2011 has not been a stellar year for movies. Any season that showcases Adam Sandler playing his twin sister is more than a little suspect. However, there is plenty to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving season. Thus, here is what I’m thankful for at the movies this year. (And luckily there’s still a month filled with promise left!)
THE NEW INGENUES
Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olson, Felicity Jones, Amber Heard. Actresses as talented as they are beautiful. And these young women really made a mark in movies this year.
And speaking of Jessica Chastain, she was one of the many superb actresses, along with Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney and the legendary Cicely Tyson, who were showcased in this moving drama sure to find room for a number of them in the Oscars this year.
Look at the amazing body of work he's done in just the last 13 years: OUT OF SIGHT, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, MICHAEL CLAYTON, UP IN THE AIR, THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE IDES OF MARCH and the gentle character study THE DESCENDANTS, currently in theaters. Clooney knows exactly how to pick 'em. And what he's good at. And indeed he is very, very good.
HARRY POTTER’S FANTASTIC FINALE
Eight films. Eight successes. Bravo on a stirring, epic finale.
PUSS ‘N BOOTS
Nice to see a cat as a hero on screen instead of an easy kill in a horror movie.
SKINNY COW TREATS AT THE AMC THEATER CHAIN
Ice cream - always good. Low fat ice cream - always less guilt.
AWESOME MOVIE POSTERS
They are too few and far in between but those like the ones for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY prove that you can capture the essence of the story, show off your star, and create something resembling art while advertising a movie.
He’s almost 76 and still making almost a movie every year. And MIDNIGHT IN PARIS was a sublime comedy about art, love and finding one’s self. I predict another screenplay Oscar for the Woodman.
Maybe the leading man of the moment. And perhaps the next James Bond. If he wants it.
Maybe the leading man of the moment. And perhaps the next McQueen. If he wants it.
I haven’t seen her do Marilyn yet but everything she does is a zillion years from DAWSON’S CREEK, isn’t it?
GOOD COMIC BOOK MOVIES
THOR. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. CAPTAIN AMERICA. Almost made me forget COWBOYS & ALIENS and THE GREEN LANTERN. Almost.
SMALL MOVIES WITH BIG IMPACT
So nice to see the likes of indie pictures like MARGIN CALL and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE finding audiences and making money. I wish every studio would make ten of these a year.
OSCAR SHOW SANITY
Brian Grazer. Billy Crystal. Thank you.
|Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodovar's THE SKIN I LIVE IN|
VETERANS STILL DOING GREAT WORK
Pedro Almodovar challenged audiences and himself by making a horror movie with THE SKIN I LIVE IN. John Williams is still writing stirring scores as is evidenced from the released WAR HORSE tracks. And Christopher Plummer may finally win an Oscar for his touching and witty turn as a septuagenarian man coming out of the closet and finding love in BEGINNERS. Bravo, one and all!
THIS YEAR'S BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR CATEGORY
As I just said this year might finally be Plummer’s to take this category, but look at some of these other potential nominees: Albert Brooks (DRIVE), Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman or George Clooney (THE IDES OF MARCH), Alan Rickman (HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS), Robert Forster (THE DESCENDANTS), Nick Nolte (WARRIOR), Patton Oswalt (YOUNG ADULT), Kevin Spacey (MARGIN CALL), John Hawkes (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Kenneth Branagh (MY WEEK WITH MARILYN), Brad Pitt (THE TREE OF LIFE), Jonah Hill (MONEYBALL). And all the gentlemen from TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, and Colin Firth. Whew! What a banner year.
See. A lot to be thankful for already. So, what are you thankful for at the cinema this year? Share your thoughts and let’s keep the conversation going.