I had a chance to go to the movies over the weekend. It was so difficult to settle on just one film with so many great choices. I originally intended to finally watch The White Ribbon. The anticipation was building ever since I read a great review online and saw a preview for the movie. I then realized that it is nominated for an Oscar for Cinematography, not to mention that it already won the Palm D’or, the highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival. The White Ribbon also won more awards and looks absolutely creepy and original- two attributes that will always spark my interest. I was disappointed when I checked the movie times and realized that it was not showing in the two theaters that are near my house! I asked the ticket sales staff at the theater when the film came out of the theater and they had never heard of it! Now that I know this film is a rare treasur, I want to see it even more. I certainly hope I don’t have to wait until it is released on video because you know that they’ll show half of the movie at the Oscars when they announce the nomination!
I was torn between The Lovely Bones, Precious and The Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. I chose Precious because I had to see the performances that have been described as phenomenal by the press. This is the first time that we’ve seen the rising star Sabourey Sidibe who did a great job her first time around. Her character was abused in many ways by her mother and father and was a pregnant teenager who already had a daughter that was in the custody of her grandmother. Her mother was played my Mo’Nique who many people know from her television shows but I bet no one knew what an amazing actress she is. I was more taken aback by her performance than anyone else’s. The way this woman cries out loud in the film will make anyone cry. It is so real that it’s utterly breathtaking. She certainly deserves the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Mariah Carey’s character is the social worker who has a very short role in the film but she made it a quality role and seemed very invested in delivering nothing but her best acting. I must say that I was surprised at how good her acting really was and I am looking forward to seeing more of her on the big screen. I give her kudos for going on film without makeup. As a person who doesn’t even venture to the corner store without makeup, I’m sure it had to be a difficult choice.
We know that the acting is great but what about the story? I had an uneasy feeling in the beginning of the movie that there would be a few slices of inappropriate humor here and there and the directing looked a little shaky at first. The movie seemed to get better as it went along. The directing became more effective, the acting grew stronger and the plot got a little freakier. This is not a date movie by any means, as a matter of fact; it will turn your stomach for the most part. Watching Precious is like seeing a bad accident that is documented so well that you have to watch it out of sheer curiosity. I don’t know if I would call this film entertaining but I would certainly say that it was well done. The story was depicted in its raw form and was not sugar coated in any way. I appreciate it for what it is but I know I wouldn’t watch it a second time.
I look forward to seeing Shutter Island the second I can grab grandma to baby-sit because this movie looks like a guaranteed blast! I can’t believe Scorcese is taking a crack at horror! I’m so curious to see what happens in this film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I watched a long trailer for the movie when I went to see Precious and I was quite impressed. This horror/drama/adventure film looks like one heck of a ride, Scorcese style. I’ll be watching some great movies in the meantime during the week on the Dish Network premium channels. The following is a great lineup of movies to choose from this week.