It’s Oscar Time

| 1/27/2011 2:06:36 PM

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Jean Teller(1)It's Oscar time, and I’m wondering where all the good movies are hiding. The last time we talked movies was in November – and I have to admit, I have not been to the theater much in the last few months.

November turned out to be a better movie month than expected. A friend and I rented The Joneses and Kick-Ass (don’t bother with either one), and I saw in the theater Morning Glory (good), Unstoppable (a good rental) and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (very good, and the cast is all grown up!).

The Tourist stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. 

December brought The Tourist to the big screen – I enjoyed it, a fairly quiet film, more character driven than action, and definitely worth the payoff. I also started off the new year with a December release as I saw True Grit on New Year’s Day (I enjoyed it, by the way). And that’s been all for January, so far. I am hoping to catch up with The King’s Speech and Black Swan this weekend, and possibly The Mechanic.

True Grit stars Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon. 

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman, right, as a veteran ballerina on the brink, and Mila Kunis, left, as the newcomer. 

Jean Teller
2/1/2011 9:49:10 AM

Hi, Cindy, I can totally appreciate the pattern. Depp is a favorite of mine too - and you will definitely like The Tourist. :) Hi, Dave, I used to like taking the youngsters to the movies. Gave me an excuse to sit through the "kiddie" movies. I like Netflix, tho I'm not too happy to be pushed into a new technology before I'm ready - as in streaming video. I like getting that disc in the mail. :) This weekend, I was able to see Black Swan (good but uncomfortable to watch, and I didn't appreciate the hand-held cameras or the extremely closeups), The Mechanic (bloody, lots of explosions, but it has Jason Statham - enough said :)), and The King's Speech (excellent! As the SAG Awards proved, this one has a real shot at an Oscar or two, and it is definitely the one I'll be rooting for come Feb. 27).

Nebraska Dave
1/28/2011 8:29:55 AM

@Jean, I haven't had time for a movie for me in quite a while. I'll have to pick one of the action guy movies and take the time to get out of the house. My movie going has been wrapped around what my six year old grandson would be interested in seeing. Tron was a pretty good movie. Of course we saw Toy Story 3 at the regular theatre and then again at the cheap seats ($1.50) theatre. All of the good movies usually make it to the cheap seats theatre about the same time as it comes out on DVD. It's still good to see on the big screen as apposed to the Red Box dollar a day rental. Block Buster is starting to have the rental boxes here at the gas stations. I haven't stepped into the netflix thing yet but it sure is tempting. Hulu is slowing limiting the free access so eventually I will have to make the plunge. Have a great movie day.

Cindy Murphy
1/27/2011 4:33:29 PM

Hi, Jean. I have yet to see "The Tourist", though it's definitely on my list of "must-sees". Coming up, I'm looking forward to "Rango", and...and...Pirates of the Caribbean 4 - On Stranger Tides! Are you sensing a pattern? Johnny Depp...swooon. Actually, who else could pull off a broken-hearted innocent decoy, a lizard, and a somewhat androgynous and ever-so sleezy but oh-so-hot pirate?

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