The Oscar Project
It's time to let it go once more as Frozen II hits theaters this weekend.
We are also getting the long awaited Mister Rogers film and a new police drama starring Chadwick Boseman.
Be sure to also check out the limited releases for some documentaries that have been submitted for Oscar consideration and a few small releases with some big name stars.
A new police drama starring Chadwick Bosemen in his first major role since Black Panther brings us the story of a detective investigating the killing of eight police officers during a robbery. Boseman plays Andre Davis, an up and coming police detective who became a police officer to deal with the loss of his officer father when he was just a boy.
Davis's plan to flush out the killers is to shut down the island of Manhattan by closing all 21 bridges (hence the title), three rivers, and four tunnels that lead out of the city. It is a race against time since the city of New York cannot remain closed come morning, so he has precious little time to find the killers and bring them in.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Just hearing the opening notes of the famous theme song that began each of the hundreds of episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood brings me right back to sitting on the couch in the mornings, eating my breakfast, and waiting impatiently for the show to come on our local PBS station. I honestly don't know how many episodes I've seen, but I feel like I've watched every single one.
In a time where there weren't as many options for educational programming as today, Mister Rogers was the mainstay of my early education, even more than Sesame Street or Captain Kangaroo. I loved the characters that Rogers brought to life in the Land of Makebelieve and understood even at a young age that the world he created was a safe space to explore my feelings and understand my place in the world.
I fully expect to need a full box of tissues when I watch this film and wouldn't be surprised to see it receive several nominations come Oscar time. Tom Hanks is always good for potential nominations and this role may be the best yet from his storied career. The story could get a nominations for screenplay and I wouldn't be surprised if a Best Director and/or Best Picture nomination came from here as well.
In one of the most popular films to come out of Disney Animation Studios in years, Frozen captured the hearts of little girls around the world in 2014. I was fortunate enough to have a little girl just the right age who wanted to be Elsa and ran around the house for months in a blue dress, singing "Let It Go" at the top of her lungs.
Now the crew of Elsa, her sister Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and of course Olaf are back for a new adventure. Elsa has learned to trust her sister and not push her away after the events of the first film. But there is a new threat to the kingdom of Arendelle, and the sisters must work together once more to protect their kingdom.
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?