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You’re Gonna Love It In Instant!: Oscar Edition

January 29, 2011

With Oscar nominations being mulled over by critics and fans alike, Netflix has capitalized by adding some Oscar winners and prominent nominees to their steaming selections. Oddly, “Oscar-Winning” is one of the view ways that Netflix doesn’t categorize films. Sadly, the should!

An Education. Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike and Alfred Molina star in this critically praised period drama centering around a 17 year old Oxford bound girl on the cusp of womanhood and the constellation of characters inhabiting her orbit. Mulligan (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) gives an affecting performance in this well constructed examination of the age old life vs. formal education question.

Network. Sidney Lumet’s blistering examination of the encroach of trash television predates our current love affair with the genre by three decades. The film, best known for the iconic performance (and posthumous Oscar recipient) of Peter Finch as Howard Beale who’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore. Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall (snubbed this year for Get Low) co-star.

Platoon. There was a time when Charlie Sheen wasn’t dominating headlines because of his foolishness or his incomprehensible success on a lousy sitcom. Oliver Stone’s multi-Oscar winning war drama is unflinching and visually arresting. It also marks the last stand of Tom Berenger’s attempt at leading man status.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2011 3:55 am

    I didn’t really get An Education. A young teenager’s parents letting her do that really didn’t seem plausible to me so that stuck me. However. I have a neverending crush on Carey Mulligan, so it works.

  2. January 30, 2011 9:06 am

    Wasn’t she a rich girl? I chalked it up to indifferent rich girl parenting.

  3. January 31, 2011 2:07 am

    IIRC, she/they weren’t, and he was, which is part of the reason why they let her go.

  4. January 31, 2011 9:48 am

    God. They should have coded things better. I just assumed she was middle class or higher. Hahah. I should have been paying more attention. Thanks for the clarification.

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