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Jennifer Connelly’s 10 Best Movies

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly had a stellar 2017, making a welcome comeback.  I’ve loved Connelly since I was a kid and she was the girl trapped in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, but she’s tremendously underrated as an actress.  Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind (for which she deservedly won an Oscar), and Blood Diamond alone are enough to prove you’re one of the most talented actresses working.  It’s just good to see her working more often.  In 2017, she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “Karen”, the AI in Spider-Man’s upgraded suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  In real life, Connelly is married to actor Paul Bettany, who provided the same service for Tony Stark as JARVIS before he transitioned to The Vision.  She was also a lynch pin in a great ensemble cast in the firefighter drama Only the Brave.  It looks like she has projects lined up, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her on TV and in films to come.
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Top 5: Actresses Who Won Best Actress For the Wrong Movie

top5This is a bit of a series we’re doing based on a simple fact of Oscar logic: people don’t usually win their Oscars for the movie they should have.  A few weeks back we looked at the Best Actors; today we’ll look at Best Actresses who picked up the little gold guy for the wrong film. Continue reading Top 5: Actresses Who Won Best Actress For the Wrong Movie

Top 5: Best Movies I Never Want to See Again

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You know exactly what these are.  You’ll watch something so good, so devastating, so personal to you that you think it’s amazing, but you’re never going to put yourself through that again in your life.  My wife calls these movies “shelfers”, because for some reason she’ll buy them, leave them IN the shrink wrap, put them on the shelf and never touch them again.  I get it.  Something that impacted you to that degree should be part of your collection and the shrink wrap is simply there to stop you, should you ever be so dumb, and give you a minute or so to remember what it did to you the first time before you make the mistake of trying to repeat view.

The common theme on my list is the horror of real life. Drug addiction, racism, terrorism, genocide and unspeakable acts.  The movies are powerful, outstanding and ones I think people should see.  That being said, I’m not exactly recommending them.  They did, after all, mess me up so badly I never want to see them again, but I’d rate any movie on this list a 10/10.

1. Requiem for a Dream  Darren Arnofsky, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Ellen Burstyn

2. Schindler’s ListSchindler's List, Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

3. United 93
United 93, Paul Greengrass

4. Incendies

Incendies

5. American History X
American History X, Edward Norton, Edward Furlong