For Your Consideration

Seen any good movies lately?
It’s Oscar season and we are staying near Los Angelos.  We read the LA Times every morning. There is one whole section devoted to the movies that are playing and, more importantly, what movies and actors have been nominated for awards.

Surrounding A section of the paper is a full page ad for The Help. There are also full color pages for other movies complete with quotes from other newspapers and critics.  The ads begin with “For Your Consideration” which seems directly aimed at those members of the Academy who vote.
Naturally, we (I in particular) want to see what all the fuss is about. I love movies. I watch one almost every night. I am in movie heaven this month because this is TCM (Turner Classic Movie) Oscar month.
When I’m not at home watching, I go to the cinemaplex. Since I’ve been in California I’ve seen The Artist, My Week With Marilyn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Iron Lady.
The Golden Globes and The Screen Actors Guild have already given thier kudos. This, of course, fuels the speculation about the Oscars. It has gotten so that there are few surprises when it comes to Oscar time. People get more excited about the red carpet and the behavior of the hosts. Oscars have gotten to be about box offic success and not so much about creativity. There have been few dark horses in recent years.

A Favorite Book and Movie

This goes back to my original question. This is the month to see a good movie. Of the ones I’ve seen since September, I liked many of the performances but wasn’t thrilled with the overall picture. I saw Bridesmaids last fall. It was truly pitiful as a  picture but did have a few funny moments.
The movies I liked the best were The Help and Extremely Loud. I read both books and adored them.  I felt like I was reliving the books because the movie adaptations were so closely related to the novels.
So, if nothing else, go see one of those two just for the plots. Then, after you have been a mushroom, get outside, take a walk, and think about your favorite movie moments. (Remember that time in the balcony when you were a teen??????)


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  1. Judy says:

    Another fabulous adaption of a book is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I loved Gary Oldman’s George Smiley. But this year my personal Oscar goes to The Artist – brilliant, and bold!