5 Must See Films With Eyes On The Oscars

So far 2010 had been a pretty disappointing year for cinema, especially main stream cinema. In fact, in my 2010 top ten list there are only 2 films I would consider “Hollywood” films (Hot Tub Time Machine and Inception).  That being said, this year boasts an Oscar season that could go down as one of the greats. Check  out  my list of the must see films of late 2010 after the jump. Trailers are inccluded

5 – The Next 3 Days

This film isn’t on my main list but I couldn’t leave it off all together. With a cast of Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson, it’s a hard movie to ignore. Especially when it’s written and directed by Paul Haggis (In the Valley of Elah, Crash), who has been nominated for a handful Oscars. The film is a crime thriller about a wife who is imprisoned for murder and a husband that will do anything to get her out.  My only fear with this one is that it will focus too much on action and not enough on drama. Hopefully, that will not be the case.

Release date: November 19th

4 – The Fighter

The true story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward who worked his way up from a washed up amature to a professional boxer in the mid-80’s. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Mickey and Christian Bale as his brother and trainer. This will be an interesting role to see Bale in, as it is clearly not his normal cup of tea. I am exited to see him in something that will be more challenging than his normal deadpan characters. David O. Russell directs his first true drama. I love his other films and I am exited to see if he can make a film that does not revolve around his signature silliness.

Release Date: December 10th

3. Hereafter

Clint Eastwood‘s film, Changeling was a beautifully shot film that suffered from horrible writing. Now, thanks to writer Peter Morgan (The Last King Of Scotland, Frost/Nixon) Hereafter might be Eastwood’s best film since Million Dollar Baby. The film is a supernatural drama about a psychic (Matt Damon) and his connection with the dead and is focused on three people and how they are all touched by death in different ways.

Release Date: October 22nd

2. True Grit

The Coen Brothers were made to direct a western, but for this one they are going to take a lot of heat. Leave it to the Coens to do something as controversial as remaking the only film John Wayne ever won an Oscar for. I personally don’t have a problem with this, as there is no chance in hell the Coen Bros would ever make a straight up remake. I trust them to reimagine the film and deliver a unique experience. Oh yeah, if your still not sold, the cast is pretty good too. Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, and Josh Brolin star in a film that could easily win Bridges another best actor award in its second time around.

Release Date: December 25th

1. Black Swan

When Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler wasn’t even nominated for best picture in 2008 I lost all faith in the Academy Awards. To this day – almost 2 years later – I have still not seen a better film. There is no reason to think Black Swan will be any less than a masterpiece, which means that the Academy Awards will probably just ignore it all together. The film is physiological thriller/horror film about rival ballerinas competing for a part in Swan Lake and the cast is absolutely phenomenal. Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Vincent Cassel. Is there anything else to say?

Release Date: December 1st


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