Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Best of 2011: Oddities

    Jessica Chastain, in The Debt
  • Its Okay To Take A Day Off Once In a While (or Most Hardworking Actor, Female): Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt, Coriolanus, The Help)
  • Dude, Its Okay For You To Take A Day Off Too (or Most Hardworking Actor, Male): Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, X-Men First Class, Shame, A Dangerous Method)
  • Evidence That Gone Are The Days When Getting Naked Onscreen All But Guaranteed An Oscar Nomination: Carey Mulligan (Shame), Kiera Knightley (A Dangerous Method), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
  • Get Her Bigger Roles Already, Hollywood: Marisa Tomei, playing bit parts in Lincoln Lawyer, Ides of March, Crazy Stupid Love.
  • Frankly, Didn’t Think You Had It In You: Matthew McConnaghey in Lincoln Lawyer, Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses
  • Matthew McConnaughey in The Lincoln Law
  • We Have Missed You On The Big Screen: Helen Hunt in Soul Surfer
  • "I'm an actor, and I'm here to stay, dammit": Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Even Good Actors Have To Pay Mortgages: Frances McDormand in Transformers 3, John Malkovich in Transformers 3, Angela Bassett in Green Lantern, Hope Davis in Real Steel
  • Most Consistently Miscast: Carey Mulligan in Drive and Shame (although she was admirable in both)
  • Most Perplexing Casting : Robin Wright’s single, nearly wordless scene in Moneyball (maybe most of her work landed on the editing room floor)
  • Most Criminally Overlooked: Joseph Gordon Levitt in 50/50, Viggo Mortenson in A Dangerous Method, John Krasinski in Something Borrowed, Colin Farell in Horrible Bosses.
  • Yoeman's Service For Improving Movies By Appearing In Them: Judy Dench in Jayne Eyre, My Week With Marilyn, and J. Edgar
  • Best Movie Poster: Shame
  • Best Final Scene : The Descendants, Melancholia
  • Most Perplexing Ending: Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Tree Of Life
  • Most Endearing Shout-out To Family: Julia Roberts mouthing "Hi, Mom!", during the end-credits for Larry Crowne
  • Best Way To End A FranchiseHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 
  • Best Film You Haven’t Seen: A Better Life, The Big Year
  • Best Reason To Read SubtitlesDelhi Belly
  • Best Action FilmFast Five, Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
  • Best Superhero Film: Captain America
  • Best Film Awaiting Theatrical DistributionYour Sister's Sister (Emily Blunt, Rosemary Dewitt, Mark Duplass), The Oranges (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody)
  • Best Use Of 3D, Ever: Hugo
  • Most Underrated: Fright Night, Hanna, Warrior
  • It Wasn’t That Bad (or decent movie to watch at the back of an airplane): Jumping The Broom, Something Borrowed 
  • Brilliant Or Bogus, You Decide: The Tree Of Life, Drive
  • Most DisappointingHangover II, Water for Elephants, Red Riding Hood 
  • Most Wasted Opportunity: In Time (which squandered away one of the best premises for a movie)
  • Most Unsettling Use Of CGI: The nudity digitally tacked on to the female actors in The Change-Up
  • For Shame, Hollywood: Transformers 3
  • What Was All The Fuss About? Moneyball, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Shouldn’t This Be On Television Instead? My Week With Marilyn, Pina
  • The Movie Ticket Should Come With A Voter Registration Card (Or, most shamefully jingoistic): Battle Los Angeles, Transformers 3
  • The Movie Ticket Should Come With An Instruction Manual (Or, what the hell was going on?): Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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