For those who are into the Oscar race, we are in the thick of it and there are many movies to look at with a possibility to get some of that gold. This is an exciting race because there is no front-runner and everything is up in the air in almost every major category. Some movies are in the mix that you have probably heard about, including Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Get Out, and Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And then, there are those you may not have heard about, or if you have, it’s just once. So, here are those sneaky films to watch when the nominations come for the next month before the major awards are released.
This is out and this is must see being emphasized because it is worth your money. Actress Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) directs her film about a senior high school student (Saoirse Ronan) reluctantly moving to Sacramento and enduring one year in a Jesuit high school. It follows her trials and funs around handsome boys, different girlfriends, and her strong-willed mother. This coming-of-age comedy about life in the late teens are exploring what it will mean to become an adult is the most-reviewed film to date to stay at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s no fluke. It’s funny, sad, and very nostalgic for the early 2000s setting. And, of course, Saoise Ronan is fantastic all around.
Call Me By Your Name
One of the boyfriends in Lady Bird is played by breakthrough actor Timothée Chalamet, the American-French dynamo who is a suave rockstar in that film and an innocent 17-year-old from Italy who becomes smitten with an American student (Armie Hammer) who stays over one summer. It is this year’s gay-friendly love affair and it is somber from beginning to end. Don’t be turned off by the subject because it is a universal feeling for those who love these star-crossed love tales regardless of sexual orientation. It is mesmerizing and unforgettable.
The Florida Project
Finally, there is director Sean Baker’s story of a 6-year-old girl living in a motel with her mother in Kissimmee, right next to Walt Disney World. She has her frolics while her mother, who is unemployable because of sketchy past and carefree attitude, tries to make ends meet almost any way possible. The most notable actor, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), is the manager and forced guardian of the girl when the mother is out doing God-knows-what, and it’s probably the best performance of the bunch. But, it is a touching tale of a childhood restricted to the confines of an area so close, yet so far away from the real fantasy world where thousands of tourists a day go to. It is very easy to fall in love with Moonee, the six-year-old who takes on her own adventures while her mother is gone.
Other films you probably know about include The Disaster Artist and the infamous behind-the-scenes story of The Room, Spielberg’s last-second release of The Post, and Ridley Scott’s rapid recast and reshoot of All The Money In The World. But, do not sleep on these quiet independent films that have emerged to come out on top. Remember Moonlight? The Oscar voters have come around to love this semi-studio production instead of the major ones like Warner Brothers, Paramount, or 20th-Century Fox. If it in theaters still or awaiting DVD release, go seek it out. They are just as incredible as $150 million produced action movies we have been seeing.