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It seems to be the movie that everyone was talking about. All the critics are loving it. I was dying to see what all the fuss was about. What I found once I saw Million Dollar Baby was a slightly interesting boxing story that fizzles out in the end with a lot of reality and a couple boring subplots. I am shocked that this movie was voted best picture.

I've only seen two of the five best picture nominies for the oscars this year. Million Dollar Baby and, a couple weeks ago, Ray. I don't seem to have a very favorable opinion of either of them. The acting was good in both, but good acting is a dime a dozen and I think there was just too much lacking from both films to make them good. I want to watch Finding Neverland next, because that one seems to be getting positive opinions from some friends.

Why wasn't Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind nominated for best picture? I think that one was my favorite this year. It's definitely the one I remember most fondly.

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rasik
Jan. 31st, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've gotta say, I haven't been really excited to see either Ray or Million Dollar Baby.

I did like the Aviator a lot, though. I dunno yet if it was my favorite from the entire year, though.
patrick
Jan. 31st, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
I went into the movie fairly unaware about what it was about. The only expectations were that critics seemed to be raving about it.

I think in the next couple weeks, I will go see Aviator, Finding Neverland and Sideways so I can check them all off my list, but I'm having a hard time believing that these are the best movies of the year.
a_muse_d
Feb. 1st, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
let me know the when/where that you're seeing Finding Neverland, i'd really like to see that one as well.

i just recently bought a copy of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. i love that movie so much, and i made Dan watch it, too. muwahahahahaha!! figured it was a somewhat fair exchange for him making me watch Vanilla Sky (oh, it was so painful to watch, not ;P heh).
patrick
Feb. 1st, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
Oh! An offer to plan a scheduled time! If I do it during the weekday, it's got to happen after 9 pm, due to my work schedule. The Meridian 16 is showing it at 10:25. Maybe we can aim for wednesday?
a_muse_d
Feb. 2nd, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
i work Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm ... so 10:25 is a little too late for me :\
patrick
Feb. 2nd, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Alas, we will have to make plans on a weekend, then!

Is saturday or sunday good for you?
erik
Feb. 1st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ebert has said the same thing in nearly every article he's written about Million Dollar Baby (and there have been no less than five articles about it): "this is not a boxing movie, this is a movie about a boxer."

I had read the review and articles before seeing the film (though nothing that gave away the crucial third act), so I had a good sense of why it was appreciated even before seeing it. It's possible that his writing informed my opinion, but I personally connected with the movie, as well, and think it's just a fantastic piece of writing and directing.

Review and articles: here, here, here, and here.
patrick
Feb. 2nd, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
Well, of course I think that movies that other people think are great often deserve a second chance, but this one left me so uninterested. The film just felt like a really long montage about this boxer. I didn't connect with the characters at all.
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