A Movie Season To Forget

February 20, 2012

Each year, my excited anticipation for the Academy Awards spurs me into the theater to see as many “quality” movies as possible in November and December. I really love going to the movies… not for garbage like the recent debacle, “Contraband” (forced by my friend Andrew)… but for well-made, well-written, great films.

This year, however, if the awards season is a true indication of the quality of movies released in 2011, it’s pretty sad. For the first time in ages, I haven’t been inspired to see the nominees, save for two (the awesome “Bridesmaids” and the very good thriller, “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”). Sure, I could be persuaded to hit up “The Descendants” or “The Help.” But right now they’re nothing but future Netflix queue filler.

So below, I’ll share a brief thought on why I wouldn’t cough up $10 to see some of this year’s other nominees:

"The Artist" - No talking? No thanks.

"Albert Nobbs" - Not "Mrs. Doubtfire" or "Too Wong Foo," but somehow far more creepy.

"Hugo" - Umm, what the hell is this?

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - Self-indulgent, failed Oscar bait. Thankfully no nod for Tom Hanks. Blech.

"The Iron Lady" - I'm all for a good biopic, but Margaret Thatcher? Really?


"Kung Fu Panda 2" - Jack Black must be silenced. Including in animation.


…And on the other hand:

"Moneyball" - I haven't seen you, but don't you HAVE to be the best movie of last year?

My vote for Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids"