Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the FIRST day of Christmas Catch Up...

In Search of a Number One...why don't you join me!

*a note about the SAG Award noms at the bottom!

A couple of days ago I was working on my top 10 films of the year.  I was able to come up with 10, but the overall list contains some of the weakest films I have ever included.  Not that I don't love them for various reasons, but compared to the past few years...when I was brokenhearted when certain films tapered off, this year does not compare. 

Just over a week ago I was afraid I was going to have to begin my top 10 with #2.  I hadn't seen anything that would compare to last year's "Black Swan," or the previous year's "Where the Wild Things Are."  There was something similar to "Paranoid Park" which topped my list several years back, but I wasn't really happy with that top 10 that year either.  I'm hoping beyond hope to find some hidden gems in the 12 films I have chosen to watch over the next 12 days leading up to Christmas.

12 days of sleep deprivation...ummm...fun movie watching.  Yeah, that's it.  To prep, I made it to bed quite early last night...10pm, believe it or not with the alarm set at 6am.  Was going to finish either "Weekend" or "Rampart, pound out this preview piece and then head into work.  It's 7:28, and I leave for work in 45 minutes.  Simply not going to happen.   I think "Weekend" will be the film to kick this sucker off...and it will have to wait until tonight.

I know a lot of you have said that you don't feel comfortable commenting on films you haven't seen, so I thought maybe you would want to take this crazy challenge with me.  I'm sure many of you have seen most of these, and I'm sure even more of you have seen zilch.  That's why I decided to post a specific schedule to go by.  I know sticking to a set sched is crazy talk, but I'm going to do my best.  There might be a small change with "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." I'm not sure the exact day of that specific press screening...but I'm hoping it's on Thursday.  I also might try to squeeze "We Need to Talk About Kevin " in as well.  I had hoped to watch it already, but it didn't happen.  Here's hoping I don't have to say that anymore over the next 12 days.

If you feel you can't make it to the films, I will at least post the trailers every day so you can see what I'm watching.

Wish us luck!

Day 1:  Weekend
Day 2:  The Artist
Day 3:  Rampart
Day 4:  Hugo
Day 5:  Moneyball
Day 6:  Tyrannosaur
Day 7:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Day 8:  Shame
Day 9:  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Day 10:  The Adventures of TinTin
Day 11:  Albert Nobbs
Day 12:  War Horse


I won't be able to post much about the SAG noms since I will be on the subway while they are being announced...and then working...maybe I can grab the restaurant's ipad and post a little something.

I think this might be the "last straw" for some people in terms of Oscar...although there can always be a surprise.  Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart for example.  I think we need to see Rooney Mara, Elisabeth Olsen and Kirsten Dunst get recognized here if they have any hope for an nomination.  Close doesn't really need this, I don't think...but it would be helpful.  Her campaign is a sinking ship at this point.

I wouldn't be surprised if "Bridesmaids" snuck in for Best Ensemble.  Can't really see "War Horse" getting in for this.  Even "Hugo" and "The Artists" don't really scream Best Ensemble.  Then again, who knows.  Is it a Best Picture award disguised by Best Ensemble?  I can never tell.

If Melissa McCarthy gets in, after a few other recognitions....well...we shall see...I think it's going to happen.

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