The Oscar Project
Awards season is really starting to heat up as we move through the middle of November. There are three films hitting wide release this weekend that have a good shot at some Oscar nominations.
You'll also find several films getting their qualifying limited releases for nominations in Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Film this weekend. Check out all the details below.
If you've never read Walter Dean Myers's book Monster, you should definitely check it out before watching this film. I know many people read it in school as kids, but I had never picked it up until recently when I saw it was the inspiration for this film.
The book is written in the form of a movie script, written by the young man on trial as an accessory to murder. It explores race relations and the struggles that young men of color face in the prison system, from that direct point of view.
If you saw the two previous film version that were made in the early 2000s, you know they certainly lacked a bit in the plot and character development department. They were not great films by any stretch, but if you were looking for female driven action (which is always in short supply in Hollywood) they were just about the only game in town at that time.
Now the angels are back with a new cast (Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska) along with an updated threat that reflects the world we live in today. Elizabeth Banks, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou join the team as three very different members of the "Bosley" clan.
Ford v. Ferrari
If you're looking for racing action and awesome car driving scenes, look no further than Ford v. Ferrari this weekend. Starring none other than Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Martian) and Christian Bale (Vice, The Dark Knight), the film tells the story of the challenge Ford Motor Company undertook in 1966 to build a car that could best Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
It's great to see two heavyweights step into the ring together with Damon and Bale joining forces for the first time. Damon plays car designer Carroll Shelby (yes, Shelby of the Shelby Mustangs and Shelby Cobras) who is the one tasked with creating the car to take down Ferrari's dominance. Bale in turn plays Ken Miles, the wild driver who is one of the best, but a bit of a hot head.
The Good Liar
It's great to see another strong acting pair here, this time Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and Helen Mirren (Red, The Queen) as a pair of romantics that meet on a online dating service and begin a relationship.
All is not what it seems though when McKellen's character appears to be after his new love's vast fortune rather than love itself. He admits deception to her on their first date, but only in the form of his name. It seems that there is much more deception going on here than meets the eye.
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?