Sunday, February 21, 2010
A Serious Man
Last night we watched a movie called "A Serious Man". It is up for Best Picture this year at the Oscars. This year they are having ten films nominated, instead of five. I read that the expansion is a throwback to the Academy's early years in the 1930s and '40s, when anywhere between eight and 12 films were shortlisted. "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize.
This will be the only movie nominated, that I will have seen. My son, is a big movie watcher and has seen at least half of the nominated movies. Myself, I usually just watch the award shows to see the pretty clothes and hair styles, and all the glamorous people, while I sit at home in my sweat clothes and uncombed hair. Who knows....maybe I will get dolled up this year, just for the heck of it.
I thought "A Serious Man" was a good movie. Period. I read some comments and reviews and a few other blogs trying to analyze the movie, and I personally just think they are taking it all too serious. It is just a good movie with a few scenes that really cracked me up. I think it is meant to be a dark comedy, which to me means it has its ODD moments. It has stirred some folks up because they reference it to being like the book of Job. It is like the book of Job to me... in that the main character has many bad things happening to him and struggles to figure out why. Other than that...it just isn't meant to be taken very serious....in my opinion.
I liked that the story was taking place in 1967. I was a sophomore in high school that year, and for some reason, I like to revisit my youth every now and then. Mostly memories of the music I listened to during those years, and maybe the hair styles and clothes, and things like that. It takes a movie, book, or TV show to jog my memory to those days. I really don't have very many photos of those years.
I also liked that there weren't any well known actors in this movie. I think they did a great job and hope to see more of them someday. My favorite line was when the son called his Dad while he was at his lawyers office, discussing all of his problems, and says.... "Dad.....F Troop is fuzzy again." You would have to see the film to get it, but it really cracked me up.
Other than movie watching and knitting... I have just been very busy, and have not had much time to devote to my quilt. Hope to make some time for it soon!