Saw “Lincoln” this weekend.

Eh. All the characters were unidimensional cartoons. Northern politicians all were noble public servants with hearts of gold — even the politicians that had to be bribed into voting for the 13th Amendment ultimately did it with enthusiasm and clearly were good people. The politicians against the amendment were clearly despicable people, and the Southerners were all clearly corrupt hateful people. I was bored, this did not seem real.

I’ve actually seen a lot of the Oscar and Golden Globe slate this year:

* Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook– all very memorable and very different from one another.
* Les Miserables, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Zero Dark Thirty — all entertaining, all worth a viewing, not sure they are best of anything tho.
* Beasts of the Southern Wild — didn’t see in the theater, watched at home. Not my taste. Don’t really get all the hoohah.
* The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — didn’t see in theater, watched at home. Didn’t bother to finish, sad and boring.
* Amour, Moonrise Kingdom — haven’t seen.

Holiday Movies

“Slumdog Millionaire”:imdb, “Milk”:imdb, “Gran Torino”:imdb — all fabulous in their own ways. Slumdog for some scenes into a country and culture and lives that are unforgettable; Milk for a view into our history that is moving and inspiring, and for great acting; Gran Torino for great acting in a touching and surprisingly humorous story.

Amazon Unbox rental — never again

Rented a flick on Amazon Unbox last night — it downloaded fine to my Tivo and it looked fine, but the 24 hour exploding limitation is beyond stupid. We regularly watch a movie on two nights running, half each night, but this is impossible with Unbox rentals thanks to the fact that the movie explodes in 24 hours. I can pay the same price and buy a movie off Tivo PPV and keep it forever. This unbox thing will be a failure until Amazon can get DRM straightened out.