The Oscar Project
Well, since I've been posting these weekly nominee watch updates, I think this is the first time there haven't been ANY wide releases hitting theaters all week. There were not big releases on Wednesday and nothing tomorrow so I decided to hitch the image for this post to the biggest movie that will be on screens this weekend.
Yes, you see that correctly, Schindler's List is getting a 25th anniversary re-release for one day this weekend. It is limited so not in thousands of theaters across the country, but chances are there may be one or two theaters in your area showing it tomorrow.
Why should you see this film that's a quarter century old? Because it's still a moving look at the history of the Nazi exploitation and murder of the Jewish people during WWII. Arguably one of Spielberg's best films, it was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning in seven categories including Best Picture, Best Director (Spielberg), and Best Original Score (John Williams).
I have only seen Schindler's List once before, I believe around the time I was in high school and studying the holocaust. I know it didn't have the effect on me then as it will now when I re-watch it, especially given the hate and torture that still goes on in the world, something I was largely blind to in my teen years.
This is a long one. If you're planning to check it out at the theater tomorrow, be prepared to sit tight for more than three hours! It's not going to be fun, in fact it will probably be emotionally draining, but this is a film that people still need to see. If you do see it, use the time in the theater to reflect on the world we live in today. Think about how it is different than the one Oskar Schindler lived in but also how some things haven't changed on bit.
I also urge you to check out this short Variety article from April 2018 with quotes from Spielberg and Liam Neeson (Schindler) about the film after seeing it in full for the first time since the original release.
Alas, Schindler's List is not eligible for any Oscar nominations since it is a re-release.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?