a trio of sorts…

It has been my practice in the past few years to watch all/most of the nominees for best picture in the time between the golden globes and the oscars (or those I have yet to see already in the theaters).
I have seen a trio of movies as of late…all which I have enjoyed, all which have left an impression on me.

We saw moneyball in theaters when it came out last year.
A story of saving one’s career/one’s life,
thinking outside the box,
trying something new…and placing high stakes on this new way,
realizing that winning isn’t everything…or is worth fighting for in some places, not all,
and it is worth the fight.
I guess you just have to be sure what you’re fighting for is worth it for you…in the end, even if you don’t succeed.

We saw the ides of march last month after it was released on dvd. A film which began really slow, but you knew it would catch up fast. A particularly poignant film released during an election year, preceding primary upon primary.
A film about real life…a career politician’s real life,
deception,
one’s career, one’s friendships, one’s working relationships,
trust…with the question of can you wholeheartedly trust someone,
the demands of the job…and the sacrifices,
what would you do if you had a chance to do the right thing (what is even the right thing in a world so twisted and tangled?)?,
and will you find your way out…or keep this life alive?

Just last night we saw the descendants on demand, a film highly touted in the awards shows, but not given much press in theaters. I would have to say that it is my favorite, thus far…although I have liked all of the films nominated. And it was the hardest to watch.
A film about life,
family and those dynamics,
what we choose to see versus reality,
how we can change that reality,
little girl(s) lost…with the hope of being found,
decisions…hard decisions, life decisions, personal decisions, business decisions, how individual decisions affect the whole,
downfall of a relationship…with the hope of working to make it better coming too late,
death,
new life,
raw emotions of anger, hurt, and ultimately forgiveness,
starting over…yet not completely.

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