February is here and that means one thing for those among us who love the movies...it's time for the Oscars!
Amazingly enough, one of the contenders for best picture of the year, "Argo", is being released on DVD on Tuesday, February 19th; five days before the Oscars actually air on Sunday February 24th. As with all DVD titles, we will have multiple copies of Argo available on its streetdate, the 19th. Other big titles being released on DVD in February are Alex Cross (February 5th), Flight (February 5th), Skyfall (February 12th), Perks Of Being A Wallflower (February 12th) and The Master (February 26th).
This year the Oscar nominees for best picture are: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.
Having seen all the best picture nominations for this year I do agree with most of the critics; unlike year's past, quite a number of good pictures have been produced this year. For what it's worth, I think Zero Dark Thirty should win picture of the year. A strong case could be made for Argo and Lincoln too. A difficult year to choose "the best". I'm not quite sure why "Amour" was nominated for best picture. Amour will win (easily) in the best foreign film category. It is a wonderful and powerful story about love between a husband and wife who have shared many decades of living together. Now they must face the hardest adversary of all --- declining health and the impending death of a beloved spouse. A truly poignant film.
And now onto something a little lighter.
The New City Library AV Department will be having, what I hope, will become an annual "can we guess who will win the Oscar". Sheets will be available in the AV Department sometime during the first week of February. Please take one home, fill out your choices, and return to us before February 24th. Let's see if we are as good as the critics in picking the Oscar winners. I will give the results of our choices in my March blog. They will also be available in our AV Department. Have fun! See you next month.