Here come the academy awards:
Academy Award Nominees
Best Picture Nominees include:
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Unfortunately, I have only seen 2 of the 5: Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed. These were phenomenal films.
The Departed was violent, but compelling. Scorsese worked his magic and I was glued to the screen. After the film, a little old lady sitting behind us asked us if we liked the movie. I replied with "It was pretty intense," and she replied with, "That was the worst movie I've seen in my whole life." It got a little laugh out of me because she was just so cute. But if you're not ready for a violent movie, try Little Miss Sunshine instead.
Little Miss Sunshine was unconventional and hilarious. It had some slightly controversial parts, but this little indie film did an amazing job at creating some great characters and getting the whole theater roaring with laughter. The only thing that bothered me about this film was the locations being out of place on their road trip from Albuquerque, NM to Redondo Beach, CA (which was actually shot on the Ventura pier), but it was a very minor annoyance of an exceptional film.
I would like to see Babel and The Queen, and I really haven't heard anything about Letters of Iwo Jima. I'm sure I'll end up seeing that as well.