Going to be nearly non-stop movie blogging from here until Sunday night, as the editors of the Mannionville Daily Gazette and Mother’s Home Sampler gear up for the Academy Awards, starting below with a reposting of my review of Hollywoodland, the movie that back in 2006 saved Ben Affleck’s career and so gave us Argo.
I’ve only seen five of the ten Best Picture nominees: Argo, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, and Silver Linings Playbook, and, oddly, I’ve written a formal review of only one of those, Argo. Lincoln, ZD30, and Silver Linings I’m saving for when they’re out on DVD and show up as features for Mannion Family Movie Night. Les Miz I feel I’ve taken care of with my Seven Miserable Thoughts. Just for the record, I’m rooting for Argo because it’s Oliver Mannion’s favorite movie of the year, I think Zero Dark Thirty was the best directed of the lot but Kathryn Bigelow was robbed of her nomination so that’s that, and, to my own surprise, I enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook most of all.
Daniel Day-Lewis makes Lincoln a special case. The movie’s greatness as a movie is inseparable from the greatness of his performance and giving it the Best Picture Award would be like giving him two Best Actor Awards. Maybe he deserves the two. He definitely more than deserves the one he’s going to get.
But more stuff planned besides reposts of past reviews planned so please stay tuned!