So it looks like I won’t be very prepared for the 85th Academy Awards.
There are fewer than two weeks until the 85th Academy Awards, which will air on Sunday, February 24. I have to watch so many movies between now and then, I want to cry. I mean, I could do it if that’s the only thing I wanted to accomplish, and if money wasn’t a problem. But sometimes I have to pee, and other times I want to sleep, and I really should pay for groceries instead of going to the theater.
So then, FUCK.
Best Picture (I’ve seen 1 of 9: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
Directing (I’ve seen 1 of 5: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
Actor in a Leading Role (0 of 5)
Actress in a Leading Role (I’ve seen 1 of 5: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)
Actor in a Supporting Role (0 of 5)
Actress in a Supporting Role (0 of 5)
Animated Film Feature (I have now seen 3 of 5: BRAVE, FRANKENWEENIE, and THE PIRATES!)
How is your own list coming along?
The following movies (listed alphabetically) have been nominated for Oscars in one or more of the above categories, along with the Writing categories which are, of course, my personal favorites:
- ARGO — available at the Dollar Saver
- BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD — DONE!
- BRAVE — DONE!
- DJANGO UNCHAINED
- FLIGHT — available on DVD and/or via instant streaming
- FRANKENWEENIE — DONE!
- THE IMPOSSIBLE
- LES MISERABLES
- LIFE OF PI
- THE MASTER — available at the Dollar Saver
- MOONRISE KINGDOM — DONE!
- PARANORMAN — available on DVD and/or via instant streaming
- THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS — DONE!
- THE SESSIONS
- SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
- WRECK-IT RALPH — available at the Dollar Saver
- ZERO DARK THIRTY
As you can see, out of 19 films, I have only watched FIVE. And the titles with no friendly notes? They aren’t out on DVD yet; I have to watch them on the big screen, which is sadly beyond my meager means. That is bullshit right there. At this late date there is NO stepping up my game. The 85th Academy Awards are going to blow right by me and my guesses will all be based on fortune cookies and magic eight-balls.
So, I should take a moment and discuss (read: tear apart) the movies I have seen thus far. After all, isn’t that what the 85th Academy Awards is really all about?
THE INVISIBLE WAR:
This was a really difficult film to watch. It’s about the difficulties women (and sometimes men, too) endure in the military after they have been sexually harassed, molested, or even raped. Most of the individuals interviewed explained that while being on the receiving end of physical impropriety was definitely horrendous and obviously unwelcome, the more emotionally taxing part of the situation arose in the aftermath when they received zero support from coworkers and superiors, and were often made out to be drama queens making a big deal out of something “small”, or liars who made up the entire story.
The most insidious message delivered within this film was a statement released by a tribunal indicating that rape in the military is an occupation hazard. Meaning, you should pretty much expect that it’s going to happen to you, because it comes with the job, and to complain about it afterward is an error on the part of the victim.
All of which goes a long way toward explaining why I failed to report it when it happened to me. Had I turned in the gang of soldiers who held me down in the dorms, I would have gotten in more trouble than the perpetrators, as I wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Huh. Guess I had it coming and got what I deserved.
One of the only regrets I bear to this day is not turning in those asshole-ish motherfucking pieces of shit. They went on to perform this same crime on other young female soldiers, one of whom ended up taking her own life shortly thereafter. In speaking to his daughter long-distance, this girl’s father knew something was “off” and finally got her to confess what had happened. He urged her to report them, and when faced with the ridicule and even an Article 15 for underage drinking (a topic for another day — the idea that one can voluntarily die for our country yet must avoid bear at all costs is simply ludicrous!), she just couldn’t deal. I always wonder, if I had turned them in, would things have gone differently? I know I shouldn’t indulge in playing the “what if” game, but I can’t help but feel as though her blood is on my hands.
On a side note, next time you wonder why I suffer depression or act like such a bitch toward people, try to keep this in mind, m-kay?
THE INVISIBLE WAR is nominated for Best Documentary Feature and was really, really well done. To say we “enjoyed” the film doesn’t quite convey the correct emotion, but we did find it extremely informative and both depressing as well as encouraging. It was nice to know I’m not alone, but on the same token, I wouldn’t wish that shit on anyone! While there are some great people, including many of the brave victims and their supporters, fighting for change… and while some changes in policy have occurred… it’s still sad that this is still even an issue in America’s Armed Forces. I’m betting that since this is such a hot topic right now, and since so much action has already been taken just since the film’s release, and since this should be such an “easy” fix, and since Democrats are still enraged over and sick to death of the War on Women, this documentary wins.
We finally convinced our 8yo daughter that it’s okay to enjoy black-n-white films. She was absolutely positive that this film would be NO GOOD because it lacks color in its animation. We had to discuss art, and style, and “old” versus “new”, and respecting “old” styles of art. Finally, she agreed to give it a try. And boy, was she glad she did! This was a really cute film and I’m happy she enjoyed it.
On a side note, it was a bit disturbing that the dog came back to life and was all, like, zombie-ish. A good zombie, don’t get me wrong. But still. Reanimated flesh is just too spooky. So I found that aspect kinda creepy. Otherwise, however, we all found it a fun family movie with an upbeat message and a happy ending.
FRANKENWEENIE is nominated for Best Animated Feature. Don’t think it’ll win (nothing will, against Pixar) but still, we liked it.
So that’s where we’re at, people.
I had an opportunity to watch LES MISERABLES but had to skip out as my son has an appointment with recruiters. Bummer! I was looking forward to seeing it and spending some quality time with my mom and sis. Hope they have fun without me! 🙁
I’m going in blind, people. I ain’t happy about it, but I’m forging ahead nonetheless.