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As you all know, this Sunday brings us the Academy Awards. I was too far behind to comment on the best films of 2010 in December, but a few months grace-period(!) has allowed me to catch up and compile some Mockingbird Oscar picks: films that succeed on their own terms artistically, without turning a blind eye to our favorite themes (judgment and love, guilt and absolution/forgiveness, the quagmire of identity formation, redemption in suffering, the level-playing field of original sin, the bondage of the will, addiction, Jesus, resurrection, grace, grace, grace, etc). Fortunately, the two are seldom mutually exclusive, reality being what it is. In fact, as CNN picked up on, this year had more quality Grace in Practice-friendly films than any in recent memory – Get Low, King’s Speech, and Toy Story 3 stand out particularly in that regard.
Disclaimer: The major releases I still haven’t seen are Winter’s Bone and Another Year. Also, it should go without saying that all of these movies have ratings, and that regardless of how non-glorifying/real they may be, if frank depictions of sex and drugs make you uncomfortable (which is perfectly valid!), don’t watch Blue Valentine or The Fighter, respectively. The King’s Speech has plenty of bad language, and True Grit some serious violence. Toy Story 3 has a scary bear (and clown).
The King’s Speech. Again, feel-good does not always mean trite. The performances really sold it for me – the sets didn’t hurt.
And – why not – Inception. In one fell swoop, Christopher Nolan exposes The Matrix trilogy for the lame-fest it was.
So… what are we missing? What are your picks?
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