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It’s that time of year again: Movie-Watching Marathon

Oscars!  Last year I got about 50% correct. I love movies and I love puzzles, I love numbers and I love awards. Yay!  Here we go again.

If I counted correctly, 36 different movies and 24 awards we’ll see presented. I watched a whopping 11 movies on the lists before the  nominee ( or a little more than 30%.)  I better go on a movie watching marathon.

Here’s what I already saw and my critique:

Gone Girl (nominated for Best Actress, Rosamund Pike.)

English: Rosamund Pike at the red carpet New Y...
English: Rosamund Pike at the red carpet New York premiere of Barney’s Version in January 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whaaat? That’s it?  I loved this movie. I said it was a today’s Misery.  It just made me cringe. And the ending… What a surprise.

Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Yes, I saw three of the five movies nominated for best Animated Feature. I love the art and creativity of animation.  Plus, I have some delightful people to see them with. I mean, how can I resist an invitation from such sweetness.  The Boxtrolls was so clever.  How could I dislike a gentle super hero in Big Hero 6, and Dragon 2 was as good as  Dragon 1, which really surprised me.

Into the Woods and Maleficent (Best Costume Design.)  Hmmm…I see a trend here. Grandchildren requests are winning over date night. Woods is also nominated for Best Production Design.

Guardian of the Galaxy (Best Make-upand Hairstyling, Best Writing—Original Screenplay.) This could have been a grandchild request, but he went with his dad.  Loved-One requested this one.  Really fun in a quirky way.  I loved Groot.  Did he have a hairstyle and make-up?

Interstellar (Nominated for Best Music Original Score and Best Production Design and Best Sound Editing, Best Writing—Original Screenplay.) This movie made me teary-happy in a kind of Close Encounters sort of way.  I did really notice the music set the mood. Music in movies is something I pay attention too.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Best Sound Editing.) Hmmm… I detect a definite sci-fi nerdiness in many of my choices.  I almost opted out on this one.  I really didn’t like the first two.  Too much battling and not enough story. Besides, I have a hard time when the perfectly good story line gets embellished, turns left, or goes down a rabbit hole.  This time I just relaxed and pretended it was a new story and not the Hobbit at all.  I liked it.  Still a bit too much battling.

Captain America: the Winter Soldier (best writing – Original Screenplay) Loved-One and I both think we saw this, but neither of us felt sure.  I guess that says something.

I really did see a lot of other movies.  I promise.  I guess they just weren’t Award-winning.


In the meantime, here’s a trailer for Boxtrolls. I bet you’ll guess right away why it tickled me so much.

 I’ll keep you posted and give you my predictions. Our local AMC theatre offers a weekend pass so I can watch all the movies I want for one price.  I hope you share your opinions and predictions with me.

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  1. I haven’t seen quite so many even though I enjoy the movies. I have seen WILD which I read the book so I don’t think movies are ever as good as the book but it was pretty good. I’m doing the opposite with American Sniper and going to see the movie and then read the book. I also have a date to see Gone Girl this weekend with the hubby. I also read this book and it sounds like it’s going to be a good one. We’ll see what the Oscars think soon I guess.

    • Adela Adela

      GONE GIRL is worthy of more than one nomination. We both loved it. I did not read the book, but heard the movie followed it closely.

  2. I gave up cable 5 years ago and just have netflix now…I REALLY miss the’s the only thing I miss about regular TV

    • Adela Adela

      I have Netflix too, but not many of the nominated flicks are available right now. I still have cable, too.

  3. I love movies, too. Of course my taste is stuck somewhere in the 1930’s – 1950’s, but I love good movies of any time period! I am way behind on my movie watching too. I’d love to do a weekend marathon of all the nominees! We shall see..

    • Adela Adela

      Good luck!c I would like to do a marathon that the local theatre is doing, if nothing more than to see what kind of people do that (people like me.)

  4. I like to see all the nominated movies too. Getting there, but not 100% yet. Just added Into The Woods this week. Also saw Birdman, which I wished I had skipped.

    • Adela Adela

      I saw GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (delightful) and VIRUNGA (wondering why it got nominated). A local theatre is offering a 24 hour marathon!

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