On the last (extra) day of Christmas Catch Up
Today is my last day of extra catch up. Then we get to the nitty gritty. I will have solidified my list (added "Spring Breakers" and "Place Beyond the Pines" yesterday, but I think I will have to get rid of a few. I know I won't be able to see them all anyway, so I want to start with a reasonable number. No more than 20 if I can handle that. I was hoping to squeeze in 3 movies today, but I was only able to finish 1...and that was "Dallas Buyers Club." More on that later.
I mentioned here that I had been a bit disappointed with the films I had seen the past few days and was hoping that things would start to turn around. Yesterday I got my wish. Although I have enjoyed most of the movies I have seen the past few weeks (with "Inside Llewyn Davis" being the only standout) I finally saw two absolutely amazing films. First was Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and the second was Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." Both will almost assuredly be near the top of my Top 10 list. And with "Dallas Buyers Club" I see a real battle within my top 4/5 films. But I don't want to give TOO much away right now. I will save my deeper thoughts for my top 10 lists.
I also saw "Captain Phillips" yesterday. It was pretty much exactly what I expected. Quite thrilling...but nothing cinema changing. Although Tom Hanks may have given his best performance since "Philadelphia." It is no secret that I find him...and the films he generally chooses to be subpar. But everyone was right. Those last minutes are quite something...although everything leading up to those moments was well acted by Hanks.
So...some good news. I had my first audition here in LA yesterday and I managed to land the part! I will be filming two episodes for a web series titled, "Office Problems" tomorrow. So don't expect much on my first official day of Christmas Catch Up. I might find time to post my finalized list. But that will probably be it. For now here is the long list. Will probably remove 3/4. Anything you think I should absolutely keep?
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color
20 Feet From Stardom
The Armstrong Lie
Ernest and Celestine
A Letter to Momo
Go For Sisters
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Only God Forgives
Place Beyond the Pines