While obsessively preparing for awards season/enjoying the trappings of winter, I have noticed a few major trends in the major motion pictures. I believe, so far (I am still missing Her, of course, but soon! amongst a few others) that there are three major buckets for big ticket films this year.
1. Road Movie with a Twist; This bucket will contain Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska. There are a lot of elegant long highway shots, with an ultimately gratifying finish, making the trip tres worthwhile.
2. Rebirth and Salvation; In this bucket you will find 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. Gravity being a top favorite of yours truly, both (similar to the road movie in a way) our protagonists endure, and finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Retro Heist; Of course here we find The Wolf of Wall Street, and…it’s peculiar semi-wannabe cousin (though I love David O. Russel) American Hustle. Wolf was just Scorsese at his finest and strikes a double whammy by hitting the chord of the moment.
Now the real question is; who will win best picture? Votes, predictions? My prediction is; 12 years.
PS: Shout out to the unbucketable Dallas Buyers Club. Huge Fan, and Jared Leto was inspired.