Amidst a busy everyday life and an intense Mr. Robot marathon, I haven’t had time to watch any interesting movies. Mr. Robot requires 100% concentration, dedication, and focus if I want to understand every detail of its, at times, complex story lines, so my attention has only belonged to Elliot Alderson when it comes to geeking in front of a TV screen.
The idea behind this blog is to focus on motion pictures and review all kinds of movies but, in the nearer future, I’ll make some changes and include a fair amount of series reviews because so many great series go unnoticed and my life’s calling (at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself) is to make people more aware of the beauty of entertainment.
Speaking of the beauty of entertainment, you know that it’s award season and the Golden Globes nominees were announced yesterday and, in contrast to the past two years, I’m elated. 2017 failed us all when La La Land was shoved down our throats and it won every single award. If you can sense the tone, you’ll recognize my disappointment. Last year’s movies were forgettable but, at least, we witnessed phenomenal acting, which was awarded (hello, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand). This year, we are honored to have both great movies, great production, wonderful music, and perfect acting. The Golden Globes nominees include Rami Malek for best actor as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody which landed a best picture nomination as well; we have Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper who teamed up and created A Star Is Born (which I will watch in a few days) that is one of the most talked about movies this season; there are actors like Hugh Grant, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Alfonso Cuarón (the genius behind Y Tu Mamá También), last year’s Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Jim Carrey (I don’t even know why I included him but oh well), Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Daniel Brühl… I could go on but, instead, I’ll refer you to www.goldenglobes.com where you can check out the entire list of nominations yourself because, otherwise, I’ll get too excited and never get to the real point: HFPA nominated well!
Some people say that who wins a Golden Globe will most likely win an Oscar as well and, obviously, this year, I’m rooting for team Bohemian Rhapsody. So if they or Rami don’t get the globe, then I’ll probably claim that the aforementioned statement about GG/Oscars is untrue – you know, just not to kill all my hopes. Anyhoo, this award season seems very promising and I am more than thrilled about all the artists, movies, series, and productions we will be introduced to in the upcoming few months.
Now let’s talk about a movie I’ll introduce you to very shortly because it’s very vanilla but still worth being on the blog.
I know it’s long overdue but I finally saw the movie that got Sandra Bullock an Oscar back in 2010. I love a feel-good movie where I don’t have to use my brain cells too much, and I can just sit back and enjoy a good story, which is the case with The Blind Side that is also based on a true story. And I love true stories (when they’re told well)!
The Blind Side is the story of Michael Oher, the future football star who gets adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. He doesn’t know anything about his real father and his mother is a drug addict who can’t take care of him or his siblings. Leigh Anne ensures that Michael gets an education and, once he expresses his interest for football, she does everything she can to help him use his skills the best way possible.
While the story is super cute and inspirational, you can’t help but think “so who is this movie about?” because, although Michael is the main protagonist, the emphasis is undoubtedly on Leigh Anne. As the icing on the cake, the real Michael Oher has criticized the movie, claiming that he was portrayed as extremely stupid and being a big brute on the field – which is true. The movie plot seems like something we’ve already seen a thousand times before (I’ve used that sentence a lot), as it is a typical movie that will make you go “aaawww”, “poor guy”, and “you go, girl!” a lot. Although I rate it as a fine movie, it lacks depth and, frankly, the only thing that truly amazes me is Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Leigh Anne, which is nothing short of perfect, and she is definitely THE star.
So to sum up, The Blind Side is a typical true story edited by Hollywood where many elements seem made up and exaggerated. But if you have a day off where you have absolutely nothing to do, give the movie a chance – it’s not bad and, who knows, it might even inspire you.