(Originally published on andPOP)
As someone who basically lives at the movie theatre, this year certainly didn’t disappoint me in terms of movies. From The Hunger Games to The Amazing Spiderman to The Avengers, plenty of film franchises racked up some serious cash at the box office.
While the Academy favours artistic movies over franchises, I personally think some of these films are worthy of Oscar nominations because they are SO GOOD.
Here are five movies I highly suggest you to watch as soon as you can.
From the start, this film had plenty of potential. Having separate films surrounding the main characters, such as Thor, Iron Man and Captain America, what could be more awesome than putting all of them together to fight the evils of Loki?
Unlike the disappointment that was Fantastic Four, this film had everything going for it. From the pacing and the action, to the chemistry between the characters and Robert Downey Jr.’s cool humour, Joss Whedon couldn’t have been a better director/writer for this movie.
I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t normally read comic books (tragic, I know). But considering how this film kept me on my toes from beginning to end, The Avengers could arguably be one of the year’s best movies.
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy started a pop culture phenomenon with the film release of The Hunger Games, the first instalment of the series. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, taking her sister’s place in a televised reality show where teenagers fight to the death.
With few female heroines present in the media, this film certainly brought girl power to the forefront. Lawrence is perfectly cast as she brings the right mix of emotion, intelligence and skill towards her character. If there’s one role model to have ladies and gentlemen, Katniss Everdeen is your girl.
The Dark Knight Rises
In the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga comes The Dark Knight Rises. Eight years after the Joker attacks, Batman aka Bruce Wayne comes out of hiding after the new terrorist leader Bane wrecks havoc in Gotham City.
Packed with an all-star cast of Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few, this film has proven to be more than just another action flick. Like The Dark Knight, Nolan’s movie is packed with plenty of multi-faceted characters and relevant themes such as class, politics and good vs. evil.
The Amazing Spiderman
I’ll admit I was extremely hesitant to see this series come back to life after the disappointment that was Spiderman 3. But despite my somewhat low expectations, I was certainly not disappointed.
Directed by Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield brings just the right amount of cute/nerdiness to Peter Parker as he finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was a young boy. And with real life girlfriend Emma Stone playing love interest Gwen Stacy, the screen presence and the much-needed chemistry between the two characters was definitely there.
In this film, we see deeper side to Daniel Craig’s suave and sexy James Bond as his loyalty to his boss M (Judi Dench) is tested by her past and the villain (Javier Bardem) who wants to ruin her.
This film is amazing because it not only has kickass stunts and adrenaline-pumping action, but the characters are deeper than usual. Craig gives more emotional depth to Bond while Bardem provides a haunting and disturbing performance as the evil Silva.
And let’s not forget Adele’s Skyfall theme song for the film. Not only does it capture the tone of the movie, Adele’s vocals provide a dramatic touch and perfectly reflects the narrative of the film. If I were to place any bets, I’m pretty sure this single will take the Oscar home for Best Original Song.