The Sound of Music (AFI #40)

“I cannot believe its taken me this long to see this film. I am very surprised that its not something I grew up with. I guess there’s a maybe ten year period in there where I understand that, cause its not the sort of thing I would’ve found interesting when I was older, at least until my musical theater thing, but still. Im a smidge flabbergasted.

To be honest, I had my doubts going into it. Im not exactly a fan of Rogers and Hammerstein (dont even get me started on my Carousel rant), and the little I knew about it didnt exactly excite me. I ended up absolutely loving it. I had a handful of around the apartment activities planned out just in case I needed something to help me through the nearly three hours of it. Didnt need to resort to any of ’em. Well, to be fair, I jumped right into putting away laundry so I did have that distraction for a while. But I actively chose not to continue with the movie wall rearrangement I’d started the other night.

Most of the music was familiar (again, musical theater, Ive come across them all at some point) but I was very entertained by all the musical numbers. Julie Andrews was fabulous and I loved all the children.

So yes, I feel a great childhood wrong has now been righted.”

Swing Time (AFI #90)

“I cant believe I’d never seen a Fred Astaire movie before. I mean for \m/ sake, I’ve been a dancer since I was three, have done some choreo for musical theater, and I obsess over DWTS. I seriously dont know how he’s managed to elude me all these years.

And the dancer in me absolutely loved this movie. The rest of me just sorta spaced between dance numbers. That early one in the dance studio was phenomenal–better than anything I can expect to see on DWTS this season.

The characters were fun, but as per usual, I couldnt quite get into the romantic plot. And yes it was predictable, but I recognize that its classic.

Wow my AFI write ups are getting shorter and shorter, huh? I think part of it is that I dont feel right “”reviewing”” them since I dont think Im worthy of judging such classics. The home stretch is in sight. This one brings the total up to 72. I’ve already finished all the 70’s and 80’s. Im waaaay behind my originally anticpated schedule, but its all good. I’ve been having fun.”

The Shawshank Redemption (AFI #72)

“AFI #72 – Shawshank Redemption
Shish Kabob. Shawshank Redemption. Chi-CA-GO!

Yes, that is what I hear every time in my head when someone mentions Shawshank Redemption. Points if you know where that’s from. Although, and this is totally random, back in sixth grade when I saw Ace Ventura 2 (whoops, gave away the answer) I hadn’t heard of The Shawshank Redemption and in my head always confused it with Schindler’s List–the other S movie with a name I couldnt remember that everyone always said was amazing.

Another of my faves on the list, and I tried to hold off on watching it too early cause I didnt wanna watch all the ones I knew I loved early on and then get stuck with a whole bunch of wild cards. I ended up with a longer than usual evening ahead of me tonight, so it made sense to go for a longer than usual movie. Although now that I have another hour and a half til sleepy time, maybe I shoulda gone for something slightly longer.

Anyhoo, why is Shawshank one of my faves? Its just absolutely flawless. Great story (heart Stephen King!), great cast (heart Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman!), everything. I dont know why Im suddenly finding myself at a loss for words to describe it, but Im guessing most of you dont need to be convinced of its awesomeness”

Double Indemnity (AFI #29)

“Dammit, thats the second time in the past week I post on the wrong LJ first

Before the real write up, just wanted to take a quick moment for some musings on last night’s Academy Awards. For the most part, quite happy with the results. Yeah, they were mostly predictable, but that meant that I ended up winning the Oscar Pool I was in. No money involved, but I am milking those bragging rights for all they’re worth. I only got 3 wrong. I missed Foreign Film, even though I considered switching it at the last minute. I shoulda known that the same thing that happened to Pan’s Labyrinth and Waltz With Bashir would happen to this year’s frontrunner, The White Ribbon, but didnt listen to my gut there. I did pay attention to that for the sound awards, picking Hurt Locker for both, which is what gave me my edge. Well that, and following EW’s advice for the shorts. The one short I missed was Animated Short, and having seen all the nominees I was kinda sad about the result. Yes, Logorama was the most inventive and original at least as far as the visual, but I found the story itself quite boring. If anything was gonna beat out Wallace & Gromit I was hoping for Granny O’Grimm’s or The Lady and The Reaper. The last one I missed was adapted screenplay. Did not see Precious coming at all, and was quite sad that what shoulda been a lock for “”Up In The Air”” resulted in that film going home empty handed.

As far as the ceremony itself, it was rather unmemorable. My two favorite moments (without thinking too hard about it) were wicked early in the program: NPH’s surprise appearance and Christoph Waltz’s “”uber bingo””. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were great, but nothing much was really happening otherwise.

At least now I can relax for a few months on that front. Except for being very gung-ho about Shutter Island, there isnt really much speculating to do yet for next year 😀

Now–Double Indemnity. I’d actually sat down to watch Swing Time instead, but then went down to check the mail and Double Indemnity was waiting for me (bee tee dubs, I now own or can easily access all the rest of the AFI’s). I’d been really wanting to see this one. The whispers of a plot I’d heard really intrigued me. Sounded like my kinda thing.

Sadly, as has often been the case, I was a bit distracted so I didnt get into it as much as I woulda liked. This will definitely merit a second watch at some point in the hopefully not to distant future. I mostly followed the dialogue but missed most of the visual. But the story didnt disappoint.

Really liked Fred MacMurray. He caught my eye when I recognized him from The Apartment. Dont know why I was so struck by the way he said “”Baby””.

Anyhoo, starting to crash now. Long day at work and I didnt sleep too well last night, so I should prolly go pick something outta the queue to go sleepy-bye to”

Taxi Driver (AFI #52)

“Aw man, so distracted. Huzzah for Christoph Waltz and his uber bingo!

I’d seen Taxi Driver once before. It was one of those that I’d always heard about being an iconic film. But you know what it was that finally got to me go out and buy it (besides the fact that it was on sale at Best Buy that week)? The pic of Robert DeNiro in a mohawk. Let’s put this in context. I am a punk (as in punk rocker). I believe in rebellion and self expression. The mohawk is very much a symbol of all of that. So I really wanted to see what would drive his character to that point. On that front, I was a bit disappointed, but I still enjoyed this film.

Character pieces tend to be real hit or miss from me. As I tend to mention in about every third write up or so, I like narrative and plot. So a character piece has to be damn compelling to keep my attention. This one was. Although I will admit that I dont quite get all of it. I’ve seen it twice now and still dont quite understand much of the end.

What I do understand is what a fantastic performance both from Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster. Sadly, this time I was anticipating Foster’s big scenes so much and I ended up dozing off and missing about 85% of her screen time.

Okay really too distracted to think of much else. Sorry Mr Scorsese”

Unforgiven (AFI #68)

“Trying to do these write ups during the commerical breaks at the Oscars. Seemed like a good idea at the time. We’ll see how it works out.

I seriously dont know what the dealio is with me and westerns. I can’t ever get into ’em, or at least not for the whole thing. I think I mostly paid attention for the first hour, was kinda sorta watching for the next half, and then kinda gave up for the last bit. I sat down to do the write up, and couldnt really remember anything. Watching bits of it later that night, I realized that I had seen more of it than Id thought, but still couldnt actually tell you what happened.

From what I could tell, it was top notch. I paid the extra buck for the HD which was well worth it. The visual was gorgeous. Love Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, and was quite taken with Jaimz Woolvett as the Schofield kid. And at first the story interested me, but I dont know what happened. I swear, its totally me, not the movie at all.

There’s still a few westerns left on the list. Here’s hoping I can at least get through one of them and thoroughly enjoy it”

The Ghost Writer

“Write up on Unforgiven is gonna wait til during the commercials during the Academy Awards. Partly cause Im still hoping for a chance to re-watch the last 30 min that I totally spaced on. I woulda waited on The Ghost Writer til then as well, but one of the advantages to going to a theater that’s a 30 min walk away is that the trek back is prime for thinking on what I wanna write. So while its still all fresh…

Waiting for the movie to start, one of the things running through my head is how much I love Boston. The impetus for that thought this time around is that I love how accesible movies are. True, its not as rocking for that as LA or NY would be, but just two weeks ago those were the only two cities even showing this movie. If I were still back home, there’s no way I woulda ever seen this one, and no way I coulda seen all the major players in the Oscars this year.

Kinda ironic I was having that thought before diving into a film which was set in New England. Yeah it was a very fake New England, but hey whatcha gonna do when your director isn’t allowed to set foot on US soil? Ah yes, now that we’ve made that segue–Roman Polanski. He might be considered a cowardly creep of a person, but as a director that man \m/ knows his shit. There were some times when I thought the pacing was a bit slow, but I just let myself trust his expertise and went with it.

The movie was suspenseful, but a very slow suspense. I can best liken it to my hazy memory of Michael Clayton (although that may just be due to Tom Wilkinson appearing in both), but at least The Ghost Writer made more sense to me. As far as the mystery of it, cause we all know how much I like solving those, it was kinda strange. I picked up on some things very early and essentially figured out the who (and also guessed how our hero would come to that same conclusion), but could hardly grasp actual concept of what the mystery was. That meant I had no clue on the why, and didnt even realize I’d solved most of it. Strangely, that did end up being rather satisfying, far more than I would have expected. And I wont go into any detail, but the last 30 seconds was probably one of the best executed endings I’ve ever seen. It seriously took less than a minute to take me from feeling “”meh”” about the film to “”that was awesome!””

Great great cast. I love Ewan McGregor and all his charm. Happily, there was quite a bit of that. From his reaction to reading the first draft of the manuscript, to the line he delivered buying his ferry ticket (Im being cryptic, I know), I was with him all the way. Also adore Pierce Brosnan, and his perfect mix of arrogance and grace.

Ultimately, quite a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Given that there aren’t many viable options at the mainstream theaters (in my head Alice in Wonderland doesnt open til next week, cause thats when Im going…IMAX 3D, baby!) I’d definitely give this one a recommendation. My only word of caution is to be prepared for the slow suspense style. It can be a bit of a letdown if you’re expecting a faster pace.

The Ghost Writer – \m/ \m/ \m/

Oscars 2010

“With the 82nd Annual Academy Awards upon us in just a few days (3 days, 23 hours according to the countdown on IMDB) guess its just about that time I do my predictions/choices/thoughts in general write up about this year’s big event, yeah? Typically I go thru EW’s 25 Movies You Need to See Before the Oscars, but while I actually managed more of those this year than ever (23 of 25. Coulda gotten the other two if I really wanted) given that a good number of ’em were a bit off the mark, I think it makes more sense to go thru the nominees systematically. Apologies if I sound like a broken record, repeating comments I may have made in my write ups or in conversation. Least Im consistent, yeah?

Figure I’ll start with the big ones and work my way down, so I can call it quits when I get tired. And the usual “”this is just personal opinion blah blah blah”” thing applies here as always, so without further ado…

Best Picture
I’ll talk about these in the order I would rank them, were I a voting member of the Academy

Up In The Air – Kind of a toss up which I’d put as my first choice between this and Basterds. But I think that for the overall package, Up In the Air was the best picture. The cast was as good as you could possibly get, the story was interesting and timely, the dialogue was funny, everything was near perfection, I thought. And it fit so well with what’s going on in the world today, that it just makes sense to me that this is the best choice. Sadly, it’s lost most of the momentum it had when it first opened. It went from being one of the top contenders to well, not in just a few short weeks.

Inglorious Basterds – This would be my personal fave of the bunch, and we all know one of the main reasons why. Yes, I am a Tarantino junkie. Now, Basterds wasn’t quite at the level of Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, but compared to movies made by just about anyone else on the planet, this was pretty impressive. Basterds also had the entire package: great writing, great cast, great visuals, and the list goes on. With the new voting system, Basterds is poised to pull off an upset in this race. And while it means I’d lose points in my Oscar predictions pool thing, they’re points I would gladly give up…Since I like saying this, even though I know I’ve said it before, Id have given anything to sit at the Basterds table at the Globes. Those people were having soooo much fun.

The Hurt Locker – The main race seems to be between Hurt Locker and Avatar, and all I gotta say about that is Avatar had better not \m/ win. I’ll talk more on Avatar when I get to its spot on my list, but Hurt Locker is the far superior movie. Yet another solid nominee with the best of everything. Even on a second viewing, I was on the edge of my seat during most scenes. When I’d first heard of this movie, I’d thought the whole “”war movie”” thing was way overdone, but Locker actually manages to bring some fresh perspective to that jaded genre.

District 9 – Personal preference definitely gives this one a boost on the list. Can I just say first of all how happy it makes me that this film scored a nod. Love love love that the Academy acknowledged a summer blockbuster, and while its not the one I woulda hoped for (Star Trek *tear*) its very deserving. Perfect mix of political allegory with action packed sci-fi. Not a combination I would have thought would ever work so well, and doubtful if anyone could ever pull it off again. Doesn’t have a prayer in hell of winning, but the recognition is nice.

An Education – This movie was one of the most pleasant surprises at the movies this year. From the plot, I woulda never expected to go see this one, much less enjoy it so thoroughly. But it was so fun and quirky (reminiscent of Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, vibe wise at least), and Carey Mulligan was fantastic (more on her later). Im actually really anxious for the DVD so I can watch it again.

Up – As much as I enjoyed this film, I dont think its quite the be all and end all of animated film that people make it out to be. Similarly to Wall-E last year, I thought the first half had some of the most beautiful moments Ive ever seen in a movie (Im particularly thinking of the silent bit). But then the second half just fell flat. I feel like people tend to focus on the better half when they’re raving about the movie, but I tend to think of the later one. Unclear if thats just from my tendancy to be a nonconformist, of if its because the end of the movie is what Im left with afterwards? I dont know.

Precious – Not sure how much I hafta say about this one now. Its was your typical Oscar bait movie, but that doesnt necessarily take away from how powerful the movie was. It was a bit heavy handed, but I think that was part of the point, yeah?

Avatar – Here’s my beef with Avatar. First of all, know that I did enjoy this movie. Very much so. But I dont think its a “”best picture”” movie. Yes, the visual and the effects were phenomenal, ground breaking cinema. For that reason, I fully support any technical award(s) it may receive. But the rest of the package doesnt measure up. I would go so far as to say it was sub-par, but it was definitely below the high bar set by some of the other nominated films. The cast was nothing too special, the plot was dull. Its like the movie is completely relying on the visual to carry it through, which (no matter how good that element is) I dont think it should be enough to have the movie win this race.

The Blind Side – When I saw this movie on the list, my reaction was “”huh.”” Notice that’s with a . not a ? Kinda like how Eddie Izzard said “”I like to end my shows with a kinda ‘huh’ feeling, and I believe I’ve done that”” That same feeling. It was a good movie. Points to the academy for recognizing one of the more popular movies of the past year. But I dont really think it was anything to really write home about. Im not necessarily complaining about it garnering a nod, but there’s others I woulda ranked higher.

A Serious Man – This is the only nomination that got an “”aw hell no”” out of me. I’ve found this movie is quite polarizing. You either love it or hate it. There’s more people who love it, but I think us “”hate it””s are more vehement. I didnt get it at all, but I could have potentially appreciated it more if I was clued in to the whole Job parallel beforehand.

Who’s Missing? – I would have loved to see Star Trek make the cut. It was a big of a longshot, but I had hope the super size nominee list would have helped. That was my fave movie of the past year. As far as summer blockbusters go, that was perfection: action packed, great comic relief, wonderful cast. Nothing else you could have hoped for…I would also have liked to see The Messenger make the shortlist. Were this a few years ago, its exactly the kind of film that woulda been nominated. Though of course at the time the complaint woulda been that it was yet another nominee no one saw. But I thought it was a very powerful and interesting film…The other longshot hopeful was (500) Days of Summer. I hate rom-coms but I absolutely loved every minute of Summer. Also, The Hangover’s win at the Globes and inclusion in AFI’s list of 10 best of last year gave me a distant hope for a nod. Didnt expect it, but it woulda been wicked cool. And since its the only one of my fave movies of last year that hasn’t been mentioned: where’s the love for Zombieland? I know, longshot doesnt even begin to cover it, but hey a girl can dream right?

Best Actor
The rest of these should start getting a bit shorter.
Best actor. Jeff Bridges has it in the bag. I wont argue that. If we’re looking career wise, yes he’s overdue. And he was quite impressive in Crazy Heart. However, personally I thought that Colin Firth had the strongest performance. A Single Man was so hauntingly good, and Firth’s performance had such an understated and contained intensity. As far as the rest of the boys–George Clooney for Up in the Air, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker–I have no complaints. All are very deserving of the nominations.

Who’s Missing? – I really hoped Ben Foster would be up here for The Messenger. It wasn’t very likely, but I felt his performance was stronger than Woody Harrelson who did score a nod. Then again I might just still be a bit bitter that Foster didnt get the supporting nod for 3:10 to Yuma a few years back. Also would have liked to see Matt Damon for The Informant! but I actually dont think I’d wanna displace any of the nominees for him. Tobey Maguire in Brothers is another I’d have liked to see make the cut.

Best Actress
The one that’s really gonna come down to the wire. Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side vs Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia. Depends on which camp you belong to: Should an Oscar be awarded for a single performance, or should the whole career and Oscar history be taken into consideration? Between the two, Bullock had the bigger arc and the most substance to her performance. On the other hand, Streep is LONG overdue for statue number 3, and given that its Bullock’s first nod, that should be enough, yeah? If I were voting, I’d go for Streep cause she’s my favorite but I wont complain if Sandy wins. That said, I think the best performance in this category was actually Helen Mirren. I dont expect her to stand a chance. Not many people saw The Last Station, and she just won a few years ago. But I was definitely most impressed with her. Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan were both fantastic in Precious and An Education, respectively. I think if Ellen Paige isn’t available when they make a movie about my life one day (cause its sooo gonna happen…right) then I’d be more than happy for Mulligan to take her place. Although as loveable as those girls may be, this year is definitely gonna award a longstanding career, one way or the other.

Who’s missing – Yeah cant really think of anyone

Best Supporting Actor
Most of the time, I’ll moderately agree with the frontrunners. I’ll be fine with them winning, but I woulda gone a different direction. For best supporting actor, that is not the case. I whole heartedly agree with what everyone’s saying: the statue should go to Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Basterds. Quirky, larger than life character with an unforgetable performance (three words: Thats a bingo!). And on top of that, he flowed gracefully in and out of not one, not two, not three, but FOUR languages. My next choice would be Woody Harrelson for The Messenger. I just love the fact that in the same year, he rocked an action comedy (Zombieland), appeared in a big budget blockbuster (2012) and got an Academy Award nomination (The Messenger). Actors who can pull of that sort of year have the highest respect from me I could possibly give them. Nothing too special about the rest of the guys in this category. No arguments about their nominations, and dont expect them to beat out Waltz.

Who’s Missing – Last year I woulda had a list that was twice the length of the nominees of men who were missing here. This year all I gotta say is that I really do think Stanley Tucci was nominated for the wrong film. While his role in The Lovely Bones was more intense and a bigger stretch for him, his role in Julie & Julia was far more memorable in a much better film.

Best Supporting Actress
This one’s going to Mo’Nique for Precious. No contest. And no real argument from me here either. Watching it, knowing early on she was the front runner, I was about half way sold. Then we got to the last ten minutes of the film and I wanted to just run up there and hand her an Oscar. I dont think anyone in the theater was left unaffected by that scene. In spite of that, Im not sure that I would vote for her. I personally prefered Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air (and not because Im a Twi-hard, because Im very much not). I connected with her a lot better, which makes sense. Not much of a stretch to believe I’d relate to her better. But she also had a really big arc that I hadn’t expected, and for that young thing to stand her ground (and then some) against George Clooney is no easy feat (that’s how Vera Farmiga rightfully earned herself a spot here too). She was also quite spunky, which is another plus for me. As for the rest of ’em, I was happy about Maggie Gyllenhaal sneaking onto the list. I wasn’t particularly impressed with her in Crazy Heart, but she is a fave of mine and Im glad she can now introduce herself as “”Academy Award Nominee Maggie Gyllenhall””. Penelope Cruz seemed like an obvious choice for a nomination. I do love her, but Nine was kinda weak.

Who’s missing – The girls of Inglorious Basterds. Diane Kruger got a nomination or two along the way this awards season, but I really loved Melanie Laurent (bad ass chicks get more points in my books, and she was as tough as those cookies come). Woulda been happy to see either here.

Best Director
This one’s going to Katheryn Bigelow, which is very deserved. The whole feel of The Hurt Locker is just so real and powerful. We all know who my vote woulda gone to, though. I wont go into yet another “”I \m/ love Quentin Tarantino”” rant, but just know that I do. I’d love to see Jason Reitman win one of these one year, but this aint his year. James Cameron is another kinda obvious one to show up here. Nothing in particular to say about Lee Daniels.

Who’s Missing – Im fine with the list as is, but it’d have been cool to see Tom Ford for A Single Man. If this was a few months ago, I would have been surprised that Clint Eastwood didnt make it for Invictus, but that one also lost momentum along the way.

Best Original Screenplay
Its between The Hurt Locker and Inglorious Basterds. Basically what I said for director goes here too. Wont complain if Mark Boal takes it for Hurt Locker, but I’d like it to go to Tarantino for Basterds. And he’s actually got a decent shot here. Happy for The Messenger getting a nod. Definitely a really good really original film. I’ll refrain from ranting about A Serious Man. Am I the only one who thinks Up is here just cause people wanted to find one more nomination to give it?

Who’s Missing – (500) Days of Summer. So inventive and sweet and funny and great overall. I still think the split screen scene is one of the cleverest bits I’ve ever encountered.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Odds are this is Up in The Air’s only real chance at a win, but it’d be a good win. The writing was just fantastically brilliant. Snappy and clever dialogue, wonderful characters, timely theme that’s not too forced or overdone. I actually just finished reading the book a few weeks ago, and the screenplay is a great adaptation. Reitman and Turner started from a good source and made it even more relevant and fitting for today. I’d also be happy if District 9 took it. Just reread my comments up in best picture about the scifi/allegory balance. Should note that I haven’t seen In the Loop. From the categories I care about, its pretty much the only one Im missing. But since Im not expecting it to win, Im in no rush to see it.

Who’s Missing – I can tell you who’s not missing: The Lovely Bones. Just finished the book two days ago. I think if I’d read it first I would have absolutely hated the movie. It soooo missed the point completely.

That about does it for the categores I really have something to say about. Few other assorted thoughts:
-Up is a shoo-in for animated feature. For the animation itself I woulda gone with Fantastic Mr Fox, but I do think that Up was the overall better movie. Also sad that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs lost that last spot
-Im rooting for The White Ribbon for Best Foreign Picture. Having seen and absolutely loved Funny Games in all its effed up absurdity (even if it was just the remake), I’ve been really interested in Michael Haneke. Never quite managed to see The White Ribbon, but would very much like to at some point.
-Star Trek is predicted to win Best Makeup, so I like the idea that it will likely be an academy award winning film.
-Anyone else find it kinda funny that Ryan Bingham is the name of Clooney’s character in Up in the Air and one of the nominees for best song (The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart)?”

The Apartment (AFI #80)

“I fell asleep for the last five minutes (which is by no means the movie’s fault) so Im gonna keep this on the short-ish side so I can go to bed. Case in point, I’d actually just posted this on my old LJ. Almost didnt notice until the font color caught me off guard.

First reaction to The Apartment is that its far more risqué than I woulda expected for its time. And parts of it were rather heavy too (the whole sleeping pill thing). Not that that’s a complaint. On the contrary, it was all a rather pleasant surprise.

The other thought was how much the setting reminded me of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Half the time, I was expecting Baxter to start singing “”The Company Way””. Notably, The Apartment was turned into a broadway musical back in the 60’s. There’s a revival coming up this year starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenowyth. I absolutely adore the two of them (Hayes in particular) so Im hoping to catch that. We’ll see if it actually happens since I tend to average only one NYC trip a year, and I already know Im gonna go see American Idiot in May.

Really liked the cast. Jack Lemmon’s character in “”Some Like it Hot”” was my favorite, and this one multiplied my love and respect for him. Yet another wonderful actor I’ve become familiar with thru this project. Also nice to be able to put an iconic performance with Shirley MacLaine’s name in my head. I feel more movie-ly educated now.”

All the President’s Men (AFI #77)

“Just before staring the movie, I spent some time working on a spreadsheet of what films were left on the list including their running times, divided between those I have and haven’t seen. Hopefully that will help me prioritize the rest. Movies that are under two hours can prolly get viewed on weeknights, and the longer ones on the weekends. We’ll see how that goes.

The plan for tonight was to hit an over two hour one. Looking at the time I finished, I prolly shoulda gone for an even longer one, but its all good. All The Presidents Men was rather enjoyable.

What I found particularly cool about it is that its intriguing on two fronts. On the one hand, there’s the whole Watergate mystery. But at the same time, its very much a story about reporters and gives a pretty good look into their line of work. Apparently (acc to IMDB trivia, of course) this movie often gets shown to journalism students.

Mad props to the cast as well. We all know how much I love Dustin Hoffman, so I’ll spare you the usual paragraph about his awesomeness. Really loved Robert Redford as well. Kinda nice to have another great role to think of him in besides Sneakers (not that I am in any way knocking that wonderfully fun flick).

Not too much else to say on it. Mission accomplished for the weekend, movie wise. Really hoping to get two in during the week, but we’ll see how that goes. And now I’ve got two hungry vampire kitties awaiting their dinner”