For those who have not seen the final episode of How I Met Your Mother, stop right here and watch it first. It was one of the longest hours of my life and definitely a disappointment after eagerly awaiting the final answer to the question for 9 years. Whatever the intentions of the writers were, it did become a hot topic with mixed reactions at every corner of the world. Let’s just say I’m on the conservative side of the fence. I watch TV and movies to give me respite from the harsh realities of life. Sure, a really edgy movie showing the dark side of humanity is still part of my watch list, but it’s not one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it was what the writers of How I Met Your Mother went for on the finale after 9 years of fun and laughter. Really???! ( Read more )
Been looking through the Oscar Best Picture nominees this year and decided to give Her a try. Yesterday, I tried to watch August Osage County, but couldn’t go through another Meryl Streep movie where she has cancer and literally fell asleep halfway. Saw The Wolf of Wall Street, not bad — but it’s not Inception. I’ve seen Dallas Buyers Club and Jared Leto was very convincing, but it’s too depressing for me. On the other hand, American Hustle is just another con artist movie with Academy darlings Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Last year I tried to see The Master, but it didn’t get interesting enough for me. Was actually expecting Her to be something weird that I would not pick up on. It actually blew me away. The story is set in the future, but really quite simple. What made it one of the most interesting movies I have seen is the way it seemed to be able to show how we connect with each other as human beings.
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It’s that time of the year again when we look back and find out which of the movies in the past year stood out against all the rest as we look through the Oscar nominees for 2014. Considering that Hollywood has been churning out less and less notable movies in the past years, picking out the best from among movies that are mostly mediocre is not really difficult. We all know that Oscar picks are not always the most entertaining, but they are still considered works of art by standards that have been embedded in the roots of the Academy for decades. Once in a while, there are those that have me raising my eyebrows, but I don’t think I know enough about movie standards to judge. Most of the movies that I found moving or entertaining just don’t fit the bill. Who cares if I was thrilled to watch a bunch of dwarfs in barrels floating down the river while an elf skips on their heads while shooting orcs? It’s actually a mystery why a nerd like me even bothers to check out the Oscars these days. The Academy appears to have grown weary of Peter Jackson or of any sci-fi movie to even give them a glance.
And I’m no expert to even hint on any predictions. I do have my favorites and if any of them wins, I’d be surprised. If I were to vote, the 2014 Oscar winners will be
The Wolf of Wall Street Her, Leo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Scorsese. Here is the complete list of the Oscar nominations for 2014. I really hope this is Leo’s year (loved him since Gilbert Grape), but we all know the Oscars rarely favor money-makers. Though everyone knows they will give him one in his lifetime, he may need a few more wrinkles before he gets the nod.
By the way, I also hope Ellen makes it interesting and funny this year . . .