As we previously explained, every now and then we here at Collider host sponsored content in order to pay for things that make the site even better for our readers (like full-scale Comic-Con coverage). The MSN FilmFan video series is one of those sponsored content articles.
We’re promoting the series for four weeks. Every Thursday or Friday, there will be a new video featured here. For most of the installments, host Sami Jarroush pits two films opening that weekend head-to-head, weighing the pros and cons of each before giving his recommendation as to which one you should go see. This week, Jarroush is joined by Chief Film Critic for MSN Movies Glenn Kenny. The two give a rundown of the best and worst films of the year so far. Hit the jump to check it out.
Kenny’s analysis of the year so far is pretty spot-on. While I would agree that it hasn’t exactly been a spectacular year, with much of the superhero/sequel fare falling short of expectations, we did have some nice surprises in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Bridesmaids and Kenny mentions Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which was splendid.
Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is definitely the biggest serious drama/awards film to hit theaters so far, but it’s most likely too weird and non-traditional for Oscar’s Best Picture. Expect it to be more of a presence in the technical categories (Cinematography, Score, etc.)
*This is a sponsored content article that is a part of the MSN FilmFan blogger program.