Film Notes: American Hustle, Philomena

We’re rushing full-steam ahead to the Oscars folks!  Nominations were announced last week, with nine films nominated for Best Picture:

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

NavyGuy and I have now seen four of the films… American Hustle, Gravity, Philomena, and 12 Years a Slave.  I also saw Captain Phillips with Andrea.  (Captain Phillips is available on DVD now, so NavyGuy can easily catch up.)  As we’ve done for several years, we are going to watch all of the nominees – it’s good to set goals in life! 😉  Here’s what I thought of the two most recent flicks we viewed:

American Hustle
Four well-deserved acting nominations for the major players.  I am completely drinking the Jennifer Lawrence kool-aid and will see anything she’s in.  Her role in this movie is hilarious and elicits some of the best scenes.  There’s an entire plot point about a microwave (which was a major technological advance for the 1970s) and NavyGuy and I have been quoting a line about it everyday since (“Don’t put metal in the science oven Rosalyn!”)  The costumes and hair and make-up are amazing, and it’s a really enjoyable film to watch, which is not always the case with the prestigious films the Academy nominates.

Philomena
NavyGuy complained to no end about going to see this, and I wasn’t super jazzed, but we both had to eat our words as we walked out of the theater.  Of course, Dame Judi Dench is marvelous, but the whole cast really sells their roles.  There are some amazing twists and turns in the plots – really heartbreaking moments that I never saw coming.  This is exactly the type of movie that the Academy wanted to be able to nominate when they changed the rules to include up to 10 best picture candidates.  I highly doubt it will win the top prize, but hopefully the nomination gets it some increased exposure so more people will see this gem.

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