Best Picture 1984-2003.
Obviously Anchorman 2 isn’t gonna win the Oscar.* But I saw some of the Best Picture nominees, and because I have opinions [shakes fist!!!], here’s how I rate them.
DFL. The Wolf of Wall Street. Not sure if you got this on takeaway, but the lead character was a tad indulgent. They just nominate anything Scorcese does, right? I almost got kicked out of my local theater for yelling “WE GET IT” a scant 167 minutes into this 8,509-minute movie.
8. Did not see. Philomena.
7. Will not see. Her. I am done with either Spike Jonze or Charlie Kaufman, I cannot always separate the two, but I will never forget the execrable Synecdoche, N.Y., and will never give either another chance.
6. Just missed. 12 Years a Slave. I promise to watch it on Amazon Instant next weekend, honest!
Last year’s winner. I KNOW WHAT I SAID.
5. Nebraska. Though I found resonance in the subtle relationship between older brother Bob Odenkirk and younger brother Will Forte, I’m not sure this is all that great a story. It’s a good story. Why is it in black and white, if not to make fun at the Midwest? The only reason to film in black and white is to tell the audience to look down their nose at these characters and their miserable little lives, and I can’t get behind that.
4. Dallas Buyers Club. Almost entirely attributable to McConaughey’s lead performance.
3. Captain Phillips. Best action movie I’ve seen in years. It’s honestly harrowing, and Paul Greengrass abandons his oft-imitated, dizzying quick jump cuts just as the rest of the industry comes to rely on them. It’s a welcome change, to me at least.
2. American Hustle. The entire cast is oustanding, it’s a 1970s caper flick come to life in the 1990s, and it’s an enjoyable ride. In fact, nos. 1 and 2 were both cinematic experiences – unable to be recreated in your home theater. Anymore, that’s enough to separate a crowded field of movies. I actually think this film will win Best Picture, because it rates second on everyone’s list. Amy Adams should also win Best Actress.
1. Gravity. I select this because it’s a technical marvel. We’re a long way from miniature Death Stars exploding. This is why it’s necessary to go to theatres, to immerse into a gripping, life-or-death, solitary struggle like Gravity. The best experience in cinema this year.
*Note: I have not seen Anchorman 2. I have seen World War Z. I also prefer an English muffin for breakfast as opposed to a bagel.