Movie of the Week: The Imitation Game

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What an amazing movie! All the buzz, and Oscar’s nominations, for the Alan Turing life based movie adaptation, The Imitation Game, are justified. There might be SPOILERS.

The story is by now not news to anyone, Turing was the father of theoretical computer sciences and his scientific leap helped the allies win WWII. A few years after that he was arrested and convicted for homosexual acts and he chose chemical castration to prison, eventually committing suicide with only 41 years of age (though that is debatable).

The cast is altogether amazing, but Benedict is beyond marvelous – it’s no wonder that he’s nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor (though having just watched The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is sublime…). There’s one particular scene towards the end that just broke my heart in a million pieces and made me admire Cumberbatch even more than I already did (and that’s saying a lot).

I just had one slight problem with the film, it happens in three different points in time and is told in double flashbacks, or maybe flashbacks and flashforwards, or whatever… it’s especially tricky when you jump from 1944 to 1951 (for example), where the clothes and accessories are not sufficiently different. But other than that, no complaints, totally loved it!

Unfortunately, even though it’s nominated for 8 awards, I doubt it will win any major one =( .

So many movies, so little time…

Award season (as we all know) has begun and today the Oscar nominations came out and, as always, there is so outrage for one specific movie or another or other stuff, but hey, it happens all the time. My problem this year is that I REALLY want to watch a lot of these movies, but don’t have much time to do so.

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So, here’s my list…

Still Alice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Birdman

Fury

Big Eyes

Mr Turner

Unbroken

Boyhood

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?

While I can catch 4 of these in the movie theatre right down the street (original version) – where I saw The Imitation Game just yesterday – for most of them I’ll have to watch in Barcelona… so I predict a couple of double (or triple) features this weekend, one here in Sant Cugat and another in Barcelona… given that it’s highly unlikely that Boyhood and Mr Turner will hold on for another week.

The plan will be something like:

Friday (when I get home from work): The Theory of Everything (because this is the movie I’ve been looking forward the most) and Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? (mainly because it premiered before Christmas and it’s a miracle that it is still on… I never saw this many French movies…).

Saturday (wake up extra early to catch the first screening): Hector and the Search for Happiness (Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike… I don’t even have to watch the trailer to know that I really want to see that) and Boyhood (because it has been showing for a long long time). Then I would love to catch Mr Turner or Unbroken but those bastards only show this movie at 10pm, and by that time I have to be home…

Sunday will be a day for work and maybe catch The Grand Hotel Budapest in the comfort of my bed…

– Sometime during the week I’ll find some time to watch Birdman, before they stop showing it here.