I Didn’t See It!

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Tomorrow night is the Oscars, and I used to be pretty interested in seeing which movies won.  I used to go to movies regularly, and I would usually have seen most if not all the Oscar nominees, as well as a bunch of movies more likely to win a Razzie, by awards night.

Now, not so much.  They say a child will change your life, and this is one way my life certainly has changed.  Now, going to a movie means paying for the movie as well as at least $40 or $50 for a sitter, plus a lot of phone calls to find the sitter.  Or, it means a tricky negotiation with my lovely wife about what I would do in exchange for her staying home with the Kid while I go to a movie.  Or waiting until her loveliness goes out-of-town with the Kid.   It all adds up to a lot of missed movies, another reason I am a somewhat disgruntled dad.

Here is a quick rundown of the Oscar nominees, from the perspective of a busy parent:

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers – Sounds like an interesting film, but I didn’t see it.
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers – Sounds like a retread of a lot of old movies, but it might be good.  But, I can’t really say, I didn’t see it.
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers – I really wanted to see this one.  But I didn’t see it.
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers – What was this one about again?  I didn’t see it.
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers – Assuming our baby-sitter doesn’t forget about us, we are going to see this one tonight.  (Update:  the sitter showed up, we saw it, and liked it a lot! – CvH, 2.27.2011)
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers – This one sounded very good, but I didn’t see it.  It just left town.
  • “The Social Network ”Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers – I don’t know, all the reviews said this was great, but it just seemed like a dumb idea for a movie.  But, then again, I didn’t see it.
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer – A kid friendly movie that I saw last summer.  Like all the Pixar movies, I loved it.
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers – I saw it, it was unbelievably good.  The best movie I’ve seen in a long time, and I know that doesn’t sound like it means much, but this was a really, really good movie.  I highly recommend that you pay however much you have to pay to get a baby-sitter and see this movie.
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers – I didn’t see it.

I did see a few in the documentary category at last year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: “Restrepo” and a short, “Sun Come Up”, both of which are worth seeing.


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3 Responses to I Didn’t See It!

  1. Somer Cooper says:

    I had a goal to watch all the movies before tonight and I sorely missed the mark. I don’t have kids, so I have no excuse. I will say that I was STUNNED that Inception did not win best Screenplay. Maybe tonight will make up for that oversight.

    Great blog. Keep at it!

  2. I only got the chance to see Toy Story 3 which was predictably brilliant and deserving of its Oscar. All the other films nominated were missed by me because of the kid but frankly I don’t mind that’s what DVD’s are for isn’t?

    Normally I haven’t heard of the documentary & animated shorts nominees. Although for once I had heard of “Restrepo” & saw “Day & Night”

    Anyway only interested in seeing Inception and maybe 127 hours. I only managed to watch Blind Side a month ago.

    This years movie to avoid is The King’s Speech for no other reason than it over advertised and I am determined to avoid last year’s Avatar until the day I die – I dismally failed this task with Titanic (which I saw only once, under duress and it made me hopping mad) so I am determined to say no and if necessary walk out of anyone’s home who think it’ll be good to see it!

    Ooo I got ranty there, sorry. I enjoyed the Oscars just have very little clue as to why they won but I’m sure over the coming years I will see some of these movies and go “Ah! Now I See”

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