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.