Braveheart (1995)

All movies end, especially after 3+ hours. But not all movies are truly good...

We're back watching movies, and that means it's time to do a tour of Oscar-winners for Best Picture. This week, we're kicking things off with Mel Gibson's 1995 Scottish epic, Braveheart, and hoo, boy this one's a stinker. Right from the start we can't help but roll our eyes at the bad hair, the cartoon-like performances and the tedious, Vaseline-smeared slow-motion. We'll credit Mel for being charming, and some great special effects and battle scenes, but, like, Best Picture? Not even close...

After the break, we get our first new review of the year, Molly's Game. Aaron Sorkin delivers an above-average drama with healthy doses of humor and some legitimately great performances. We even consider whether Kevin Costner is Sorkin's muse who he'd just never had a chance to work with. It's not gonna win awards, but this is a pretty good watch, all things considered.

NEXT WEEK: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

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Music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.