It's that time of year again! The time when film fanatics quibble over Oscar nominations and gather at their local AMC Theater for their annual Best Picture Showcase, a two-day event that gives attendees a chance to see all the films nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Picture.
Last year's event was the first time I'd attended, and despite a few problems with the quality of the prints shown, it was such a blast that it is now a yearly tradition for my friend Chris and I. The AMCBPS is an awesome event for movie buffs, even if we don't agree with the Academy's choices.
Unlike last year, I hadn't seen a single one of the nine pictures nominated for Best Picture. This not only made me more anxious to see everything for the first time, but it levels the playing field a bit since I haven't had weeks or months to digest a particular film and develop a bias towards it. Sadly, part of the reason I haven't seen any of the films nominated is that I had no interest in half of them to begin with, but you never know when a surprise - good or bad - might be in store when it comes to movies.