Oscar season: Films you need to see (2 with Michigan connections)

Oscar season arrives earlier and earlier. What are the big films you should plan on seeing?


Morning Musings 🤔

Did you catch the Emmy Awards last week? Did you notice what was missing? A HOST.

I don't know about you, but the whole no host trend is really getting old. These shows are too chaotic to not have a host. The show has no identity. It has no leader.

It shouldn't be hard to avoid booking a host with a clean background. Ellen DeGeneres could host every show, and we'd all love it. What is Tiny Fey doing? Jimmy Fallon will always host!

Bring hosts back. That is all.

- Ken

Morning Dive 🏊

We're so, so close to Oscar season. Actually, it has already started to arrive. 

Normally Oscar season starts in the late fall and early winter, but we're starting to see the season start earlier and earlier -- sort of like election season. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," and "Ad Astra," both Oscar-buzz worthy films (also, both with Brad Pitt), have already been released.

This year, we have some heavy hitters stepping up to the Academy Awards plate. It's going to be a slugfest award season. Let's take a look at a few of the contenders. (Just take my money now!)

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman

This one will surely capture the interest of our local audience. Scorsese's "The Irishman," loaded with an all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel, follows the story of a mob hitman and his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Hoffa, of course, went missing more than 44 years ago from a Bloomfield Hills restaurant. The film will be released on Netflix on Nov. 27. Watch the trailer here, or else.

Ford v Ferrari

Another film with a local interest! Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this film that documents the historic rivalry of these two automakers. Here's the plot:


"American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966."

This film will hit theaters on Nov. 17. Catch up with the trailer here.

Little Women

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a "Little Women" that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.  


Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. It'll hit theaters on Christmas Day.

Other film to see:

  • "The Report" on Nov. 17. Starring Adam Driver, the film is about the report on the use of torture following 9/11.
  • "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" on Oct. 18. It's Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers. Just give him the dang Oscar now.
  • "Joker" on Oct. 4. The origin film following the Batman villain, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

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- Ken Haddad (Have something to say or a topic idea? Contact me: Email | Twitter)

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