* *Persepolis* – if the academy chooses “surf’s up” over Persepolis for best animated feature, i’ll kill myself. this could have so easily been as big of a drag as _Reds_ but the graphic novel look and edgy main character completely saves it. the best part is watching her rock out to Iron Maiden. Takes place in Iran and Vienna through the 1980’s.
* *The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford* – I’m just not that into westerns, I guess. However, I love Casey Affleck and I’m completely baffled as to why he’s considered to be a supporting actor; the entire story is told from his point of view. I guess Brad Pitt _requires_ top billing. Whatever.
* *Elizabeth – The Golden Age* – special bonus: Clive Owen! Gorgeous costumes and Owen manages to pull off one memorable, intimate moment with his future wife, but otherwise it’s an historical drama and not particularly human.
* *No Country For Old Men* – I was kind of meh about this movie overall; not up to the Cohen brothers’ usual snuff. Javier Bardem is certainly creepy and memorable as the antagonist and I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks away with the Oscar tomorrow.
My brain is all but fried, but I still want to see *There Will Be Blood* before tomorrow evening.