It’s begun.
January 10, 2010

Every year at this time, my life becomes consumed by one thing:  The OSCARS.  My love of movies peeks every year this time as the oscar race begins.  I follow predictions of nominations, rumors and speculation about the academy and I see the nominees to judge for myself.

My favorite magazine, Entertainment Weekly, puts out a list that becomes my commandments.  It is the 25 movies to see before Oscar Night.  I finally got this years issue and here is the list (in order).

Up in the Air
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Precious*
Inglorious Bastards*
Invictus
An Education
Up*
A Serious Man
The Messenger
Julie & Julia
A Single Man
Crazy Heart
The Blind Side
The Last Station
Nine
Star Trek*
District 9*
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones
(500) Days of Summer
It’s Complicated
The Young Victoria*
Bright Star
The Informant!*

So far, I have seen 7 (marked by *).  I am so behind.  Thank god FIT’s winter break is not over until the first week of February, so I can catch up a little bit.  Last year I broke my own record and saw 15 of the 25 movies.  This year I want to do better.  The list is more important than ever this year because the Academy has changed the rules again.  There will be 10 nominations for the category of Best Picture, instead of the previous 5.  That means 10 movies I must see.  The official nominations are being announced on February 2nd, but in the meantime, I am going with this list.

The Oscars will air on March 7th.  The host has not been announced, but veteran Billy Crystal is getting a lot of attention for the honor.  I have 2 months and 18 movies to go.  I need to go the theatre right now.

footnote:  If you want to see any of the above with me, let me know.  I love a fellow movie lover.

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Quentin, you did it again!
August 21, 2009

Last night/this morning, I saw Inglorious Basterds. Here is my review:

Warning: Mild Spoilers

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I was blown away. Quentin Tarantino really did it for me. From the preview, I was not sure if this film would stay true to Tarantino, but it sure did. It had all the suspenseful dialogue and gory action that has made Tarantino one of the best filmmakers of our time.

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The acting was impeccable all around. Brad Pitt‘s accent in the trailer seemed like a joke, but his performance was very entertaining and on point. The screen stealer of this film was Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa. He played manipulative, suave and scary so well.  He mostly does German films.  But after this performance, I think we well be seeing more of him in American cinema.

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This movie is the definition of a revenge fantasy.  It is Tarantino’s interpretation of what should have happened to the Nazi’s, including collecting their scalps.  If you know anything about World War II, you know that this is not historically accurate, but I think that makes it better.  You really don’t know what is going to happen next.  It really showcases Quentin Tarantino’s imagination to do such a fresh spin on a Nazi movie.

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Overall, I would highly recommend this movie. It was one of the most entertaining films I have seen this year. Now that the Academy changed the rules for Best Picture Nominees from 5 nominees to 10, I think this Inglorious Basterds has a good change of being in that group.  If you are a Tarantino fan, go see this movie.  Hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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footnote:  It is two and a half hours long, so brace yourself.