop -- timing again (later to realize that it was the 75th anniversary). It's no secret that I'm a fan of Pharrell and Happy, and I'm disappointed that it didn't win Best Song.

9.  I thought that all of the acceptance speeches were genuine, heartfelt, and concise. I don't recall hearing too many people "played off" the stage, even if their speeches seemed to run a bit longer than 45 seconds.

10.  I enjoyed it all, and I'm happy that I saw all of the BP movies! It was fun to discuss them with my fellow movie-goers, and share our take on the awards, too. I'll most likely do that marathon again next year, if need be.

 

Comments

I don't know how your hind end did not go numb with that marathon! I only saw Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle and part of the Oscars so I appreciate the synopsis.

I am a little miffed that they totally ignored the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind. I loved Philomena, I think it was my favorite of this year's BP nominees but I also really liked everything else - except for Gravity. That just left me . . . meh.

You synopsis was great and I enjoyed it more than watching any of the movies. I want to see 12 Years a Slave. John Ridley and Lupita Nyong'o impressed me with their humility and grace. Cate Blanchett was a class act, too and I feel sorry for the actresses that have succumbed to bad surgeons and the need to look forever fake. By 2025 I won't care if they have high waited pants. If I'm around I'll wear what I want. lol

I totally agree with the plastic surgery idea - I would much rather grow old and look my age than look like a plastic doll. I'm anxious to go see 12 Years A Slave now.

Inquiring minds want to know...did you knit through any of the movie marathon? I saw only a few of the films "beforehand" and will work my way through others in the near future. I stayed up for the entire show, thinking I'd be working from home on Monday because of the big snow forecast - instead, I woke up Monday to barely 2" & needless to say I was pretty tired in the office, lol.

I agree with a lot of what you said. I really enjoyed Philomena and I'm so happy that I got to see all of the movies pre-awards. It was nice not to see too many award recipients played off the stage. Maybe that's why it ran so amazingly long.

I think it's great that you got to see all the movies…especially so close to the awards! Loved your recaps. I've seen none of these, and think that I'd enjoy all of them. Thanks for the recap!

Loved your commentary on the movies- i haven't seen them all yet. Sorry to tell you this-High waisted pants are on all the runways for spring and summer. I'm happy with that-hip huggers are not for women with curves. I cried thru Bette's song-it is one of my favorites. I'm finally back to reading blogs. Thanks for still being here.

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