Let’s Go to the Movies!
Do you have any favorite movies from 2017? It is time to start thinking about what movie or movies really made an impact from last year. Oscar season is quickly approaching, and on Tuesday, January 24th, the Oscar nominations will be out.
Oscar nominations are always interesting because they are for movies released in 2017. However, most of the movies are just now coming out around the country. How is that possible? According to the Oscar rules, films have to be released in a Los Angeles theater for seven consecutive days between Jan 1-Dec 31 of the calendar year prior to the upcoming awards. That’s right! Most of the movies nominated will have only been shown in LA for one week in 2017! The good news is that you can now see most of them around the country in January 2018.
With that being said, my friend and I try to predict what movies will be nominated so we can try and get a headstart on seeing them before the big show, which will air this year on March 4, 2018.
Our predictions with trailers are listed (a rating has been added for the ones I have seen):
The Shape of Water – Set in the ’60s, a young cleaning lady, who is mute, develops a bond with a sea creature who is not being treated fairly by the government. The movie explores the development of this unique relationship of misunderstood beings. Cast Highlights: Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer
The Phantom Thread -Set in London in the ’50s, a famous dressmaker is a confirmed bachelor and has women coming in and out of his life until he meets a young woman who becomes his muse and lover. Being in love, throws the dressmaker for a loop as he is no longer in control of his life. Cast Highlights: Daniel Day-Lewis Note: This film is being advertised as his last movie.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – ∗∗∗∗∗ This movie will take you through the range of emotions that all good movies should do! The movie is set after a murder has taken place, and the person who did it has not been found. In fact, the town has moved on. The mother of the girl who was murdered isn’t going to stand for the case to go cold. She goes to great lengths to get the attention of the police in hopes of finding the killer. Cast Highlights: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abby Cornish, and Lucas Hedges (also in Lady Bird, and was in last year’s Oscar nominated movie Manchester by the Sea)
The Darkest Hour – ∗∗∗∗∗ Winston Churchill became Prime Minister after WWII started, and he wasn’t very popular with his party and even the King of England. However, he defied the odds and rallied the troops even with his advisors against him. This movie will inspire leaders to know that sometimes it is OK to make an unpopular decision when doing it for the right reasons. Cast Highlights: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn
Dunkirk – ∗∗∗∗ This movie was a great action movie, but I only gave it four stars because there really isn’t much dialogue. If I hadn’t seen The Darkest Hour before seeing Dunkirk, I would have been lost. This is a part of WWII that I didn’t know much about before seeing both movies. I definitely suggest seeing The Darkest Hour first so you can learn about the decisions made regarding Dunkirk. Then definitely see Dunkirk because it gives a realistic viewpoint of the war. The Allied Forces were trapped on the Dunkirk Beach and on the verge of being wiped out. The Navy and civilian boats came to the rescue and saved the Allied Forces from being eliminated. Note: This movie is on DVD.
The Post – ∗∗∗∗ Set in the early ’70s, The Washington Post is trying to catch up to The New York Times as a true competitor in the field of news. The Washington Post has a female publisher, and she isn’t taken seriously. With the politicians trying to rule free speech, the editor and publisher must make some tough choices with the chance of losing the paper and their freedom. Cast Highlights: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, and Bradley Whitford Note: I gave this movie 4 stars. It is an entertaining movie, but it won’t take you through a range of emotions. To be Oscar worthy, I feel there should be more to it. However, this is a great date night movie.
Lady Bird – ∗∗∗∗∗ A strong-willed teenager tries to navigate through her senior year while working through her tumultuous relationship with her mother. Cast Highlights: Saioirse Ronan (was in last year’s movie, Brooklyn), Lucas Hedges, and Laurie Metcalf
Will these be the Oscar nominees? This year’s possible nominees are definitely a must-see, and we can’t wait to see what else will make the list.
Have you seen any of these movies? If so, do you think they should be nominated? Have you seen any other movies in 2017 that you recommend? We would love to hear from you!