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.