On the ninth day of Christmas Catch Up

I just landed back in Los Angeles from my quick trip to Mississippi (with my beloved cat in tow). 

Yesterday my family and I met for a few hours...aunts, uncles, cousins: 1st through who knows what to exchange gifts and eat an early Christmas dinner. My gifts: Blu rays of “Bridget Jones's Diary” and “Citizen Kane.” I found the combination of those two movies to be quite hilarious. And fitting. I have only seen “Kane” once before...around 2005, I think. I am really looking forward to watching it again.  I'm thinking some time in March.  Usually after the Oscars I have little desire to see a movie until around May.

In terms of movie watching for this year I didn't catch anything yesterday...which makes the last few days of Christmas Catch Up vital. I think I'm going to have to watch at least 3 movies every day up to and including Christmas Day. But that's ok.  I always love a challenge.

On the plane I watched “Ernest and Celestine” and began "A Letter to Momo" which I hope to finish at some point tonight.  With "Frozen" that will be 3 more animated films than I had seen at this point last year.  As much as I really enjoyed "Ernest and Celestine," "Frozen" really is the film to beat.  And it is so wonderful.  (Did you read Colleen's piece on it yesterday?)

Although my internal clock is a bit wonky right now...I simply have too much to do to rest.  I'm thinking I will watch“August: Osage County” shortly and maybe “Blue is the Warmest Color.” Eventually I have to get to the theater to see “Her,” but I'm thinking Tuesday night be the best time for that one.

While I was in the midst of my family outing Rick posted the Oscar short list for the Foreign Film category. I was doing my best in this catch up to not only see films I thought I would love...but also might be on that short list. I thought for sure “Wadja” would make it. This is the wonderful story of a young girl in Saudi Arabia who wants to buy a bike...traditionally owned only by men. The story is simple, but the framing of Wadja's relationship with her mother and her female school principal give us more to dig into.  And it had a great "Oscar story." Female director...first Saudi Arabian entry into the category.  Sadly it just wasn't enough.

Also left off, “Gloria” (a film I mentioned earlier in the Catch Up and “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi's follow up to the brilliant “A Separation,” (a film that might have topped my top 10 a couple of years ago had I seen it in time. I have the screener, but now that I'm seriously pressed for time I might wait to watch it another time. Sad how those things work out, huh?  

Here is my updated Catch Up list.  Some things were sadly removed for time.  But I knew that would happen eventually.  I still don't think I can watch everything I have left, but I simply don't have the heart to remove anything else right now.

August: Osage County

Blue is the Warmest Color
A Letter to Momo
Crystal Fairy
Don Jon

Out of the Furnace
Go For Sisters
Only God Forgives
Place Beyond the Pines

Frances Ha
Ernest and Celestine
The Spectacular Now
The Armstrong Lie
Spring Breakers
Pacific Rim
American Hustle
Short Term 12
Saving Mr Banks
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Captain Phillips
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dallas Buyers Club
The Act of Killing
20 Feet From Stardom


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