As of today, I have only one movie (Amour) I have to see before The Oscars. Yay!
If a person sits down to watch The Master without knowing too much about it before hand, he or she may be finding themselves thinking, "WTF?" I know I did. It's a sort of psychological study of the relationship between Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), aka Master, and his disciple Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix). The movie is set just after WWII, and Quell is discharged from the Navy. He is supposed to be suffering from PTSD, but I personally think that there's more to his mental illness than that. He isn't adjusting well to life out of the military and drifts from job to job until he meets Dodd, who is running a faith-based organization/religion/cult that seems to be catching on. The acting was really good, but I didn't really like the movie overall.
Quartet is a delightful film about a home for retired and aging musicians. There's a quiet, cyclical rhythm to life at the home until the diva Jean (Maggie Smith) comes to live among them. Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courteney and Pauline Collins also star. I really liked it.
There were parts of The Impossible that were hard to watch. The movie is based on the true story of a family vacationing in Thailand over Christmas that is caught in the tsunami that devastated the area in December of 2006. Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts) and one of her sons are separated from her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and the other two boys. Maria is badly injured, but ends up at the hospital with Lucas and a little boy named Daniel that they found all alone. Meanwhile, Henry, Tomas and Simon are looking for them. It was a really good movie.
That's all for now.