The Oscar Project
Our two wide releases this week are both sequels to very popular and successful films, both with some connection to Halloween.
First up is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to 2014's Maleficent. Then we have Zombieland: Double Tap, the follow up to 2009's Zombieland and a direct reference to one of Columbus's famous rules from the first film.
Check out these films this weekend and see where I see potential for Oscar nominations.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Picking up several years after the events in Maleficent, Angelina Jolie is back as the title character with Elle Fanning also returning as her "Little Beastie" Princess Aurora and they are joined by Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith who claims Aurora are her own daughter.
Not only is Maleficent facing the possibility of her dear Aurora marrying, but she must face off against the ruthless queen who seems bent on bringing destruction on Maleficent and her domain. The visuals here look just as stunning as they were in the previous film and I am excited to find out at the end of the trailer that Maleficent may not be the only one of her kind. The true question will be where the loyalties lie, with her own people, or with the girl she raised.
Zombieland: Double Tap
I'm never one to run out and see the latest zombie movies hitting theaters, but I am actually looking forward to this one. I never saw the original when it came out in 2009, but did check it out recently in preparation for this release. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It was funny, self-referential enough, and kept me entertained for an hour and a half.
That said, I'm glad to see the directorial and writing team is back, along with the main cast. Part of what worked the first time around was the cast, being so different from each other, yet ultimately coming together in the end. Just like in real time, it appears a decade has passed since the events of the first film, and the foursome is still together, just with more Oscar nominations (and wins) to their names. Interestingly, Breslin and Harrelson were the only two that had been nominated for Oscars before the first film, and now all four have at least received a nomination, with Stone being the only one to win.
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?