What Do This Year's Acclaimed Movies Have In Common?

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I'm talking about such notable entries as

The Artist

Hugo

The Help

My Week With Marilyn

A Dangerous Method

The Iron Lady

War Horse

Sherlock Holmes 2

Moneyball

Albert Nobbs

The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris (partly)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

And even W.E.!


They're all set in the past!

And my theory is that in a bad economy, people long to lose themselves in previous eras.

Even if it means exploring dark periods -- at least it's not now!

Yes, there are some titles I left out -- and sure, you will all now chime in with the acclaimed 2011 movies that are set in the present.

That's not my point.

My point is that when the country's mood gets despondent, people line up to be transported to yesteryear as if by a $13.50-a-ticket time tunnel.

It's what movies do best.

And I hope this leads to some '70s disco flicks!


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Theotuxedo
Theotuxedo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes! :)

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

No matter what era we're in, another time seems preferable; that was the theme of "Midnight in Paris."

Randa
Randa

So many movies this year about the silent era. Must be because after watching the republican debates, people want to go back to the silents.

Paul
Paul

That's what made Busby Berkley so popular. Escapism.

Roi
Roi

So true. In the 50s, they kept doing musicals about the 20s and in the 70s there were sitcoms and movies about the 50s. it's so weird!! Movies should reflect the nowness of today.

Marv
Marv

What do they have in common? They all suck!

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