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February 2019 in Films


I really didn’t watch very many films in February. Mostly being soooo tired because of the bad weather, traveling a lot, and the fact that most movie theaters in February were still full of 2018 holdovers that I’d either already seen or didn’t want to see. That said, I did have some favorites that I watched and as always you can see those after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – 12 Years A Slave, 2013 (dir. Steve McQueen)


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John Tibeats: God damn you! I thought you knowed something!
Solomon Northup: I did as instructed. If there’s something wrong, then it’s wrong with your instructions.

 

Movie Quote of the Day – Ruby Sparks, 2012 (dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)


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Ruby Sparks: You don’t have any friends.
Calvin Weir-Fields: I have you. I don’t need anyone else.
Ruby Sparks: That’s a lot of pressure.

Oscar Vault Monday – Little Miss Sunshine, 2006 (dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)


2006 is one of my least favorite Oscar years in the last decade. Mostly because I think Children of Men was the best film to come out that year and although it got a few tech nominations, I think it deserved a Best Picture nod over several of the nominees that year. That’s why I’ve waited so long to write about this year. As it happens, I don’t love any of the nominees from 2006 (and actively dislike one of them, in fact.) But I do like Little Miss Sunshine, thus I am writing about it. I think this film is more about the performances than it is the story. I mean, it has a fun story, but it is weak in more places than people like to mention. The performances, however, I think are flawless. Although, I guess the Academy disagrees with me because it won for its screenplay. Go figure. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two: Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin (won), Best Supporting Actress Abigail Breslin, Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were: Babel, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Queen and winner The Departed.

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