Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Oscar goes to...who?

Okay, am I the only one who reads the Oscar nomination list and says, "I've never even heard of that movie!" Now, I've mentioned before I'm not a big fan of award shows, and the Oscars are no exception (no, I don't watch the show- although I will Google or read a recap the next day to see who won). This morning, thanks to Twitter, I started seeing comments about the nominees so I went to Google to find the list.  Now, I wouldn't say that I saw a lot of movies in 2010, but I saw a fair amount in my opinion (okay, some of the ones I saw were just plain crap bad, but that's not the point). You would have thought I would have at least seen a preview for some of these movies nominated.
In case you haven't seen the list of the Best Picture nominees, here they are:

Black Swan- never heard of it
The Fighter- never heard of it
Inception- Okay, I've heard of this one. I've actually been wanting to see this one since it came out (I never got around to it, and have been too busy to rent it). I actually have plans to rent it this weekend. Thank you $1 rentals from Red Box!
The Kids Are Right- never heard of it
The King's Speech-never heard of it
127 Hours- never heard of it
The Social Network- I've heard of it, but never saw it. 
Toy Story 3-I FINALLY saw this one over Christmas. And yes, I teared up at the end.
True Grit- I've heard of it, but didn't have a strong desire to see it
Winter's Bone-never heard of it.

So, out of the 10 movies nominated, I've heard of four and seen one. THAT got me thinking, what  movies DID I see in 2010? Thanks to this website here, I was able to find a list of all the 2010 releases. Here are the movies I saw in 2010.

Extraordinary Measures- this wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. I like Harrison Ford, it could have been better though!
Frozen- my deepest apologies to my friend Monica for making her see this one. It was really bad. I don't recommend it. Especially if you love skiing. No matter how cute you think Shawn Ashmore is, just avoid it! For all you X-Men movie fans, he's "Iceman".
Valentine's Day- I had no intentions of seeing this movie, but a friend and I had free movie passes and this was the only thing available. It wasn't too bad. I'm not a big "chick flick" person, but it wasn't as mushy as a Nicholas Sparks movie, so I was able to stomach it. It had some funny moments.
Shutter Island- I really liked this movie. I didn't think I would, but I did. It ended a 12 year drought of not seeing a Leonardo DiCaprio movie (nothing against him, I just hadn't watched one since The Man in the Iron Mask).
Cop Out- I got a lot of free movie passes from Studio Movie Grill last year, this was another free one. If it hadn't been free, I wouldn't have watched it (despite liking Bruce Willis). I can't say I would watch it again.
Remember Me- It wasn't as bad as some people made it out to be. I totally predicted the ending though. I may or may not have a bootleg totally legit legal copy of it on my computer.
Hot Tub Time Machine- Another movie I had a free pass for or I wouldn't have seen it. I think most of the funny stuff was shown in the previews. I was disappointed.
How To Train Your Dragon- I really liked this one. I'm not a huge fan of 3D (the glasses hurt my eyes), but this was a fun movie to see in 3D! 
Back-Up Plan- I'm so embarrassed this is on the list. This was another one where we had free passes and this was the only movie not sold out (big surprise). The hot guy from the new Hawaii 5-0 couldn't even save this movie. I almost asked for my money back, but realized I had used a free pass. I should have asked for the free pass back!
The Losers- This movie was pretty good. But I'll confess that Chris Evans is the main reason I saw it! :)
A Nightmare on Elm Street- I know, remakes are never as good as the original, and this was no exception. I think since Robert Englund wasn't playing Freddy Krueger, it just wasn't the same. It lacked a lot. I saw this with a group of friends and we realized that most of the kids in the theater with us weren't even alive when the first one was released. We felt old!
Letters To Juliet- I'm about to cause a few heart attacks, BUT, I actually liked this movie. Yes, yes, Rachel liked a chick flick. Get over it! :)
Robin Hood- It wasn't terrible, but I didn't think it was all that great. I think it was too long, they should have cut some out and maybe it would have been better.
Shrek Forever After- I liked this one. I think of all the Shrek "sequels", this has been my favorite!
The A-Team- I definitely liked this one!! I love it when a plan comes together! :)
Toy Story 3- This might have been my favorite one from 2010.
Knight and Day- I was surprised that I liked this one (I'm not saying I loved it by any means, but it didn't pain me to watch it). I used to love Tom Cruise (before he went off the deep end) but lately I haven't been too impressed with some of his films. But I liked this one.
Twilight: Eclipse- for those new to my blog, yes, I watch the Twilight movies, BUT I'm not one of those obsessed fans (see my blog post here for the story behind me watching them). The movies are entertaining, the books were better in my opinion. I'm not Team Edward or Team Jacob (I prefer Jasper myself- he's a cutie!) ;)
Charlie St. Cloud- this actually wasn't a bad movie, I kinda liked it. Zac Efron finally made a movie where he didn't sing, dance or play basketball. I was impressed!
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World- I was forced to watch this by a friend of mine (let's call him "B" to protect his identity). Even Chris Evans' cameo didn't make me like this movie. Sorry B!
Takers- The preview had me at "starring Paul Walker". I don't care that he can't act his way out of a paper bag, I like him. This was actually an okay movie. It probably would have been better if they cut about 20 minutes from it. Some scenes seemed a little too long.
Secretariat- I really liked this movie. John Malkovich was funny! And I'm a sucker for those Disney movies that are based on a true life story! :)

So what about you? Did you see any of the movies nominated for the Oscars? Am I crazy because I haven't heard of over half of them?? Have a great day!


  1. I've only seen one, but I had at least heard of all of them except Winter's Bone (ps-- what a bizarre name). I'm a little concerned that you haven't heard about The Fighter or Black Swan... Lol. And you need to see Social Network ASAP!! :)

  2. Ps-- you saw a ton of movies last year! At least compared to me. And I liked Knight and Day too.

  3. (said in a whisper, with eyes darting around in embarrassment)...the only movie i saw in the theater last year was...jack@** 3D (keeping it family friendly, after all!). it was a free pass, and chad's turn to choose. :( SIGH. we did see some on video, but nothing particularly great. I did like hot tub time machine, though. :)

  4. I am with you on the nominations- I have seen Toy Story and Inception and thats it! You should really see Inception- it keeps you thinking and I like it alot!

  5. I'll have to second Shalyn's recommendation. You definitely need to see Inception. I've watched it twice and still can't figure it all out. BUT, I like those types of movies.

    I've heard "The Fighter" is really good, too!

  6. I'm so glad you reminded me of Secretariat. I need to see it on DVD when it comes out cuz I didn't see it on the big screen. :-( Also loved Shutter Island. Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing!

    BUT, I HAVE heard of 'The King's Speech' over and over and over. Yet it still hasn't come to a theater near me or even within an hour of my house. I'm so irritated. Looks like I'll have to wait for this one to come out on DVD as well. LOVE England movies. Another really good one about King George VI is 'Bertie and Elizabeth.'

    Our theaters here carry movies targeted to teens. :-((

  7. I had heard of more of the nominees than you had, but didn't see any of them. I want to rent The Social Network (I'm not a big "let's go to the movies" kind of person). I don't ever plan on seeing Toy Story 3 b/c I don't want to cry and be sad over it, although I cried when my husband gave me a recap of the end. I want someone to tell me how True Grit plays out, but I don't want to see it. I'd heard of The Kids Are Alright, but I had no desire to see it. Heard of Black Swan, but no desire to even hear how it turns out. I got a recap of Inception b/c I was dying to know how it went, but was too much of a wimp to go see it.

    On another note, I am so sad to hear that you didn't enjoy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World! :-( Sad, sad day! I loved that movie. As I mentioned before, I'm not really a fan of going to the movies, but from the first preview I was determined to go see that movie in the theater. I had to literally DRAG my husband (Mr. Moviegoer) to go see it with me. He ended up appreciating it, but I still think I liked it a ton more than he did. Of course, I was so excited for it to come out that I did all kinds of research about it before seeing it, so I think I could appreciate the approach better because of that. I do plan to buy it :-) It was a fun movie.