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Oscar month is going to be rough... [Feb. 2nd, 2010|10:17 pm]
Zoethe
...or maybe we just won't see them all this year. We are WAY behind schedule. Seen movies bold. Documentary, short, and foreign films left off because we just aren't going to get to them.

Notable: (500) Days of Summer got NO nominations, nor did Moon. Two of the best movies of the year. Sad.


Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds

Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air
Crazy Heart
A Single Man
Invictus
The Last Station
Julie & Julia
The Messenger
The Lovely Bones
Nine
Coraline
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Star Trek
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria
The White Ribbon
Sherlock Holmes
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2010-02-03 04:26 am (UTC)
The good news is you have Princess & The Frog and Sherlock Holmes to use as palate cleansers between the "It's Oscar-worthy because there's human suffering!" stuff.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:01 pm (UTC)
At least there is that!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:02 pm (UTC)
BTW, are you coming to PenguiCon? We miss you!!!
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2010-02-03 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try. Looking at airfares now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 11:33 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed!!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-02-03 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm only +1 over you.

minus Avatar
minus Julie & Julia
plus Sherlock Holmes
plus Up in the Air
plus Nine

A lot of those best picture nominees look pretty crap in reviews. I'm not impressed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my motivation for Oscar chasing is at an all-time low this year.
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[User Picture]From: mystic_savage
2010-02-03 04:53 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any of them. Wow. Time to get to the movies.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:06 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I can only recommend Up and The Hurt Locker. Avatar is a technical triumph, but if you'd wanted to see it, or Trek or HP, you would have done so by now.
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[User Picture]From: fidhle
2010-02-03 06:05 am (UTC)
Your list of movies seen is very similar to mine, except that I haven't seen Coraline, Up, or The Hurt Locker. Otherwise, it's the same. I don't see nearly as many movies as I used to years ago.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:07 pm (UTC)
Up and The Hurt Locker are probably the best movies on the list.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-02-03 08:21 am (UTC)
Well worth seeing Up In The Air.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:08 pm (UTC)
I do want to see that.
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From: simulated_knave
2010-02-03 01:56 pm (UTC)
Avatar deserves to be on that list like I deserve not-working for the rest of my life. Shove it in the technical awards where it BELONGS (and even then, District 9 belongs better). It is not a good movie. It is certainly not a good movie by Oscar standards. If you're going to start rewarding box office success, the time to do it was...oh, any time you snubbed a better movie that made a lot of money.

Of the ones I've seen but you haven't:

Up in the Air was an amusing movie, with a serious message. On the other hand, I'm still not 100% sure what that message is. As a movie about the need for human companionship or a movie about the lack of said need, it's still self-contradictory either way. Which is neat, but a little unsatisfying.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was...an excellent Terry Gilliam movie. With both the wonderful points and the flaws that entails. But I'd say it's the best of his work I've seen.

Sherlock Holmes was exciting, tense, and somehow felt exactly like the books and exactly not at the same time. The common complaints to me come from people who are wedded to other movie depictions of Sherlock Holmes, rather than those who really like the books.

My fiancee quite liked the Princess and the Frog. Said it was a classic Disney movie.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:15 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, the movies you listed are all the ones I'm most interested in seeing. Whether we can make time for them is the sticking point.

The argument for Avatar is that it is a technical triumph. And that the Oscars are trying to drum up more viewers by nominating films people have actually seen. The risk of that is that the damned thing will win. But I always remind myself that they gave best picture to Gladiator and the world didn't end....

Considering how early it came out this year, I'm just glad that The Hurt Locker wasn't overlooked. It really is quite exceptional.
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From: simulated_knave
2010-02-04 02:38 am (UTC)
Clearly, you have excellent taste, since those were the ones I was most interested in seeing. :)

Avatar most certainly IS a technical triumph, but there are appropriate awards for the aspects of it which are revolutionary, and the lack of acting and script awards say all that needs to be said about its actual quality as a movie. I think it'll hold up better than Birth of a Nation, but people will watch it for exactly the same reasons - to see what it did, not the movie.

The Hurt Locker was pretty good, but I must admit I didn't finish the movie. It was quite long, and the pizza I had eaten was bad. Though the sniper scene was awesome. That said, I think it likely plays better to American audiences because the Iraq War simply doesn't mean as much outside the US. Much like Vietnam movies.

It was good, but I felt it had said almost all of what it had to say in the first hour and a half. I may be wrong, of course. I mean, I didn't see the rest. :P
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-02-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
Avatar deserves to be on that list like I deserve not-working for the rest of my life. Shove it in the technical awards where it BELONGS (and even then, District 9 belongs better). It is not a good movie. It is certainly not a good movie by Oscar standards. If you're going to start rewarding box office success, the time to do it was...oh, any time you snubbed a better movie that made a lot of money.

Avatar is Titanic all over again. It's going to win and everyone should just get used to that idea. James Cameron has incriminating pictures of all the voters. Besides every once and a while the Academy does make a populist choice.
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From: simulated_knave
2010-02-04 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, but at least make a populist choice when the populist choice is actually GOOD.

The Dark Knight was good, and look how that worked out.

District 9 was pretty good. Up was wonderful. But Avatar will beat them, despite the fact that nothing it did was that impressive (yes, I saw it in 3D. I've been watching more video-game cutscenes than most people, evidently, because I'm all jaded out about exciting computer generated environments. Though the natives were quite well done).

Actually, I think District 9 was MORE impressive technically, because it merged the special effects with REAL shots well. That seems like it would be a lot harder than merging real people into fake ones - we've been doing the second a lot longer.
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2010-02-03 02:20 pm (UTC)
You guys haven't seem Sherlock Holmes? For real? I am sad for you.

My list is similar, I've seen SH (twice)and 9 (neat, but really depressing if you look at the overall context), but I missed Inglorious Basterds (no one to go with)and fell asleep on the plane during The Hurt Locker.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm stunned that they showed Hurt Locker on a plane! Bad venue for it - it's one of the most tense movies I've ever seen.

Yeah, I don't know how we haven''t seen SH, it just hasn't happened.
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[User Picture]From: anivair
2010-02-03 02:30 pm (UTC)
500 days of Summer for shafted. it was excellent, but it fell into the category of "not sure what to do with it" too easily for the oscars, i think.

I have no intention of seeing all the oscar movies, though I may see some of them. I've seen all the ones you saw and I think that Julie and Julia was a throwaway nomination that only made it in because Meryl Streep was so brilliant. But she just wasn't, I think, a strong enough focus in the film for her to take it. I'll post some predictions sometime later today.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 03:19 pm (UTC)
She took the Golden Globe, so my guess is that she won't take the Oscar and the GG was a way of acknowledging that she was terrific in a picture that was merely okay.

I'm still, like, The Blind Side? Seriously?
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[User Picture]From: anivair
2010-02-03 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get it. I hear it's good and all, but I don't think sandra bullock looked that great in it. maybe I'm wrong, having not seen it, but I think it's a lot like avatar. You leave feeling really good and really impressed with the movie, so you assume the performance was really good.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-02-03 03:57 pm (UTC)
I really recommend "A Serious Man" and "Up in the Air." I haven't seen the others that you haven't seen, and still haven't seen "Avatar."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-02-03 04:03 pm (UTC)
How was A Serious Man?
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-02-03 04:11 pm (UTC)
It was the Coen brothers doing the book of Job--dark, but funny. But no relief at the end. I thought the satire was well-done. I'm a big Coen fan, so you can consider that. If you only have time for one, "Up in the Air" might be better to see--more people will want to talk about it, for sure.
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