We don’t go to many movies. They aren’t exactly great for date night. When you go to a movie you sit in the dark and you don’t talk for a couple of hours. When we do go, I like to go for cocktails after so we can talk about it.
Another problem with going to the movies is that I tend to treat a movie as an interactive event. I like to shout at the screen: No, don’t go in there, that’s where the bad guy is! You dumb ass! We usually do our movie-watching at home when they come on cable or Netflix.
Mr. R. is not generally a fan of movies. He puts them in two categories: those he watches (meaning he liked them, like Little Miss Sunshine), and those I make him watch (meaning he hated them, like The Descendents).
So that being said, we haven’t seen most of the Oscar-nominated movies. That won’t stop us from watching the awards show. More correctly, it won’t stop me from watching it. Mr. R. just humors me. He’s good like that.
We have actually seen one Best Picture nominee: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Okay, we saw it because it came on HBO, but still, we saw it. I’d like to highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it.
It’s a strange, odd, quirky little film, which is right up our alley, really. If you’re open to that kind of story, where you have no idea where it’s going but you’re happy to be along for the ride, you’ll like this movie.
It’s one of those stories that begins at the end and tells the story in recollections, not unlike Ammadeus.
The stellar cast includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. These amazing actors pop up unexpectedly as new characters are introduced.
IMDB describes the plot like this: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. They don’t exactly make it sound riveting, but trust me, it’s interesting. Visually, it’s cool, too.
So, tonight I’ll be sitting on the sofa with my popcorn and sauvignon blanc, rooting for Grand Budapest. And DVRing The Walking Dead. Priorities, people.