Like I said last time, the seasons are definitely changing up here at Bass Lake. The leaves are turning, the days are cold, and the nights are colder. The clouds have slowly crept in lower and closer to the hills behind campus, bringing with them a great deal of rain.
With the weather as it is, and Oscar season beginning, I’ve naturally been watching a great deal more films lately. And it really is difficult to top the feeling of popping in a great movie and kicking back while the rain falls outside.
Every year at this time, a list goes up on my computer. The list is of great importance and documents what I hope to accomplish in the coming months. It is a symbol of anticipation and a source of excitement. This list consists of the next tweleve, or so, Friday’s and their corresponding movie releases.
Being on the brink of Oscar season means it’s time for me to get my game on. Each Friday that passes by without a movie viewed places me further behind in my attempt to view each Oscar-nominated film. By the time the ballots are released on Oscar.com I hope to have seen enough to be able to form some well-informed opinions.
So far this year, the race has appeared fairly slim, with only a few films being discussed as possible nominees (“The Dark Knight” being the frontrunner in several categories right now). While in San Francisco, I saw “Rachel Getting Married” and really enjoyed its refreshing genuineness (this movie puts Anne Hathaway on the Best Actress list and will most likely get a nod for Best Original Screenplay). I’ll definitely be pulling for that one come February.
There’s going to be a whirlwind of great movies in the coming months that will be considered for nomination, including “The Boy with the Striped Pajamas” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5FU-yDC-uI), “Australia” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7R2mN6D3sQ), “Gran Torino” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9teLeXZ3XMU), and “Defiance” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIO8OI0JP50).
As I return home for Christmas break, my Friday evenings will be spent at the local movie theater with my good friend Brett as we continue our ritual of catching the newest release and afterwards discussing our opinions over a cup of hot coffee. It really is a great time of year :-)
Something else to check out – my good friend Anders recently published a new project for APU’s University Relations Department on the school’s South Africa semester. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzeHZADr0E0) It’s absolutely incredible and really does a fantastic job of showing why this study abroad opportunity is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Also, he’s currently working on a similar video for the High Sierra semester! He was here about a month ago filming around campus and is currently in the editing process. I’ll be posting the video as soon as it’s up, so be on the lookout for that!