Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Oscar goes to...

I am THRILLED!!! Today is the day that the Oscar nominations were announced and this begins the most jam packed movie watching time line of my year. We have 32 days to see 37 movies, 5 documentaries, 5 documentary shorts, and 10 shorts (animated and live action.) And, I love it!! (Bones will apparently be going on hold.)

Today, most likely, Mr. B is going to create our chart that will guide our life. It will have everything on it. It tells us what's on dvd and what's in the theatre and what we will not be able to see because it is neither. (I HATE when this happens!) And, we are willing to do crazy things to try and see EVERYTHING.

In 2009, the first year we did this, we drove an hour away to go see 2 movies that were being shown in the theater we would not have been able to see otherwise (Rachel Getting Married and Doubt.) We got home very late (we did see 2 films in a row and had to drive home.) The next day we got up and spent all day at the theater seeing the AMC Best Picture Showcase. It was AWESOME!!!

Now, so that you know what the AMC Best Picture Showcase is (besides the highlight of our year...). AMC on 2 consecutive Saturday's shows all of the Best Picture Nominations. 5 on the first Saturday, 5 on the second Saturday. We're usually at the movie theater for 14 - 15 hours on those 2 Saturdays. And, it is fabulous!! Now, the good thing is, that by doing this we see 10 films in 2 days and these 10 films cover almost half of the movie nominations. So, it's like cramming for the test. You go in on these 2 days, and I'll bring a pillow, blanket, etc. into the theatre. You pick your seat and you're there all day. Next to the same people. As a general rule, people don't take your seat as long as you leave something on your chair. And at 2 different points you have long enough to run to somewhere close to eat. But, it's one of the few chances you get to eat all of the theater food you want. You're there for 2 meals, snacks etc. It's an experience, but it's not for the faint of heart. From one Saturday to the next Saturday we'll spend an entire day at the movie theater. Not to mention any other movies we watch at home or at other theaters.

A local theater plays all of the shorts and we will see those there. Some things are harder to find to see than others, but it's worth it to us.

Again, I LOVE this experience. This will be our third year doing this and we start looking forward to it before Christmas and long before the nominations.

Now, so that you can know, here are all of the films we have to see. (The first 10 are Best Picture Nominations.)

Movies:
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception (Before Nominees Announced)
The Kids Are All Right (Before Nominees Annouced)
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone
Biutiful
Rabbit Hole (January 27, Canal Place Theatre)
Blue Valentine 
The Town (Before Nominees Announced)
Animal Kingdom
How to Train Your Dragon
Illusionist
Dogtooth (Foreign)
In a Better World (Foreign)
Incendies (Foreign)
Outside the Law (Foreign)
Another Year (February 6, Elmwood)
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (Jan. 26, West Bank AMC)
I Am Love (February 5, Netflix Instant Stream)
The Tempest
Country Strong (January 27, West Bank AMC)
Tangled (January 29, Elmwood)
Barney's Version
The Way Back (February 3, Elmwood)
The Wolfman
TRON: Legacy
Unstoppable
Salt
Hereafter
Iron Man 2 (Before Nominees Announced)

Documentaries:
Exit Through the Gift Shop (February 7, Netflix Instant Stream
Gasland
Inside Job (February 3, Elmwood)
Restrepo
Waste Land

Documentary Short Subject:
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Comes Up
The Warrior of Qiugang

Animated Shorts:
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, A Journey Diary)

Live Action Shorts:
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Alright. I'm sure this is more information than you want, but I hope you enjoyed! Now, you'll probably hear way too much about these movies over the next month...but then it'll be back to life as normal then!

<3 Mrs. B


*Updated Jan. 26 - movies we have seen have been crossed.
*Updated Jan. 27 - 2 movies seen
*Updated Jan. 28 - 3 movies seen
*Updated Feb. 7 - 7 movies seen

1 comment:

curia_regis said...

Harry Potter 7 tonight! As the movies have been progressively getting darker and darker, not just in material, but in the actual amount of light in the film, I imagine this one will be so dark it will mostly be looking at a black screen with sound, kind of like Harry Potter on radio...only the shadow knows. Can't wait!

 
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