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I have, since the last movies post, been able to watch three more films that have been nominated in some fashion at the Oscars. These three were Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hobbit. I must say that I enjoyed all three films but in different ways and for different reasons. In addition, there were also noticeable flaws which felt formulaic and sometimes dull.

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Les Miserables: Tom Hooper- Les Miserables is more than a movie for me. It was more like an experience. Ever since I watched this film, it has been pedaling in my brain more and more frequently, like riding a bike uphill, slowly gaining momentum, ready for the fall (in love). This classic story brings in several themes swimming with love, human rights, inner conflict, tragedy and ethics. For a film to to cover all of these basis and actually make you feel something beyond a roller coaster of emotions is impressive to say the least. Though the film is somewhat over the top as most Blockbusters tend to do, I floated along happily in all its sensationalism. In other words, it worked. The live singing was also incredible. Who doesn’t love everything Tom Hooper does anyway?

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Top 5 2013 Resolutions:

1. read more: at least 6 classics, a few for fun (some ideas: Confederacy of Dunces, The Sun Also Rises, The Idiot, Great Expectations)

2. exercise more: yoga twice a week, cardio once a week

3. create more: felt & craft all year long

4. save more: a frigid 20%

5. give more: donate whenever possible; give to United Way every pay check; become a Big

Top 5+ Films:

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1. Moonrise Kingdom- Wes Anderson: Moonrise Kingdom is a story of adolescence, mischief and innocent love. It inexplicably shouts classic Wes Anderson with a bountiful amount of beautiful symmetrical shots and sarcastic, dry dialogue. Set in a small New England town, Suzy runs away from her dull, calculated home life and Sam, the orphan, escapes Camp Ivanhoe where the other scout boys pick on him. They meet and set out to create their own adventures while a team of unresolved adults including a hopeless father, Bill Murray, and Sam’s scout master, Edward Norton, search for the missing children. The soundtrack is complementary and creates waves of emotion as you view the kids runaway journey and unofficial “marriage.” I Loved Every Bit of It.

2. Django Unchained- Quentin Tarantino: Tarantino takes you on another ride, and spits you out when he’s through with you. How do you describe this movie? Well, it involves a bounty hunter, a German-speaking slave, Southern plantation owners, gruesome gun fights, terribly spoken Australian men (one portrayed by the director himself), and a mean old, nasty mastermind slave. Tarantino has productively, in recent films, taken a chunk of history and polished it shiny and new adding uncomfortable humor and twists like no other.

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3. Silver Linings Playbook- David O. Russell: Potential cheesy romantic comedy turned tender, non-conforming, genuine story. This is a true modern day romantic film. Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, has bipolar disorder and is unrealistic about his failing marriage after being released from a mental health clinic meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is a recent widow with a sleeve of her own mental issues. The two work through personal problems including depression, sex addiction, and denial to unveil a new meaning to life. Even if you wanted to dislike this film, it’s impossible to disconnect from these characters. You will root for them with each anger rage and panic attack, because deep down, we all feel the same anxiety.

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