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The Last of the Oscar-Nominated Movies

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)

 

Well I finally made it through all of the 2014 Oscar-nominated films. With the exceptions of Wolf of Wall Street which I thought a waste of talent, time and my $13.00, and Gravity which I found only mildly engaging, I must say I enjoyed everything else and thought them nomination worthy.

The last one on my list and the one I just finished viewing was Nebraska. Starring Bruce Dern, who was up for a Best Actor Oscar, was wonderful. I have always liked Dern, who has had a long career spanning all the way back to the early 60's. IMDB says of him:

"Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy, playing sociopaths, psychotics and just plain criminals by the time he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978). Some perceptive critics had noted that Dern was a finer actor than his roles generally allowed one to believe, repelled as one was by the neurotic persona that Dern was able to project..."

This is a movie that looks realistically at some of the difficulties of aging, family dynamics and a world that can be cold and mean spirited. Yet for all that this movie is also remakably poignant and endearing. I highly recommend this movie to anybody — very little bad language, compelling, well drawn characters that you really grow to care about, and as in the case of the air compressor, some very funny moments.

Above Suspicion Season 3

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

 

Season 3 of Above Suspicion has just hit our shelves. Written by the multi-talented Lynda La Plante, she has a string of hits to her credit, most famously the dark, gritty and completely addictive Prime Suspect starring the completely addictive Helen Mirren. She also created the long running Trial and Retribution series.

Above Suspicion is a little lighter, but only a little. It stars the highly recognizable Ciaran Hinds from — well, everything. He was Julius Caesar in the series Rome from a few years back, he was a baddy in the second Laura Croft, he was in The Debt, Deathly Hallows part 2, Game of Thrones, In Bruges, Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre, There will be Blood, Ivanhoe and on and on. Very busy man because he is very talented. Check out everything we have in our collection on the guy. His co-star is Kelly Reilly who also has a good resume although not nearly as long. You’ll know her as Jude Law’s wife in the Sherlock Holmes theatrical movies and from Flight opposite Denzel Washington.

There are only three episodes per season, but do watch series one and two first if you can, as they build on each other. If you watch any of the seasons as a stand alone they're fine and you're likely to enjoy them, but watching all nine episodes just gives you the complete experience of the character and plot developments.