Sunday, January 4, 2009

25 Movies EW Thinks I Should See

I really should be writing an awesome review about Slumdog Millionaire...mainly because I really loved the movie. Secondly, I do believe it is my duty as a film geek and critic to inform everyone about the small movies out there. Unfortunately, I still have yet to put together the proper collection of words to describe the joy I had watching the movie, so I'm sorry. If you haven't gathered, I think everyone should check out Slumdog Millionaire. It's getting awards buzz like crazy, so I'm sure it will be in theatres everywhere soon enough.

But enough of that! This blog is about the little mini-article Entertainment Weekly releases every January telling me (and all the other readers) what movies they should see before the Academy Awards. Last year was just miserable for me; I'd only seen nine. This year is no better (the ones I've seen are in bold), but I have some serious plans for my birthday week, so I will update you on my progress as the month goes by.

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. Milk
  4. Frost/Nixon
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Doubt
  7. Revolutionary Road
  8. WALL-E
  9. The Wrestler
  10. Gran Torino
  11. The Reader
  12. Rachel Getting Married
  13. Changeling
  14. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  15. Tropic Thunder
  16. Happy-Go-Lucky
  17. The Visitor
  18. I've Loved You So Long
  19. Frozen River
  20. Nothing But the Truth
  21. Man on Wire
  22. Synedoche, New York
  23. The Duchess
  24. Defiance
  25. Australia

These are usually done in order of importance, so seeing the first 10 should cover you for the big awards. The writers at Entertainment Weekly are definitely not the end-all, be-all, but they have a great track record. The Oscars air Sunday, February 22, so get crackin'! If you're not so interested in the Oscars, it's at least a good list to add to your Netflix queue.


Mandi said...

I've seen the same ones you have (minus Australia), but really want to see most of the ones in the top 10, so when you're ready to go, give me a call!!!

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

I actually saw Slumdog Millionaire - it was really wonderful, but I also understand how you could be at a loss for words. I think I've missed most of the others on the Oscar lists, will have to see what is available for rental.

Kimberly said...

That's alright, I've only seen The Dark Knight and WALL-E, though there are many more on the list I'd like to see. Although, I'm don't have a film degree to live up to. :-P