27 Days of Oscar, Day 7: American Sniper, Tangerines, Begin Again, and Life Itself
I considered titling this blog piece: regroup and rearrange, but if you are familiar with me and this site, and more specifically this series you know that I am going to do my best to follow a plan, and more than likely something will get in the way. I will somehow watch all of the nominated films before Oscar night, February 22nd, but the plan will change, I can promise you that.
I had hoped to watch 6 nominated films this weekend, and alas, I watched 3 as well as a film that most thought would be nominated.
First, my father and I saw "American Sniper." I knew going in that I was going to do my best to watch the film without even thinking of the word controversy. I scoffed when critics of "Zero Dark Thirty" claimed inaccuracies when discussing the film and I had to give Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" the same courtesy.
I then saw a great film, Estonia-Georgia's Foreign Film entry, "Tangerines." I am not going to go into much detail here because I plan on writing a piece for Awards Daily where I will go into much detail. And expect the film to also land on my Top 10. Unless somehow everything else I watch happens to be better.
I also saw "Begin Again," nominated for Best Original Song...another film that will most definitely make my top 10. More on that later as well!
I also watched the snubbed "Life Itself" documentary about Roger Ebert based on his memoir of the same name. Having not seen 4 of the 5 nominees for Best Documentary I can't quite say if it deserved a slot. But I will say that Steve James's relationship with Ebert, who was a huge supporter of James's other Oscar snubbed documentary "Hoop Dreams," allowed the audience to see Ebert in his very difficult, harrowing last months. Ebert has been an inspiration to me over the years and the participation of the possibly better halves of both Siskel and Ebert (Chaz and Marlene) allowed us to humanize both of them in a way I had not ever seen. Showing both of their faults, similarities and a wonderful behind the scenes rivalry that morphed into an unusual brotherly...something. Roxy and Velma of the film critic world.
Now...I have a lot of work to do in the next 3 weeks. Here is the list and where I stand. I have no clue which film I will attempt to watch today, but I can assure you I will try to watch something.
28 Films and shorts left to go!
The Theory of Everything
Two Days, One Night
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
Big Hero 6
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguyu
BELOW THE LINE
Beyond the Lights
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me