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Oscar 2011

This year, ten films are nominated for the award of Best Picture. I present to you in order of worst to best.

10. Winter’s Bone

This film is the reason why the Academy Awards should not have been extended to ten films. Here we have a boring film about a girl wandering from house to house asking, “Have you seen my daddy?”

9. The Social Network

Meh. It’s an okay film, but it’s surely not as AMAZING as everyone was saying it is. It’s an interesting tale, and it’s well filmed, and it’s well acted, but nothing in there is special. Worth watching at least.

8. 127 Hours

I wrote about this film earlier this year. I’ll say it again, decent film, not worth the fuss, James Franco’s not the right person for the role.

7. The Kids Are All Right

This is the point where the films start to get really good. This is the story of a family falling apart and the difficulty of marriage. The film watches well, and it’s another excuse to see Julianne Moore’s nipples, is there a single film where her shirt stays on? All five leads are excellent, and there’s not a moment that’s uninteresting.

6. The Fighter

Batman AND Marky Mark! Amazing. I really dug this film, it was interesting, but it left me asking the one question I ask about boxing films… why would anyone in their right mind want to be a boxer?

5. Inception

I think Inception was the first of the films I saw. I was bored one day. A friend said I should go see it. I watched the trailer. It looked like crap. I didn’t go see it.

Later, another friend invited me to join her for the film, and I figured, “why not?” Mostly because that friend is awesome. So we went to the see the film. Surprise, it was awesome! It’s a fun romp, and interesting, both the visuals and the narrative.

Also, Claire adds, “Leo’s hot.”

4. The King’s Speech

Hooray for films about the monarchy! Hooray for films with Colin Firth! Hooray for films with Helena Bonham Carter! Hooray for films with Geoffrey Rush!

Carter’s performance as Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum, not the reigning monarch) was excellent.

3. Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is not a kids’ movie, definitely not, certainly not. For one, it’s scary! For another reason, it’s really about interpersonal relationships… between toys. The film follows the formula of the previous two Toy Story films, in which toys are stranded away from home, and have to get back, but this time the difference is that this story has even more depth than the first two, which aren’t shallow films. I need to watch this again.

2. True Grit

Another film I wrote about previously. This is a damn good film, and while Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon are fabulous in this film, Hailee Steinfeld steals the show. Steinfeld’s performance is stellar. If it wasn’t for Black Swan, this should win, hands down.

1. Black Swan

But there is Black Swan and we cannot ignore the brilliance of this film. While I’m not a big fan of Darren Aronofsky, I cannot, without a doubt, deny how amazing this film is. The visual storytelling uses the medium of film better than any of these other films, it is the best example of great cinema. Visually this film is stunning, upsetting, and uncomfortable all at the same time. While it’s a film I will probably never want to watch again, I think everyone should see this.

Black Swan

When I was invited out to see one of the new buzz films Black Swan, I really had no idea what to expect. I had heard the name bandied about, always with something good to say, and I had seen that it was a ballet film, but I hadn’t even seen the trailer. After watching the trailer, I was underwhelmed, but I felt the same way based on the trailer for Inception, and was blown away by the film. Black Swan did the same. Who would’ve thought a ballet film could be this good?

Black Swan is about a ballet dancer in a major metropolis’ company, forever dancing on the side, never getting the spotlight she desires. She’s made the lead, Swan Queen, in the company’s new production of Swan Lake. The shy, timid girl is reluctant to stand up for herself, unwilling to let go of herself, but must do both of those to embody the Black Swan. Duelling personalities are at stake within her, as she must embody both the White and Black Swans, and that inner-turmoil drives her to insanity, and beyond.

To say this film is creepy and at points unwatchable is an understatement, but while you’re flinching away at the screen, you need to know what other torment and trauma is around the corner. The film defines the word “riveting” and is near perfect. The only thing that bothered me about the film was the severity of the shaky camerawork. Portman’s performance was incredible.