Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Going to the Movies

...not so much.

If you have been reading this blog for several years, you may recall that I love movies and try each year to write about some of the movie contenders for Academy Awards.

This year has been a dry season. First, not that many of the movies sounded interesting. Second, we just didn't get out to see that many.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody--NOPE
  • The Favourite--NOPE
  • Black Panther--NOPE
  • BlacKkKlansman--NOPE
  • Green Book--YUP
  • Vice--HOPE
  • A Star is Born--NOPE
  • Roma--NOPE

So, you can see--a real drought of movie seeing. Oh, we did see Mary Poppins Returns-which got piddling nominations, and we saw The Ballad of Buster Scruggs--which was fun, funky and a Coen brothers typical (if there is such a thing for the Coen Brothers) movie.

So, Green Book was it. 

I was very pleased when Mahershala Ali won for best supporting actor. I have admired his work in all of the movies he has been in.

I had no opinion on the other "best actor/actress" in the respective categories--best actress, best actor, best supporting actress.

I confess--it was a bit strange watching the Academy Awards. You may recall that I have been watching this award ceremony most every year since 1964. YIKES!  A long time.

So, two questions--why didn't we see more movies?  And what did I think of Green Book?

The main reasons for not seeing more movies might simply be inertia. Or distraction--too many other activities. Or alternative entertainment. We have been watching Victoria. Also watched The Crown. And we watch various series, almost always ones from the UK.  

Pathetic, right?  Oh, well.

OK--Green Book.  I liked the movie--in fact I enjoyed it very much. I know the various criticisms. Other movies were better--maybe, but that happens with some regularity at the Oscars. Remember Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan.  All you need to do is search for "which movies won Best Picture that shouldn't have".

Do you want to try your hand at which ones won? Here are ten (gleaned from a website).
Pick between the two--which one won:

  • The Ten Commandments             Around the World in 80 Days
  • Ordinary People                          Raging Bull
  • L.A. Confidential                        Titanic
  • The King's Speech                       The Social Network
  • Chicago                                      The Pianist
  • Zero Dark Thirty                          Argo
  • Goodfellas                                  Dances with Wolves
  • Brokeback Mountain                    Crash
  • How Green was my Valley           Citizen Kane

....and go. Pick the winners.

OK, folks.  I will keep you in suspense. Answers--tomorrow.


Anvilcloud said...

The years go by with increasing rapidity. Haven't seen a one although I have the Rhapsody DVD on reserve at the library. We are 11th in the queue.

NCmountainwoman said...

We never go to the movies anymore. What with high definition and wonderful resolution and so many streaming choices on television, we wait util they are available on one of the streaming channels. No loud noises, no one talking or messing with a phone. Best of all a "pause" button to allow us to refill our wine glasses.

Paddy said...

Thank you for the post! Whether i watch the oscars or not, I look forward to your Oscar reviews :) I was about to give up on watching Greenbook, but now will give it a go.

KGMom said...

AC—I agree time speeds up the older we get.
NCmountainwoman—we too watch some movies at home. We did see Mary Poppins in the theater, the rest at home.
Paddy—you are welcome. Thanks for the nudge!