It's a well-known fact I adore awards. I'm not sure why, as I often disagree with them, but I do enjoy being well enough informed to vigorously debate. This week, the Golden Globe Award nominees were announced. The Golden Globes are my absolute favorite award show. Why? Book awards aren't televised, and the Golden Globes highlight the best in television and movies. On a personal note, thank you Hollywood Foreign Press, for announcing your nominees at the end of the semester so I can indulge in copious movie watching over the semester break.
I had only seen three of the nominated films: Julie and Julia, Precious and Invictus. Nomadreaderboy and I have been watching the films already on dvd this week. For your viewing pleasure, some mini movie reviews.
Coraline is nominated for best animated movie. I haven't read the book by Neil Gaiman, but I was excited to see the film. Visually, it's absolutely majestic. The storyline is not quite as exciting as the art on screen, but it is a movie meant for children. Overall, I enjoyed it. The storyline dragged a few times for me, but honestly, I could have watched it on mute and enjoyed the movie. 4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Up is also nominated for best animated movie. Clearly, I am behind on animation, as I found this movie to be absolutely visually stunning. It too, was magical. I loved it as an adult, and I can only imagine how much more fun it would be to watch it as a child. I won't say much about the story because you either probably already know or don't want to know. I knew nothing about the story going in, and I loved being surprised. 4.5 stars (out of 5 stars).
Duplicity. Duplicity is the latest movie written and directed by Tony Gilroy (I loved Michael Clayton). I will tell you only the barest of details because if ever there is a movie you should nothing about it is this one: Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are spies. This film is a sexy, suspenseful, funny and smart spy caper. I loved it throughout, and I loved it even more when it finished. Julia Roberts was good, but I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) too. Go watch it now. 5 stars (out of 5 stars)
The Proposal. The Proposal is an average romantic comedy. Perhaps there is more comedy than romance, but none of the comedy is particularly original or smart. No new ground is broken. If you like romantic comedies, you will probably like it; if you don't, you probably won't. The movie could serve as a commercial for Alaskan tourism (or wherever they actually filmed the Alaska scenes.) The geography was breathtaking, and there were a lot of talented actors with very little to do. 2.5 stars (out of 5 stars)
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