Summer blockbusters have faded away, leaving a bit of a lull in the world of cinema, and the end of September is a weird time for Oscar lovers. It’s not yet early November, so many of the Oscar hopeful films have yet to trickle into theaters – whether via limited, or wide release.
What’s an Oscar lover to do? Well, Jerk feels your pain and has a few suggestions on how to spice this up.
Head to the movie theaters – it may not be prime Oscar time, but the theaters aren’t completely bare. First on my to see list? The Master, about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder following World War II who develops a close bond with an offbeat religious teacher (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), opened in theaters last weekend. Phoenix may have taken a few years off since his Walk the Line days, but this one’s sure to be a (somewhat creepy) contender this awards season.
Relive your favorite Academy Award moments via the Oscars YouTube account. They have acceptance speeches and opening acts going back as far as the late 50’s and 60’s, as well as ones from recent years to give yourself a 2011 refresher.
Hit up your Netflix account and do a rewatch of all your favorite Oscar winning flicks (and losers too, if you love them enough!) Too often films that were favorites in their winning years can sit on the shelves years later, forgotten about in the flurry of new buzz and nominees. Kick back with Slumdog Millionaire, or A Beautiful Mind, and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place!
– Diana Pearl