The holidays are approaching! Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? I have less than two weeks of work left at this point until I have a good break over Christmas.
I really love this time of year, and one of the reasons why is because it’s the best time of year to go to the movies! Something I haven’t talked about on this blog very much is how much of a cinephile I am. During the summer when my partner and I were living in New Brunswick we went to see a movie pretty much every week, even if there was nothing out we really wanted to see. But this time of year is my favourite because there are all the big holiday releases and all of the Oscar bait movies.
Every year I make sure to see every movie nominated for the Oscars and then my one of my closest friends and I fill out Oscar ballots and compete. Last year we invited all of our friends over and threw a big Oscar viewing party.
In light of this I thought I’d provide a list of some of the movies you should make sure to see over your break if you are like me and take the Academy Awards vey seriously or if you just want to see a good movie.
La La land
I mean how could I not mention La La Land? It’s a front runner for pretty much every award this season. If you want to enjoy yourself and have anything to say about any movie this year I recommend watching it. I’m very much looking forward to it.
Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy promises to be one of the best performances of the year. Unclear how this will fair in awards and whether the other aspects of the movie will hold up as I haven’t seen it. But I think it will all be worth it for Portman’s performance.
To be perfectly honest I hadn’t even heard about this movie until last weekend when I went to see Arrival and it was a trailer beforehand. Now in every prediction for award shows I see this title. I’m on the fence (HA) about it, but will definitely be seeing it.
Elle Fanning really is something else, I’m impressed by her rise and find her career fascinating to watch so I want to see this movie if only for that reason. But I really don’t know much about the film, still considered a possible award-nominee.
Definitely will not be making the awards circuit (it wasn’t submitted in time, purposely I believe) but this film marks a major change in cinema. It is a departure from the typical tropes of Star Wars which could either go really well or really bad. Rumours around reshoots and whether or not those even are that out of the ordinary anymore plague this movie.
A beautiful piece of cinema. I saw this one recently after going to the theatre to see it TWICE only to have it be sold out. I was committed at that point. A poignant film that takes a new look at how we would communicate with aliens if they really came to earth. It’s a study of language in a way but there’s an emotional story behind it. Highly recommend.
I work in children’s entertainment (I know I don’t often discuss my day job) but haven’t actually seen this movie yet. I love a good kids movie and deeply loved Zootopia and Trolls from this year so I’m excited to dive into this one for some lighter fare.
A visual masterpiece. This movie does not have a lot of dialogue or action but I was never bored for a second. The cinematography is stunning, the acting impressive, it was emotional and beautiful and I really did enjoy it.
This should be interesting. I think from seeing the trailer for this movie or and over (good job marketing team) because it’s everywhere I feel like I know A LOT about this movie going into it. That won’t stop me from seeing it but I have low expectations. Either way if you need to see a movie with the family and want a choice everyone will be eager to see… pick this one.
What movie are you looking forward to seeing? Did I miss anything? Let me know what you think of any of these.
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