2011 Best Picture Showcase: The First Weekend

It Continues.

Why yes, I am totally reusing most of the original post for this second weekend. Thank you for noticing.

Today is the second weekend of AMC’s Best Picture Showcase. I’ll be watching the other 5 of the 10 films nominated for best picture for the 2011 Oscars. Between showings, I’ll be coming back here to give you my impressions. If you catch the post between viewings, all that extra cruft is because writing HTML code on an iPhone blows chunks and i don’t feel like doing all that tedious formatting work between shows.

Last weekend I was by myself, which was an interesting and slightly nerve-wracking experience, except for when it was No Big Deal, which was most of the time. There were a few times i abandoned my sweater in the hopes it would save my seat, but it turns out that everyone around me was pretty mature and not at all what i would have expected to be at the theatre, so there probably wasn’t even a need.

Having done this before and run out of the right “kind” of food, I’m better armed this week, both with longer-lasting snacks and some caffeine for additional refueling needs. I can’t solve the phone charging problem, but it seemed to do okay last weekend.

It’s a longer ride this weekend, but fortunately I’ll have company. No worries, I’ll still be updating the blog, but maybe not as wordily as before.

Just like last time, I’ll update the rest of the post as the day goes on.

Pre-Show Entertainment

10:29 talking with Jim. you lose.

Winter’s Bone – 11:00 a.m.

Expectations: (2/25 9:42pm) A movie set in the Ozarks with unprofessional cast that’s about meth? sign me up!! …wait. No.

I don’t expect to hate this one like I did The Fighter and I’ve heard enough rumblings about how spectacular this is that it probably would have gotten a viewing within the first few months of showing up on Netflix Instant Queue. I’m interested, but mostly because I don’t feel like I “get to” have an opinion until I see this.

Now That I’ve Seen It: 12:56 pm it’s like the fighter only in *my* backyard instead. surreal. very well done, but I know people who live in that town. I’m related on all sides to that town.

oh. and it was very well done.

Grade: A-

Other Between Show Thoughts and Observations:1:05 staying for black swan. I dunno.

Black Swan – 1:00 p.m.

Expectations: (2/25 9:27pm Lunch break at the mall! I probably won’t watch this again. It’s not that it’s bad, or that it doesn’t have rewatchability, but there’s an entire mall out there. With a closing Borders just waiting to be ransacked. And I have someone to save my seat. And a Kindle in my purse.

Did I Rewatch It?: 3:03 I did! it seemed like a waste not to. it’s still very fine. nomination worthy, certainly. not winning.

Grade: B+

Other Between Show Thoughts and Observations: 3:07 um…

I’m doing a much better job not starving fore-warned is fore-armed.

Inception – 3:10pm

Expectations: (2/25 9:34pm) I was more or less blown away by the beauty of Inception the first time around. Sure, it had some flaws and some holes, but boy was it a pretty, gorgeous thing to watch. One thing that bothered me though, was would it hold up to a repeat showing? I aim to find out.

Now That I’ve Seen It (again): 6:24 what’s still awesome? inception is. I was worried it wouldn’t hold up, but seeing the seams kind of made it better.

Grade: A

Other Between Show Thoughts and Observations: 6:26 now for movies I haven’t seen!

The Social Network – 6:45p.m.

Expectations: (2/25 9:37pm) I am excited for this. I can’t understand how it’s as good as the world thinks it is, but I really want to know.

Now That I’ve Seen It: 9:02 fun movie! another “very worthy of the nominations, probably not the award” thing.
Grade: A

Other Between Show Thoughts and Observations:9:05 I really hope kings speech lives up to the hype. I want to go out on a high note, and social network has set the bar high. :)

The King’s Speech – 9:00pm

Pre Showing Thoughts: (2/25 9:39pm)How on god’s green earth can a movie about a guy with a speech impediment be that phenominally good? I mean, I know. It’s British. It has The Firth, The Geoffry, and Bellatrix Lestrange. They don’t pick bad projects or do a bad job. Like, Ever.

But still. The Fighter. True Grit. The ones I haven’t seen yet. How can this movie possibly compare and be expected to win things?

Having a personal, definitive answer to this question is the primary reason that I’m doing this whole thing. I must know.

Now That I’ve Seen It: ts