What the Beck???
Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
2007 There will be Blood
starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Stringer, Matthew Braden Stringer, Jacob Stringer, Joseph Mussey, Barry Del Sherman, Harrison Taylor, Stockton Taylor
plot – Daniel Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a miner. He and his son discover oil on a property and they begin to buy up all of the property to build a pipeline for shipping. This was a brilliant idea for his time. His greed begins to take over and causes personal problems.
This was a pretty good movie. The storyline was well developed and well acted by Day-Lewis. The choices he makes in his personal life enhance this story.
2001 A Beautiful Mind
starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg
plot – A movie based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. He was a great mathematician who made an astonishing discovery. Later in life he struggled between reality and schizophrenia.
This was a really good movie. He was such a gifted man, but it was hard to watch his delusions.
2008 The Reader
starring: Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Jeanette Hain, Kate Winslet, Susanne Lothan, Alissa Wilkms
plot – A teenager named Michael Berg has an affair with a woman named Hanna Schmitz in Germany. The relationship grows until Hanna disappears. Michael doesn’t understand what happened when he learns she was a guard at a Nazi prison.
This was a movie that irritated me. To me, Hanna Schmitz was a pedophile, who led a boy into a total mess and then left him. She went to prison for her war crimes, and they met later in life and he helped her out. The reviews make it sound like a love story, but I totally disagreed.
2009 Up in the Air
starring: George Clooney, Very Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons
plot – George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate man who fires employees for other companies. His company hires a young woman who wants to change the entire way he works.
This was a really good movie. I could not understand how anyone could fire people for a living. Clooney is fabulous, as usual. The story was something new and fresh.
starring: Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay, Brenda Blethyn, Julia West, James McAvoy, Harriet Walter
plot – This movie is based on a book about two lovers who are torn apart by a vindictive younger sister. The outcome of that lie effects all three of them, but the young man goes to jail because of the sister’s lies. The young lovers do meet again.
This was a really good movie. Jealousy is a harmful thing when it is directed at anyone, but especially a family member.
2007 Michael Clayton
starring: Arthur Edens, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Danielle Skraastad, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney
plot – Clooney plays Michael Clayton a man who fixes the problems of his big time law firm. He tries to help a fellow worker who appears to have had a mental breakdown of some sort. The fellow worker is in charge of a major class action lawsuit that the firm is handling. Clayton tries to help this man return to his former state of mind and solve the law firm’s problems at the same time.
This was a pretty good movie. I like that the viewer has to try to figure out who is working against Michael Clayton.
starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Davis Moore
plot – In Pandora live the Na’vi tribe. The environment is poisonous, so for humans to exist, they must become an Avatar which is connected through the mind. Sam Worthington plays Jake Scully, a wounded Marine. He becomes an Avatar and falls for a tribe woman. The human's battle with the Avatars.
This was a really good movie, which is shocking for me to say. I have never liked cartoons or movies with violence, but this movie was absolutely amazing. There was a violent part, but for some reason it wasn’t as gory as the other movies I have seen. I would love to understand how the movie people created the Avatars. Is this considered a cartoon? An animated movie? How did the characters look so like the actual people? Was it makeup??? I love that I actually had this many questions after viewing this film.
2009 An Education
starring: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, William Melling, Connor Catchpole
plot – This film is shot in England. It is the story of Jenny, a really naïve teenager who wants to go to Oxford University. She is groomed by a man who lures her to become his lover, and it all ended badly.
This was a bothersome movie for me. This is the second movie in a week about what I consider a pedophile luring a teenager into early adulthood. I know this actually happens, but it is so sad that the kid’s lives are changed forever.
2009 A Serious Man
starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus
plot – This is the story of the life of Larry Gopnik. Larry is an average man who works as a physics professor. His wife wants a divorce, his son orders expensive items on line, and his brother moves in with the family. Larry is very stressed throughout this movie.
This was a strange movie. I began by feeling sorry for Larry, but became irritated with how he handled his problems. Larry was a mess!