2.23.2008

Oscar (the award, not the grouch)

Its the Oscars!! Which normally means little to us non-celebrity folk, other than we get to see movie stars all in one room wearing beautiful dresses with jewelry that costs more than our house.
As you might have figured out, I love movies. I love the feeling of being caught up in the amazing story of an unfolding drama, of watching the creativity of writing that leaves me guessing, of rooting for a character I have grown to love in 90 minutes. So, I like the Academy Awards.

This year I feel like there have been some great movies out--so I am letting you in on my favorites.

The top movies of 2007 are: (according to Come Together Cards)
No Country for Old Men
Michael Clayton

No Country
is a rougher-type movie, eerie and creepy, but absolutely compelling. It takes place in Texas (shout-out!!) in the early 80's and has a character who is the creepiest villain I have seen in awhile. This is NOT a feel good movie, but sticks with you for days after you see it.
Michael Clayton was my favorite movie of the year. This is everything a movie should be-- amazing story, thrilling and gripping, and makes you cringe and cheer. This is every bit worth the $9 ticket price, and even worth a $6 tub of popcorn. And there is a little known actor they found named George Clooney who is pretty good too.

Runner Up-
Juno. Adorable, heartwarming and quirky movie. Ellen Page plays a spunky character you cannot help but love, and this is a fun, sweet movie. Not Oscar worthy, in my book, but the kind of movie you go to which you are looking for less gritty and more chick flick.

No, no, a thousand times no.
Atonement- Oscar loves the artsy, weird movie, and I am not sure if this is artsy, but it sure is weird. I came in hoping for a love story and left bored, unfulfilled and disappointed. Did anyone see any redeeming qualities in this movie? If so, please share, b/c I like both James Mc-whats-his-name and Keira Knightly, but did not care for this movie. Like I said, they usually choose weird movies to win, so I wouldn't be surprised if this got an award.

Others that deserve a mention:
American Gangster- The Godfather set in Harlem in the 70s. Its a true story, so it is entertaining and interesting, which amazing acting by both lead characters. Another rough movie.
3:10 to Yuma- a Western (which I typically wouldn't go for) but a great story of good guys vs. the bad guys that is more moving that you would expect a Western to be. My husband wanted to see it and I ended up loving it!
Dan in Real Life- a all around great movie, funny and sweet. Lighter fare than the others (which is nice, sometimes!)

Those are my picks! Check back and see if any of my favorites got props!!

5 comments:

KerrisKorner said...

You're such a movie nerd...I'm impressed that you find time for them in your busy schedule! I also LOVED Michael Crayton...we had the $9 ticket, $6 pop corn, AND $5 Coke...great flick!

Boy & Girl said...

I feel I have no social life. I only saw Juno. Michael Crayton is on my list. I may have to go rent that this week. I loved Dan in Real Life. I can't wait for it to come out on video.

Cute Card Queen said...

Yeah...pretty much a movie nerd!! Movies are how I reward myself for all my hard work doing everything else!! :)
Thanks for sharing!! It was fun to hear yall's thoughts on what you liked. It is very nerveracking to recommend movies b/c of course, each person is entertained by something different!
Does anyone else have any movies they liked this year?

Jennifer said...

OK, I'd love to know your secret (or steal your babysitter) so I can see movies in a real theater! I can't even remember the name of the last movie I saw that wasn't from Netflix. Good for you!

Cute Card Queen said...

HA HA! That is the blessing of living in the same town as my parents!! It doesn't happen all the time, but boy, it is fun when it does!!