Every week (or so) I have seen movies as part as a common theme. I feel that I need a break from that, as it can be rather exhausting at times to see a bunch of movies during a week that tackles the same theme. I simply need variation from time to time. So, when I need or want to during the year, I will focus on the best picture nominees.
The Racket (1928)
Apart from a few clever shots, this is a pretty basic crime movie.
Nominated for Best Picture, Production in 1929.
Same as the above, but with an added seriously frowny frowny face by Chester Morris.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Chester Morris) and Best Art Direction in 1930.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Starts off lighthearted and with a dose of nice energy and fun characters, but stales pretty quickly as it suddenly becomes an uninspired drama halfway through.
Winner of Best Picture in 1930.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bessie Love) and Best Director.
The Love Parade (1929)
Fun, and a playful way to tackle gender stereotypes, right up until the end. I am not sure if they dropped the ball or if it done as a joke.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Maurice Chevalier), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Recording in 1930.
The Big House (1930)
Good characters and character relations. Impressive directed and staged action sequence at the end.
Winner of Best Writing, Achievement and Best Sound, Recording in 1930.
Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Wallace Beery).
Has a very stagey feel that many early movies have. Not directly boring, but not terribly engaging either.
Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role (George Arliss) in 1930.
Nominated for Best Picture and Best Writing, Achievement.
Although Chang and The Crowd sadly are not an official part of the Best Picture canon, I still want to put them in the same company.
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)
Very impressive and entertaining. It has scenes that I have never seen before, and probably never will again.
Nominated for Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production in 1929.
The Crowd (1928)
Oh my, what a great film. The themes, the camera work, the flow. Expertly made. It is a crying shame that this has not received a proper home release.
Nominated for Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production and Best Director, Dramatic Picture in 1929.