Oscar Rundown (better late than never) 2013

1.       Amour - Couldn't care less (maybe when I'm older)
2.       Argo - The trailer didn't excite me and bearded Ben as the do-gooder G-man just pissed me off - I'm sure it's "great" but I'm going to wait for HBO to pick it up
3.       Beasts of the Southern Wild - The trailer made me think of a southern version of "Little Miss Sunshine" with black folk and a hurricane - not going to see it.
4.       Django Unchained - QT jumps the shark - pulp entertainment that makes the black folk (and hand wringers) squirm though there is a powerful undercurrent of a message against Uncle Ben's Rice.
5.       Flight - I can't believe this movie even got made, have no idea what it's about and might see it some day on NetFlix (I hope I'm happily surprised).
6.       Les Misérables - Saw the whole cast live on stage at the Oscars singing one of the songs - I don't much like musicals and I like them even less on celluloid or bits or whatever they use to make moving images these days.
7.       Life of Pi - Ang Lee is a wonderful filmmaker - I didn't see this movie but I'm sure it's good. I've never seen Brokeback Mountain either.
8.       Lincoln - Spielberg does C-SPAN in the 19th Century. An absolute waist of time, money and talent. One positive, it showed the Yankees to be the ruthless, petty blackguards the Rebels claimed them to be. Horrible, horrible screenplay.
9.       The Impossible - I saw the writer, director and two lead actors interviewed on Charlie Rose (with clips of the tsunami which were very impressive) and that was enough.
10.   The Master - A Masterpiece and by far the most underrated film in PTA's illustrious career. Deep philosophical meditation on life, eternity and the human spirit/nature. The two main characters locked in THE eternal battle.
11.   Silver Linings Playbook - This is what life is like for a Philadelphia Eagles fan - as it should be.
12.   Zero Dark Thirty - KB has been a favorite ever since she made the surfer classic Point Break - the chick has balls and can spin a highly satisfying yarn in unflinching, high tension style. Both thumbs up - can't wait for her to do Benghazi.

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