I. Love. Movies. I Oscar-watch, I have an embarrassingly large DVD collection, I peruse IMDB daily, and if you make me miss the trailers, I will cut you. I become mildly obsessed with my favorite movies, and could watch them a million times and never get bored. Documentaries, independent films, drama, action... I love them all. Except for scary movies. Or torture porn - ew.
One of my very favorite things to do is to go to the movies by myself. Don't worry, I have friends. But there's nothing better, for my money, then getting a big bag (or tub, I'm not judgy...) of popcorn, a delicious Diet Coke, and watching a great movie on a cold afternoon. No one bothers you, you don't have to consult with anyone else about what to go see, and you get some precious, quiet "me" time. This beloved activity happens most often this time of the year - during football season. While Andrew watches his Bengals, I head to the theatre.
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This is by far one of the best times of the year to love movies. It's almost Oscar season!! From October to December, studios release what they believe to be their best films - their Oscar contenders. A film must be released before midnight on December 31 of any given year to be considered for Oscar the next calendar year. Due to the benefits of the recency effect, many studios save the best for last, to keep their movies fresh in the minds of the Academy voters. So - get thee to the theatre!
I have, in the past, always tried to see all the Best Picture nominees before the big show. Recently, this has become more difficult, as the Academy decided to nominate 10 films instead of 5. Still, I make the effort. If you want to join me on my quest, or just love good movies, I'll be presenting some to you as they come out over the next few months. Check out what films you can go see this weekend that are already generating "Oscar buzz":
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First, "The Ides of March" starring our very own George Clooney (born in Georgetown, Kentucky) and Ryan Gosling of "The Notebook" fame. George Clooney - always handsome, always great. I was surprised by how good Ryan Gosling was in this film. I know I am in the minority, but I was not a huge fan of "The Notebook". (Feel free to send me hate mail.) He shows a lot of acting depth in this role, and basically carries the movie. Oscar heavy-hitters Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are along for the ride, with Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Sophie Anne, for you "True Blood" watchers out there) and Marisa Tomei rounding out this amazing cast. I love politics, but I think even if you don't, you will like this film, because it is really a character piece at heart. I will not be surprised if we see several nominations come from this one. Side note - Evan Rachel Wood has already been nominated this year, for an Emmy for her role in "Mildred Pierce" on HBO along side Kate Winslet. If you haven't seen that yet, it's pretty awesome - and Ms. Wood shows some skin. And by "some", I mean "all of it".
"The Ides of March" is showing now in wide release - see the trailer here.
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Also in theatres now: "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. In my opinion, Brad Pitt is one of the most underrated actors out there. He is mildly attractive, as you know... and I think that often overshadows the fact that the man can flat out act. Don't believe me? Check out his work in "Inglourious Basterds" and/or "The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford". Longest movie title ever? Yes. But so good. Will this be Brad's year for Oscar? Some reviewers think so. "Moneyball" is the true story of the underdog 2002 Oakland A's baseball team, and he plays the manager of the team. The Academy loves it when you play real people... so Brad may very well get a nod this year. I don't expect him to win, knowing some of the other contenders for Best Actor coming around the pike, but he might get a nomination, and we will get to see him all dressed up. I haven't seen this one yet, but have heard good things. Sports movie = win for boys; Brad Pitt = win for girls. That makes for a great date night movie. See the trailer for this one here.
Coming soon... Leo DiTitanic in "J.Edgar", Oscar Queen Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, and regrettable tattoos turned bestsellers. Also, I try to convince you to go see an independent film instead of the next "Twilight" movie. That should be fun. Enjoy your weekend - and share your Oscar picks and favorite movies in the comments below!