The Oscar Project
It may very well be Friday the 13th this week, but there's no reason to dread with some decent films hitting theaters. There are a few that look like Oscar contenders and some hidden gems in the limited release listings.
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I'm not entirely sure hoe I'm supposed to do an extended write up on this film. It's a horror film set a Christmastime so I'm sure it will ignite many discussions about whether it is a Halloween film or a Christmas film like The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait, no it won't, because by next week, no one will ever talk about it again.
It has the producer of Get Out and Halloween attached to it which is designed to draw fans of those movies to see it but I don't see much of a draw other than that. Oh, Cary Elwes is in it so that could be a plus.
Basically we've seen this a million times before. A group of young girls, sorority sisters this time, are being chased by a mysterious killer and they have to fight back to save themselves.
Jumnaji: The Next Level
I was pleasantly surprised by the remake that came out a few years ago. There was just enough newness in the film to make it feel fresh, but also a few good callbacks to the original 1995 film starring Robin Williams.
The good thing is that the cast is back from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but this time the in game characters are inhabited by different real world people. This obviously creates new twists since Kevin Hart's in game character is now inhabited by Danny Glover while Danny DiVito inhabits Dwayne Johnson's Dr. Smolder Bravestone. The reveal of who was in whose body at the beginning of the previous film was hilarious, and this version only seems to up the ante a little in that department.
The crew is warned that not everyone will leave the game alive this time and it's nice to see new locales including snowy mountains and desert landscapes, beyond the familiar jungle. Rest assured there will be plenty of action in this one to go around.
It's been over twenty years since the Centennial Park bombing that took place during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, but I can still remember the controversy that surrounded those events like they were yesterday. This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, depicts those events, focusing on the man who found the bomb and alerted authorities before being accused of placing the bomb himself.
Much like the events of the time, there is some controversy around this film, specifically in its depiction of reporter Kathy Scruggs. The film apparently takes some license with her character offering sexual favors to a source in exchange for information, something her newspaper said never happened.
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?