WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
Eddie and Sean with Courtney at the MDA Muscle Walk! (4/11/15)
Been to the movies lately? Certainly true not all movies are worth your time, effort or money. But I don't think you can go wrong by going to any of the nine
films nominated for Best Picture. Here are a few of them, beginning with Whiplash. This film was nominated for five Oscars, winning three. The big one went
to J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor. He was superb, though at times difficult to watch because of the brutality of his character.
He plays a sadistic music teacher at a prestigious music school. His insistence on perfection could very well be a cover up for his behavior. Most of which
is directed toward a drum student. He bares the brunt of it throughout the film. The student, played by Miles Teller, is brought to tears and eventually attacks
the teacher. Rated R.
Julianne Moore won for Best Actress in Still Alice. She plays a renowned linguistics professor who slowly loses her memory and then other bodily functions.
The sad part is she is only 50 and is very aware of what's happening to her. The film shows how all members of her family, husband and three kids, are affected.
The actual diagnosis is early on set of the disease. Miss Moore is definitely deserving of the award. Also in the cast are Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
Then there's 50 Shades of Grey, based on the very popular book. In its first weekend it had the highest grossing international opening for a R rated film.
And yes it does deserve the R. It stars Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, as the naïve college girl who gets caught in the web
of Mr. Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. He is your basic billionaire who becomes obsessed with Anastasia.
No doubt this film is not for everyone. If you prefer to see your movies free of bondage, handcuffs and sex stay away, though in actuality there is only
about 12 minutes of that. It is a big moneymaker which means the next two books based on this character are sure to be out as movies.
Based on a true story, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, is the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. Set during World War 2 it's the story of his
early troubled years to his appearance at the Olympics, his 50 days adrift in the Pacific on a life raft to his time as a POW in a Japanese camp. Bottom line,
it's really the story of faith, resilience and determination. At the end of the film he returns to Japan to forgive his captors.
Finally, there's The Drop, a mediocre movie at best, but it's significance is it was James Gandolfini's last movie. He plays a bar owner in the underworld
of Brooklyn, and not a very nice one. He goes so far as to stage a holdup in his own bar. He does this to steal the money left there during the day and night
from gambling receipts, in other words, the drops. His nephew in the focal point of the film.
I think it's best we remember Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Rated R.
Films I strongly recommend include - The Theory of Everything, The Imagination Game, Birdman, The Judge and American Sniper.
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