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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Report Card---""Nebraska"

This is the last Report Card I will do until after the Oscars are given out.
Then, I'll do a few more.
But by doing "Nebraska" now, I will have covered all the major nominations.
And the next three posts will have my choices and reasons for who should receive the awards.
And this last one is easily the best.
I've seen a lot of wonderful movies this past season, but "Nebraska" is the only perfect one.
"American Hustle" had it's story hole.
"August Osage County was slightly miscast, and wasn't even nominated.
Nor was "Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club" started out way too slowly.
"Nebraska" surpassed all of these.
By being perfect.
On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Only in that I keep telling everyone how perfect it is..

Is it a story worth telling?

Over and over..

Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?  Well shot?

Yes, yes, and yes.
Bruce Dern was brilliant and compelling.  June Squibb as his wife, was a complete hoot.
The cinematography was magnificent.

Is it too long? Too short?


Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Perfect, and perfect.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never, and always.  Perfect.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?


Is it funny?

Brilliantly.  And it's not a comedy.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I'm sorry I didn't see it that way.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: A+.

I guess this has been a bit of a spoiler alert for my choice for Best Picture.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."