Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Boscars!

Finally, it's that time of year again when everyone can let out their breath collectively and find out what exactly The Boston Lady thought of all of those movies she and Mr. Tennis saw in 2010.  Some have been nominated for that "other" award show that they put on in Hollywood, but here we don't stick with the stuffy categories and predictable winners and losers. 

In fact here at The Boscars, there are no winners or losers, just lots of personal opinions and whining.

So, here we go.

The First Annual Boscars!

I'm going to start out with the obvious first category -

Movies I'm Glad I Did Not See:

Furry Vengence
(altho I was tempted because I used to really love Brendan Frasier)
The Expendables
She's Outta My League
Little Fockers
 (my neighbor across the street, whispered that name when she told me she saw it)

Movies I WISH I Had Not Seen:

Sex in the City 2
(Sorry girls, it just didn't work for me this time)
Cop Out
Hot Tub Time Machine
The Other Guys
Dinner for Schmucks
Knight and Day
Death at a Funeral
(the remake, not the original, which was brilliant)

Movies I Missed that are Now on my Netflix Wishlist:

Kick A**
Solitary Man
Animal Kingdom
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Chick Flicks Gone Bad:

Again, Sex and the City 2
The Bounty Hunter
The Switch

Chick Flicks Gone Right:

Life as We Know It
(Kathrine Heigel and Josh Duhamel = good chemistry. Funny supporting cast)

Morning Glory
(except for Harrison Ford's wooden performance and too little of Diane Keaton's ditzy comedy. And I can't resist Rachel McAdams.)

Great Cast, Bad Movie:

Valentine's Day
(But gets kudos for best twist by having the two hunkiest guys being a couple)

Two Chick Flicks That Were Actually "Chuck Flicks" (see below) in Disguise:

Love and Other Drugs
(too much of two attractive actors, but not so nice characters)
Easy A
(Is this what we want our teenagers watching?)

Best "Chuck" Flick since "The Hangover":
(these are the male equivalent of a Chick Flick also referred to as "Bromance Films")

Due Date

Best Grit Your Teeth and Close Your Eyes as Attractive Actor Suffers Movie:

127 Hours


Best Cry I've Had in a Long Time:

Toy Story 3
(No!  Andy can't be grown up and going to college!)

Best Depressing, But Worth the Agony Movies:

Rabbit Hole
All Good Things

Strange, But Good, Indie Films:

Get Low

Best Movie that Hardly Anyone Saw:

Mother and Child
(I think Annette Benning's performance in this one was better than uber-publicized "The Kids Are Alright")

Movies I Liked, But The Critics Didn't:

The Town
Book of Eli
Wall Street 2
Date Night

Best Fun, Indulgent Action Flicks:
The A-Team
(yes, I liked it...Hey Bradley Cooper AND Liam Neesom, need I say more?)
Green Zone
The Next Three Days
Iron Man 2
(Even if Angelina is in it)

Most Disappointing After All the Hype:

Girl With The Dragon Tatto Trilogy
(Swedish Version)
Robin Hood
The Tourist
(Beautiful people, clothes and locale, story, not so great)
The American
(George Clooney boring, say it ain't so. It is)
(This movie made me feel dumb)
Blue Valentine
(Love Ryan Gosling, just not in this movie)

Best Foreign Film:

The Secret In Their Eyes
(Argentian thriller with an ending you won't believe)

Best Documentaries:

Waiting for Superman
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

My Favorite Films and Performances This Year:

The King's Speech
(Colin Firth! Loved Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist and thought that Helena Bonham Carter was spot on as the Queen Mum)

The Fighter
(Christian Bale as a strung-out drug addict, no one does method acting like he does. Melissa Leo as "Mama" and Amy Adams kicking some butt. The sisters!!! They deserve a collective award - loved them)

True Grit
(This movie would not have been the success it was without the sensational performance of a new young actress, Hailee Steinfeld , she deserved a nomination for Lead Actress, not supporting.  She was the heart of the film.)

The Social Network
(I thought this was a fascinating account of the beginnings of an internet sensation that I still do not understand fully - accurate or not, it was a pleasure to watch and enjoy.)

Toy Story 3
(When your kids have grown up and you and your husband go to see an animated film on your own and end up sniffling with nostalgia - it's a good/bad feeling.  It's a great feeling to see such a wonderful series get the classy closure it deserved.)

Of course I can't leave out the non-human actors that I enjoyed at the movies this year. There were lots of kiddie movies with animals, but none that made me want to see them.  So I will mention the three animal "actors" that standout just because of their beauty or cuteness, in my opinion.

Best Animal Appearance in a Film:

(We enjoyed this movie very much, triumph and spirit in the horse racing world)

Due Date
(Who didn't think that French Bulldog wasn't the cutest?)
and of course...

The Back Up Plan
(Not so good movie, but cutest appearance of a Boston Terrier on screen)

A special thanks to my brother, known as Mr. Connor, in blogland.  He has generously given us movie passes as gifts and this helps fund our treks into movieland.

Looking forward to seeing these upcoming films:

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
(Please don't blow it Hollywood!)

Water for Elephants
(Again, Hollywood, make it good)

Lincoln Lawyer
(Please let Matthew McConaughey finally have a decent performance.  Great book)

I know movies are not everyone's "thing" but if they are, what have been your favorites this year and what are you looking forward to seeing?

Now, I've got to go get ready for that "other" show.


Linda said...

I have a feeling that your fun post will be a lot more interesting than that "other show" LOL!

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

I loved your movie reviews and I will hopefully get around to seeing this years movies soon! Erika

Mr. Connor said...

The Boscars are going to take over. WE shall see how bad the let down is tomorrow ?

Chatty Crone said...

I enjoyed your take on the movies - even the dog looks like he is dressed in a Tux. So cute.


KarenSue said...

Oh my, lots of movies! Now I know what to see and what not to see.
Great post! Lots to tell ya too.

Mango said...

Wow! You did the whole thing in under a minute. Wish the real ones went that fast...

I loved the A-team too (but my netflix DCD went flooy about 2/3 of the way in.

Those animated movies usually make me cry too.

Of course we loved The Town. Filmed right in Boston!

And the Joan Rivers documentary too (but kind of sad).

Thanks for all the great suggestions.

Mango Momma

The Thuglets said...

We think most definately your Boscars will be more exciting than that other thingie! LOL

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

The Boston Lady said...
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Orlando Grandma said...

Did I miss that mant movies last year? I Agree with your review. Great job.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Ah. I have been horribly sick for the past week, (Thanks kids.) and our house guests just left yesterday.

For dinner on Sunday I served Black Swan cooked for 127 hours (it was actually peppered pork loin) True Grits (cheesy and yummy) Inception Salad (it blew everyones mind and the bowl was licked clean) Winter's Bone rolls, biutiful pear tarts.
The appetizer was Kids R Allright kettle corn and drinks were Buzz Beer (toy story) and Punch (for the fighter). I had forewarned everyone that if Colin didn't win I would be cranky for the rest of the night but happily I just got to listen to his marvelous speech. :)

Annesphamily said...

You did a great job of reviewing so many movies!I love Valentine's Day and watch it all the time! LOL! I think it was just a sweet movie. Nothing earth shattering or profound. Just sweet! We usually watch movies when they come out on DVD! But now I want some popcorn!