The first part of the Oscar marathon was fun but exhausting! I enjoyed all five films- well, it was hard to enjoy Precious, but it was so heartbreaking and well-acted. Not one I'll see again anytime soon, but I thought it was a great movie. Mo'Nique scared the crap out of me (WORST MOVIE MOM EVER!!!), Mariah Carey was surprisingly good (and unrecognizable), and Precious herself was perfect.
I'd already seen Up, but it was nice to see it on the big screen again.
A Serious Man was my favorite of the day, I think. Like I said earlier, the Coen brothers haven't let me down yet. Problem is, a lot of people probably didn't get it. It helps if you have Jewish friends who grew up in the Midwest! The movie is somewhat based on the Coen's lives growing up in Minnesota. The story is about all kinds of crap happening to a college professor- but it's funny. The ending is very typical Coen brothers. And how could I not love a movie that has a kid doing his bar mitzvah utterly shit-faced on pot...and doing it perfectly. Hee!
I thought Avatar was a lot of fun and pretty to look at for sure- not really the best movie ever, but I enjoyed it. The plot was fairly simple, the acting was so-so for the most part, but it was a good time! And I saw it in 3-D. District 9 was the one that surprised me- sure, it was violent and gory, but it was excellent storytelling. The Prawns were a bit scary, but at the same time, sympathetic. And both Avatar and District 9 had a similar theme- understanding aliens by actually becoming one of them (one willingly, one accidentally). Very similar stories with different results.
I'll do a more detailed review for each film on my movie blog later (except for Up, which I did over the summer).
Still not sure why my nephew hated Avatar so much...though he's since admitted he was in a bad mood when he saw it and is willing to give it another chance. He might join Mom and me for the second half of the marathon.
Can't wait for part two this Saturday! An Education, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, and Inglorious Basterds.