Saturday, February 4, 2012

Addendum A)
2010 Films that I Saw in 2011 that I Would Have Included on Last Year's List
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
A 2010 movie that appealed to me a lot in the trailer (found below): quirky feel, Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), my fav Ida Maria song, and a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest vibe. Fortunately, when I saw it this year, it lived up to my hype. 

Zach Galifaniakas co-stars, which would be a major draw for most people, although I only truly find him funny in his Between Two Ferns videos. However, in It's Kind of a Funny Story, I more than tolerated Galifianakas' slightly muted but grounded performance.

It also featured one of my favorite movie moments this year:

I liked Greenberg when I caught it on It's Not TV (re: HBO), but didn't realize how much right off the bat. I had only seen one other Noah Baumbach directed flick (the equally very flawed character-driven Margot at the Wedding, which I enjoyed more than a lot of other people apparently. And yes, I am plenty disappointed that I still have yet to see The Squid and the Whale) and appreciated his complex leads who appear out of place in their current surroundings. 

I continued to catch parts of Greenberg when It's Not TV would re-air it and ended up watching it from whenever I tuned in until the end credits (despite needing to sleep or do something else). I consider this the true test of if a movie has an impact on oneself. The Ben Stiller/Greta Gerwig vehicle about a hapless forty-something spending a couple of weeks in LA is certainly not something that everyone needs to immediately see, but this quiet, smart, relatable character/relationship study might be just the thing if you happen to catch it on your DVR.

Never Let Me Go
Heartbreaking. Beautifully cinematography. Wonderfully sci-fi despite being set in the British countryside in the ‘80s. Amazing performances from the three leads (Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and especially, Andrew Garfield) and their perfectly cast younger counterparts (Izzy Meikle-Small, Ella Purnell, and Charlie Rowe, respectively) all featured in the trailer below.

Addendum B)
Random Nominees I  Wouldn’t Have Overlooked
Best Actor- Ewan McGregor,  Beginners
Best Actor- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Best Actor- Ryan Gosling, Drive
Best Actor- Michael Fassender, Shame
Best Actress- Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Best Actress- Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Best Actress- Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Actress- Carey Mulligan, Shame
Best Supporting Actress- Ellen Page, Super
Best Supporting Actress- Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids
Best Supporting Actress- Melanie Laurent, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress- Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
Best Supporting Actor- Michael Sheen, Midnight in Paris
Best Supporting Actor- Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
Best Supporting Actor- Jon Hamm, Bridesmaids
Best Documentary- The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock)
Best Visual Effects- Super 8

Feel free to add any of your nods that you felt got snubbed below in the comment section. 

And stay tuned for my upcoming (albeit inappropriate) entry for more interactive-ness. Yay, social media.

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