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Catching up with Oscar picks

February 7, 2011 - Bennet Goldstein
I’m finally getting around to seeing a few of the Oscar-nominated films as last week I took in both “Winter’s Bone” and “The Social Network,” which are both out on DVD. Both are up for best film but it appears “The Social Network” will have its hands full against “The King’s Speech.” Let’s start with “Winter’s Bone.” The film is set in the backwoods in Missouri and provides a snapshot of life in rural America. It follows a young girl in search of her father. It stars Jennifer Lawrence who gives a great performance. The movie overall I would give a 7.5 out of 10. It was worth a rent but I don’t feel the need to see it again. “The Social Network” is getting some critical acclaim and it is deserved. The film based on the story of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg receives an 8 out of 10 in my book. Definitely worth a rent but I only have a slight urge to see it again. The only other best film nominee I have seen is “Inception” which ranks about the same as “The Social Network” and stands as an 8 in my ranking. I still have to see “The King’s Speech” and others in the running for awards. Overall I think it was a decent year in movies but not spectacular. So what is my pick for one of the best year in movies in recent memory? I have to go with 1995, a year when even the epic “The Shawshank Redemption” couldn't win best film. It lost to another classic you may have heard of called “Forrest Gump.”


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