As I sit here watching the newest Oscars, I figure now is as good a time as any to update this blog not with my continue collection of books that I have been reading, but instead of my first love: The Movies.
I don't really post much about movies much these days, mostly because I have been less into them then in the past, but there was a time when that was all I cared about. Confession: I always hoped to work in the movies, but the lack of talent, determination and guts pretty much put a stop into that. But I applied to Miramax and Lions Gate out of school and didn't get the gig. Although it's never too late, the chances seem less and less likely as I get older.
But I must say in the past month, I have been on quite a streak of watching a ton of movies. Some good, many bad. This is going to be a quick checklist and update of all movies I've seen in no real order since I don't have a list like I do my books.
Where it went was still a fun movie, it just seemed like a different movie than the one that was marketed and that I signed up for.
Honestly, I understand the history that comes with this movie and 100% admit that Sidney Poitier killed it in this role. He was powerful and amazing and although he never showed any humor, the integrity his character has is inspiring. Even though I don't think it's in my nature to ever be that serious and "manly" about anything, it was an amazing performance.
On top of that, I have an awful habit of going to the TRIVIA section of IMDB after every movie that I watch. This one had some of the best trivia about how much the cast and crew hated Gene Kelly. Feel free to read them all here.
Also, who knew how cute Princess Leia's mother was?
There was a slight twist in the movie that, having never read the book, completely surprised me but was impressed by how a first-time director perfectly made the tonal shift and looking back at the film, even gave hints of the twist throughout the first three-quarters.
And the soundtrack was virtually perfect.
Although the movie did go on a little too long, I guess it kind of makes sense in a movie called The Five Year Engagement, and the point is these two characters found every excuse possible to prolong or just not get married that there was bound to be some treading of water.
Another movie that may not be on anyone's radar, but is worth the 85 minutes of your time. I found Safety Not Guaranteed to be a clever, fun movie. I don't want to give anything away in this mini-review. But this is currently available on Netflix Streaming and will say anyone that likes Aubrey Plaza on Parks and Recreations and quirky sci-fi comedies like Bubba Ho-Tep will probably enjoy this. I found myself smiling throughout.
I watched the movie a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, but probably not as much as them. I mostly loved the music and am rooting for the score of Beasts to take home Oscar gold today since that is what jumped out the most to me.
Tarantino gets a ton of honors and awards for his scripts, but I've been mostly impressed by his directing in his last few movies. No one builds tension better in their movies then Tarantino. I will never forget an old quote of his when he was talking about what he considers a great movie. It's simple: When you're watching the movie you forget that you are living, you forget you're breathing. You are just in the movie.
I often notice that I forget everything the first time I am watching a Tarantino movie. Some of his scenes are so intense that nothing else matters. Also, I'm hopeful that Christoph Waltz continues to show up in everything Tarantino does since he steals every scene he's in.