I make a habit of seeing a movie every other week or so. By that, I mean going to the theatre.
Withe Academy Awards fast approaching, I'd thought I'd write up by two cents.
Movies I really enjoyed:
(1) Celebration Day
This films presents the Led Zeppelin (*) concert from the O-2 Area a few years back. All in all, it's a better concert films than The Song Remains the Same from the 70's. In part that's because the band had more material to work from - especially tracks from Physical Graffiti. Kashmir brought the house down! In My time of Dying was great.
The band was tight, and Jason Bonham filled in admirably for his father. Film and sound quality is better than TSRTS.
This having been said, the performance of Stairway to Heaven and Since I've been Loving You were better in the TSRTS.
The biggest issue was that the theatre did not play the soundtrack at anywhere close to the proper volume. I guess that why people install home theatres.
(2) Life of Pi
A gripping story portrayed in an excellent film. I don't read many novels, but I'm tempted to read this one. I've never heard anyway say 'the movie of x, y or z is better than the book'. If that holds true for Life of Pi, then it must be every bit the book people say it is.
(3) Silver Linings Playbook
Great acting and a though-provoking yet touching story. I saw this one twice.
Some idiot in the Globe and Mail wrote that he felt that the movie didn't present the Iranian side of things. This proves - as I've long suspected - that people write about movies without actually having watched them.
Ben Affleck may well have been overlooked in terms of the Best Director nomination. I'm never quite sure what a director is responsible for in the finished product.
This was an excellent film. I had a problem with the sound quality - which made some of the quieter scenes hard to follow.
Movies to skip:
Actually, only one film from the past year deserves a complete skip, and that film is The Master. This films was BORING with a capital B. The film revolves around a cult - perhaps intended to be Scientology. Some people love to hate the Scientologists - and probably got there jollies on that account. (These people are usually leftists worried about competition!)
For people like me - who have other things to worry about - the movie had no real plot: no build, no climax, no ending of any note.