This Sunday is Oscar Night and seems like a good time for a Friday Five, as (coincidentally) I’ve seen five of the Best Picture nominees. So far, I have seen:
Black Swan: I’m not sure why, but going in I had the expectation that this movie was going to be more of a wink-nudge self-aware film — but it was played pretty straight up as a psychological thriller. Natalie Portman was intense as the ballerina determined to win the role of a lifetime — overcoming threats from without and within. Good, creepy stuff.
Inception: Christopher Nolan’s convoluted trip was the rare summer blockbuster that asked the audience to actually pay attention through all the effects. Kudos to this film for overcoming my “I hate Leo” tendencies.
Toy Story 3: Another wonderful effort from Pixar. When I saw that they were making a third, I thought “Oh no, they’re pandering…” and I was wrong. Funny and smart as always and say what you will (Kelly), but this film was the only one on the list that made me reach for a tissue.
Winter’s Bone: I liked this movie enough that I actually posted on it last fall. This story of family and adversity in the Ozarks was incredibly well-done and I’m glad that it’s picked up buzz and made it on many folks’ “best” lists.
The Social Network: I’ve been a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s peppery dialog since Sports Night and The American President, so the fact that I enjoyed this movie is probably no surprise. What was astounding is that it played like history. History that all started in way back in 2003. Oof.
Of them, I think Winter’s Bone and The Social Network were the best films, though it seems that any film not named The King’s Speech (which is apparently a good movie, but bad history) is fighting for second place. There’s also an outside chance that I will see The Kids Are Alright before Sunday night, which might make for a Saturday Six, I suppose.
I’m sure we’ll also see True Grit and The King’s Speech in the future. My guess is that I’ll take a pass on 127 Hours and The Fighter.
Which have been your favorites? Which do you think will win?