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  • There are ten movies nominated for the coveted "Best Picture" Oscar at this year's 83rd Annual Academy Awards...

  • and tonight, we're going to review each and every one of them! This isMovie Night”!

  • *theme song plays*

  • Hello, and welcome to a special Oscar edition ofMovie Night.” I'm your host, Jonathan Paula.

  • And for the first time since I can remember, I have finally had the opportunity to watch all of the "Best Picture" nominees prior to the award ceremony...

  • which has been even harder lately, since the Academy expanded the field from five movies to ten last year.

  • Tonight, we'll be taking a look at all of them, first with a condensed review from myself, followed up by two comment reveiws from you.

  • At the end of the video, I'll be making my prediction for which movie I think SHOULD win "Best Picture"...

  • and which movie I think WILL win at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which airs live, tomorrow night, on ABC.

  • But let's not waste any more time, and start reviewing these "Best Pictures" from 2010, starting off in alphabetical order, with “127 Hours.”

  • Directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, this film is the incredible true-to-life story of Aron Ralston...

  • a 20-something hiker who finds himself literally between a rock and a hard place when he traps his right arm under a boulder...

  • following an accident in the Moab region of Utah. Much has already been said about Ralston's incredible story...

  • a man forced to amputate his own arm using a multi-tool, to save his own life.

  • But with Boyle's original take on the adventure and James Franco's incredible acting in the lead role...

  • "127 Hours" comes alive in ways I didn't think were possible. In a film where everyone already knows the plot and the ending...

  • and one that spends 80% of its time focusing on a single character in an insolated environment, there is excitement and suspense in every scene.

  • This movie is a remarkable journey through Ralston's mind, at the edge of his own life, and although it's easy to blame him for getting himself into this tough spot...

  • it becomes very hard not to tear up in the final scenes, where he finally does finds rescue.

  • The climatic amputation scene is done rather tastefully, encompassing the right amount of realism and blood to make it believable and dramatic...

  • but not enough to make it gross or uncomfortable. Following in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’s performance and nomination in 2000's "Cast Away"...

  • Franco absolutely becomes his character here, and, no pun intended, single-handedly carries this movie...

  • taking it from what might have been a badly dramatized documentary to a fully fleshed-out "Best Picture" nominee.

  • "127 Hours"- “An epic struggle of determination."

  • Now, let's take a look at your reviews from the YouTube comments.

  • No time to waste in today's extended episode ofMovie Night,” so let’s get right to our ratings for "127 Hours."

  • A “9” and a “9”! We both agree- this was a powerful film, very exciting, and one that Franco absolutely deserved his "Best Actor" nomination for.

  • Next up is "Black Swan." In this seemingly bizarre psychological thriller from nominated director Darren Aronofsky...

  • Natalie Portman grabs a "Best Actress" nomination for eerily portraying Nina Sayers...

  • an ambitious New York City ballet dancer who lands the coveted lead in "Swan Lake."

  • The movie starts off honest enough, as we are watching Nina's trials and tribulations on her quest to become the perfect ballerina...

  • despite some perceived sidelining attempts by rival dancer, Lily, played by Mila Kunis.

  • By the final act, however, "Black Swan" transcends into a second-rate horror movie...

  • with some cheap gimmicks and reveals that do more to confuse the audience than it does to frighten them.

  • When nearly every other scene is revealed to be merely another one of Sayer's hallucinations...

  • it becomes difficult to root for the characters, as you no longer understand what's real and what isn't.

  • Perhaps that is the film's intention, but I for one did not care for the overly zealous approach.

  • In this imaginative world, it's Portman's dedication to her role that is astounding, though...

  • and her incredible dual personality is seemingly handled with ease.

  • Black Swan”- "A disjointed, mind-bending thriller."

  • And now, some viewer comments.

  • Here's the Rate-o-Matic now, to show us how we both rated "Black Swan."

  • An “8” and a “10”! I definitely enjoyed the film. The acting was magnificent, the cinematography was beautiful.

  • It was the nonsense plot twists and the cheesy horror techniques that I didn't quite care for in an otherwise fantastic film. I thought it wasgreat,” though.

  • You, however, obviously disagreed with me, saying it was anamazing" film, giving it a "10." Our third film tonight is "The Fighter."

  • Nominated director David O. Russell paints a vivid picture of the boxing world of Lowell, Massachusetts...

  • in this true-story account of brothers Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dickey Eklund (Christian Bale).

  • One is a promising welterweight who just needs his fair shot, and the other is a washed-up fighter who is struggling with a crack addiction.

  • In a movie that will be invariably compared toRocky,” "The Fighter" is, similarly, a story about an underdog fighter...

  • battling his own personal issues outside of the ring, just to get a shot of redemption inside the ring.

  • Gritty with its realism and cinematography, this is a film that absolutely immerses you in the world of its characters...

  • encouraging the viewer to cheer right along with them. If the plot is a conventional one, the characters are anything but.

  • The entire cast is at their best here, with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo all appropriately earning nominations for their incredible work.

  • Despite the stiff competition, though, Bale is undeniably the stand-out performance in this movie...

  • losing over 40 pounds for the role, and taking himself deep into the mind of a charismatic drug addict in every scene.

  • Despite the flaws of its characters, "The Fighter" does an amazing job of convincing the viewer to care about all of these people, even if you don't care about boxing.

  • "The Fighter"- “A feel-good underdog redemption story."

  • That's what I had to say about the movie. Now, let's see what you had to say in the YouTube comments.

  • Time to rate "The Fighter."

  • A “9” and an “8”! Maybe it's just because I have a soft spot for underdog stories...

  • or perhaps because Bale's performance completely won me over, but I scored this movie anawesome.”

  • You agreed, praising this movie for being much more than your average boxing movie, giving it a “great.”

  • Our next "Best Picture" nominee tonight is "Inception."

  • Christopher Nolan has once again hit a homerun, combining all the elements of action, suspense, thriller...

  • and mystery into one amazingly tight-knit film that quite literally defines the word "epic."

  • I already reviewed "Inception" on an earlier episode ofMovie Night,” so if you'd like to hear my full review...

  • please check out that episode at any time. But to repeat myself a bit, this is a film that completely impresses you...

  • with its thought-provoking story and lush landscapes of the protagonist's mind. While none of the characters are terribly memorable...

  • or even worth rooting for, the journey here is more about deception and reality than a traditional three-act-structure.

  • This strangely believable motion picture is as exciting as it is unique, and will most certainly be talked about for years to come.

  • "Inception"- "a stimulating thriller with fantastic environments."

  • Now, let's read some of your YouTube reviews about "Inception."

  • No surprises here- as we discussed in episode #24 ofMovie Night,” "Inception" earns a well-deserved “9” and a “10” from us.

  • I thought the lack of supporting character development was really the only flaw in an otherwise outstanding movie.

  • Moving forward, though, let's take a look at tonight's fifth film, "The Kids Are All Right."

  • Although presenting us with an unconventional family dynamic, that of a lesbian couple with two teenage children...

  • this movie is ultimately about the very conventional problems that all of us have in relationships.

  • The interesting plot introduces us to the Allgood family, who, despite having a seemingly happy life together, all secretly have their issues.

  • The two children, now old enough to legally discover the truth on their own...

  • contact the sperm bank from where their lesbian parents got them nearly two decades earlier.

  • Their sperm-donor father, Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo, then slowly becomes part of their lives, hanging out with the children...

  • and starting an unlikely romantic relationship with one of the parents. Annette Benning and Julianne Moore both do fantastic jobs...

  • as the strong-minded and well-developed parents here. And while Benning received the nomination for "Best Actress" here...

  • it fortunately doesn't appear to be merely because she's a straight woman playing a gay character...

  • but rather for the explosive range of emotion she exhibits throughout the film.

  • The same cannot be said for Ruffalo, however, who, despite his "Supporting Actor" nomination, seems to loaf around awkwardly while on screen.

  • While the characters and story are incredibly intriguing here, it is individual lines of dialogue that really hurt this film, some of which just feel forced and unrealistic.

  • Perhaps it's because I personally don't have any experience with test-tube babies' relationships with their surrogate father...

  • but there were several key sequences in this film that just didn't feel real to me.

  • However, it is an engrossing and captivating story of family, friendship, and heartbreak that is certainly worth exploring.

  • "The Kids Are All Right"- "Occasionally inconsistent, but heartwarmingly intriguing."

  • Here's some of your reviews about it in the YouTube comments.

  • The Rate-o-Matic is back, and here's what we thought of "The Kids Are All Right."

  • A doublecool”! This is a very interesting film with some very strong performances, but it was almost too awkward at times for me to really enjoy it.

  • I rated it a “7.” Unsure what to think about this film, some really enjoying it and others, quite simply, didn't, your score averaged to a “7," as well.

  • We're halfway done! Continuing in alphabetical order, let's review "The King's Speech."

  • Director Tom Hooper's film about Prince Albert's stuttering problem took home 12 nominations this year, the most of any film in 2010.

  • Colin Firth stars in a nominated role as Prince Albert, during his unlikely ascension to the throne of England...

  • as he struggles with a stuttering problem that threatens to ruin his reputation as an effective leader.

  • In comes Geoffrey Rush, who was also nominated, as speech therapist Lionel Logue, a simple man who attempts to use simple techniques...

  • to win the respect of Albert, and hopefully fix Albert’s oratory skills. The humble and personal story is one obviously based on the real-life story...

  • of the eventual King George VI, but this movie artfully takes us inside some of the future king's most personal moments, as he slowly becomes friends with Logue.

  • Refreshingly, this film is mostly shot wide and static, letting the actors themselves fill each frame with emotion and excitement...

  • which, luckily, is something none of them have issue with. Firth is particularly convincing...

  • the frustration and embarrassment over his stutter felt painfully by the audience in every scene.

  • The movie sadly, though, isn't much more than that, with a good deal of the 118-minute run-time spent directly on Albert and Logue's speech therapy sessions.

  • With a man and an era as epic as Prince Albert's, it is unfortunate that more wasn't done here...

  • to broaden the scope of the picture to the level of period pieces from past nominations.

  • "The King's Speech"- "Slightly lacking, but beautifully honest."

  • That's what I had to say about this movie. So, now, let's take a look at what you had to say in the YouTube comments.

  • Once again, the Rate-o-Matic, this time for "The King's Speech.”

  • A “greatand anawesome”! Plain and simple, I thought this was a good movie with amazing acting; I gave it an “8.”

  • You agreed with me, with many suggesting it will probably win this year, giving it a “9” out of “10.”

  • Our seventh film tonight is "The Social Network."

  • Here's another movie that we've already discussed onMovie Night,” but let's revisit David Fincher's semi-biographical drama about the group of people behind Facebook.

  • Aaron Sorkin turns in another brilliantly written but unfortunately overly verbose script that all of the actors carry with ease.

  • The entire film is nothing but talking heads, but it is strangely fascinating and amazingly entertaining.

  • In the lead role of the sometimes abrasive Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg does well enough to convince the audience...

  • that you may want to see the story from his point of view, but honestly, I'm curious as to how he got a "Best Actor" nomination for an otherwise non-impressive performance.

  • As with every film nominated, "The Social Network" is, of course, brilliantly filmed, edited, and scored, even coming to a satisfying emotional conclusion.

  • Unfortunately, much is also left on the table, with many plot elements needing on-screen text before the credits to tie them up.

  • "The Social Network"- "Expertly written, but nothing remarkable."

  • Now that you've heard my review, let's read some of yours.

  • The same ratings we saw from episode #28 ofMovie Night,” but once again, the Rate-o-Matic to remind us how we scored "The Social Network."

  • An “8” and a “9”! This film was well-polished and very entertaining, but, at times, it felt more like a documentary than a nominated drama.

  • I scored it a “great.” You loved the dialogue and music, rating it anawesome.”

  • We'll be right back to take a look at tonight's eighth film right after this quick commercial break.

  • Welcome back! “Toy Story 3” is only the third-ever animated movie to be nominated in this category, and surprisingly...

  • it's the first-ever sequel to be nominated when its predecessors weren't.

  • Toy Story 3” picks up many years after the last two films, but, as you'd expect, it's as if they never left.

  • By now, 15 years removed from the original, the classic that redefined Hollywood as the first-ever feature-length CGI film...

  • our heroes Woody and Buzz Lightyear are household names. Their adventures of misfortune, discovery, rescue, and love are timeless.

  • This time around, owner Andy is off to college, but that's not before all of his toys are mistakenly donated to a hellish day care center.

  • Luckily for them, Woody is on the outside, and helps stage the greatest prison break-type escape in the history of animated movies.

  • While the effects are once again top-notch, the jokes family-friendly and hilarious, the voice acting inspired, the environments creative and exciting...

  • and the characters well-developed and memorable, none of it would matter without an emotional connection.

  • Luckily, that's where this film comes through in spades, with a strong final act that is sure to make even the toughest of men tear up...

  • as they watch the adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jesse, Rex, Potato Head, and the rest of them come to a close for the final time.

  • And although this film is able to recapture the magic of the original, it unfortunately does not recapture its uniqueness.

  • By now, “Toy Storyis familiar, and not much is done here to really spark new life into the aging series.

  • This is a film that effectively brings us back to our childhood, conjuring up intense feelings of heartfelt nostalgia and family.

  • It is a truly remarkable accomplishment that, in just three short movies, Pixar has created some of cinema's most enduring and lasting characters...

  • which is no wonder why "Toy Story 3" went on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2010.

  • If you're like me, and you grew up loving the original films, the latest installment doesn't disappoint.

  • "Toy Story 3"- “a fun, bittersweet reunion for everyone."

  • Well, those are my thoughts on the movie. Now, let's look some of yours.

  • Overwhelmingly positive responses there, so it's no surprise that the Rate-o-Matic is showing a “9” and a “10” forToy Story 3.”

  • Despite being a bit derivative of the original, this is an absolutely fabulous film. Go and see it with your family if you haven't already.

  • I thought it wasawesome.” None of you had anything bad to say about this movie. You thought it wasamazing.”