This past weekend I made my second trip down to Santa Cruz so that my friend and I could see the last four Best Picture nominated movies. This is a yearly tradition that tends to wear me out but also one that both of us look forward to doing.
Our first (or I should say fifth) movie was the only one that we were able to see at home. All I can say is thankfully I didn't pay to Mad Max at the movies. It took quite a long time in to the movie before I could figure out what was even going on. The plot was buried inside a bunch of vehicles racing across the desert. I looked over at my friend and she was sleeping on the couch. I kept saying "wake up! I am not watching this by myself." I finally got a grasp on the point of the movie and then it turned around and I lost my hold on it. At the end I breathed a sigh of relief because it was over and I didn't have to go through that again. However, it worked its way in to my dream that night.
We saw the last three movies the next day as we raced between theaters. Revenant was the first of the three. I do have to say that as much as I was dreading watching that movie, and it did live up to what I had heard, I felt it was the best of all the eight movies. I had to close my eyes a few times because of the brutality that was going on but, even then, I was thinking about how excellent this movie was. Both of us agreed that it was very well done and very well acted.
Our next stop was the movie The Big Short. Throughout the movie I felt like I was at a lecture in college and I had no clue what the professor was saying. I yawned many times. When it was over I said "I didn't like it." However, my friend liked it a lot and felt she had learned from it. The next day I finally asked her to explain what 'betting on a bond that loses money' meant. After she answered me I realized that I wish I had known that when I first started watching the movie and that I needed to see it again after gaining that knowledge. The mortgage crisis was an awful time that had swept me up as one of the many casualties.
The last movie that day and of all the eight Academy Award nominees was Room. It was another one I was dreading to see. It was difficult watching this kidnap victim living in a tiny room with her young son. She had been snatched when she was seventeen and had lived there for seven years. However, the movie was not entirely based on that but rather on the healing that took place when she was finally rescued. I had thought that it was based on a true story but it was not. It was, however, based on what actual kidnap victims have gone through in the past. Not one in particular but rather the concept.
After going through all of this on Saturday, I was able to have a nice relaxing time on Sunday with another friend of mine. That is when I took the photo of the seagull above. Now I wait for the Academy Awards to see if one of our guesses for Best Picture will win. I am saying The Revenant and she thinks Bridge of Spies.
All of the eight nominated movies are worth seeing except for Mad Max. All were well done and all very entertaining.