At last ... an Oscar winning movie I like.

Monday, February 25

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Oscar Night 2013 is in the bag.  
Great outfits ... great performances ... handsome presenters ... and boring speeches.
And ... for the first time in quite a few years ... I actually love the
Best Motion Picture ...
dum-da-da-dum ...
Argo.
Argo ... as most of you may already know ... recounts the rescue of
six American hostages who escaped the American Embassy as it fell ... in 1979 ... 
and then hid out at the home of the Canadian Ambassador.
 In November 1979 (a little history lesson) ... the American Embassy in Iran was
overrun and 50 hostages were held captive until January 1981.
 Tony Mendez ... a CIA "exfiltration specialist" ... (I think that means his job is hostage rescue) ...
 put together a plan to get these six hideaways out of a hostile Iran.
 Even though I was well aware of the Iran Hostage Crisis ... this story was unfamiliar to me.
This could be because it was only in 1997 that the escape was "declassified".
Until then ... the entire escapade was "top secret".
John Goodman and Alan Arkin were only two of the great actors ...
as well as star and director Ben Affleck.

Now ... as I noted at the top of this post ... the Academy and I do not
usually agree on Best Motion Picture.
Maybe I'm just not "artsy" or "deep" enough.
Here's a list of the last few winners ... 

2011   The Artist
(Come on ... this didn't even have dialogue)
2010   The Kings' Speech
(Ok ... this one was pretty good ... but not my favorite by far.)
2009   The Hurt Locker
(Ok ... never saw this one ... but heard it was a bit depressing.)
2007  No Country For Old Men
(I'll end with this dog.  Hated it!  Boring ... unoriginal ... not even cute actors ... which
is a plus if the rest of the movie sucks ... which this one did.
I have to say ... perhaps one of my "Least Favorite" movies of all time)

I did see some of the other nominated films this year ... and they were pretty good as well.
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Argo 
was a great film in my humble opinion.
I was surprised that a true story ... where you know the probable outcome ...
could keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film.

I also have to add that Ben Affleck did a terrific job directing as well as acting ... and ...
after winning the Directing Golden Globe ... was not even nominated for an Oscar.
I suppose there is some redemption if your film wins
Best Motion Picture.

Maybe I'm getting more "artsy" in my old age.



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2 comments:

JJ said...

I loved this movie as well. I really thought Ben Affleck (and the whole cast) did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I knew bits and pieces of the story beforehand, but it was nice to see it on the big screen.

I was so happy this film won!

wfayew said...

I completely agree with everything in this post! (Except I didn't like Silver Linings Playbook and I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty.)

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