AMC Best Picture Showcase

17 Feb

Here in the CPav section of the Fat Guys compound, we celebrate religious holidays a little different than some more…”normal” is such a judgmental word…folks.  The low holy days are represented by the Grammys, the Golden Globes, and The SAG Awards.  The high holy days are the Emmys, the Tonys, and, the holiest day of the year, the Oscars.  Things like the People’s Choice Awards and <shudder> the VMAs are left to heretics and offshoot branches.

Given all of this, tomorrow starts what amounts to our Lent (which, not incidentally, straddles the start of the more popular “actual” Lent — face it, no one can beat the Catholics when it comes to PR):  AMC Theatres’ Best Picture Showcase.  The BPS is an event which debuted in 2007 in which all of the year’s Best Picture nominees are shown in a marathon for one ticket price right before the Oscars.  For the first few years, when there were 5 nominated pictures, the BPS was held the day before the ceremony.  For the past two, when there were 10 nominees, the marathon was split over successive weekends, with five movies shown on each of the two Saturdays preceding the show.  This year, with nine nominees, four movies will be shown on Saturday February 18, and the remaining five on the 25th.  Since there are different numbers of movies, the prices for individual Saturday tickets will be different, $30 on 2/18 and $40 on 2/25.  A two-day pass for all 9 movies is $60 (but is only available at the box office).

The movies are as follows:
2/18:  War Horse, Moneyball, Tree of Life, The Descendants

2/25:  Hugo (in 3D), The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Artist, Midnight in Paris

In some markets (St. Louis not included), all nine movies will be shown in true marathon fashion on Saturday 2/25.

This will be my 5th BPS.  The past couple of years, I’ve stopped seeing likely nominees around Christmas time, so that I’ll be able to judge the nominees equally on first viewing during the BPS.  This year, I’ve seen only 3 of the nominated films, Moneyball, The Artist, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Without seeing the other nominees yet, I only think one of those films truly deserves to be nominated.  And it’s the one where nobody talks.  (Moneyball, however, apparently should be a shoe-in for Best Adapted Screenplay, as most people who read the book felt it would be impossible to make into a movie.)

We will be at the AMC Chesterfield 14 for this year’s BPS.  Due to other obligations, I’m going to miss the first two movies, War Horse (of which I’ve heard differing opinions) and Moneyball.  I’ll be twittering between movies (twitter name cpav, with hashtag #amcbps).  Look for me if you’re there.  I’m the fat guy without facial hair.



2 Responses to “AMC Best Picture Showcase”

  1. Gary Naham February 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Really didn’t LOVE Moneyball, but it is the best of the Bunch that I’ve seen so far (Hugo, The Artist, and Loud I am yet to see). This is one of the worst film years in recent memory (despite 420 releases!!!).

    However, 2011 was conversely (perversely?) the BEST year for NEW TV shows in our lifetimes. . . .

    • CPav February 20, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      Extremely good point, Gary. I hadn’t made the connection between television quality and movie shortfall before, but off the top of my head, I can’t argue against it.

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