Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jared's Awards Ballot

Best Picture:
Drive
Hugo

Melancholia
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director:
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Roman Polanski, Carnage
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
Lars von Trier, Melancholia

Best Actor:
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Viola Davis, The Help
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Supporting Actor:
Albert Brooks, Drive
Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Brad Pitt, Tree of Life
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Cate Blanchett, Hanna
Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
Carey Mulligan, Drive
Charlotte Ramping, Melancholia

Best Screenplay:
A Dangerous Method
Hugo
Melancholia
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Best Editing:
Hugo
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Cinematography:
The Artist
Hugo
Melancholia
Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Costume Design:
13 Assassins
Captain America: The First Avenger
Drive
Hugo
Immortals

Best Production Design:
13 Assassins
Captain America
Hugo
Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Hugo
Melancholia
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The Tree of Life

Best Makeup:
Captain America: The First Avenger
A Dangerous Method
Hanna
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Original Score:
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Alan Silvestri, Captain America: The First Avenger
Howard Shore, Hugo
Hans Zimmer, Kung Fu Panda 2
Michael Giacchino, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
John Williams, War Horse

Best Song:
'Life's A Happy Song', The Muppets
'Pictures in My Head', The Muppets
'Star Spangled Man', Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Sound:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Melancholia
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Action Sequence:
The Entire Last Hour of 13 Assassins
Bagghar Chase, The Adventures of TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn
Steve Rogers Discovers His Strength, Captain America: The First Avenger
Opening Heist, Drive
Eric Bana vs. Assassins, Hanna
Po Deflects Cannonballs, Kung Fu Panda 2
Scaling the Burj Khalifa, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Aerial Bat Chase, Rango
Train Crash, Super 8
Base Jumpers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Use of CGI:
Using splitscreen techniques to use preferable takes of each actor in the same shot,
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Worst Use of CGI:
Ryan Reynolds' Muscle Suit, Green Lantern
Cardboard Matte Paintings in Immortals

Best Use of 3D:
The Adventures of TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Drive Angry
Hugo
Tempering Michael Bay, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Ensemble:
13 Assassins

Captain America: The First Avenger
Rango
Super 8
War Horse


Best Scene:
The Emperor Feels Pain - 13 Assassins
The USO Tour - Captain America: The First Avenger
The Kiss - Drive
Where Dreams Are Made - Hugo
HOLY FUCK - Insidious
The Planet Rises - Melancholia
Meeting Hemingway - Midnight in Paris
NO - Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Creation - The Tree of Life
The Princess and the Catfish - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
No Man's Land - War Horse

Best Poster:
Captain America
Hobo With A Shotgun
Melancholia
Shame
Super

Best Opening/Closing Credits:
The Adventures of TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn
Captain America: The First Avenger
Carnage
Melancholia
Rango

Best Ending:
The Artist
Melancholia
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Tree of Life
War Horse



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Best of 2011


Best Films of 2011 (in alphabetical order):


13 Assassins
(Takashi Miike)

The Artist
(Michael Hazanavicius)


Attack the Block
(Joe Cornish)


Captain America
(Joe Johnston)


Carnage
(Roman Polanski)



Contagion
(Steven Soderbergh)

A Dangerous Method
(David Cronenberg)

Drive
(Nicolas Winding Refn)

Drive Angry
(Patrick Lussier)

Hanna
(Joe Wright)

Hugo
(Martin Scorsese)

Insidious
(James Wan)

J. Edgar
(Clint Eastwood)

Kung Fu Panda 2
(Jennifer Yuh)


Melancholia
(Lars von Trier)

Midnight in Paris
(Woody Allen)


The Muppets
(James Bobin)

Rango
(Gore Verbinski)


Source Code
(Duncan Jones)

Super
(James Gunn)

Troll Hunter
(Andre Ovredal)

War Horse
(Steven Spielberg)

X-Men: First Class
(Matthew Vaughan)


Films I Haven't Seen, But Would Like To:

50/50
A Separation
Beginners
Certified Copy
Coriolanus
The Descendants
The Devil's Double
The Future
I Saw the Devil
Into the Abyss
Jane Eyre
Margaret
Margin Call
Meek's Cutoff
Poetry
Rampart
Shame
The Skin I Live In
Warrior
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Win Win
The Woman
Young Adult


Special Mention:

Take Shelter
(Jeff Nichols)

For 95% of its running time, I was convinced that this could be one of the Great American Films, a powerful drama with an undercurrent that speaks to the anxieties of our time better than anything in at least a decade, fiction or documentary. I was ready to declare it Best Film of 2011, it was so good. Then came the final scene. That. F*cking. Final. Scene.
I've never seen a movie of this quality have an ending so egregiously out of tone that it actually negates what was great about what came before it. Everything that the film spent so much care building up to was thrown right out the window in favor of a cheap twist that plays like an internet parody of a Shyamalan film. Just thinking about it still makes me cringe.
Up until that point, Take Shelter is one of the best films in years, and certainly worth watching for the incredible performances, spare but dense writing and the stomach-churning sense of dread. Just steel yourself for the ending. It's a doozy, but not in a good way.

Worst Film of 2011:

Immortals
(Tarsem Singh)



Absolute, Irrefutable, Super-Awesome Best Film of 2011:

The Tree of Life
(Terrence Malick)


And that's the list. I'd explain my choices in detail, but I'll have the opportunity to do so when I make my personal Awards Ballot in the days to come. That, and I'm lazy. So there's that.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you'll take a look at these fine films, if you haven't already.
-Jared