saving mr. banks. not an oscar film, but magical.
i've told this story before, but bestie jen and i make it a point to see all the oscar nominated movies every year. it's our thing. like, my mom called me one day to check in and she mentioned that she was going to a craft show with her friend and i was like, "yuck" and she was like, "aubry, it's our thing. we've gone every year since 1986." craft shows are their thing, art house movies are our thing. we tackle this with diligence, as if it's homework to be done and checked off (but much more fun).
it can get a little bit crazy, though, like when we saw "the reader" together - a movie about a couple who reads together NAKED. naked, naked, naked. they're just naked all the time. and they're never cold. or ever inclined to cover up. they're just nakeddddd (but beyond that, it's the best story. if i can close my eyes for the first 45, there's a nazi twist and it's so heartbreakingly tragic). or when we walked into the broadway theater and saw a movie poster for "black swan" with a caption that called it a "psycho-sexual thriller"... we looked at each other and said, "there's no one in this world i'd see a psycho-sexual thriller with if not you." those are the ties that bind.
this year, though, we're having a rough go. bestie jen had a seizure last month and was diagnosed with epilepsy... and until they can get her meds figured out just right, she's down for the count. don't tell her.... i might sneak out for the rest of the movies on our list without her (insert teeth gritting and wide eyed emojis here).
i say it every year, but there are some exceptional movies playing this year. this year is SO GOOD! thankfully they're still playing most of them in the theater. pre-seizure, we saw "american hustle" and "saving mr. banks". american hustle was hilarious and so very well acted. on top of everything, like shortie shorts costume design that showed off christian bale's hairy high thighs and a hair/make up team that single-handedly kept the perm solution business afloat, american hustle introduced me to the "science oven" and for that i'll be forever changed. saving mr. banks was a dream come true for this mary poppins. sadly, since letting the blog slip and allowing instagram to take command in my social networking, the mary poppins persona is nearly a ghost of blogging past. i still love her practically perfect ways as much as ever before. the story was a little bit tragic, which i'm always good for. happily ever after story lines never fooled me.
i rented "captain phillips" to watch at home and ohmygosh i was paralyzed in fright for two and a half hours. it was a good year for tom hanks, even if the academy chose to ignore it.
i can't wait to see "dallas buyers club" - it's already out on dvd, so getting it under my oscar viewing belt is a slam dunk.... i haven't heard much about it until now, but it's got to be worth $1.25 at the redbox.
and "philomena" is supposed to be heart-wrenching, which is right up my alley.
"12 years a slave"is going to rip me apart, but i love a good emotional moment in a dark theater. kind of cleansing, no?
"nebraska"! coen brothers! black and white! father-son-ness!
"gravity" was intense. i held my breath for two hours straight. also a little bit cleansing and refreshing. like all of my body's adrenaline zipped through every single vein, chamber, and blood-carrying channel of my body and i walked out of the theater awake and alert and completely stunned.
i'm becoming ever-the-prude these days, though, so i absolutely can't hack "the wolf of wall street". the parental guide on imdb did me in! after listening to this demoralizing interview with leo decap, i'm very well over him + his ego. and even "her". on good word from like-minded movie-going friends, i hear her isn't worth it. again with the prude biz.
important things to be blogging after a very long hiatus, don't you think?