First, I don't think I gave enough credit to No Reservations the first time I saw it. I still think that it's imperfect. There's something missing and the climax is...well, anticlimactic (the director fails to build any suspense, though he seems quick to emphasize the melodrama--the opposite would have been preferable). But still, I enjoyed it more the second time around and if I ever see it for under $7 in a bargain bin at Best Buy, it's mine.
Additionally, it was enjoyable because I rented it at a redbox with a promo code so it was FREE. Yay free movie night!
Second, I predicted a while back that Beowulf was going to be a huge flop. Now that it's coming out on DVD, I would like to take this opportunity to say "I was right."*
Third, how bad was Transformers that it's already selling for $10 at Best Buy? I mean, I didn't particularly like it, but I thought there were a lot of people who did.
*While I think it's funnier without an explanation and just me proclaiming to be right without an evidentiary basis, I'm constituting a flop because out of it's $150 million dollar budget, it only made $82 million, domestic. I didn't see it so I can't say it sucked, but I can also say that I have no interest in seeing computer-animated versions of real people. Lame.
First off, the Enzian (the local indie theater by me), has been dragging its feet lately to put up the upcoming schedule. They had Persepolis playing for a week. Then it was extended to two weeks. And now it's in it's third week (which I'm kind of glad of because I think I'm going to go see it again...I might cite it in my thesis because it is my thesis...or half of it, at least).
But after that, they only had a few limited engagement things (The Big Lebowski, Pink Floyd's The Wall).
But they have just put up two future events and I'm tres excited about both. Miss Petigrew Lives For a Day (which I think is a lousy title, but looks like a fabulous little movie) and The Band's Visit, which just looks cute and uplifting.
In other news, I'm off to see Juno this morning. It's showing before noon, so it's $5, and I happen to have a $5 gift card for AMC, so it's FREE to me. I figured, in honor of it's big wins yesterday (Film Independent's Spirit Award for Best Picture and for Best Actress), and as a precursor to the Oscars this evening...
And I kinda don't want to work on my thesis for 12 hours again. So this will cut that down to about 6 hours today (because there's no way in hell I'm working through the Oscars).
This is kinda late in the game, but just for some fun...predictions!
Best Picture - No Country for Old Men (this one makes me nervous...I though it was much better than There Will Be Blood, but there's been so much hype for Blood lately)
Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress - Marion Cotillard (but I'm putting Ellen Page as a back-up incase the Academy decides it hates biopics...which it never has, so...)
Best Supporting Actor - Javiar Bardem
Best Supporting Actress - Tilda Swinton (I'm going out on a limb for this one. I'm 85% sure it's going to Cate Blanchett, but I think it would be fabulous for Tilda to take it)
Best Director - Julien Schnabel (or at least he should win, if Best Picture goes to There Will Be Blood, they might give it to the Coens as a consolation)
Best Screenplay, Original - Diablo Cody (with Tamara Jenkins as a close second pick, adults loved The Savages)
Best Screenplay, Adapted - Christopher Hampton (I'm really unsure about this one, but I figure the Academy has to throw Atonement a bone for something, otherwise it'll probably go to the Coens)
As a final note, I went on weather.com to (duh) check the weather, and there was an American Airlines add to receive 60,000 bonus frequent flier miles if I book a ticket round-trip to London. Clearly, it's mocking me, because the first thing I did this morning was gaze longingly at my Europe pictures (I have 8 framed 5x7s hanging on my wall). While I was really admiring Barcelona today (it's different everyday), Barcelona is just a train ride away from London...
And if I don't leave now, I'll be late for Juno. Zut!
I've seen 52 movies since August 18th (the beginning of the school year).
Granted, some of those were repeat viewings (I saw Atonement, Sweeney Todd, National Treasure 2, and Juno twice each) and not all were new films (I caught Brazil and Blade Runner at the Enzian this past semester).
But I still went to the movies 52 times in 6 months and 6 days.
And I've seen 29 of the Oscar nominees (a few on DVD, so they don't count into the tally).
Additionally, I paid (or used a gift card) for every one of those, which I know because I have ticket stubs for them. I don't think I've movie hopped at all this year (though my memory is not great and it's possible I snuck into one or two).
I don't know whether to be proud or sickened.
In other news, it's possible I enjoyed Juno more the second time around. It's really a very good movie. And I think Jennifer Garner is grossly under appreciated for that role. She is simply phenomenal and I cried twice during the movie, mostly for her character. I don't actually cry at movies that often, so that's kinda huge.
So far I'm enjoying the Oscars immensely.
I adore Javier Bardem and so I'm thrilled that he took home the award for supporting role (particularly because it puts me a little closer to winning the family Oscar pool ($40 pot, I'm psyched).
Also, it was nice to see something go to Sweeney Todd, because it was so fabulous. But me thinks Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter aren't there. Boo. It's alright, Johnny's representing (with Vanessa on arm, bien sûr).
Additionally, Jon Stewart is doing an amazing job.
[EDIT: And a big thank you to Tilda Swinton for putting me another step closer to that $40 (and to the BAFTAs for leading me to pick the long shot). The only one standing in my way now is Aunt Judy. Oh man...it's going to come down to Best Actress.]
[EDIT 2: Marion Cotillard was ADORABLE in her acceptance speech. I adore her so much, it makes me really regretful that I hated La Vie en Rose. I'm almost tempted to change the icon on this post to my Marion, but alas...I think it shall remain as it is. I can only use it for about a month out of the year.
Plus, I'm 3 for 3 on the family Oscar pool. Ah, vindication.]