Mintwood Place was already the best good food/good wine/neighborhoody/snow refuge/cozy dining spot in DC, but tonight they added an Irish menu and a guitarist singing not just trad but also U2 and the Stones. Did they read my diary?
Alright, alright, alright. It's pretty sad when Matthew McConaughey makes more movies in a year than I write blog posts. Here are my speed comments on the best picture nominees. You can find the ballot here, and everything you want to know about the coverage here.
American Hustle: Entertaining, but I looked at my watch 4 times. (I give it 4 watches. My new scale.)
Captain Phillips: Didn't see it. I watched the entire run of "Dexter," but this looked too scary.
Dallas Buyers Club: I should know better than to see disturbing movies about illness in the theater. At least I learned from my Black Swan experience and, instead of trying to escape to the lobby, I struck the fetal position on the floor in front of my seat for the last half hour of the movie. I would like to thank the janitorial staff at the E Street Cinema for their fantastically clean floors (I hope). So I think this was a great movie, and I know Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were great in it, but I have to sum up by saying that I saw it on a small screen in Canada.
Gravity: It was fun to see what it would be like to be in space, but did the director of "To Fly!" get a Best Director Oscar?
Her: I found this interesting and mostly entertaining, but I went in with low expectations after a friend said she hated it. At the beginning of the movie I thought it might be fun to have a friendly OS in my ear 24/7, but by the middle I was sick of pretending to hear him. Maybe that's a metaphor for the movie. Or my life.
Nebraska: I thought this might be kinda dull, but I didn't look at my watch once (no watches!). Really great slice-of-life movie. Made me want to hug my outgoing family.
Philomena: Good movie, but too heartbreaking. I overheard someone at E Street refer to it as a "fun" movie. Really?
12 Years a Slave: Phenomenal movie, phenomenal performances. I hope it wins.
The Wolf of Wall Street: Reasonably entertaining for a three-hour movie seen at the West End Cinema (seated in something akin to a folding chair), but I'm not sure what the point was.
One more thought about Matthew McConaughey (which I've now learned to spell, I think). Everyone keeps talking about the McConaissance -- the actor's recent move from pretty boy roles in lightweight movies to challenging roles in serious ones -- but I haven't heard much mention of Lone Star, the 1996 John Sayles movie McConaughey was in with Sayles regular Chris Cooper. If you want to have a McConaughey marathon, I reocmmend you start with that. Have fun watching tonight!