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Weekend Movie Review

We continued our viewing of Oscar-nominated films over the weekend. We watched 2 that were up for awards that we probably wouldn't have rented otherwise. Fortunately, we were pleasantly surprised!

The first was "Drive" which was up for Best Sound Editing. It also gained a little notoriety in that Albert Brooks, who normally does comedic roles, was thought to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of a scumbag mob boss. When he didn't get the nomination he turned back to comedy and delivered the line "You don't like me! You REALLY don't like me!" which was a takeoff of the famous line Sally Fields used at the Oscars years ago when she won for "Norma Rae." Overall I was pretty impressed with the movie, but it just couldn't pull everything together at the end. The opening scene which involved eluding the LA Police after a heist was masterful. I just wish it could have followed through like that. I put it in the same category as "To Live and Die in LA" or "Manhunter." Style alone can't carry a movie like this. Close, but no cigar.

The second was "Warrior." Mixed martial arts is definitely not my thing. I would have passed this one by had it not been for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nick Nolte. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I thought of the film as "the 'Rocky' for this generation." The acting was very good, especially Nolte, but I can see why he didn't win. Like I said, it was a surprisingly good film for the subject matter.

I'll also throw out that I watched "A Town Called Panic." I had seen one of the shorts before (all available on Hulu!) which involved a bear. It took me a second to realize the style. Think "Robot Chicken" on brie and crack. The pace and storyline would be perfect for kids with ADD on a sugar high. I did notice an "Airplane" moment when one of the characters utters "Merde!" and the translation came up with something like "Golly!"
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