Note: Minor spoilers at the end, but it is a historical movie, so you should know what happens unless you are one of those crazy “We didn’t actually kill Osama bin Laden” deniers.
As the 2013 movie year starts off with a bang with the release of such gold as Texas Chainsaw 3D and Gangster Squad, typical January fare if I’ve ever seen it, we finally had the wide release of Zero Dark Thirty, the Usama bin Laden movie from Kathryn Bigelow. As anticipated, it was nominated for Best Picture this year, and was probably the last of the nine Best Picture nominees that I really wanted to see before the Oscars in February.*
*I’ll probably try and see Beast of the Southern Wilds and Life of Pi, though I don’t know if I will take the time to watch Amour or Silver Linings Playbook. Continue reading “Today’s Movie Review – Zero Dark Thirty”
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 Thirty, respectively. 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 Lincoln, but 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…