Monday, February 25, 2013

addendum to the oscars recap.

I totally forgot to post about my dear Jennifer Lawrence's ensemble. She shined in Dior Haute Couture, and--even in spite of the stage topple--I really thought she just dazzled all night. I love, love, love the shape and flow of that gown... and she just looked completely gorgeous.

Movie-wise, I haven't really gotten into reviewing what ST and I saw this past season... but after pondering our movie consumption for the past several months, I realized we'd seen most of the Best Picture nominees:

  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Django Unchained
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln 
  • Argo
  • (and he saw Life of Pi with little man)

I went into Silver Linings Playbook with few expectations, but just a resounding love for B. Cooper and J. Lawrence. The storyline was quirky, but raw... and I loved Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver as Bradley Cooper's parents. While I really loved the movie, I thought it probably fell toward the bottom of the category, when compared to the competition. I'll definitely see it again though. And I just love Jennifer Lawrence so much... girl crush, solidified.

Django was super entertaining, incredibly graphic--typical Tarantino. I love Jamie Foxx, and find him to be incredibly talented... I was thrilled that Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor award for this role--he was brilliant (although Alan Arkin was fantastic in Argo too...tough, tough competition). If you can stomach lots and lots of profanity and blood, set out to see this one. It's definitely a dude's movie, but through all the qualities that earned it a hands-down-R-rating, I enjoyed the storyline. And the music was fantastic too.

Zero Dark Thirty definitely appealed to my historic-slash-political side. I adore Jessica Chastain, and was really excited to see her in a heavier role. She was really believable in her portrayal of a CIA officer, leading the charge to find Bin Laden. I was glued to the screen throughout every minute. The torture scenes are difficult to stomach (and are also an alleged reason the film was snubbed for certain awards), but I think it was pivotal to the plot to include those details. I think Chastain has a long career ahead of her, and am just excited to be seeing more of her. This is a must-see for political geeks like myself.

Lincoln was mesmerizing... there's no question why Daniel Day Lewis won for Best Actor. The movie is a bit slow, it's a bit long, and surprisingly, had a lot more dialogue than action (I expected it to include more war scenes)... but it covers a lot, a LOT of ground. DDL really encompasses everything about Lincoln that we all think we knew (if that makes sense). This was one of the most engaging likenesses of a character that I've ever witnessed. If you're into history and have two-and-a-half hours to toss away, go see this.

Argo... ahh, man, where do I start? I am elated that this won Best Picture. ST and I saw this months ago, but it's been on my mind ever since. I really, really love that the trio of George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon bring these historical and social issues to the mainstream American public as entertainment. It's genius. The writing of this movie was just unparalleled--I have such a deep appreciation for their craft of molding a historical issue or a social issue into s truly entertaining and capturing film. These types of movies really get my wheels turning, and I'm in the habit of googling the facts, usually on the car ride home from the theater. I highly, highly recommend seeing this one... I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I can't wait to see what's next for Affleck (not to mention his adorable acceptance speech--homeboy was talking a-mile-a-minute and was clearly overwhelmed... it was the sweetest).

So, I haven't seen Les Mis yet, nor have I seen Beasts of the Southern Wild--both on my list. What was your favorite Oscar-nominated gem this year?

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