New Year, New Movies #5: Oscar Bothering

Last year I did quite well at catching the big Oscar-nominated films: loved Birdman, thought Foxcatcher was oddly sterile, meh over The Theory of Everything.

I missed last night’s film though. From the outside it seems like a calculated Oscar bid (“Look at me playing someone with an illness!”) and whilst I know you shouldn’t believe anything you read in the media, Julianne Moore seemed a bit Smuggy McSmuggerson with some of her comments during last year’s awards season (more about all of this in another post). So anyway…

January 5, 2016

6. Still Alice, 2014

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This is a good film, with some very good performances in it aside from the obvious (Kristen Stewart was much better than I expected, and I always like Alec Baldwin). It never slipped into weepy melodrama or took the obvious narrative paths- incredibly sad and very affecting to see the effects of Alzheimer’s not just on the patient but on their family as well. 4/5

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