February is usually one of my favorite months of the year. Not only do we usually have a lot of Oscar scenarios to which to look forward but it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day! This is the month of love, people! Admittedly, pre-COVID, this was also the month when I would usually take my vacation and get out of town for a while. My vacation’s going to be a little bit later this year, though.
What am I looking forward to this month? Well, there’s always a chance of snow! Of course, last year, it snowed in February and we ended up going without power for a week. That was a difficult time for a lot of people down here in Texas. It really wasn’t that difficult for me, though. I kind of enjoyed the snow. Even without the lights, I could still read a book late at night because of the light reflecting off of all the snow. That was kind of fun. But I should probably be careful about admitting that too loudly.
Anyway, here are eight things to which I am looking forward in February! What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll send some snow your way. (And by snow, you mean cocaine, right? No, I mean metaphorical snow. Wait a minute, who am I talking to?)
- The Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations will finally be announced on February 8th! With any luck, I will be posting my personal nominations on the 7th. I have a lot of movies left to watch and I know I’m probably going to miss out on a few because there’s only so many hours during the day. That sucks but I’m going to do my best, I promise.
2. The Winter Olympics
Am I looking forward to the Olympics? On the one hand, I am because I’m love ice skating and curling and all of that good stuff. On the other hand, I’m like, “This is the most problematic Olympics of my lifetime.” I know that some people believe that we should have totally boycotted the Olympics this year. I don’t agree with that because that wouldn’t accomplish much beyond punishing our athletes. Instead, as a proud Irish-Italian-Spanish-American, I will be cheering on all of our athletes, even the really obnoxious ones and I will also be hoping that the coverage of the games will be honest when discussing why they are so controversial this year.
3. Death on the Nile
Speaking of controversy ….. Death on the Nile is finally getting released! First, it was delayed by COVID. Then it was delayed by Armie Hammer. I’m just curious to see how it does at the box office. Personally, I like the idea of Kenneth Branagh playing Poirot and solving murders. To me, it’s interesting that he directed this film before Belfast but it’ll be opening at a time when it’s success or failure could effect Belfast’s Oscar campaign.
Cyrano is apparently going to finally get a wide release on February 25th. I guess the hope is that it’ll pick up some Oscar nominations and, when it opens, everyone will be like, “Finally! We can see what the Academy is so excited about!” I hate platform releases but I’m still looking forward to finally seeing Cyrano.
5. Marry Me
This looks like the best romantic comedy of 2004! Seriously, sometimes you see a trailer for a movie that is so destined to be bad that you just have to watch it.
6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
My Marry Me comments apply here as well, except for the romantic comedy part. Don’t worry. If this latest reboot/sequel doesn’t work, they’ll just try again in 2024. Many years ago, someone got mad at me because I pointed out that no one would care about a Vermont Chainsaw Massacre. I stand by that opinion.
7. Super Bowl Sunday
Yes, I watched a bit of football in January. It was an experiment to see if I could get into the sport. It turns out that I can’t. But I’m still looking forward to the Super Bowl commercials and the trailers and the tweets! Always, the tweets….
8. Valentine’s Day
I love Valentine’s Day and I never quite get the bitterness that it seems to inspire in some people. Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever been single on Valentine’s Day, either.
As for what I’m not looking forward to in February …. the return of Celebrity Big Brother. Ugh. I’ll watch it but that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to it.