Welcome, 2013: Free Screenplays, Interview with a Quvenzhané, and an Angry Tolkien

The Oscar nominations are in, and I find it interesting that 2012 film does not a pose a strong #1 film that will take down Oscar this year. Perhaps that will happen regardless, as it does most years, but with so many great movies that came out, I really do wonder who will take Best Picture.

Within this past week alone, I have seen Django UnchainedSilver Linings Playbook, and The Impossible. I’m gearing up for Zero Dark Thirty‘s release tomorrow. Oh, and I’ve made a list of movies to see yet before Oscar date February 24:

When all the top 10 lists start popping up, I can’t help but mentally compose my own for the movie year of 2012. So many of the heavy-hitters didn’t get released in Chicago theaters until early 2013, so I’m battling to see many of the films in their short theater runs before they slip away, their DVD releases not arriving until after the Academy Awards air.

I am only dying to post my Top 10 Favorites of 2012, but before I do that, I need to cross a few of those off my list. It’s difficult to catch all the great movies before the Oscars, but my goal is to post a top 10 list by the end of January. In the meantime, I’d like to offer up some film goodies:

  • Oscar Screenplays Available for Download — Now I cannot take credit for this because my boyfriend, Matt, knows how much I love film, and he found this online. Perhaps you’ve already seen these, or you’re not one for screenplays. Even so, this is quite the motherload of screenplays for several critically-acclaimed films of 2012. I know they’ll be available only for a limited time, so I’d recommend downloading your favorites while they’re available.
  • Roger Ebert’s Interview with Quvenzhané Wallis — Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest person to ever get nominated in Oscar history. It’s a pretty extraordinary achievement! Now while I haven’t seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, from the trailer, the interview, the article, the reviews of this film and her performance, I can only imagine how powerful her performance must have been.
  • Christopher Tolkien Disenchanted with The Hobbit film — This is quite the read for anyone interested in the Lord of the Rings world J.R.R. Tolkien created, be it the books, maps, languages, or most well-known, the Peter Jackson film adaptations. After reading this, I can’t help but see both sides of issue. Credit goes to my friend Deb for the find.

As of now, one of the movies I saw this week holds my #1 slot for favorites films of 2012, with a couple films following that I haven’t see on anyone else’s top 10 list.

What’s your #1 film of 2012? What are your first thoughts on the Oscar nominations?

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9 thoughts on “Welcome, 2013: Free Screenplays, Interview with a Quvenzhané, and an Angry Tolkien

  1. Can’t wait to read your top ten list for 2012. I plan on posting my list early next week My list may be a little “unique” for some people, because it has a few movies that some wouldn’t include. I thought that my number one wouldn’t be on anyone’s list, but today I found out it was actually nominated for an Oscar. When are you going to post your list?

    • Hey, thanks, Jaskee! Great — I will have to check it out when you post it. I can understand that. There were quite a few great movies that came out in 2012, and not just ones that raked in tons of money either. Oh, wow! Now you’ve got me curious about what your #1 is. I’m planning to post mine either next week or the one following. I’d like to get it up before Feb 1, although I won’t be able to see quite as many as I’d like to before then. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks, Keith! I know I’ve been so back and forth in 2012. Hoping to maintain a little more stability for blogging in 2013. Looking forward to posting it. I know that both share at least a handful of the same ones to be on a top 10 list for last year. Yes, it did!

  2. Very excited to read your top 10 list for 2012. Looking forward to it! Mine? Well, you know mine. TDKR all the way. Though it was a fairly close call.

    Happy to see you blogging again, over this way, Kristin!

    • I can definitely understand how DKR has made a lot of top 10 lists, including yours. It will certainly be making it onto my list, I’m sure!

      Thanks for the encouragement! I hope to be on here more often. We’ll see what happens :)

  3. Hi! :) Welcome back! Looking forward to reading your list. I’m doing mine just before the Oscars so I have enough time to see all the 2012 releases I’ve yet to watch. So far, my top pick is Rust and Bone.

    • Thanks! Hope to be staying a little bit longer this time around — I just won’t be able to blog as much as usual (due to work).

      That’s a good plan. I’ve been wanting to get my list out, and I’m pretty sure there could be only one or two movies that could influence the list. Rust and Bone, huh? I haven’t seen that yet, but I’ve heard some great buzz about it. Looking forward to chatting more on the blogs — thanks for stopping by!

      • Yeah, I get you. Work can get in the way of blogging big time, LOL. But we gotta eat, right? haha Still hope you get a little time to blog and/or read everyone else’s stuff.

        Please watch Rust and Bone. It’s stunning.

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