“They don’t make movies like this anymore.” That’s a thing you hear sometimes from film fans. Usually, they are wrong. Sometimes, they are right, but movies in that vein don’t exist anymore for a good reason. Like, have you ever seen a movie from the ‘30s? A lot of those movies feel strikingly different from anything getting made these days, and with good reason. So when I am making my Oscar-themed viewing recommendations for you, I don’t want to pull a full-on “They don’t make movies like this anymore.” However, I feel like at least these movies are of a different vintage.
First up, is 1957’s winner Bridge on the River Kwai. Now, you might be saying, “Dude, it’s a war film, and 1917 is literally the favorite to win Best Picture this year.” To that I say those are two very different kinds of war films. Bridge on the River Kwai is the quintessential old-school war movie. It’s past the days of all war films being rah-rah and hawkish, but it’s not a message movie. It’s a gripping, intense film. A group of POWs are conscripted into building a bridge. I don’t want to say anything more than that, because I don’t want to spoil it. However, let me just say that if you only know Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan, see this movie. Guinness is incredible in Bridge on the River Kwai. Apparently it was Ron Swanson’s favorite film on Parks and Recreation that means something.