“Yes, but how does it end?”
Potential spoilers ahead, sort of, maybe.
(Pictures take you movie reviews.)
Certified Copy directed by Abbas Kiarostami with Juliette Binoche and William Shimmell; writer, Abbas Kiarostami
Contagion directed by Steve Soderbergh with Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet; writer, Scott Z. Burns
Melancholia directed by Lars von Trier with Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling; writer, Lars von Trier
A Separation directed by Asghar Farhadi with Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hoseeini, Sareh Bayet; writer, Asghar Farhadi
Take Shelter directed by Jeff Nichols with Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker; writer, Jeff Nichols
FINALISTS: even if the ending of The Artist works against itself a little by essentially tossing off the silent, it’s effervescence is irresistible and I accept it “with pleasure” ; apparently Brighton Rock keeps the ending of the original text, and it’s brilliant. Having Rose remain deluded just hits home the sadness of their existence; sure, Insidious decided to go for the typical horror madness, but it damn well works; and Rampart so organically has Dave driving but this time a bit wiser, a bit sadder – and that music!; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with everything back in its place, Bill at the Christmas party, the music – it just packs a wallop
SEMI-FINALISTS: Beginners; Hanna; The Ides of March; Like Crazy; Warrior
And, I have essentially finished with 2011 - at least, officially. I shall post my top 10 films tomorrow.
Encore Awards: Openings / Forgotten Characters / Sound and Music / Actress / Audacious Cinema / Ensemble Acting / Visuals (Editing, Photography, Editing, Costumes, Choreography, Art Direction, Makeup) / Actor / Writing / Supporting Actor / Supporting Actress / Director
Which ending left you pleased with the way their films left you? Which do you remember most? Which impressed you most?