What are they thinking?

Well, the frantic drive to see all the Oscar-nominated movies before the awards show has begun. Ruby is having her annual Academy Awards party and Oscar pool on Sunday the 29th. (I’m shocked, SHOCKED that gambling is going on there!) Well, it’s not really gambling if you’re educated, right? That’s why I have to see as many of the nominees as I can beforehand. And since I’ve got free passes to AMC, Century, and the Elmwood, I could actually come out ahead if I win the pot!

So here’s the depressing news. I have no desire to see 3 of the 5 Best Picture nominees: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Sea Biscuit. Ech! I just saw Mystic River last night, and while I thought it was a cut above, it’s certainly not Best Picture material in my book. And why was Marcia Gay Harden nominated over Laura Linney, whose performance I thought was really amazing. Lost in Translation, which Michael and I saw a few months ago, is beautiful. But again, Best Picture? And why oh why didn’t they nominate Finding Nemo?!?!?

Michael said he thought the awards should be democratic — based on sales rather than the votes of a few elite members of the Academy. I countered that then many of the movies I like would not get awards. And he asked, “Why should they?” I had to remind him that I am always right.

So anyway, these are the movies I’ve already seen: Lost in Translation, Mystic River, Pirates of the Caribbean, Whale Rider, Monster, Thirteen, Finding Nemo, American Splendor, Big Fish, and Capturing the Friedmans. Here are the ones I intend to see before 2/29:

House of Sand and Fog

Cold Mountain

In America

21 Grams

Pieces of April

City of God

The Barbarian Invasions

Triplets of Belleville

Anyone care to join me for any of these?

Besides TLOTR, Master and Commander, and Sea Biscuit, here are the movies I am simply not interested in:

Something’s Gotta Give

The Cooler

The Last Samurai

Girl with a Pearl Earring

A Mighty Wind

Brother Bear

Has anyone else seen these movies? Did you like it enough to recommend it? (I’ve already gotten 2 negative reports on Something’s Gotta Give.)

Also, I am interested in the other foreign language films and documentaries, but I just don’t think there will be time.