Oscar Contender of the Day: 127 Hours

Another wonderful film from Danny Boyle.  I have enjoyed every movie of his that I’ve seen (I’ve avoided A Life Less Ordinary). It occured to me while watching this movie that I really enjoy Boyle’s creative choices and that’s why I gravitate towards his films.  A movie about a guy with his arm trapped under a rock.  How do you make that work?  I don’t want to spoil anything but Boyle doesn’t make a single misstep and by the time you get to the end, you might get a little teary-eyed like I did. Also, regarding the scene that may stop you from watching, it’s bad but it doesn’t last that long.  Frankly, it could have been a lot worse.

Also, kudos to James Franco who, in my mind, is neck and neck for best acting performance of 2010 with Colin Firth in The King’s Speech.  They were both amazing but I think Franco had the bigger challenge, having to carry this movie by himself for the most part unlike Firth who had Geoffrey Rush to bounce off of.  It seems like only yesterday that I was complaining how bad Franco was as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.

On a final note, after the movie ended, my first thought was, “If only Aron watched Arrested Development, then he would have learned the ‘…and that’s why you always leave a note’ less.”

Nominations I’d Like To See: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for James Franco.


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