So much for those resolutions about being more active...

It's that time of year again, when I set aside the long-running AFI Top 100 project and instead go on a crazed rampage, trying to watch as many Oscar nominees as possible. If I were really smart, I would spread this out a bit more through the year, watching movies that are likely to be nominated before the official nominations are announced. I never have much interest in watching dramas unless I think it's going to help me in Oscar pools, though, so I'm generally not motivated to watch them until it's official. So instead, it's a late-January/early-to-mid-February movie-going extravaganza.

Does everyone realize that a Ben Stiller movie just got nominated for an Academy Award?
I think I've probably seen only a handful (if that many) of movies in the theatre in the last year, and now I'm going to see two different movies back-to-back in the theatre this weekend. I suppose I can look at it as stimulating the economy, since I usually just wait for things to come out on DVD and check them out of the library for free.

At least this year I'm beating my record from last year, where at the time the nominations were announced, I had seen three of the nominees. This year, it's five:

I'm off to see Slumdog Millionaire and Milk this weekend, so after that, there will only be 29 (not including short films/documentaries) to go. Needless to say, I have never managed the feat of seeing every single nominated film, and I don't expect to this year. For one thing, all them furren films ain't so easy to find in Southwestern Ohio, and for another thing, The Wrestler? Seriously?

srah - Thursday, 22 January 2009 - 12:29 PM
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Comments (6)

gravatar alfie - January 23, 2009 - 1:26 AM -

They showed a clip from "The Wrestler" on TV tonight and Mickey Rourke scares me.

gravatar alfie - January 23, 2009 - 1:59 AM -

Does anyone realize that in a year where he was in IRON MAN, RD Jr. got nominated for a Ben Stiller movie instead?

gravatar Fraulein N - January 23, 2009 - 9:33 AM -

Hee, poor Ben Stiller. I really, really do NOT want to see The Wrestler. Could not possibly be less interested. I think I first heard about it last week, and it's just not my cup of tea.

gravatar Beth - January 24, 2009 - 7:17 AM -

That a great idea, but probably a little late to to start this year.

gravatar Noor - January 24, 2009 - 11:49 AM -

Milk is GREAT. It is based in SF so I think you'll recognize a lot of the footage (that's one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much).

gravatar Momo Fali - January 25, 2009 - 1:07 PM -

We never go to the movies anymore, because it's cheaper to just buy the DVD! I miss the experience though. (Especially the popcorn.)

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