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I went to the movies:

I had no particular interest in seeing The Blind Side, but wanted to do as well as I could on my Oscars Death Race. It was ok. I have no particular problem with Sandra Bullock getting the Oscar for it, though it was not my favourite performance. She was good. The movie just seemed so rote Hollywood formula--not that interesting to me. And it features one of the worst kid actors I've seen in a long time. I cringed every time he opened his mouth--eek!

The Messenger *finally* opened in Toronto about a week before the Oscars--yay! I really liked it. I found it compelling and interesting, and Woody Harrelson was excellent in it.

I liked Alice In Wonderland just fine, but I must come down firmly in the anti-3D camp. Annoying all around. Distracting, uncomfortable (glasses on top of glasses=lame) and not that exciting. My life is in 3D. I see 3D all day long. I am perfectly happy to watch my movies in plain old 2D. Also, Johnny Depp was delightful, but it really made me want to see him play an actual normalish person again one day. It feels like it's been a while.

Shutter Island was a pretty fun, twisty movie. I thought I knew where it was going, but was not entirely correct, which was nice. Not the world's greatest movie or anything, but I enjoyed it.

I liked Green Zone quite a bit. Matt Damon:action hero is just fine by me. Any kind of Matt Damon is ok with me, for that matter.

I also watched some movies on DVD:

I tried to see as many of the nominated short films as I could. I saw all 5 animated shorts, and 3 of the live action shorts. I'm not the world's biggest fan of animated movies, so I mostly thought they were just fine, but not exciting. The Wallace and Gromit was my favourite? Maybe? I loved the concept of Logorama but found the plot and writing too juvenile and ridiculous to hold my interest. My favourite of the live action shorts was Instead of Abracadabra, which is strange and hilarious and totally bonkers. Chimay!

Food, Inc was good, but I found it covered a lot of ground that I already knew about, having read things like The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. Interesting stuff, but I felt like it was preaching to the choir with me!

I LOVED The Secret of Kells. (I downloaded it--shhhh, which I never do, but I really wanted to see it, and it wasn't playing anywhere and isn't on DVD yet.) It's totally gorgeous and stunning and I want to see it again! It reminded me visually a bit of Sita Sings The Blues, which was one of my favourite movies I saw last year.

Après les Oscars, I had a bit of a movie break. Then, when Corey Haim died, I felt I needed to rewatch Lucas. It's so lovely! He had such potential--it's a shame he had such a troubled life.

I watched the US remake of State of Play a month or so after having watched the awesome BBC miniseries. The movie was perfectly good, but kind of paled in comparison. It's hard to stuff 6 hours of awesome into a 2-hour movie. Taken on its own, it's quite good, I think.

Annnnnnnnnd, I watched a couple of seasons of TV on DVD:

Veronica Mars Season 3 was very enjoyable. Maybe not my favourite of the seasons but still super fun. I need to buy these DVDs--high rewatch potential.

Castle Season 1 was also super fun. Nathan Fillion is awesomesauce. I'm not entirely enamoured of the actress playing opposite him--I feel like it's a cool character, but her line readings don't often convince me, especially when she's trying to be sexy. Or super tough. Or...well, often. But it's worth watching just for the awesomeness of the Fillion.
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I just realized that I didn’t finish my post on what I saw in January. I figure I should quickly do it, before it’s suddenly time to talk about my February movies!

Anyway—I did the movies I saw in the theatre. Now on to DVD:

The only movie I actually watched on DVD in January was Inglourious Basterds, which I had avoided in the theatre because I’m not a giant Tarentino fan. I really liked it, though, much more than I anticipated. Christoph Waltz is well worthy of all the praise and awards he’s up for. Fantastic. I think going in, I only really knew about the Brad Pitt Nazi-hunters plot, which was fun, but I really liked a lof of the other subplots more. Good movie!

Rach and I like to watch TV on DVD on the rare evenings that we’re both at home. We gave True Blood Season 1 a try, but had to admit by about two thirds of the way through that neither of us cared or were very interested in what was happening. So we punted it! Well, actually, we watched the last few episodes on fast forward, because there was one little thing we wanted to see resolved—the rest of it, we really couldn’t be bothered with. Life’s too short!

Bones Season 2, on the other hand, continued to be fun and awesome. I like this show! I’m glad there are more seasons to catch up on—hooray!

I went to real live theatre a few times in January! I wish I could afford to go ALL THE TIME. Seriously—If I could go to a play or musical once a week or something, it would bring me great joy. I’m pretty good at finding discounts, but still—it adds up.

Rent was popping through town with a few original cast members: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, and Gwen Stewart. I saw Rent in New York in 1997 when the original cast was still in, but Adam and Anthony were both off that night—so I definitely wanted to check them out, even though they’re now too old to believably be in this show! Anyway. It was awesome. We tried for the front row lottery, and got it! Fun! Anthony was amazing. Adam was hot, but kind of can’t sing much anymore. I think he blew out his voice from years of misuse, so now he has this weird nasal, almost adenoidal sounding tone. Quite odd. So glad I went, though—fun!

Just East of Broadway is a Fringe show that was getting a little remount. A friend of mine was in it, which is always fun. I liked it! I enjoy seeing new musicals. I really should try writing one myself—I think I could!

The Light In The Piazza is a gorgeous, lovely show that doesn’t get performed a ton, so I was excited to finally get to see it live after admiring the score for ages and seeing a taped performance of the Broadway cast on PBS a few years ago. This was a great production—lovely set and costumes, and great performances. I’m so glad to live in a city with so much cool theatre! (I saw more fun stuff in February—post to come soon!)
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I did not see nearly as many movies in the theatre as I would have liked. I aim to correct that in 2009!

Total seen: 16 (3 of which were movies released in 2007…)

In order of how much I enjoyed them (ooh, this could be tough-I’m going to try and rank them all…):

Rachel Getting Married
The Visitor
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Synecdoche, NY
Rent—film of the final Broadway performance
Tropic Thunder
The Savages (2007)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Young People Fucking
Burn After Reading
Sex and The City
Atonement (2007)
The Dark Knight
The Day The Earth Stood Still

Huh. That was hard—I think I like some things less in the more time passes, and some things more. I did this without checking to see what I said about them at the time.

I saw 29 other movies (4 on a plane, 25 on DVD—only 25! That’s not nearly as many as usual. Of those, 5 were movies I’d seen before.)

Top 5 (yay!)

Man on Wire (plane)
Wall-E (plane)
The King of Kong:A Fistful of Quarters
In Bruges
49 Up

Bottom 2 (boo!)

The Last Kiss
PS I Love You

I watched 12 seasons of TV on DVD (6 were ones I’d seen before, 6 were new to me)

Mad Men Season 1
Dexter Season 1
In Treatment

full list-o of DVDs )


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