LouFest is a great festival for first-timers. The festival is conveniently located in the heart of the city, fest food is affordable and vegetarian friendly, there are plenty of shady places to sit and chill out and the weather should be good. Still, here are some tips for the first-time fest crowd.
The nominations are in. This year’s Academy Award Host Seth MacFarlane joined with actress Emma Stone to announce the 2013 Oscar nominees. “Lincoln” led with the most nominations, earning 12 nods including Best Picture and Best Director.
Didn’t get a chance to see Oscar nominated “The Descendants” in theaters? Your chance to own it is fast approaching, and I must say that this is definitely one worth watching. We will have a full review when the movie is released, but until then, here are the details from 20th Century Fox:
AMC is returning all the Oscar Best Picture nominees to the big screen the weekends of February 18 and February 25 in a screening marathon. You can pick and choose the film you want to see or buy a discounted pass. In addition, marathon attendees receive an AMC Gift Card on each event day upon check-in (yay bonus popcorn!) and a AMC Best Picture poster.
Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a woman that has dressed as a man in order to make a living as a waiter in Dublin, Ireland. She saves nearly all her money so she can buy a corner tobacco shop and has fantasies of finding a wife that will love her. While it sounds like it could have some interesting things to say about gender roles in the 1800s, the movie typically settles for a teen-comedy style of writing and editing (many, many times a character will refer to Albert as ‘my good man’ followed by a cutaway to a close-up of Close). Nothing is more distracting or takes you out of a story more than cheesy film gimmicks like this. What should have been a serious movie tackling a woman being forced to make a living as a man drew more laughter from the audience than most Adam Sandler movies (wait, that isn’t saying much, but I think you get my point).
When it comes to “The Descendants,” I’ll save you the guessing game: SEE IT. George Clooney, as Matt King, puts out one of his best performances, and in a role that is so unlike everything we’ve seen from him in the last several years.