Oscar 2012: Five Most Under Appreciated Movies of 2011

My last few Oscar posts have covered potential awards winners, and some of the most talked about movies of 2012. In my penultimate Academy Award post of this Oscar season, I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of the movies that virtually no one is talking about going into tomorrow night’s award ceremony.

Take Shelter
Take Shelter has two powerhouse performances from completely overlooked Michael Shannon and nominee Jessica Chastain. The writing was pitch-perfect and the directing did a great job of building the tension through each scene.

Margin Call
Though nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Margin Call was a terrific movie with great writing and wonderful performances from its ensemble cast. Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey delivered the performance of his career amongst the likes of Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore and others.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Amazing but true: the fourth entry in a massive movie franchise should have been nominated for Best Picture. The film stunning in its scope, organization and the amazing development of the previously thought tired role of Ethan Hunt. Plus, welcome back Tom Cruise!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt. 2
How could the closing chapter of the world’s most profitable film franchise be underappreciated? David Yates’ fourth directorial effort marked the best of the series (beyond even Alfonso Curaon’s astounding Azkaban), and the cast had finally fully grown into their characters. Would have been nice to see the Academy give the Boy Who Lived something to close out the franchise.

A Dangerous Method
The most underappreciated performance of the year was Keira Knightly’s Sabina in A Dangerous Method, the Jung-Freud rivalry film. In addition, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender played their roles very well, giving us a new insight into two of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

Honorable Mention
The Way
Win Win
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The most over-hyped movie of 2011: BRIDESMAIDS!!!!!!