January 20, 2014
The 86th Academy Award nominations were announced, and as usual, I had only seen two of the nine best pictures (Gravity and 12 Years a Slave). Time to start catching up before the big awards night on March 2nd.
First up for last Friday night was American Hustle.
“Now that was a kick-butt movie,” said my buddy after we left the theater.
Know what else was great about it? The music! I’m adding more songs to my Oscars playlist, baby.
“Dirty Work” by Steely Dan
Man, I’d forgotten about this song. It pretty much sums up the theme of the movie.
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
All together, everybody: “Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ahh.” Yeah, I did do that in the theater. But very, very quietly.
“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer
Bring back the discotheque, because tonight I really need to dance. Sure, I can and do head for the bar/local band or DJ scene. But the dance space is always way too tiny, and the clothes not nearly as cool.
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by the Bee Gees
Considering that I’d seen a man-I-had-history-with in the movie theater lobby, this song is just all-around timeless. I do not remember what was going on in the movie when this song played, but it was fitting, I’m sure. Some kind of montage. Okay, I was a little preoccupied. See the first sentence.
“Live and Let Die” by Wings
Now, I do remember what was happening during this song. Who wouldn’t? It’s one of the many reasons Jennifer Lawrence is up for another Oscar this year.
So that’s three down, six Oscar nominated movies to go. Who else has seen American Hustle, and what did you think? Are you ahead of me with the Oscar nom viewings?