On the third (extra) day of Christmas Catch Up

Last night I had the pleasure of taking my friend Brandi to "Saving Mr. Banks."  She and I are both Disney lovers, so I knew we were in for a treat.  And the film was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be.  Although it was elevated a bit by a deeper backstory than I expected with a look into PL Travers's childhood, accompanied with wonderful performances by Rachel Griffiths, Collin Farrell and of course the wonderful Emma Thompson.  I feel like I haven't seen a performance like this from Thompson since "Love Actually."  She is always witty and charming in interviews and looks a hoot in the "Nanny McPhee" movies...but this reminds me that she is a force as an actress.  Although I am not sure if the film sneaks in to Best Picture, I definitely see her as a lock.

Although I have yet to see "Captain Phillips," I am in similar thought with "Banks" That I'm in with "American Hustle."  I've never liked Tom Hanks (as with Bale in "Hustle") more than I did with "Saving Mr. Banks," yet he is not getting recognized.  But the issue is, who do you leave out?  SAG today left out Amy Adams and Brie Larson, but who would I take off the list to let them in?  And that's not even including Julie Delpy.  This was where I thought she might stand a shot at sneaking in.

Speaking of SAG...I am usually happy with their choices, but leaving off "Inside Llewyn Davis" for Best Ensemble is a major neglect.  At least they didn't nominate "Gravity," which really would have been a bit silly.  Best Ensemble.  Not Best Picture.

I've read a bit of surprise that "The Butler" did so well, but I'm not surprised at all.  Actors...actors' movie.  Will it do as well with the Academy?  Not sure.

Some other quick thoughts.  Where is "Wolf of Wall Street?"  No need to worry.  Django was a no show here last year as well.  And it won 2 major awards as well as multiple nominations.

OK...this is the point where I have to really buckle down and start watching movies.  Tomorrow is my day off, so I think I should be able to catch of few films that I'm missing.  I really want to get the Best Picture possibilities scratched off the list, but I think they are going to have to wait a bit.  I will be up quite early getting the Golden Globe nominations, so I will have a lot of time from that early moment until I see "Wolf of Wall St." that night.

Luckily I'm still in my extra days.  I think I can see 24 films in 12 days...probably up to 22.  Right now the list is at 26 for 3 extra days to go.  Can I do it?  I certainly hope so.  I did add 3 more movies today.  "The Act of Killing," "The Spectacular Now," and "Lovelace."

Tonight I'm going to the TCL Chinese Theater for the very first time to see "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug." Very excited on many levels.  First of all, I am one of the few who really loved "The Hobbit: And Unexpected Journey."  Had I seen it in time it probably would've made my top 10 list.  And I hear this one is even better.  And excited to see the Chinese Theater itself.  In "Saving Mr. Banks," "Mary Poppins" had its premiere there.  Which made me quite excited!

American Hustle
Short Term 12
Saving Mr Banks
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
The Act of Killing
Captain Phillips
Pacific Rim
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dallas Buyers Club
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Wind Rises
20 Feet From Stardom
The Armstrong Lie
Ernest and Celestine
A Letter to Momo
Crystal Fairy
Upstream Color
Go For Sisters
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Only God Forgives
Spectacular Now


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