Chicago winning Best Picture in 2003 at the Oscars is often regarded as a mistake due to the other films nominated that year. I fell in love with it but then again I am just a little bit of musical geek. So obviously I still love it and have it as one of my all time favorite films. The academy showed its supposed love for musicals that year but Oliver! was the previous Best Picture winner for a musical so it had been a very long time between a musical winning the best picture award. I think it’s quite scary that it is now 10 years on and loved how the cast we involved in the 2013 ceremony. Especially the All That Jazz performance from Catherine Zeta Jones that totally made the whole show for me. It’s a great song one of the best openings to a musical and it also helped show that she still has it after more than 10 years!
Jimmy Morris coaches a high school Baseball team and makes a deal with his players that if they make the play-offs he will try out for the minor league. This is after they found out how good a pitcher he was and still is!
The second part of the incredible trilogy picks up with the different characters heading in different directions. We see three different stories unfolding in The Two Towers. This film is a lot darker than Fellowship of the Ring, as Middle Earth heads into a battle at Helms Deep.
Instead of setting some New Year’s resolutions for the blog or movie watching I have decided to set some 2012 challenges in regards to film watching!
- Try to review each film I see at the cinema – now this wasn’t far off in 2011 but must do better!
- Watch the films I have on DVD that I have never actually seen
- Focus on old films with the year ending in 2 . . . 2002, 1992, 1982 etc
- Form top 10 lists with regards to the above challenge
- Catch up on films I missed in 2011
- Make more use of my LOVEFiLM subscription
- See more than 57 films at the cinema (2011′s total)
What about anyone else, any 2012 challenges?
A look back at the posters from the second Potter film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)!
We head back to Hogwarts for second year. Although something or someone is trying to stop Harry from getting back. He receives no letters from Ron or Hermione over the summer, then cannot get through the barrier at King’s Cross to get on the Hogwarts express. But what is he being warned against?
Third part of the countdown of my top 50 films of the decade . . .
Now to the second part of the countdown . . . films 40-31 . . .
While I was writing my review for Nine (and even watching it) I was trying not to compare it to Chicago. Mainly because I love Chicago and it is one of my favorite films ever, so to compare another musical directed by Rob Marshall on one viewing would not be very fair. So I have decided to take a deeper look into both movies and not really say which one is better, but to show comparisons.
A New York suburban couple Connie (Diane Lane) and Ed’s (Richard Gere) marriage goes astray as Connie has an adulterous fling, with Paul (Olivier Martinez). Risking her marriage and pretty much her lifestyle, for an affair which contains sex like she never had in her marriage. She was bored and ended up spending quite a lot of time with Paul during the day while her husband was at work and their son was at school. I will not reveal what happens at the end as I think the twists it takes are very good. I do like when she has a flashback to the day she met Paul and thinks about the way it should have gone, which I think just helps to show that every decision we make can go two ways and change everything, or you can keep it all the same.
I have just watched this movie for the first time (after actually wanting to see it for a while, as I am a big Kevin Costner fan, yes a big fan thats right).
Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town . . . and All That Jazz !!!
Best Picture winner in 2003, and rightly so. Chicago really did mark the return of the musical. Showstopping and so entertaining.