Thursday Movie Picks: Sundance Favourites

Not going to lie, this week I had to Google my way through picking movies for this theme. In other words, I looked at the list of Sundance winners, and picked movies that I have seen and liked, that won an award at the Film Festival. And with the help of that list, I get to recommend four pretty good movies!

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# 126 – An Education

I was going through my last blog posts and I was surprised that I haven’t done any movie reviews lately. And then I started to think about movies I have watched lately and came to a conclusion that I have only watched two: Inception for the second time and An Education. Since I did a very decent Inception post a while back I am going to write about An Education.

An Education is  British movie from 2009 that tells a story about a young teen who is trying to figure out who she is. The movie is set in 1961, so at first I think it’s hard to place this movie – but now after I have thought about it really seems perfect for that kind of time. The teen, Jenny played by Carey Mulligan (she got an Oscar nomination for her role) falls in love with an older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard.

The movie isn’t fast and it is easy to fallow, it is more interesting to watch the style of the movie rather than the story but maybe it is just me. And I’m not saying that watching the things going around the story aren’t worth watching. Besides the acting comes so naturally that I didn’t even notice it some how, maybe I was just tired (I have been feeling so exhausted lately that I wonder how I have managed to write something to this blog at all) and wasn’t looking carefully enough.

Anyway, it is a very good serious movie, a well-made British drama and I am really looking forward of seeing Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go which is a movie that I am waiting for many reasons, good reasons. And I think that it is going to remind me of An Education because they both are set in a different time and I like the simplicity of that time. Maybe that is why I haven’t got much to say about An Education, it was that simple and good that I didn’t even want to look for bad things, so 4 stars out of 5 for this one.

PS: I just realized where I have seen Peter Sarsgaard before, it was in Shattered Glass, I have that DVD on my shelf and I liked him there. How have I forgotten this. Plus, he played in Jarhead and he is married to Maggie Gyllenhaal – how have I forgotten these things – this just means I am really, really tired at the moment. No excuse though, I should’ve remembered him even if his role in An Education was a bit creepy (older guys hitting on teens is always so Lolita).