As I was telling someone, a film like A Mighty Heart is a tremendous benefit of an endeavor like ours.  I most likely would never have seen the movie if not for our shebang, and while I didn’t like it quite as much as Brian or John, it is definitely an above average movie.

As a general rule, I don’t like documentaries, so it is perhaps surprising that I liked A Mighty Heart at all.  But as with United 93 (which Brian touched on in his post), I found the film incredibly taut, for the most part.  I thought the movie started sagging a bit over the last quarter or so.  Also, it isn’t as big a deal, but that little child they kept showing creeped the heck out of me.  Not that I don’t understand some reasons she was in there, but I thought the movie would have been better off without her.

I still need to see most of the films being discussed in the Best Actress race, so I can’t really speak yet to whether I think Angelina Jolie should be nominated.  But I agree with John and Brian that she gives a very fine performance.  And for her to justifiably not receive a nomination, it would probably take a very strong year for actresses, if not an extraordinary one, I feel.