It’s been almost a decade since the number of Best Picture nominees was fixed at ten instead of varying between five and ten. If you’ve been watching Netflix shows instead of Oscar candidates, you’ll have a lot of catching up to do. As a result, these are the movies you need to see if only to be amazed by their brilliance or horrified by its victory.
The Power of the Dog
Slate film reviewer Dana Stevens thinks Jane Campion’s picture is one of the year’s greatest, with 12 Best Picture and Best Director nominations. As a bonus, this is Campion’s return to the big screen in 12 years and her first Academy Award nomination since 1994’s The Piano.
The story revolves around two Montana ranchers (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, both of whom have been nominated for Oscars) whose shaky friendship is put to the test when one of them marries a widow from the town (Kirsten Dunst, nominated for Best Supporting Actress). The movie may be seen for free on Netflix.
West Side Story
Some of the changes made in Steven Spielberg’s film version of the mid-century musical classic are more effective than others in bringing it into the twenty-first century. With Ariana DeBose in it, it’s a classic illustration of Hollywood excess.
She earned an Academy Award for her role as DeBose, but she is still a formidable bombshell who can knock her boxing partner down with a single awful stare. Even Tony Kushner, who is unable to preserve any of the original words, is unable to stop the film’s jaw-dropping confidence from taking over. Take a trip to the movies.
Is Paul Thomas Anderson a multi-award-winning filmmaker? In fact, “none” is correct. You’re accurate, but you may also feel dissatisfied about this. I recommend going to watch the eight-time loser’s latest film. An innocent coming-of-age tale with an abrasive core, it’s all that and more. In the words of Dana Stevens, “movie star in the making” as Alana Haim makes her feature film debut. Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, and Sean Penn round out the ensemble. It’s on the big screen.
Richard Williams’ portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father is worth watching, no matter how off the focus is. His Oscar-nominated performance as Will Smith, the film’s protagonist, appeals to the Academy’s most primal urges.
The credits illustrate Richard’s transformation from a smack-talking firebrand to a survivor, providing a quick glimpse into his actual nature. The performers are unable to produce despite their best efforts. This time, doing the right thing took precedent above everything else. It is not available in any brick-and-mortar retailers.
Don’t Look Up
Today, Adam McKay’s ridiculous movie about climate change is less likely to win Best Picture than it was yesterday. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to merely avoid seeing it, either. Because it is one of Netflix’s most popular films, this movie is more likely to have been viewed than any other on our list. Why not begin with the most deserving candidates? Netflix may be accessed in this situation.
Drive My Car
The film directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi won several accolades, including best foreign film, best director, best screenplay, and best visual effects for his efforts. Six-hour Japanese film Parasite, about a theater director coping with the death of wife by reenacting the role of Uncle Vanya, has two hours and twenty minutes left.
If you don’t mind the film’s length or the fact that it’s only available in cinemas, you’ll like it. In the film, Haruki Murakami’s poetic short stories are a source of inspiration. The film is now playing in theaters.
For the first time ever, an animated feature picture directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen was nominated in three categories. Every single category in which this product falls falls short, but it still ranks well. You can watch it for free on Hulu or purchase or rent it from Amazon Prime Video if you’re a Prime member.
Following the absence of The Dark Knight from this year’s Best Picture nominees, the Academy has opted for more sensitive character studies rather than big blockbusters. In the best of all possible worlds, Dune is both. Adapting Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic for the big screen was dangerous because there was no guarantee of a sequel.
Although HBO Max was available throughout the epidemic, the movie did well. As much as we love to see personal dramas in the comfort of our own living rooms, Dune recognizes that there is a certain value in seeing films in their original context. It’s possible to get a digital copy of the work.
Summer of Soul
What kind of ruckus did you hear? As a fascinating documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival, a summer concert series that featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, as well as the Staples Singers, the music begs that the volume be increased.
In the film’s tagline, Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson captures an untelevised “revolution” in a chaotic concert clip. Streaming for free or purchasing the digital download of this film is an option on Hulu.
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