I’m sure it’s been done before, but with last night fresh in our memory, I wondered if folk would like to discuss what they expect in the best pictures of the year.
Now, I’m not a film student. In fact, I’m probably a pretty superficial consumer of movies. So for me, the best movies are essentially those I consider most entertaining. That doesn’t just mean happy, feel-good movies. I can be entertained by a movie that makes me think of things differently than I had previously. Also, I’m not overly impressed by a bunch of CGI.
For me, the best pictures on last night’s list was the Martian. Good writing and acting, the story held my interest, and succeeded in taking me to another place. Second for me was likely Brooklyn. A very solidly told story.
Here’s where I show my ignorance or superficiality - so many of the best movies - and so many of all movies released - impress me as quite dark. And I perceive enough unpleasantness in the world around me, that I don’t often feel the urge to pay money to expose myself to more. The Revenant. i acknowledge the phenomenal accomplishment. But it was all just so angry and ugly. Sure, those are real emotions, but not what I generally wish to spend my $ on. Spotlight and Big Short - explaining stories I already know, and find extremely unpleasant. Well, the reporters were impressive, but the damned church just keeps rolling along.
Didn’t see Mad Max and Room. Probably will, but at no time that my wife and I were thinking about seeing a move, did we feel in the mood for that sort of subject mater/energy.
Bridge of Spies, Big Short, and Spotlight - I thought all were fine movies. I was happy to spend my money and time watching all of them. Just didn’t impress me as all that incredible. I don’t know. Maybe they WERE the “best” pictures of the year, and I’m just disappointed that they did not impress me as “great” pictures. Not sure I can come up with a list of pics I saw that I thought ought to have been on the list.
Please accept this as an opportunity to educate me as to what I might appreciate about these “best pictures.”