On the seventh day of Christmas Catch Up

Happy almost Christmas!!!

So grateful to Rick for posting his Catch Up yesterday. I have gotten a little behind on my movie watching. Surprise.

But I'm back on track. While on the flight I managed to watch “Philomena,” which was an incredibly delightful film. Last night I watched “The Spectacular Now,” another great film. Something that happens almost every year is showing its ugly head right now. My joy of both of these films was high...and they might momentarily end up on my top 10. Then I think...well...maybe just the performances should be there...or perhaps a scene. Oddly enough, I have a very strong top 8. And I'm set on the order now. Some films from earlier in the year moved their way back near the top...and a couple of showy films that I saw last week have settled a little farther down. And then there are the other 6 or so movies battling for those last 2 spots. (Not to mention the last 13 or so films I have left to see.) I know what I want those last 2 spots to be...but I worry they might end up in the honorable mention. One of which might mean more to me than any other movie this year.

Most of you know that I write a documentary piece every year for Awards Daily...but will touch a bit on my progress watching the docs either tomorrow or Sunday after I finish “The Armstrong Lie."

Watched "Frozen" with my family tonight...but my dearest friend Colleen will be contributing her thoughts on that film tomorrow.  I really need to squeeze in one more film tonight or in the morning and since I will be with my family, I'm guessing “Blue is the Warmest Color” is out of the question. Maybe I can watch “Ernest and Celestine” or “ A Letter To Momo.” Then again...I could probably watch something in the car on the way to my sister's. That's actually the better decision. Love how I work these things out with you all.

And here is the list as it stands!

August: Osage County

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

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

The Past
Wish You Were Here
Frances Ha
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


I want to say something quick about the whole “Duck Dynasty” thing. Yesterday I saw people
on Facebook completely misinterpreting the 1st Amendment. And rednecks. I saw one “friend” who I promptly unfriended announce that A&E made a show about rednecks and got rednecks. I'm sorry “friend,” but please don't disrespect my redneck friends who are not racist, homophobic bigots. And for everyone else...that guy...whatever his name is...the head of the dynasty has not had his freedom of speech taken away. He can go back to GQ tomorrow and spout even more hate. He just can't (for now) do it on a show owned by A&E. I don't like to play the double standard card...well...what if he said ______. That's just bouncing the ball back and forth.

A final note on this...and it can be applied to so much...even film criticism and Oscar blogging. Enough with the hatred. I have spent the past 3 years eliminating hate and darkness from my life. And I will continue to do it. Hopefully that will inspire everyone else to do the same.


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