Archive for the ‘127 Hours’ Category

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Picture

February 26, 2011

The Nominees:

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  The Social Network

Alison: The Social Network

 

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  The Social Network.  Not only was The Social Network my favorite movie of last year, it was my favorite movie of the last ten years.  It’s probably in my top 10 or 15 movies of all time.  I loved it.  I liked it so much that it becomes hard to say specifically why.  The writing is fantastic, great acting, great directing, GREAT music, etc.  For the record, I have seen all ten films nominated in this category – a personal victory (aided by the fact that I have friends in BAFTA and the DGA).

Alison: It’s really hard to choose with ten films. Really, really hard. And it’s exciting to see how many great films are out there. While I really loved The Social Network, The Fighter, and Black Swan, I think overall The King’s Speech was the most consistent with its levels of excellence. It was a great film and I felt everyone in it was at the top of their game, from the actors to the director.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Actor

February 23, 2011

The Nominees:

Javier Bardem Biutiful

Jeff Bridges True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network

Colin Firth The King’s Speech

James Franco 127 Hours


WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Colin Firth

Alison:  Colin Firth

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I don’t know what Alison’s pick will be as I’m writing this, but I would bet on Colin Firth.  We saw The King’s Speech together and Alison seemed to like it a lot more than I did.  Now, before I say this, I need to note that I love Colin Firth.  In my heart, he will always be Mr. Darcy, emerging from swimming in his pond, dripping wet…OK, maybe that’s less, “in my heart,” and more in the dirtier parts of my imagination.  I thought he overacted just a teeny, tiny bit in The King’s Speech.  There, I said it.  I haven’t seen Biutiful.  I’ll say I think James Franco should win.  What he had to pull off in 127 Hours was big, and he succeeded admirably.

Alison:  I haven’t seen 127 Hours or Biutiful yet, which probably makes me unqualified to vote on this subject, but since it’s my blog, I still will.  I would love for Colin Firth to win. I think he was pure excellence in this role.  And if I was to give out a pure awesomeness award along with the Oscar, that would go to Jeff Bridges.  That guy is amazing.  I love, love, love Lebowski and think he’s an amazing actor.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay

February 19, 2011

We’re counting down to the Oscars on Feb. 27 by giving our thoughts and opinions on each of the major categories, one per day, until the big day.  First up, Best Adapted Screenplay!

The Nominees:

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  The Social Network

Alison: The Social Network.

WHO WE WANT TO WIN:

Jessica:  The Social Network.  I know film is a visual medium, but man, do I love talky movies and The Social Network is talky.  I love Aaron Sorkin’s style – that rat-tat-tat-tat dialogue.  On top of that, this movie was ‘adapted’ from a book that was being written simultaneously based on deposition transcripts and interviews with the real-life people.  That’s a fascinating process.

Alison:  This one’s tough for me. Was I utterly absorbed by the movie The Social Network? Yes.  Did I love some of the dialogue heavy scenes between Jesse Eisenberg and the lawyers pursuing a case against him? Yes!! (Double exclamation was on purpose.)  Was I emotionally attached to the characters in the film?  No.  Was I emotionally attached to the characters in Toy Story 3 and may have even teared up a little while watching that film….yes.  So there is a part of me that wants Toy Story 3 to win because it moved me more.  I still think The Social Network is a great film and would be happy to see Aaron Sorkin win.  But for me, the thing I remember most from that film is the music.  I LOVED the music.  But that’s another topic for another blog post.

One Blonde Goes to a Movie: 127 Hours

November 30, 2010

Jessica says:

The description you might have heard about 127 Hours is probably something along the lines of, “It’s based on a true story about a guy who has to cut his own arm off.”  Let’s just clear something up right off the bat – to say he ‘cut’ off his arm is a bit misleading.  What actually happens is way more horrifyingly awful.

It is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, a 20-something outdoorsman who had an accident while hiking a desert canyon alone.  He fell as a boulder came loose.  That boulder ended up pinning his arm against the canyon wall.  He remained stuck there for the 127 hours of the film’s title.  127 hours.  Just think about that for a second.  Think of how uncomfortable you would be if you just had to stay on your couch for 127 hours, much less be pinned against a canyon wall with no food or water.

Aron does end up cutting off his own arm, but as I said before – ‘cut’ isn’t really the right word there.  He actually hacks his own arm off with a blade the size of a nail file.  I am not typically squeamish in real life, or in movies, but I had to avert my eyes at points.  Bones breaking, cutting nerves, drinking urine – It’s all a bit much after an hour or so.  I actually just looked up the runtime of 127 Hours and was shocked to find that it’s only 94 minutes.  I would have sworn it was closer to two hours.  I was worn out by the end of the movie.  Side note on the drinking of the urine:  I learned from reading Why Do Men Have Nipples? by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg that drinking your own urine doesn’t really help you any if you’re dying of thirst.  It doesn’t hurt you because urine is sterile, but it doesn’t help.  I digress…

127 Hours is an emotional workout.  I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about James Franco’s performance.  I expect to see him nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and he deserves the nomination.  If you’ve seen director Danny Boyle’s previous work like Trainspotting or Slumdog Millionaire, then you know his style is a bit frenetic.  I’ll be honest, sometimes I like that franticness exciting and sometimes I find it tedious.  I liked it in Slumdog Millionaire and was irritated by it in Trainspotting.  I ended up on the fence about it in 127 Hours.  The movie did make me question how strong my own desire to live is – would I be willing to break my own bones and slice my own nerves?  Would I have the mental strength to keep myself sane while starving to death?  I hope I never have to find out.

I would recommend seeing this movie, but not if you are prone to fainting, squeamish, etc.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you though.  It’s tough.