Oscar Nominees and Movies Worth Watching

Over the break, I saw both Les Misérables and Django Unchained. Both were very good, and both got me thinking:

1. About how I am so incredibly glad not to have been a member of the working class in 1800s France, or anywhere for that matter. Being cold all the time is only the start of the problem.

2. How I need to see more Tarantino movies (Jackie Brown and Kill Bill: Vol 1 down, Vol 2 up next).

3. About the tons of other movies that I need to catch up on before the Oscars

 This time of the year is tough. In anticpaton of Oscar season (the full list of Oscar nominees are released today), it seems like the best movies of the year are all realeased within the span of a month, so my "t0 watch" list has gotten pretty long: Lincoln, The Master, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Silver Linings Playbook, Margaret, Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible and more. Not to mention that I'm still trying to see movies from last Oscar season.

And in a big way, I'm dying to see Terrence Malick's most recent film, To The Wonder. No matter what you think about him as a director, just watch the trailer and tell me this man isn't brilliant when it comes to portraying beauty and/in nature:

 I mean!

(Side note: Terrence Malick studied philosophy at Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar, and has written for The New Yorker. Wtf.)