We thought we would give Throwback Thursday a try. Often movies don’t get accolades and awards but are still powerful or highly enjoyable. As we’ve mentioned before, there does seem to be a machine in Hollywood and if you are on the wrong side of it your film can totally fall through a crack. This week we are only going back 10 years to 2009. Try streaming one of these throwback movies.
The 2009 Academy Award nominees for Best Film were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and the winner Slumdog Millionaire. In 2009, The Academy was still only nominating 5 movies for best picture. The next year they added more nominees to make the show more exciting for everyone. Although this sounds like a good idea, they still nominate art house films that have limited distribution. The problem is not the movies but the limited distribution. We are still trying to figure out why even after a Best Picture nomination, these films do not get wider distribution. This makes it difficult for most people to see the nominees.
After 10 years of reflection, I would say that Gran Torino and Definitely, Maybe have stood the test of time. Gran Torino was supposed to be the last movie in which Clint Eastwood was going to act. It is a powerful movie about racism and aging. Eastwood gives an amazing performance in a movie that sparks genuine conversation. Surprisingly, this movie was ignored by the Academy. Sometimes you wonder – are we supposed to ignore an actor’s politics and appreciate them for their art? But from what I can see, that is not how the acting community behaves.
Definitely, Maybe is just a bit of fluff. But if it’s on, I’ll stop and watch it. Ryan Reynolds couldn’t be cuter, and Abigail Breslin is positively adorable. Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz (The Favourite, not our favorite) and Isla Fisher (Tag) are excellent as the three former love interests. It’s a sweet movie that demonstrates that everything that happens in your life helps you become the right person when it is the right time.