This coming Saturday, a few friends and I are resurrecting an old tradition. We’ll be going to see five of the Best Picture Nominees back to back to back to back to back. It’s a 15-hour affair that is going to test the bonds of friendship, dietary resolve, and my love for movies. It’s not like we’re going to see the five best Adam Sandler comedies or even a mini Marvel Marathon. We’re going to see the heaviest films of this year’s Oscar crop:

  • Moonlight
  • Lion
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Arrival
  • Hidden Figures

It’s going to be great, and it’s going to be… a lot.

There is an excellent chance we’re going to need a break, and luckily we’re going to be in the best place possible to find something to distract us from ‘films.’ A good ol’ fashioned ‘movie.’

In addition to Oscar nominees getting their last hurrah before the big show on Sunday night (I’ll be live-tweeting the event for PLR, so please come hang out), the directorial debut of Jordan Peele – of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele – hits theaters this weekend.

It is NOT a comedy.

Get Out

Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

If you’re looking for anything but a massive, dramatic, prestige viewing experience to take in before your television and social media feeds are overcome with the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, Get Out is something to consider. A darkly comic, scary, satirical movie inspired by The Stepford Wives directed by one-half of the most acclaimed comedy duos of the last ten years might be just what the doctor ordered.

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