I was waiting to read your post on the nominated films! I've managed to see Philomena and I LOVED THE FILM. I also saw August: Osage County and Blue Jasmine. I wasn't impressed with either of them and I don't get the obsession with Cate Blanchett.
I'm hoping to see a few more films in the next two weeks!
Twelve Years a Slave is on my must see list as well as Philomena. Judi Dench is one of my favorites. I never miss "As Time Goes By". She does it all.
I too thought August Osage County was a comedy but those who have seen it deny that. Think I will pass.
I do so look forward to your reviews. Thank you.
I am so far behind on movies this year -- I haven't seen a one of them, though I'm hoping Philomena sticks around another day or two so I can see it this weekend when my film friend comes to visit. I'm very curious!
I love reading your thoughts on movies...and really like that you don't just "love everything". In my opinion you should have a job and get paid for being a dang good critic!!..
I haven't seen all these movies, but I agree with you about the ones I have seen. I hadn't noticed the lack of black people. How weird indeed. I hope I get to see 12 Years a Slave before it goes off at our local screen.
I'd say 80% is a good score!
Agree on Scorsese. I mean, what is it?? Granted the areas he usually makes films about - the mob, organized crime and in this case Wall Street - are, shall we say, underrepresented by women. (Not that I think more women should become criminals!) But still.
I loved Philomena best out of all of the ones I've seen that you've written about here. Still want to see Dallas Buyer's Club.
I love your lead in ... so much to write about and nothing to say ... and that you want a movie of substance. You have been so right on so far on your movie review comments. I'm sad to hear that about Osage County. It looked so good in the trailer and touche on your comments about Allen and Scorsase. I knew there was something off. You see all the new movies before me!
I don't want to see that Osage County film - there's something about the trailers they have shown that just put me off.
Jared Leto must be so good in that film - I am looking forward to seeing it. I like to watch key films before the Oscars and so I need to see this one.
I love to read your opinion of films.
You are so far ahead with some of this list. In some cases they haven't hit UK cinemas yet. I've seen the trailers for Osage County and Dallas Buyers Club which both look interesting.
I tend to agree on Wolf and haven't had a chance to see Slave or Philomena yet.
Still...its good that there's some interesting titles around.
I have seen Blue Jasmine and loved it. I really am a fan of many of Woody Allen's films. Why didn't you think it was very good? It's funny isn't what appeals to one person and not the other.
I really want to see 12 Years a Slave.
I enjoyed reading your review – as always you are very perceptive about all these films. I saw 12 Years a Slave the day after Christmas and liked it a lot.
I thought about you last Tuesday when my husband and I went to the theatre around 12:30 pm. We started with the film Philomena which I really like because I think Judy Dench is a wonderful actress. Then we saw Inside Llewelyn Davis. We were tempted to see Saving Mr. Banks, so we did see it, and then we saw August: Osage County. My husband said why don’t we see one more, so we started to go and see The Woolf of Wall Street but left after about 25 minutes because I did not like it and instead we saw American Hustle. I liked this movie and thought it was funny timing, what with corruption in New Jersey government. But watching 5 1/4 movies the same day was a record for me, we left the theatre at 12:35 am, having been there over 12 hours! I was tired of sitting and hungry. You are right – Jennifer Lawrence was tremendous. I really liked the couple in Osage County, the sister and brother-in-law of Violet (Meryl Streep) they looked natural in their acting and were effective and had great lines. I loved the scenery of Oklahoma which I have never visited, and it did look large and bleak, but I could not get into the movie really – I felt like I was seeing Meryl and Julia “acting” at being mad at each other. They were good in their roles, but it felt just like “roles” to me. I also felt that Meryl Streep was over-acting a bit, maybe because it was a play originally. She reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But I liked Elizabeth better. I was pleased to have seen these 5 movies though.
Naomi, I love reading your personal opinions and reviews on that movies. I haven't seen all these movies and I am late with many others movies too. You know, where I live there are no movies... I would love to see all them, but I would like to see soon "Philomena" and "Dallas Buyers Club".
Thanks Naomi, for your always great reviews!
Have a pleasant Sunday.
PS: Thanks for your nice comment on my mother's pictures.
I have read others 'in the biz' say similar things re Roberts & Streep in that film. I am with you all the way including Scorsese and Allen's films---always left me scratching my head.
I agree with so much of your appraisal of these movies and the acting. M and I just saw Dallas Buyers' Club yesterday as our local theatre brought it back. Wow. That was a good movie. We didn't see it the first time around because I'm not a fan of Mr. McC. I've found his acting to be hit and miss and too often playing the same type. He seldom gets lost in a role. Although I didn't quite seem him get lost in this role, I found his performance very believable. Jared Leto on the other hand was not only lost in the role, I found his performance so believable and so wonderful. Of all the Oscar nominated pictures I've seen this year, and I think I've see all but 12 years a slave, I found Dallas Buyers' Club to be the movie that most "took me away" where I totally forgot I was in a movie theatre. I was spell bound. On another note, I've never noticed that about Scorcese films, I'll have to pay better attention. I don't see Woody Allen films at all for personal reasons.
I'm really looking forward to being able to access the movies you write about and I shall be consulting your posts for sure.
I so agree with you about not wanting to watch the wheels turn as regards acting.
I'm just reading the latest book on Elizabeth Taylor and Burton and he learned a lot from her and
seeing she was apparently doing nothing - just being.
Totally agree with 12 years a slave. Amazing!
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