Yep..I loved this movie. a lot.. I thought it was fun, fast-paced, great soundtrack, great costuming, great one-liners, fantastic hairstyles and great comb-overs!! And yes, again, a really good dark comedy. Ross Von Metzke hated this movie..even with all that going for it.. so #BOO to him.  And it actually has a chance to win..It’snot my 1st choice, but it’s up there!!

So I knew the story from when it happened in real life and for some reason just did not have the desire to see this movie when it was out. I only recently watched it on ONDEMAND and it was okay.  I wasn’t surprised by anything and the performances were good. But unlike say, last years Best Picture & one of my fav. movies ever, ‘Argo’ it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. I knew the ending of that movie also, yet the tension was surmountable. This didn’t do that for me.  Was it an entertaining good movie, yeah it was..but I think it could have been skipped over for a few others that might have been better that didn’t get nominated. Not even close for a win from me. case you didn’t know it already I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! there..I said it..:)  It’s by far my movie of the year and sadly it’s a long shot to win Best Picture.. For me, not only were there fantastic acting throughout the movie, but the story told was simply just heartfelt and amazing.  Once again a true story, but one that kept you rooting rooting and then rooting more for Ron Woodward in the fight for his life.  It was one of the best ‘little guy takes on bureaucracy’ movies made in a very long time.  If the Academy has anything left in them, this would be their movie of the year.. as is, It’s mine!

I just don’t get it.. I don’t get the hype, the accolades as honestly, I almost nodded off during this movie.  It had a good premise and all, and it’s possibly one of the only movies I would recommend in 3Dm but beyond that.. was a basic okay movie that was entertaining enough at times, but at others, really dragged. And it’s all CGI/Green Screen..which I guess I just still like movies that are actual movies this year. Sandra Bullock has been better…and I love George Clooney, but his character actually kinda creeped me out. Sad thing is..this movie might win and it’s so my ‘Anne Hathaway’ of the year.. :/

Huh.. this movie left me in a conundrum.  See I have always liked Joaquin Phoenix and while I think his performance was good, the movie was so-so for me.  I couldn’t get into the whole Scarlett Johansson voice g/f though we can thank our lucky stars she wasn’t on-screen trying to act it out as that would have been worse than just a voice. But does anyone not remember ‘Lars & the Real Girl’ with Ryan that movie I loved.. This one just made me laugh in disbelief at times, and make me know for sure that I never want to live in a time when your friends don’t blink and eye that you’re bringing a cyber-bot on a double date..shoot me before that happens please.. 

While this was a cute, sweet movie and I liked it well enough, what it comes down to is it really has no business being nominated up here with some of these movies. They skipped over a lot of other really good ones and for me that says it all. 

When I went to see this movie I had no idea it was a real story..and even more so that the ending had happened in our not so recent past.  To this day, I will never understand the cruelty that religion and religious purveyors put upon people.  This movie broke my heart as it could have been such a happy outcome but because of the absurdity of the Catholic Church, it was heartwrenching. Dame Judi was wonderful in bringing the real Philomena to life and Steve Coogan in a good turn as the reporter who helps her unearth the truth and becomes an invaluable friend. Best probably not, but a good movie nonetheless

So I realize this movie is one of the Oscar darlings of the year and has a very good chance of winning but I don’t see how the Academy isn’t seeing some of what I saw.  Let me preface that by saying, I thought it was a good movie..just not a great movie and it seems to be touted to be.  For me it was choppy and out of sync..starts off with Solomon Northup is in a club of sorts, then he seemly kidnapped, then he’s on a farm with some crazies, one of them a great performance by Paul Dano, then he’s with Alfre Woodward & Lupita while they are sipping tea with pinkies and all, then he’s getting tormented by Fassbender, then Garrett Dillahunt deceives him, then all of a sudden Fassbender is back, then he’s building a gazebo with Brad Pitt.. there were points in time when I almost got lost. If we are going to go story for story of the slave era, I would pick ‘The Butler’ way over this movie and the ton of great performances it had that have all been overlooked. But again, it’s an Oscar darling. *sigh*

Oh the EXCESS EXCESS EXCESS of this movie.. I loved every second of it and the fantastic performances and while it was probably one of the best of the dark comedies, we are reminded that this too is a true story and how disgusting it was how one guy bilked out so many people. But that’s why Leo wanted to do..he wanted to show that and wow..what a performance he gave.  Marty Scorsese is always brilliant and yes, I am secretly cheering for this movie to win ..after DBC of course.. 🙂



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