focus-features-logoThis is the next installment of Best Films by the Studios Series.  I kicked it off on Saturday night with Sony Pictures Classics and naming their finest achievements.  Obviously these are all subjective and you can naturally disagree with the choices but I feel it getting increasingly harder as I dive into other companies.  Focus Features was pretty darn difficult.

Focus Features is the product of many terrific production companies, spearheaded by NBC Universal, and merged into the awards season as a juggernaut. They have proven their abilities time and time again.  They’ve even proven to be a force with quality projects, independent cinema, and even larger than life cinematic works.  A baby when compared to other studios, the company has only been cultivated since 2002, but Focus has continually proven to be a mature teenager about to become a very successful adult.  I’m excited to see what they continue to develop and release.

This year, they’ve already hit one out of the park with Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today.  They gave a vehicle for Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and young ones Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen an opportunity to bring new realms of talent to the 2013 film year.  Obviously their big player will be Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club starring Best Actor winner hopeful Matthew McConaughey.  The film is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and critics, audiences, and analysts are anxiously awaiting its drop.  Co-stars Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner could prove to be comparable forces in the supporting categories and could be carried in with a powerhouse lead.  I’m excited.

There are also a number of films they could pick up up that don’t have distribution yet.  A film like Devil’s Knot by Atom Egoyan feels like something that could fit in well there based on its synopsis.

Now its time to cite their achievements thus far.  My initial narrowing down of their best included over thirty titles.  To dwindle that down to ten films, was much more daunting than I anticipated.