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February 2010, in review

In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of February…

Books I read (2/10 – 20%):
Heaven Is Small by Emily Schultz | Originally published 2009

Films I saw (19/52 – 36.5%):
Whip It | Originally released 2009
24 Hours On Craigslist | Originally released 2005
The Princess And The Frog | Originally released 2009
The Secret of Kells | Originally released 2009
An Education |  Originally released 2009
Invictus | Originally released 2009
The Blind Side | Originally released 2009
The Hurt Locker | Originally released 2009

Albums I bought (22/52 – 42.3%):
Next Year In Zion by Herman Düne (vinyl) | Originally released 2008
Realism by The Magnetic Fields (CD + vinyl)
The Beatles Stereo Box Set | Originally released 2009

Shows I attended (7/52 – 13.5%):
The Magnetic Fields (w/ Laura Barrett) @ Queen Elizabeth II Theatre; February 8, 2010
The Hidden Cameras, Owen Pallett, Thomas, Kids On TV, The Barcelona Pavilion, Mean Red Spiders, Neck a.k.a. Christiana, Boars @ The Garrison; February 14, 2010

Best animated feature film of the year

Coraline (Focus Features)
This is, in my mind, the first time that The Oscars have had serious contention in this category since Pixar started making feature length films. Coraline is incredible. I haven’t read the story by Neil Gaiman, but from what I hear, it’s brilliant, and this story of a young girl who is disillusioned with the real world, finds a portal to a mirror world, where everything is what she could hope for… or so she thinks. Hidden intentions are basis of this story, whether it’s the evil hidden intentions in the mirror world, or the good intention that her real parents can’t seem to express, until too late. This film is definitely a treat.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (20th Century Fox)
I really enjoy Wes Anderson films, especially Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore (the others are good, but not as good). Fantastic Mr. Fox is a return to form, and perhaps his second best film, after Rushmore.

The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney)
I have no interest in watching this, but I just noticed that it’s executive produced by John Lasseter, and I trust him, he made Pixar what it is. I’m off to download (you can assume that means on iTunes or another paid service).

Hmm, it’s is kinda boring. It’s very much a formulaic Disney animated feature.

The Secret of Kells (GKIDS)
Wow, this film was pretty damn horrible. It seemed like an 85 minute long cut scene from a crappy video game. The animation style’s not too terrible for flash-based animation, while it looks like flash, and feels like flash, some of the character design is really interesting, seemingly lifting from Yellow Submarine. This is definitely a children’s movie, but it makes me wonder why the Academy didn’t nominate Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Up (Walt Disney)
Hmm, I wonder which film is going to win? Is it the only one nominated for Best Picture? Probably, but also rightfully! This film is incredible, and deserves all the respect in the world. I’ll write more in the best picture post, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this film.

Who Adam wants to win: Up
Who Adam thinks will win: Up