With the 2011 movie award season kicking off this Sunday night with the Golden Globes, I wanted to share with you my own recommendations about a few movies that may have slipped under your radar. Here are three movies that you should make sure to check out because of the beauty and passion that pervades each of them.
If you liked A History of Violence try…. A Dangerous Method: Director David Cronenberg artfully explores complex questions about sexual taboos and destructive urges. This compelling film tells of how Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) destroys his relationship with his mentor, Sigmund Freud (Golden Globe nominee Viggo Mortinsten), after having an affair with one of his disturbed, but alluring patient,Sabrina Spielrein (Keira Knightly). Cronenberg uncovers the temptation, betrayal, and ambition of this historic trio who shaped the development of modern psychoanalysis.
If you liked Goodfellas try….Devil’s Double: In his telling of this true story, Lee Tamahori reveals the atrocities that Latif Yahia had to witness as the body double of Saddam Hussein’s son. This film shows the brutality, betrayal, and self-indulgence of Baghdad’s royal family. It is fascinating to watch Dominic Cooper play both the selfless Latif Yahia, who endures the inhumane treatment of the Hussein family to protect his own family, and the egotistic Uday Hussein, psychotically mistreats everyone surround him for his own pleasure.
If you liked Blue Valentines try…Like Crazy: This heart-wrenching story reveals the struggles of first love and long distance relationships. Anna, a British exchange student, and Jacob, her American classmate, fall madly in love, but their romance is put to the test when Anna cannot re-entering the US after she violates her visa. With its authentic display of raw emotion, this film reveals the ugly truth that bring in love isn’t always enough to keep people together when uncontrollable circumstances interfere. Its close look at the unidealized side of love is a breath of fresh air compared to the countless romantic comedies that so regularly flood Hollywood box offices.
I also really loved Midnight in Paris, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and My Week with Marilyn, and am crossing my fingers that these phenomenal movies win big in Sunday night’s award show.