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Pam goes to the movies

In my quest to see all of the Oscar-nominated movies from 2012, I saw four. At the movies. Before the awards. Quite an accomplishment.

In the last two weeks, I also watched a couple of 2012 movies On Demand that weren’t nominated.

Here are my reviews.

1. Pitch Perfect – I finally got to see what all the fuss was about over Anna Kendrick, who starred with George Clooney in Up in the Air, a movie about corporate downsizing I did not see. Though I should have because I am intimately familiar with corporate downsizings. Anyway. Pitch Perfect is a perfectly delightful film about a college a capella group filled with misfits, trying to win a national competition. It’s been described as Glee for the college-aged set. While I no longer watch Glee, I really enjoyed the singing, the acting, the story and Anna Kendrick, who stars as a rather dark but sunny (yes, you can be both) college freshman who hoped to pursue a career as one of those DJs who puts beats together using a laptop and some software program that lets you do that. So people can dance. Or drop ecstasy. Or whatever. Anyway. They need to make more movies like this.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Starring Emma Watson from all those Harry Potter movies and other young actors I had no idea existed, this, too, is a very good movie! I really liked it and kept thinking about it days after. It’s about a high school freshman with mental stability issues and how a group of misfits (okay, there’s the key, I like movies about misfits) from the senior class take him under their wing. It reminded me of 80’s classic The Breakfast Club but more thoughtful and with a lot less swearing.

3. Argo – I saw this in the theater last fall – or was it winter? – with my husband. He really liked it, so I really liked it! Not that I have to like what he likes but I like when he likes a movie because he doesn’t often like movies the way that I like movies so when we both like a movie I like that movie even more! It had that sort of, C’mon, c’mon, get out of there, the bad guys are coming! excitement to it. Plus the true story of the Iran hostage crisis took place during my sophomore year of college (I was a child genius who enrolled when I was five) and I got to relive the music and the clothing from that era. And let us not forget it won the Oscar for best picture.

4. The Impossible – Saw this one alone in the theater where there was only one other audience member. Stars Naomi Watts who was also Oscar-nominated for her role. It’s about the Christmas-time tsunami in Thailand back in 2005 or 2006. (I can’t remember which year.) A family of five gets separated after the tsunami hits – will they survive? Find each other? Depending on your tendency to see life as a glass half full or half empty, it could depress you or uplift. Either way, I thought it was very well done.

5. Lincoln – Alright, we get it, it’s a very important movie. About the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. And Daniel Day-Lewis was remarkable as Lincoln. Sally Field, too, as Mary Todd Lincoln. And Tommy Lee Jones, oh, I love thee even when you don’t crack a smile at the Golden Globes over a very funny joke that coulda’ used a laugh from a good ol’ sport like you. Oh, right, you had the flu. Fine excuse! The polite side of me said this was all very well done – but the side of me that likes to get pulled along by c’mon, get outta there, the bad guys are coming! was kind of bored.

6. Silver Linings Playbook – Someone on my Facebook page said they thought this movie was all over the place. A mess. But I really liked it. My husband kind of liked it but not as much as me. Interesting movie about mental illness starring Bradley Cooper (who starred in the TV show Alias with Jennifer Garner – who knew he was movie star material back then?) and Jennifer Lawrence (star of The Hunger Games, another movie I thought was terrific). Both won Oscars for their roles as fragile figures recovering from mental instability and breakdowns of sorts. (There’s another theme I must like – see movie #2.) It had humor, an unusual story, great acting, unpredictability – I really liked it. But was it my favorite movie ever? No. I’d probably have to go with The Godfather for that. Or The Wizard of Oz. Wait. Amadeus. I LOVED Amadeus. Then there was the movie version of Hair.

What good movies have you seen, like, ever?

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March 24, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Jennifer Comet Wagner - Of the movies on this list I only saw Argo and Pitch Perfect and loved both of them. The other 4, though, are all on my list of movies I must see. (The reason I haven’t seen Lincoln yet was because I was worried I’d be bored seeing it in a theater so I’m waiting for it to come to On Demand).

March 24, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Pam Houghton - Those two movies were so engaging. Hopefully, you will enjoy Lincoln better than I did. It’s one of those movies you SHOULD like because of its importance. I just need a bit more action. 🙂

March 24, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Lois Alter Mark - I saw all of these and, sorry, loved Lincoln! Silver Linings Playbook was, by far, my favorite movie of the year — I saw it 3 times! Great list you covered here.

March 24, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs - Awww…my comment disappeared. 🙁

March 24, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Pam Houghton - Thanks, Lois! You and a LOT of people loved Lincoln. So you are definitely in the majority!

March 24, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Pam Houghton - Doggone it! Blogger is weird sometimes. Thanks for THIS comment. 🙂

March 24, 2013 - 10:47 pm

wendy mccance - My kids saw Pitch Perfect and absolutely loved it. My oldest also saw Silver Linings Playbook and thought it was incredible. I want to see Argo and Silver Linings Playbook but haven’t had a chance to watch either one. I’m afraid to see Impossible. I think it would tear me up too much. Good movie choices. 🙂

March 25, 2013 - 12:11 am

Pam Houghton - Not surprised your kids loved Pitch Perfect. Wendy, you have to make time to see some movies! 🙂

March 25, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Sharon Greenthal - I saw all of these except “The Impossible” – just coudn’t watch it. I enjoyed them all, and I thought “Wallflower” was the biggest surprise – I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did!

March 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Pam Houghton - I didn’t think I’d like Wallflower as much either – but I so enjoyed it! I might just read the book, now.

March 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Lori Eaton - Late to the party as usual but if you like movies about misfits try The Funeral Kings, an indy flick I stumble across on Netflix. In the spirit of Wallflowers and with what I thought was a well-crafted script.

March 27, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Pam Houghton - Interesting. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the movie recommendation!

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