Monday, February 25, 2013

Mission: Best Picture Films

I called them films because it sounds classier. And aren't films nominated for the Best Picture award at the Oscars classy? They deserve to be called films and not movies.

A couple of years ago, we tried to watch as many of the AFI Top 100 Films of all time. We failed. We did watch quite a few and discovered that some that we thought would be really lame were actually entertaining! Of the films we watched, I recommend:
*The General: A silent film featuring Buster Keaton
*Duck Soup: Another silent film with the Marx Brothers
*The Graduate: DUH. This really is one of my favorite movies of all time
*Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: It really shows you that not much has changed over the years

Eventually, I would like to continue watching these films but my husband just isn't sold on the idea. While making our picks for the Oscars last night, I realized that I had watched 6 of the 9 Best Picture nominees this year. I think that is a record for me. In thinking over each of the 6 films I saw, it was hard for me to decide which I enjoyed the most. They all offered something completely different, which is why I really love going to see movies. Laughter, tears, shock, suspense. They all offered a variety of emotional response.

I've decided to start a new film project. I'd like to watch all of the Best Picture nominated films. Perhaps not ALL of them but I've started a list from 2008-2013. I've included a list of all nominees and put in bold the movies I have not yet watched:

2008: No County for Old Men, Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood

2009: Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2010: An Education, Precious, A Serious Man, The Hurt Locker, The Blindside, Avatar, Inglorious Basterds, Up, Up in the Air, District 9.

2011: The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are All Right, True Grit, Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone.

2012: The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Descendants, Money Ball, War Horse, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life

2013: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Les Miserables.

That totals 16 movies, only 3 of which are streaming on Netflix (you are pointless Netflix! POINTLESS), and 2 on Redbox. So I guess I will be watching the rest via iTunes, if they are there! Maybe I can still find a Blockbuster in business!

What are the best movies you have watched this year? Or in years past?

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