I'm running a bit late with this. Like a month.The winner will be decided by February10 and be presented on that date at the Boston Society of Film Critcs Award Ceremony at the Brattle Theatre. Send in your votes now!
The Alpha Wolf in "The
Iggy, the Iguana in Jafar Panahi "This is Not a Film"
I know what you're saying -- we had iguanas a couple of years ago
for "Bad Lieutenant."
This is a bit late, but it takes a while to decompress from
the cinematic nirvana of Toronto.
So, the winners.
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"
(didn't see it!) won the "Blackberry People's Choice Award." Good news for
Russell, because previous winners ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech")
have gone on to win Best Picture Oscars
Our jury met yesterday. I can't divulge the results just yet, but I can share some new award categories I came up with that were wisely rejected when cooler heads prevailed.
Best performance as the victim of a disaster enduring an excruciating struggle for survival:
1) Naomi Watts in "The Impossible" as a mother vacationing in Thailand with her family who must ***endure brutal hardships in order to find her lost sons and husband.
You'd think that one psychopath would be enough for a movie. As a character in Martin McDonagh's film "Seven Psychopaths" points out, they can get tiresome. But McDonagh, the prolific playwright and the director of the unconventional, black comic gangster movie "In Bruges," has managed to brilliantly orchestrate not only his seven whack jobs and as many narratives.
It's not a good idea to watch a screening of "Looper" at 9 am your first day at the Toronto International Film Festival. At least if you haven't had any coffee yet. Not to keep you awake, but to keep you alert. It takes some concentration to follow a plot where flashbacks are flash-forwards and vice versa and both. And sometimes flash-sideways.