Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Oscars

This month, I've decided I am going to watch all the best picture Oscar nominees.  I've certainly never done this on purpose before!  Most of the time, I might have seen one or two before the big night.  I suppose this means I'll actually need to watch the Oscars this year.  :)

There's something to be said for creating goals ... even regarding trivial things.  Rather than just ho humming my way through TV shows on a Saturday morning, I've made a concerted effort to watch these movies.  It gives my free time purpose and that is a great feeling.

Speaking of concerted efforts, I have done so much these past few months to live a life that I'm proud of.  For far too long, my life was too run of the mill ... too simple.  I wasn't putting myself out there.  I am so enjoying taking advantage of all my moments of free time to live an exceptional life ... one I'm thrilled to document and one that lets me answer the question "What have you been up to?" with something besides "Oh you know, work."  I'm finishing up a month of infectious disease at Stanford.  It has been an amazing experience in and of itself.  Sometime soon, once the month is actually truly over, I'll let you know all about my many experiences both in and out of the hospital.

But, back to the movies, the point of this post!  Here's my thoughts so far ...

I haven't seen this and I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to.  It doesn't seem to be playing anywhere in Tulsa.  It is playing in a theater near me right now ... and depending on how tomorrow goes, I might try to squeeze it in after work.

Argo ★★★★☆
This is seriously one of the best movies I've seen.  It is such a cool story ... and the actors look so much like the real people it is almost a bit scary.  Even though I knew the ending throughout, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen.  It was truly a great story!

Beasts of the Southern Wild ★★★
A pretty good movie.  The acting done by the little girl was truly amazing for someone so young.  I'm not entirely sure it is oscar worthy as best picture though.

I am not a Tarantino fan and I'm not looking forward to this.  Maybe my mind will be changed ... but I'm not expecting it.

Les Miserables ★★★★☆
The first 15 minutes was tough to get through ... simply because I had to adjust to the singing.  After that, it was incredible.  The costumes, the singing, all of it.  I think this is my top choice to win right now.  If you haven't seen it, run to a theater because I think seeing it on the big screen with surround sound would blow away the couch and the TV.

Life of Pi
I had a hard time getting through the book ... but I'm mildly excited about seeing this in 3D next weekish.  I just hope its more riveting than the Tom Crews volleyball friend movie.

Lincoln ★
Not worthy of best picture.  Not worth seeing it on the big screen.  I might have enjoyed it more had I watched it at home with a few intermissions.  It was long.  Really long.

Silver Linings ★★★★
Wow.  This movie did such an amazing job of portraying mental illness in a legitimate way.  Such an eye opener.  It was moving, exciting, and sweet.  I highly recommend it.

Zero Dark Thirty ★★★
Really good seat of your pants thriller type movie.  It wasn't exactly what I was expecting and it was a little long.  Just so so.

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