Oscar Run must-see’s and hell-no’s

4 Mar 2010 In: movies, oscar run
Bright Star

Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish pine for each other in Bright Star

I’ve noticed I’m writing fewer reviews of individual movies this year, and by fewer, I mean “not a single one yet.” Sorry, movie fans. Here’s some (I hope) useful info that I can jot down quickly.

We’ve seen 26 of the 34 Oscar movies we intended to, so I can now recommend which you should see and which you should shun.

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Time for some Oscar picks

21 Feb 2010 In: movies, oscar run

State of the Oscar Run: 21 more movies to see in 14 days.

Podcast alert: If you prefer your movie talk in a visual format, go check out my husband Ken’s new video podcast That Movie Was…, where he and his friend James give their opinions on current movies.

Ken and I have reached a point in our Oscar Run where we’ve knocked out all movies in a few categories, so I can make some picks with confidence. These are not predictions, just who or what would get the Oscar if I were giving them out.

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Wanted: These hard-to-find Oscar movies!

11 Feb 2010 In: movies, oscar run

Do you know where I could see these movies? They are Oscar-nominated, but eluding me. Help a movie-lover out!

  • Ajami (from Israel)
  • Burma VJ
  • El Secreto De Sus Ojos (from Argentina)
  • The Messenger
  • The Milk of Sorrow (from Peru)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Un Prophete (from France)
  • Which Way Home

Current state of the Oscar Run: 28 more movies to see in 25 days.

As Ken and I have discovered over many years of trying to see Oscar-nominated movies, a nomination doesn’t guarantee that a movie will stay in theaters long enough for you to see it. It helps that there are more movies on DVD and available via cable On Demand services every year, but there are always those that fall in the cracks.

Here are the movies that we advise you see ASAP, as they may be nearing the end of their theater run, and they don’t have a DVD release date yet.

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Most theaters that are still showing this are doing so at “kid times” – just a few showings early in the day. That’s a sign that theater managers think it’s got a limited audience, which means it’s doomed. We’re going to try to see it today. Never miss a Wes Anderson flick!

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Start your engines! 2009 Oscar noms announced

2 Feb 2010 In: movies, oscar run

As I first explained a year ago, my husband and I try to see every film with an Oscar nomination or a nominee in it before the prizes are awarded. We call this the Oscar Run.

Today we got our marching orders – the 2009 Oscar nominees were announced. Go here for a complete list.

Here are all the movies with a nomination or nominee (excluding shorts and the more obscure technical nominees):

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Paper or plastic? Neither!

29 Oct 2009 In: being green
One clean, green reuseable bag at a time

One clean, green reuseable bag at a time

I was walking to the cafeteria at work (Qualcomm Inc.) the other day, and noticed a display from the City of San Diego’s Recycling Program. A few representatives were giving out information and freebies, and I snagged the nifty bag above.

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So I’m watching Bored to Death on HBO, the new film noir/comedy series starring Jason Schwartzman. We had recorded several episodes on our DVR, and my husband was zipping through the in-between filler stuff to get to the next episode, when I yelled “STOP!!!”

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My husband does not share my love of Harry Potter. Dumbledore, Hogwarts and Quidditch leave him cold. But he loves me, and I love the books, so he made it his business to find out when the next Harry Potter film was coming out (July 15), and when it could be seen in the best of all possible formats, IMAX 3D (July 29).

Since it was opening day for this film in IMAX, we knew we’d have to wait in line to get decent seats, so we lined up at Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 at 5:30 for the 7:40 PM show. We’d gone right after work, and given that we’d be in the movie until about 10PM, I bought concessions – a practice we call “conceding,” since we know the food is both terrible and overpriced. I got a hot dog, a medium popcorn, a medium soda, and some fruit gummies, which cost almost $20. IMAX movies cost more, in this case $16.50 each, so by the time we took our seats, we were already in for over $50.

Half a C note.

My friends, as much as I love Harry Potter, this gave me pause.

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This is my shoulder, and it has a story to tell.

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Hal Wright, my hero (Photo courtesy of Out West)

Hal Wright, my hero (Photo courtesy of Out West)

No posts for a month? Dear readers, you must have wondered what hole I fell into.

It was a deep and wide hole, and its name is Overcommitment. I fell down it and couldn’t get up. Several of my friends were down there, too. We discussed our predicament over many beers. This did not help us get out of the hole, but when you’re sipping on a New Belgium Lips of Faith Dunkelweiss (9% ABV, oh yeah!), you really don’t care. The more appalled I became at my lack of posts, the more beer I drank.

Anyway, let me explain how I became Overcommitted and contracted a severe case of Blog Fatigue.

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