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Winter Movie Preview

After I listed all the films I want to see to be prepared for the Oscar race, I realized there are so many more movies coming out that I want to see!  Some people think I will only watch a movie if it is award winning or in any way related to the Academy Awards (you know who you are mister!).  This couldn’t be any further from the truth! I truly love all movies and I am willing to watch anything that peaks my interests.  Now we all know with the holiday season in full swing, a huge wave of new movies will be hitting the theatres.  Here is a list of some movies and the release dates I’m looking forward to seeing over my holiday break! (some of these may also be on my Oscar watch list)

November 16

  1. The Descendants (R)

November 18

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (PG-13)

November 23

  1. A Dangerous Method (R)
  2. Arthur Christmas (PG)
  3. Hugo (PG)
  4. The Muppets (PG)
  5. My Week With Marilyn (R)

November 25

  1. The Artist (PG-13)

December 2

  1. Shame (NC-17)

December 9

  1. I Melt With You (R)
  2. New Year’s Eve (PG-13)
  3. The Sitter (R)
  4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (R)
  5. We Need to Talk about Kevin (R)
  6. Young Adult (R)

December 16

  1. Carnage (R)
  2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (PG-13)
  3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Not Yet Rated)

December 21

  1. Albert Nobbs (R)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R)

December 23

  1. We Bought a Zoo (Not Yet Rated)

December 25

  1. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Not Yet Rated)
  2. War Horse (PG-13)

December 30

  1. The Iron Lady (PG-13)

January 13

  1. Beauty and the Beast 3D (G)

January 20

  1. Underworld Awakening (R)

Let me know what you think if you see any of these winter movies!  Always love to hear what you think of them!

Oscar Season

It’s that time of year again! And no I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about the start of the Oscar race!

 Now some of you are probably thinking it’s only November.  Why would anyone being thinking about the Academy Awards when the ceremony isn’t until February 26th?  Well, just like Christmas, I get a little overly excited and I jump the gun on trying to predict who will be nominated and then win.  Starting in about mid-December, it will be a little clearer on who and what film will have leads over others but right now the field is wide open!

With most, if not all, the major film festivals done for the year, the standout movies are already known even if they haven’t already been seen by the masses.  To be honest, it makes my life a whole heck of a lot easier now that I already know which movies that even have a remote possibility of a nomination.  There still might be a lot of films to be seen but think of all the movies viewed at the festivals throughout the year.  Having them already narrowed down is a huge life (and time) saver!

Last year, I decided that I was tired of watching the Academy Awards and not know anything about the movies that were nominated.  I couldn’t have my own opinion on anything!  It was pretty frustrating.  So I made a goal that I would watch every movie that was nominated for Best Picture and any other film I could fit that had an actor/actress nominated for an award.  By the time the ceremony aired, I definitely reached my goal.  I successfully saw all the Best Picture nominees and all the films that had nominated performances!  For the first time, I was completely prepared to watch the Academy Awards!  (And in case you need updating on last years awards, catch up here!)  Again, this year, I have the same goal.  Since I didn’t make the decision to do this as late as last year, I feel like I can take my time watching all these (hopefully amazing) movies.

I’ve slowly gotten started watching but between school and the simple fact that most of the movies are not available to the public yet have made it a little harder to watch as much as I’d like.  But I have compiled a list of the movies that I want/need to see to be prepared for the Oscars this year.  Now these are not all the movies I want to see.  These are just movies (as of right now) that are front runners for a nomination.

  1. The Artist
  2. The Descendants
  3. War Horse
  4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  5. The Help
  6. Hugo
  7. The Ides of March
  8. Midnight in Paris
  9. Moneyball
  10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  11. J. Edgar
  12. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  13. The Tree of Life
  14. Young Adult
  15. Shame
  16. We Bought A Zoo
  17. Albert Nobbs
  18. The Iron Lady
  19. Melancholia
  20. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  21. My Week With Marilyn
  22. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  23. Carnage
  24. Like Crazy
  25. A Dangerous Method

Okay.  That definitely seems like a lot of movies.  And honestly, it is.  However, in the next coming months, some of these will probably drop out as front runners and the categories will narrow.  If you are thinking about trying to watch these but don’t want to waste your time on some movies that have a good chance of not getting a nomination, I’d suggest looking at the first 6 or 7 movies in the list above and then go from there.  Hopefully, I’ll get my reviews of these movies on here quickly after I watch them.  Let me know if you watch any and your opinion on them! I’d love to hear from you!

My New Favorite Show

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I probably watch way too many television shows than what’s good for me.  It seems that I got sucked into watching another TV show by my own doing this time.  I was watching the Emmy Awards this year and kept hearing the name of a certain show. This show picked up Emmys for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing.  What is this mysterious show that came out of nowhere to win all these prestigious awards? Downton Abbey.

You’re probably wondering, what the heck is Downton Abbey?  To be honest, I was thinking the exact same thing.  While watching the Emmys, the only thing I knew was that it was a British television show and Maggie Smith (who I love!) was in it.  Upon further research, I found out it is a period drama based around the Crawley family in pre-World War I England and their servants that run the estate.  For those who know me, they know besides being a huge movie buff, I’m also a big history nerd.  I have always gravitated towards any book or movie or television show that is set in a certain time in history.  It just so happens that my favorite time in history is between the turn of the 20th century and into World War I which is exactly the time period of Downton Abbey.  On that reason alone, I decided to check this new show out.

From the very first episode, this show just grabs you and sucks you in.  Every character has their own distinct personalities that you grow to love (or hate).  There are no introductions into what goes on in the daily lives of these characters.  You’re just thrown right in with them.  Although this can cause some confusion at times because of all the titles and names, you catch on pretty quickly.  I think it’s so interesting to watch the different roles of the aristocratic family and their servants.  You can tell the creators took a lot of time to do a great deal research to make every detail seem very authentic.  With the writer and creator being Julian Fellowes, it’s no surprise this show is brilliant.  Fellowes has written other well-known movies such as Gosford Park, for which he won an Oscar, 2004’s Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon, and 2009’s Young Victoria (another period drama that I love!).  Along with the writing, the acting is brilliant.  Since this is my first strictly British show, I am not familiar with any of the cast, besides Maggie Smith, but I have certainly fallen in love with all of them and will definitely keep an eye out for any future projects of theirs.

In the UK, Downton Abbey has already finished their second season and has been picked up for a third (yay!).  However, since this is not originally made to be aired in the US, it takes a little longer to get picked up over here.  Thankfully, it did make it over in January of 2011 broadcasting on PBS.  PBS doesn’t seem like a typical channel to find an amazing show but PBS is the channel that a lot of British TV shows are broadcast on so it actually does make sense when you think of it in that way.

At this point, I have finished the entire first season.  It spans two years from 1912 to 1914 with the season ending with the family receiving news that England had just declared war on Germany throwing them into the First World War.  I’m very excited to see how the war will affect everyone from the servants to the men sent off to fight.  If you are interested in watching Downton Abbey, make sure you get caught up because the second season will begin in America on PBS on January 8, 2012! Regardless of anyone else, I know I’ll be excited!!

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog! I have finally given into the temptation of starting my own after reading my sister’s blog for almost a year and my boyfriend’s new blog. I’m very excited to get started with this being my very first ever. So what is this blog going to be about?
For anyone that knows me, they will all attest to my passion and obsession with anything film whether it is movies or television. It seems that I watch so many movies and TV shows that I can’t seem to find anyone else that has seen them. This leaves my mind over flowing with opinions and critiques that have nowhere to be shared. This will be a good outlet for me to be able to do that!
Also, I thought this would be helpful to anyone reading! If you’re looking for a movie or another TV show to get into, look here first to get an opinion on it. Also, I’m pretty much down to watch anything so if you ever want my opinion on a certain movie, I would certainly be glad to watch it and tell you what I think!
Thank you again for reading! Hopefully I’ll have my first real post up soon! And don’t forget to check out my sister’s blog and my boyfriend’s new blog!

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