Tis the season for movie awards – the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor’s Guild and, of course, the Academy Awards. I usually read all about the contenders, but rarely get to preview them all before the ceremonies. This year I’ve done much better than usual: I’ve seen The Descendants, Moneyball, The Help, The Artist and Midnight in Paris – all good but maybe not great movies, which is usually how I feel about the award winners. The others will have to wait until they come out on DVD at the library.
Speaking of The Artist, did you know that the Director/Actor made a couple of other films together? OSS 117: Lost in Rio and OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies are spoofs of James Bond films and you can check them out at RRPL.
A shout out to Margin Call and The Guard – two small films with big payoffs. Margin Call is a fascinating look at the unraveling on Wall Street and The Guard is about an Irish cop who gets involved, against his will, in stopping a drug smuggling ring. Brendan Gleeson as the guard is very funny.
Here are the DVD releases coming out this week:
Anonymous: Did Shakespeare write his plays or was it some unknown genius?
Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, Part I: This one, I hope, doesn’t need a lot of explanation…
Fireflies in the Garden: Family drama with Julia Roberts made in 2007.
Tales from the Golden Age: A Romanian film that pokes fun at the final fifteen years of the Ceausescu regime.
Summer Holiday: Another Romanian film with a more personal story about a male midlife crisis.
Elephant in the Living Room: Award winning documentary about the controversy surrounding raising exotic and wild animals as household pets.
Knuckle: A documentary that looks at the tradition of bare-fisted fighting among the Irish Traveller communities.
Project Nim: Award winning documentary about Nim, a chimpanzee trained to communicate with humans who is ultimately abandoned by them. I think this one would be hard to watch for me.
Downton Abbey, Season 2: Well, if you haven’t heard of this one, you’ve been living in a cave, but it’s enough to know that it’s an Upstairs/Downstairs, Lord/Servant type of show set during World War I in England of course. Lots of characters, lots of plot twists – pretty addictive.