Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Post Where I Talk About Movies

So the Academy Award nominations were announced today. Let me just say that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was SO ROBBED of a Best Picture nomination. Bah. Well I guess it isn't every year I get to see my favorite film be declared King of All Movies (like Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was last year.) BUT STILL. Everything about Eternal Sunshine- from the acting, writing, directing and cinematography- was astounding. And since I'm not getting what I want, I now pout.

I actually have been lucky to see a number of good movies lately. Jason and I saw The Aviator, which was excellent. I think that I sometimes I write off Leonardo Dicaprio because of the whole Titanic/Teen Heartthrob whoopla a few years ago but he really is a pretty great actor and has been in a couple of my favorite movies (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Gangs of New York). We also got a copy of the movie Ray last week (don't ask how we aquired it), and I'm ashamed to admit that even though I was thoroughly enjoying it, out of absolutely nowhere I fell asleep and missed the end. I didn't even feel it coming on. So now I have to watch it again because I really, really, did like it and can't believe I passed out on the couch like a doof in the middle of a movie about one of my favorite musicians. And yes, Jamie Foxx doth rock as Ray Charles. Last, we rented Garden State a few weeks ago and I have to say that after looking forward to seeing this movie for so long I was completely disappointed with the ending. I wish I could find an article somewhere in which Zach Braff tells a story of how Miramax made him put that stupid ending on his film in order to make it more of a happy, Hollywood-type ending. Please tell me that's how it happened because the rest of the movie was completely enjoyable and Natalie Portman was adorable. For those of you who haven't seen it, the climax of the movie is your standard:

1. Boy tells girls he loves her but he has to leave.
2. Girl protests saying, No! No! Please don't go! I love you!
3. Boy professes love again but reiterates the need to go and leaves to board train/plane/bus/pony.
4. Girl cries.
5. Boy sits on train/plane/bus/pony thinking about his love for Girl. Music swells. Optional montage.
6. At the last possible second, boy exits train/plane/bus/pony and runs to find Girl.
7. Lots of kissing. Music swells again as camera pans upward.
8. The End.

It does have a great soundtrack though.

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