Today’s Movie Review – Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

In an effort to see as many Oscar nominees as possible before the award ceremony in March, and taking full advantage of the respective studios putting their movies back in theaters because of the nominations, the girlfriend and I took the opportunity to see Dallas Buyers Club this weekend. Though I don’t think the movie is strong enough as a whole to take home the Best Picture, the awards that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have been winning are well-deserved, and I would not be surprised to see them repeat their Golden Globe wins at the Oscars in March.

DBC is a story about Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), an electrician for Shell Oil and rodeo fanatic around Dallas, Texas. In 1985, after weeks of diminishing health, Woodruff ends up in the hospital after an electrical accident at work, and while admitted, the doctors run some additional blood work and determine that Woodruff has contacted HIV. At the time, HIV was primarily viewed as a disease of homosexuals and intravenous drug users, and since Woodruff wasn’t either of those things, he refused to believe that the diagnosis was correct. The doctors gave him 30 days to live and Woodruff angrily leaves the hospital. Continue reading “Today’s Movie Review – Dallas Buyers Club (2013)”

Quick Oscar Thoughts

We interrupt New Year’s Resolutions to bring you some quick (for me) thoughts on the Oscar nominations that were announced today:

  • Like the rest of the internet, I am shocked that Ben Affleck nor Kathryn Bigelow scored Best Director nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively. Though I have not yet seen ZDT, those much smarter than me that have say it is the best movie of the year. As for Mr. Afflect, I thought he really came into his own with Argo, so maybe this perceived snub will take him to the next level with his film making.
  • I was surprised to see no love for Looper in any category, which was probably one of the five best movies that I saw last year. (I reserve judgement on that until I catch up on the five Best Picture nominations I have yet to see.)
  • The Best Picture nomination of Les Miserables was probably warranted even though I didn’t really care for the movie that much.* Looper might have been a better fit, but what do I know?

*As a caveat, I started to watch the theatrical version of The Phantom of the Opera a few weeks ago and I couldn’t get through even 30 minutes of it. I was distracted by the obvious lip syncing for the songs, as opposed to Les Mis and its live singing on the sound stage. Really created a different experience in my humble opinion, though I may be biased to the Michael Crawford/Sarah Brightman Phantom recordings of my youth.

  • With Bigelow out of the running for Best Director, I can see Steven Spielberg winning  for Lincolnbut who knows at this point. 
  • Prior to seeing all of the nominated performances, I would probably vote the acting performances this way: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (Best Actor); TBD (haven’t seen any performances) (Best Actress); Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (Sorry Tommy Lee Jones) (Best Supporting Actor); and Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables (Best Supporting Actress), though I did love Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • Most of the other categories I don’t really care about, though I did enjoy Best Animated Feature nomination Wreck-It Ralph.

I’ll delve deeper into my thoughts on 2012 in movies after I watch the 8-10 movies that I really want/need to watch prior to the actual award ceremony, but I thought I should get something out while it was fresh on my mind.

Until next time…