Snap Reviews – March 2013

By: D.G. McCabe

So due to some travel the last couple of weeks, this is only my second post since the Oscars.  But that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been a few movie related topics to comments on.  Here are some snap judgements on movies and related topics from the last couple of weeks:

1. 2013 Oscars

Overall, it wasn’t a very shocking evening – there weren’t a lot of surprises in the major categories (maybe a couple of secondary favorites in a few categories but that’s about it).

Seth MacFarlane was as offensive and crude as expected.  After all, you can’t create a monster and complain when it smashes a few buildings.  For those that found his act juvenile and chauvinist, don’t worry – he said he’s not interested in hosting again.

Also, props to our guest bloggers – Katy Cummings for picking all of the short films correctly and Meghan McCabe for picking 2/3 of Les Miserables (2012)’s wins!

2. Quartet (2012)

This one is a pleasant, well acted film set in a retirement home for musicians.  It’s directed by Dustin Hoffman, who I think just got sick of comic book movies and decided to make a movie for his age group.  Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly are especially fantastic, and since this one is almost done with its theatrical run I would recommend catching it on DVD.

3. Friends with Kids (2011)

This one is worth checking out on Netflix.  The main characters, Jason and Julie (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt) are best friends who have come up with a seemingly perfect (in their eyes alone) scheme.  Both want a baby and are getting older, but neither has found a serious, long term romance.  So they decide to have a child together and continue to date other people.  The plot pretty much goes where you would expect it to from there.  Despite it’s predictable nature, it’s a decent, short popcorn film and worth a look if you’re already shelling out a couple bucks a month for Netflix.

As you can see, I haven’t been watching a lot of movies lately, mostly due to re-watching the first two seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for season three.  While I try to keep this a movie focused blog, I’m toying with the idea of writing some weekly reactions – stay tuned!

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe