Saturday, February 8, 2020

And the Award Goes

attendees in 1939
1938

Here they are again: Hollywood Self-Aggrandizement Award Ceremony Fests. Oh, how I hate them.  

There will be some great nominations this year, much to my surprise. These movies I rate by my accurate system: How many times do I have to go to the bathroom?

My bladder is almost always correct. What measures the excellence of the movie is how and what I experience throughout the movie and its conclusion. 

Was I emotionally engaged? Did the plot have me traveling with it? Were the characters actors portraying some other person other than themselves? The ending does not have to be fairy tale happily ever after, but it does have to be make some kind of sense. 

The movie must, absolutely must keep me enthralled. Go to the toilet during the previews, yes. But stay to catch every other scene.

Movies that have a clear "And then... where the sequel is in your face" will lead me to question Why? Is a sequel needed? Or does the film holds it own without further travel?

We had no expectations about any movies at any point. The following two movies surprised us. 

Go see this entertaining movie which received excellent reviews. "Uplifting, refreshing" are the reviewer comments: Knives Out. Top notch actors and script appeared. Very much on the lines of Agatha Christie, this movie kept us both in our seats.

Knives Out movie review
4.5 stars out of 5

Another worthwhile movie is "1917". History of WW1 and WW2 always catches and amazes me. The How and Why of those time periods and of the young soldiers fills me with both anger and sorrow. In this movie, two young men have to carry orders to the front, telling to postpone a large offensive. 


No bathroom breaks with these two, I can tell you. None whatsoever.
Why do we go to movies? Why do you go to movies, if you do go? 


YouTube 1970
True Grit Oscar Award

51 comments:

  1. We don't often (read almost never) go to the movies. As far as the awards show I really resent the fact that they are so insecure that beyond making millions of dollars they just have to be heaped with praise. I do not watch them.

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    1. Oh, are they so unsure of the big bucks movies have raked in? Just the $$$ spent on presenting the dang thing is outlandish.

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  2. We do not atend movies nor watch TV anymore. Probably Sherry would, but she sticks with me. LOL If I watched it was mostly cowboys LOL.
    Very interesting entry
    Sherry & jack from North CArolina

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    1. I miss cowboy movies. Open Range was probably the last one we saw. Magnificent Seven is kinda a cowboy movie, but not.

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  3. I haven't seen a first run movie in YEARS, but I really, really, really want to see 1917. I bet it takes a bunch of well deserved Oscars this year from the previews I've seen.

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    1. If you can, you and yous should go to see it. It is one that should be seen on the screen. Superb.

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  4. I haven't been to a theater in 4-5 years. The Oscars used to be on my watch list, when I'd seen or at least heard of the movies nominated. These days I have no interest in the movies or the Oscars. There are no actors that can entice me to go see a movie.

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    1. This season we have seen movies with memorable characters. Some quality work. 1917, definitely.

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  5. I love, love, love the movies, but won’t go see idiot movies, blow them ups, or scary movies. Thatleaves me with a small number to choose. We enjoyed Knives Out (who wouldn’t), and although I refuse to watch any war movies, I saw 1917 yesterday. It was wonderful and I was so glad that I brought tissues. I was disappointed with the Mr. Rogers’ film, liked Little Women, won’t watch any Martin Scorsese because of the horrible violence, nor will I watch any of Quentin Tarantino’s work. My favorite movie was Harriet.

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    1. We did not see Harriet, altho we will when it appears on NetFlix. Little Women was well done, casting was perfect.

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  6. We loved "Knives Out" too! But haven't seen "1917" yet, although we plan to. Some movies just NEED to be seen on the "big screen" and that would be one of them. I know the Oscars are terrible but I watch every year, LOL!

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    1. 1917 absolutely has to be seen big screen.

      Husband and I are disputing whether to watch or not. I say no, he says yes. We will see.

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  7. I go to movies to be entertained. There must be a good story in there somewhere. A good writer is necessary to give words to the story. Decent actors present the story so that I can follow it. I also want the story to come to a definite conclusion. Empty-ended movies infuriate me. Now a movie does not need to be a great work of art. Fluffy Doris Day movies are just fine with me. So is Dr. Zhivago. Entertain me.

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    1. Dwayne Johnson insisted that his movies would have a conclusion that satisfied. And that the filming crew were appreciated and the filming ended on time. I like his movies.

      Oh, Doris Day!

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  8. I am not going to admit how long it has been since I have been to the movies.
    And I never, ever watch the awards ceremonies, which strike me as self indulgent. And no doubt manipulated. I have no interest in the outfits the stars squeeze themselves into (or nearly into) either.
    Glad you found movies to enjoy.

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    1. Very generous of you to call them outfits. Remember the days when a gown was a glamorous long dress and looked magnificent?

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  9. Those two films are excellent! 1917 could win Best Picture. Not that I'll be watching.

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  10. I do not watch nearly enough films these days to have much of an opinion as to which are the best. Thus, I do not pay much attention to awards shows. If I was more engaged then I think that they would interest me more.

    Both Knives Out and 1917 look really good. I want to see them both.

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    1. We check out the info, find out if the film was of any interest. Usually, our choices are good.

      I hope you see those two sometime down the road.

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  11. I read the Oscar winners, I never watch it.

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  12. I go to the movies if I've seen advertisements for something that really catches my attention, everything else can wait to be seen when it is on TV. I prefer movies that stand alone without the need for a sequel and often enough when a sequel is made, it just doesn't live up to the original. It's an "also-ran".

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  13. Honestly haven't been to a theater since the first Avengers movie. Used to go when the kids were little to a lot of dollar movies, but they're all closed, homes to forgotten rats.

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    1. Oh, the cheap theaters. We went there many times. But, like you said, homes to forgotten rats!

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  14. Knives Out has been popular in the knitting community for that sweater. One of these days I'll knit a fisherman's sweater. I do love cables.

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    1. Can't recall a sweater! Now I'll search though and see if I can find it.

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  15. 2 winners indeed. As for rich people patting other rich people on the back, I'll skip it.

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    1. Oh yes. I still remember Jane Fonda's 45 minute acceptance speech, well, killed it.

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  16. Thanks for the heads up. We like movies here but only watch them if they hit Netflix or Amazon. The peeps stopped going to the movie theatre when the cell phones started going.

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  17. I haven't been to a movie theatre in years.

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  18. I kinda have a love/ hate relationship with these awards shows haha. Sometimes I watch and sometimes I don't. :) I have heard 1917 is really good though.

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    1. It is truly excellent. Saving Private Ryan has a parallel to 1917, but cannot measure up to 1917's film.

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  19. I think your system is excellent! The bladder doesn't lie.

    Thanks for the recommendations.

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  20. A friend of mine has a private small cinema in his home in the basement. Every time there's a Jennifer Aniston film he has to leave home.

    God bless.

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    1. Heh, heh! I laugh with you and him. How she managed to become a person of note is beyond me.

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  21. I am absolved from all participation in this annual orgy since I rarely, very rarely in fact, watch movies. When the nominations are announced each year I have no idea what the movies are and wouldn't recognize the actors or directors if I fell over them. The last film I watched was "Schindler's List," but I had personal reasons for that. And I have to say, I thought it was extremely well done.

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    1. Schindler's List was an outstanding movie. Good choice.

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  22. Oh dear, I so rarely go to the movies and what happens at the Oscars leaves me fairly cold.
    I may watch a movie on a TV channel but that is usually well after the event.

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    1. With all the political avarice, it is difficult to see a movie that has a story line that is free of that.

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  23. Movies encapsulate the spirit of peoples souls reflecting the era in which we live in. Titanic 1997 is a perfect demonstration of J Cameron's interpretation of how segregated society was in 1912. In many ways 3rd class enjoyed themselves far more than their 1st class counterparts. Friendship is unique.

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    1. Sadly, 3rd class people were among the largest % of those lost on the Titanic's tragedy. Cameron did show their unity below decks. Great movie. Tragic part of history.

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  24. I got to movies to escape, to be transported to some other place, to think and to feel. I don't watch any of the awards show. Very boring imnsho. I haven't seen Knives Out, but parts of it was filmed in my hometown of Natick, Massachusetts. I saw 1917. I thought it was ok. The story was very slow to get started and mostly talking heads at the beginning. John Wayne was the best. They broke the mold when they made him.

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  25. Your rating system makes perfect sense to me, thanks for the recommendations!

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  26. We absolutely love movies. We rate them on the ‘hanky’ system. How many hankies we used during the viewing.
    LOVED Knives Out!

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  27. I always watch the Academy Awards presentations...every year.

    Ever since I was a child, I've always been a movie fan. I doubt there was ever a Saturday afternoon matinee I missed. Sometimes, either our mother or grandmother took my brother and me to the movies at night during the school week, too, if they believed there was movie being shown we should see.

    "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was one such movie...as was "Imitation of Life"...along with many others...

    These days I don't go to the cinema to view movies...but I do do a lot of streaming through various streaming services.

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  28. We like to go to the movies. I think my youngest is too young to enjoy the two you mentioned liking, but I wouldn't mind seeing them!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!