Sunday, March 3, 2013

Watching Paint Dry With The Backdrop of WWI

Never realized that horses could be so much more boring than I though they were.  That and a few more modern films make up this update.  I have a best picture I taped recently, not hard to guess if you've read previous posts, and if you haven't then read my previous posts.  It will be the headliner of my next post.  Until then let me tell you about boring.

War Horse (2011) - Steven Spielberg's offer for a best picture nominee about a English boy who has to sell his horse, actually his father does, to an army captain at the start of WWI.  He then ends up finding the horse about sixteen hours later at the end of the film.  It is a very good family film, cinematography was beautiful, but this is a kids movie and not a best picture.

This is not even in the top five for 2011, no where near The Artist or Midnight In Paris.  But an enjoyable film if you want to see a heartfelt family movie that doesn't offer much as a war film, you might enjoy it.

The Help (2011) - Much better than I thought it was going to be.  A fictitious story based in the early 1960's in Mississippi about the relationships between domestic help and their employers.  The domestic help is black and the employers are white.  Some of the characters are a bit cartoonish, but it helps tell the story.  The characters are well defined and does get a positive message out to the viewer.

As another film from the same year as War Horse, this one clearly was in the top five.  It wasn't as good as The Artist, but if there were only five films nominated this would have made it up there.

The Descendants (2011) - Can you tell I was getting a free preview of the premium cable channels?  A film about a husband dealing with his wife in a coma after a boating accident and having to deal with his children he has distanced himself from over the years.  It is a comedy-drama, kind of hard to guess after my summary of the film, but it is.  Well acted and it follows the ironic twists as he finds out about his wife's personal life and how it interferes with his business.

This was a good film, not a great film.  It did win best adapted screenplay, but that was more of the academy didn't want the film to go empty handed in my opinion.  No where as good as The Artist and I'm not sure if it will be in the top five.  I still have two more films to watch from this year but this one is still in the middle, but close to the bottom.

The House Of Rothschild (1934) - Put aside all of your conspiracy theories for a moment and enjoy George Arliss play dual roles as the Rothschild patriarch in the late 18th and early 19th century.  A very sugar coated version of history, but well acted.  Even has Boris Karloff who is creepy no matter who he plays.  It was made before WWII so it is strange to see the type of pro-Semitic cinema like Gentleman's Agreement but made in the mid 1930's.

This was a good film, not the best film of the year, that is still It Happened One Night.  It would sit lower down but not near the bottom.  Seeing this was one of two years where twelve movies were nominated, and this being the ninth film I've seen, I'll wait until I've seen all of them to properly rank this one.

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