The Oscar Project
As if things couldn't get any busier this November, we head into this weekend with at least two films sure to secure Oscar nominations getting wide release.
Along with the wide releases, the list of limited release films grows each week I update my listings as many other films seek to get an official release in Los Angeles in order to become eligible for Academy Awards.
If you're trying to keep up with all these new films, it's going to get increasingly difficult over the next month and a half so strap in and get ready!
A Private War
This is a film expanding into wide release after debuting last week in limited release sees Rosamund Pike playing the role of Marie Colvin, a foreign news correspondent who travels to some of the most dangerous places on the planet to report on atrocities carried out by governments around the world.
This is one of those films that urges viewers to look beyond their own comfortable place in the world and I'm happy something like this is getting a wider release. It won't make a huge dent at the box office, especially with big budget films like Fantastic Beasts (write-up below) and The Grinch in theaters and many more on their way in coming weeks, but it's important to give films like this a proper showing.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
In the anticipated follow-up to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander and brings a crew of your favorite characters from the Harry Potter universe along with him.
If you've seen the first film featuring Newt Scamander, you know that Grindewald showed up at the very end of that film after it was revealed that Graves was actually Grindewald in disguise. Freed from his impersonation, we now get the delight of seeing Johnny Depp take on the role of Gallert Grindelwald, considered the second most dangerous wizard of all time, deferring only to Lord Voldemort himself.
This film will undoubtedly be tremendous fun and a must see for even the casual Harry Potter fan. As a fantasy action film, there will be strong consideration for a Best Visual Effects nomination as well as potential for Production Design, Cinematography, and of course Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. Look for the Harry Potter crew to show up once again at the Oscars in February.
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple who just finished building a big house, but lack the children to fill up their big house so they look at adopting a child from foster care. Little to they know the teen girl the want to adopt also has two younger siblings that must be adopted as well, so they end up with an "instant family."
I had to double check to see if Byrne was the wife in Wahlberg's two Daddy's Home films, but realized that was Linda Cardillini (who I had always misread her name as Cardinelli, but that's a story for another day). Needless to say, I was instantly reminded of the Daddy's Home films when I saw this trailer and struggle to get that out of my head.
This film is being billed as the next generation of heist thriller and it brings several heavy hitters together on screen. With names like Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall, and director Steve McQueen, this film promises to be a non stop drama while at the same time likely dealing with more issues than just the heist at the center of the plot.
The premise here seems simple enough. A group of four women owing debts after the deaths of their husbands plan to carry out the "last job" their husbands had planned in order to pay off the debts. We don't know yet who the debt is to, but the women must forge a bond and work together when the only thing that they have in common is the debt itself, and the loss of their spouses.
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?