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Best Picture Marathon 2008

Sitting in a movie theater for 12 hours, watching five movies back-to-back = bliss!

I am about to leave to meet my mom to go and take part in AMC The­atres’Best Pic­ture Show­case. For those of you not in the US (or even if you are in the US, if you haven’t heard about this before), this is what is becom­ing an annu­al tra­di­tion from AMC, where essen­tial­ly, the day before Oscar night, movie fans have the chance to watch all five Best Pic­ture nom­i­nat­ed films back-to-back in one after­noon. For $30 you get unlim­it­ed soda and pop­corn and a tick­et to each movie — plus you can come and go as you please. Sit­ting in a movie the­ater for 12 hours, watch­ing five movies back-to-back = bliss!

My mom and I went last year and had a real­ly, real­ly great time. This year, with the Oscar’s being so up in the air because of the strike, I was­n’t even sure if we were going to go, but I got our tick­ets on Thurs­day and the first show is at 11 AM EST today. I’m very, very excit­ed.

I know it might be lame for a 25 year old to spend the day at the movies with her mom — but I don’t care — I love this shit. Both of my par­ents are big movie fans — not nec­es­sar­i­ly in the same way that I am a movie fan, but fans nonethe­less. My mom’s tastes and pas­sions are dif­fer­ent from mine, but she can appre­ci­ate cin­e­ma as a form of art and appre­ci­ate it on a crit­i­cal lev­el in a way that makes it lots of fun for me to see things with her.

Last year the AMC thing was just a ton of fun — they had movie triv­ia and Oscar triv­ia ques­tions in between the movies (I won a t‑shirt, a back­pack and some oth­er swag — heh) and it was a great audi­ence of movie fans who were excit­ed about spend­ing 12 hours in a the­ater. There was an extend­ed break between the third and the fourth film shown so that you had a chance to leave the the­ater to get din­ner, and AMC let us bring out­side food into the the­ater because of the spe­cial fea­ture. That in itself was cool. Plus, unlim­it­ed soda and pop­corn. Got­ta love that.

The Writer’s Strike kind of had me hes­i­tant to get as excit­ed as I usu­al­ly do about Oscar Sea­son, but now that the strike is over and the show WILL go on, I’m get­ting more excit­ed again. Plus, although I think that 2007 was a rel­a­tive­ly weak year of film releas­es (espe­cial­ly com­pared to 2005 and 2006), the list of Best Pic­ture nom­i­nees is both impres­sive and var­ied. I mean, I think Juno is total­ly, total­ly over­rat­ed (I liked it a lot, I just fail to see it as the sec­ond-com­ing; plus Ellen Page was great and all, but Best Actress? Don’t make me laugh), but it’s still a great, quirky very un-Oscar film and its suc­cess is inspir­ing.

I don’t think Michael Clay­ton was the Best Pic­ture of the year, but it was one of my favorite films to see in the the­ater and Clooney and Swin­ton were utter­ly fan­tas­tic — not to men­tion the always incred­i­ble Tom Wilkin­son — the pac­ing of that film was absolute­ly per­fect — the ten­sion build­ing per­fect­ly to the final crescen­do. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing that one again the most.

So I’m off to go do that. Quite frankly, I can’t think of a bet­ter way to spend my Sat­ur­day.





February 2008

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James said:

Crikey I have enough trou­ble sit­ting through one movie in a row nev­er­mind five!

Posted on: February 23, 2008 at 10:22 amQuote this Comment
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Christi­na said:

Heh — you’d think more peo­ple would be averse to it but the the­atre is PACKED — way more than last year

Posted on: February 23, 2008 at 10:59 amQuote this Comment
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Lisa said:

aww, why can’t we live in the same city. i could sit through 10 movies back to back if i could watch them from my bed with access to some seri­ous snacks. i watched 4 movies on the plane back from Eng­land. it was so awe­some. except that i fell asleep dur­ing 3 of them and have seri­ous prob­lems remem­ber­ing the titles, the actors in the films, what the film was about… so i guess it’s kin­da like i did­n’t watch any films. crud.

Posted on: February 23, 2008 at 12:27 pmQuote this Comment
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Sean said:

Absolute­ly loved Michael Clay­ton in the the­ater as well. Hit very close to home too since my Dad had an ag chem­i­cal com­pa­ny (not an evil one though like the one por­trayed) and I was always intel­lec­tu­al­ly fas­ci­nat­ed by law. Excep­tion­al­ly act­ed and done. I haven’t seen the oth­ers but No Coun­try for Old Men was my next one — per­haps this week­end! Sound like a blast! I total­ly get the all day at the movies with the P’s for sure — I’m very close with my par­ents too. Have fun!

Posted on: February 23, 2008 at 2:16 pmQuote this Comment
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