Feb 19, 2013

More Oscar Movie reviews...

First...did you see I'm hosting a virtual Oscars party?  To see how you can join, click the shiny gold button on my sidebar.

Well, I've recently crossed 3 more Oscar movies off of my list. I haven't had the chance to do full reviews before Sunday, so let me say a little bit about each of these...

Django Unchained
My friend, Mary called me one day and invited me to see this.  We chose to go to the drive-in and that was a very smart choice.  There were times that we chickened out and turned the sound off because the violence was too much.  Let me start by saying this...I appreciate Tarantino for the director and artist that he is.  You either love him or hate it.  Django Unchained was this history of plantation slavery...as seen through Quentin Tarantino's eyes.  It wasn't historically accurate, but who cares.  It was unpredictable, funny, and action-packed.  The usual.  And like most other Q.T. films, I enjoyed the first half more than the second.  As for acting, I have no doubt, that Supporting Actor Cristoph Waltz should receive the Oscar hands-down.  He was phenomenal.


Silver Linings Playbook
To be honest, when this preview first came out, I thought two things. 1. Typical rom-com. I'll wait until it's on Netflix and 2. Isn't Bradley Cooper too old for Katniss, I mean Jennifer Lawrence?  But then, I remembered...Jennifer Lawrence got her start in indie films.  In fact, she almost turned down HG because she wanted to stick to indie films and be a serious actress (and she's 22).  Then, I heard rave review after rave review for SLP, so I chose to finally go and see it.  And here's what I think.  Silver Linings Playbook is the cure for the typical rom-com.  You think it's a typical story of crazy boy meets crazy girl, but as you're watching it, cringing and fighting goosebumps, you realize, it is so much more.  You know what it is? It's Good Will Hunting of the next gen.  Every piece of acting in this movie was magnificent.  My personal favorite was the mother, Jacki Weaver.  She's got her work cut out for her against Anne Hathaway, but I'm pulling for her.  Also, Bradley Cooper has some stiff competition with Hugh Jackman and DDL, but I think he did a great job in this movie.  I hope to see him in more serious roles.  And Jennifer Lawrence reminds us that she is indeed a serious actress, and I would love to see her take home the little gold man.


Life of Pi
I had a free night so I went to see Life of Pi.  I don't know what i expected since I had never read the book, and aside from the picture of a man in a canoe with a tiger, I had no clue what it was about.  Here's what I think.  The story is amazing.  The impression and intention of the story, mainly one of faith and belief, hail from the novel and I don't know if they have the same effect in a film, BUT I will say that visually, this movie was out of this world.  Here, let me just throw a bunch of adjectives at you...exhilarating, intense, profound, gorgeous, magical, captivating, magnificent, spectacular, epic.  On a personal level, this film touched me in a way that I didn't expect.  It's one of those stories that will keep you reeling.  I'm so, so glad that I saw it.  Go see it.  I really believe Ang Lee should win for Best Director.  I cannot even begin to wrap my head around how he made this movie real.  It was crazy.



I only have 5 days to see the remaining four, but I have plans to finish them this week! (Except for the foreign film, Amour.  No clue where to find that one.)





9 comments:

elle at wishingoodluck said...

There's no way I'm going to be able to see all the nominees before Sunday - so little time, so many (long!) movies - but I love that you're trying!

melissa said...

I'm going to see Silver Linings Playbook tonight! I'm excited after reading your review :)

angieeatspeace said...

I loved the book Life of Pi but I was so apprehensive about the movie. It sounds like it is worth checking out!

Chantal said...

I loved Django Unchained. I super duper want to see the other two, but I'll have to wait for now. I only get to see a movie a month nowadays on date night ;)

Eyelah said...

I haven't seen Django Unchained although I want to because I LOVE Leonardo Dicaprio but I have seen Silver Linings Playbook and I really really enjoyed it. When I saw the trailer months ago(I'm addicted to movie trailers) I knew I was going to like this movie. I also want to see Life of Pi. I'm just going to have to wait until they are all rentable.

Tiff Ima said...

Hip Hop I go!

Coming to you from the GFC Blog Hop.

Silver Linings Playlist was excellent.

TIff Ima
Style Honestly

Samantha Davis said...

I saw your guest post about YA books. Totally going to read The Maze Runner now.

Brighton Harper said...

My husband love Tarantino films but yeah, I watch them through my fingers and go to the bathroom a lot when it gets violent. Or I just go to sleep :)

I loved Silver Linings Playbook and I hope that it cleans up this year. And I had no idea that Bradley Cooper was 38!

Megan Wade said...

Thanks for these reviews. Both Django and Life of Pi are on my Top 250 movie watch list. Cant wait to check them out. I loooove QT movies

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