Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Spirit Awards - very belated part 2

I had the TV on to see Spelvin on "Jeopardy!" (no spoilers - nice suit!), so I caught up a bit on TiVo and finally watched the Spirit Awards, which aired back in February. Even though I'd heard some of the results, by now I forgot most of them. I also forgot who I'd voted for. I wasn't wild about host Eddie Izzard and couldn't always understand him (rewind!), but the show was generally fun especially since I'd seen most of the films. I really enjoy participating as a voter, through IFP.

I didn't blog about the last few screenings, where I saw:

"Crazy Heart" - My dislike of country music did not prevent me from loving "Nashville" and the same was true of this movie. Really well done, great acting. The room was packed. It deserved every award it got.

"Precious" - Wow, wow, wow. Tough to watch at times, but again deserving of all its accolades.

"50 Dead Men Walking" - Jim Sturgess from "21" is an IRA informant in this tense and sometimes violent movie. Also tough to watch, in a different way.

"The Last Station" - Lushly photographed story of Tolstoy's last days, with Helen Mirren as his wife.

"The New Year Parade" (Tom Quinn Q&A) - The Philadelphia Mummers Parade is the backdrop for this family drama with a documentary feel (some real parade shots were used).

"Me and Orson Welles" - Zac Efron is not just a pretty boy, but actually acts in this charming film about a Welles-directed NYC production of "Julius Caesar." It helped that I'd been forced to read this play in 10th grade, so could follow the play-within-a-play scenes.

"Which Way Home" - basically the documentary version of "Sin Nombre," following would-be immigrants making the dangerous trip atop trains through Mexico to the U.S. border.

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