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…

Sushi and a Movie Volume 3 – Argo

After trying to convince the bro to see Argo last week, I managed to rope him into it this week, partly by shaming him based on a recommendation by his sister posted as a comment on the last blog. However, I am still trying to figure out if he didn’t just come along for the excellent sushi we had at Bonzai, but that’s besides the point.

As stated, the sushi at Bonzai Tepanyaki was excellent, making me question why we tried to expand beyond the closest sushi restaurant to our house. The right mix of ingredients with great preparation always makes for better sushi, regardless of where you might actually go. After the Ichiban experience of last week, however, it was reinforced that it may actually matter where you go. While price and other considerations are important, it is also important to know ahead of time that what you are ordering will be good. With Bonzai, and the numerous times that we’ve been there, they don’t disappoint. I even tried a roll that I hadn’t tried before, and it matched the quality of everything else that they make. A pleasant experience for sure, one that will probably be repeated often over the next few months…unless Bill and I get super serious about the gym, and eating better all the time, going forward. Continue reading “Sushi and a Movie Volume 3 – Argo”