Saturday, February 20, 2010

27 Days of Oscar: Day 13

13 is my lucky number, but day 13 has a lot to live up to because Day 12 may have brought my favorite film of 2009.

"A Prophet" is an incredible morality tale.  It reminded me of Papillon meets The Shawshank Redemption meets Eastern Promises.  In French, of course.  It's the Corsicans v/s the Arabs, with the Corsican advantage.  Watching the shift of power between the Shakespearean "Don" of the prison (Caesar) and our hero (Malik) is incredibly enthralling and entertaining.  We (and Malik) are reminded throughout the film of his initial act of murder which brings him protection and, ultimately, power.  Our hero is now a killer.  (And could've been from the start.  I honestly don't recall being told why he was imprisoned in the first place.  And it doesn't really matter.) Is this truly what it takes be redeemed?  Perhaps it is darkest before the dawn.

Anyway, you must check out this movie.  I intend to watch it one more time before the Oscars.

Tonight, I have decided to watch The Most Dangerous Man in America.  I am dying to dig into the Best Documentary category.

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