Again, in the second round, Albert Brooks in "Drive." Runner-up is Max Von Sydow in "Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close."
I had been skeptical about disgruntled filmgoer Sarah Deming's
lawsuit stating, among other things, that the film "Drive" might rouse
anti-Semitic violence. I didn't think it was likely to incite
violence of any kind. Until I saw this story about Tiger Woods fan Brandon Kelly, who assaulted his idol with a hot dog.
I start to worry about my judgment when I see that the things I like about
some films rouse people to litigation and rioting.
For example, in Michigan a woman is taking
the makers of "Drive" to court because
she claims they misrepresented the film in the trailers, and instead of the mindless "Fast and Furious"- like car crashes and noisy action
sequences that she was expecting, she instead saw a brilliant transformation of a genre film into a
masterpiece of mood, narrative, and subtle characterization that explores the
nature of violence, love, loyalty, and, well, driving.