New year, new life – at least that’s what we hope to happen after the troubled twelve months that have forced us to take care of ourselves and our neighbor due to an unprecedented pandemic.
2021 marks the start of a new era, but also a time to remember the classics loved by the world that celebrate their birthdays. From the final chapter of the ‘Harry Potter’ saga to the stunning performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in ‘Cross Stories’, we’ve separated a brief list of fifteen movie hits (whether critical, commercial, or both. ) which complete a decade this year.
Check out our picks below and tell us which one is your favorite:
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEAD DEATHS – PART 2
The final chapter in the most famous wizarding saga of all time has come to an end ten years after its big screen debut. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ turned out to be a worthy conclusion to a fantastic franchise, guided by incredible performances, stunning graphics and the final battle between Harry and the Dark Lord. The critically acclaimed film won a BAFTA and was nominated for three categories at the 2012 Oscars.
The fourth film in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise came as a surprise and instantly – which is why it drew millions of viewers in theaters, grossing nearly $ 1.1 billion. . Bringing Rob Marshall to the helm of the feature film, the tale saved Johnny Depp as the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow in search of the fountain of youth and facing off against the dangerous Blackbeard and his troop of privateers.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: DAWNING – PART 1
As “Harry Potter” progressed towards the end, the “Twilight” saga also gave its first concluding tunes with “Breaking Dawn – Part 1”. Making a huge hit at the box office as it increased nearly seven times its budget, the story showed Edward and Bella’s wedding, their honeymoon, and the birth of their son – all triggering events. a snowball that would herald a bloody war.
After Radiator Springs, it was time for Lightning McQueen and Mate to take over the world. In “ Cars 2 ”, the inseparable duo travel to the most famous circuits on the planet for incredible competition – that is, until a vintage car mafia shows up and threatens to destroy all participants.
Another box office and critical hit, “Kung Fu Panda 2” retained the original spirit of empathy and unity of the original feature film and once again won over audiences around the world. In the plot, Po and his friends face a villain who plans to use a secret weapon to conquer China and take down the martial arts once and for all.
Paying homage to the silent era of Hollywood cinema, “ The Artist ” went on to become one of the most acclaimed films of 2011 and the past decade, winning three Golden Globe statuettes and five Oscars – including Best Picture, for best director and best actor. Set in the 1920s, the plot revolves around actor George Valentin, a silent film star who sees his career threatened by the arrival of sound cinema. As he fights to keep his films, Peppy Miller, a supporting character, is famous.
THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
It is undeniable to say that Martin Scorsese is one of the big names in the history of cinema – and has once again proved his versatility by betting chips on the children’s fantasy “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”. Based on the novel of the same name by Brian Selznick, the plot centers on a twelve-year-old boy who lives in a train station in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. His father, a clockmaker who works in a museum, dies shortly after showing the Hugo his latest discovery: an android. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, taking home a total of five.
“Histórias Cruzadas” was a critical and commercial success – and remains one of the most beloved audiences of the century. Granting Octavia Spencer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for Viola Davis for Best Actress, the film is based on the novel signed by Kathryn Stockett and takes place in a rural United States community that deals with racial issues and segregation.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Written and directed by Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris” is a fantasy novel that has been revisited to this day by audiences and won three Oscar nominations. In the plot, Gil Pender is a young writer in search of fame. On vacation in Paris with his fiancée, he sets off on his own to explore the city and meets a group of foreigners who are in fact big names in literature. They take Gil on a trip down memory lane and the more time they spend together, the more unhappy the young writer is with the present.
Meryl Streep won her third statuette at the Oscars for her incredible work on “The Iron Lady”, 29 years after winning the last award. Here, the actress plays the controversial character of Margaret Thatcher, the English Prime Minister responsible for the institution of contemporary British neoliberalism. The film directed by Phyllida Lloyd also won several other awards, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
Based on Hergé’s famous comic book series, “The Adventures of Tintin” is an underrated animation that deserved greater recognition – despite a relatively positive response from critics and audiences alike. Directed and produced by none other than Steven Spielberg, the film won an Oscar nomination and four Annie Awards, telling the story of a young journalist involved in some sort of scavenger hunt after buying a miniature pirate ship.
MOTHER OF MARRIAGE MISSION
Prior to the controversial ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot, Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig had worked together on one of the best comedies of recent times: ‘Maid of Honor Mission’. Starting from a simple premise – Wiig struggles to take center stage for his best friend’s wedding against a snobbish newcomer – the film was a box office smash and unexpected critical success (securing two nominations at the Oscars).
The remake of the classic 1984 film greatly delighted audiences and critics alike, and while it didn’t bring as many original elements to it, it delivered an interesting perspective to a timeless plot. In the plot, young Ren moves from Boston to a small town where dancing and loud music are prohibited due to a tragic accident. Ren challenges this culture and shares his passion for dancing with the rest of the city.
MEN WHO DON’T LIKE WOMEN
The powerful psychological thriller directed by David Fincher has just kept its name at the top of the entertainment industry – winning critical acclaim and receiving five Oscar nominations. In the plot, an investigative journalist and a hacker are hired to unravel the disappearance of a young woman 36 years ago. As the investigation progresses, the risks increase, with the young woman’s family unwilling to have their secrets revealed.
It might have taken a while, but the wave of remakes and reboots hit one of the most well-known sagas of all time: “Planet of the Apes”. Almost 45 years after the release of the first film, Rupert Wyatt commissioned a beautiful origin story from the post-apocalyptic universe. In the plot, a science experiment results in a chimpanzee with superior intelligence who ends up leading a rebellion against humans to rule planet Earth.
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