Yeah, so, I’m happy to report that I really didn’t do anything with my three-day weekend. I spent a majority of my time lounging on the couch, watching TV shows and movies.
It was kinda awesome.
Through my unnamed source, I had a copy of “The Fighter” on DVD. I know it’s nominated for a ton o’ Oscars, but honestly, I thought it was going to be a boring boxing movie. Plus, it’s got Marky Mark in it, and his presence doesn’t always spell quality film to me. I was wrong. “The Fighter” is really, really good. Christian Bale … holy shit, that guy. He is amazing in the movie as a drug-addicted washed-up boxer. He is completely convincing. He reminded me of, well, several of my uncles. He is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but it’s really his movie. I loved Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, too.
I actually liked “The Fighter” more than Oscar favorite “The Social Network,” which I also saw this weekend. Now, let me start off by saying, I liked “The Social Network.” I did! I thought it was good, but, I’m kinda surprised that it’s winning all these awards. It’s a good movie, but it’s not a great movie. At least not for me, anyway. You can tell me why I’m an idiot in the comments, and then you can unfriend me on Facebook.
Sure, the performances were good, and there were some really great scenes. Still, it’s an Aaron Sorkin-scripted movie, and I have the same problem with this movie that I had with Sorkin’s TV shows such as “The West Wing” and “Sports Night” (two shows I totally worship, by the way), which is that everyone talks the same. EVERYONE. Everyone speaks really fast and can spout off numbers and stats off the tops of their like-minded heads. I found it distracting, and it takes away from Jesse Eisenberg’s performance of Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe Zuckerberg is really like that. I have no idea. But when everyone in the movie speaks the same way, it lessens the effect. I can let it slide on the TV shows, but in a movie, especially a movie that’s supposed to be a true story, I find it hard to believe that everyone speaks the same way.
Right now, if I was a voting member of the Academy I would write-in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” for Best Picture or I would vote for “True Grit.” I can’t decide.
I still have three Oscar-nominated movies left to see: “Winter’s Bone,” “The King’s Speech” and “127 Hours.” Like I’ve already mentioned, I won’t be seeing “127 Hours,” because I have no interest in watching a dude cut off his own arm. Sounds like an art-house “Saw” movie. I’ll pass. So, really, that leaves me with two Oscar-nominated movies to see before Sunday.
Mighty, mighty good man David wants to see “The King’s Speech” so I’m hoping we will get a chance to see it this week. Also, the Oscar-nominated animated shorts are playing this week, and we both really want to see those as well.
Speaking of Oscar movies, this weekend I watched “My Fair Lady” on TCM. So, yeah, I didn’t like it. This is the second time I’ve watched an Aubrey Hepburn classic and didn’t like it. (I thought “Breakfast at Tiffany’s was stupid). First of all, “My Fair Lady” is a musical and Hepburn doesn’t do her own singing. Strike 1. Second, Rex Harrison is too old to play her love interest. It’s not a cute or funny love story. Instead it’s creepy and weird. Strike 2. The movie is three hours long, and it includes musical numbers that have nothing to do with anything. Strike 3. You’re out!