A couple of weeks ago I again had the privilege of serving
as one of the judges of the Redstone Contest, the annual short film competition for BU
film students, and once again I came
away impressed and encouraged by the talent, passion, and originality
demonstrated by the participants. You can see what I'm talking about by
attending a showcase of the best of the selections (including the winners,
which will be announced at the show) that will take place tonight at 7 p.
So it's time to close the books on 2010 and, like Johnny
Hallyday in this still from Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (number 9 in A.S. Hamrah's
Ten Best list), and raise a toast to "Another Year" (Number 1 in A.S. Hamrah's
Ten Best list). Brett Michel also offers
his thoughts and judgments on the past year in film.
I'm pleased to report that this has been a good year for
roles for women, and the Academy will have its hands full trying to narrow the
field down to only five nominees for Best Actress and Supporting Actress. That's
progress: hurray for Hollywood!
On the other hand, it wasn't such a good year for animals. In fact, there were so few noteworthy roles for animals in this year's releases that in
choosing the competition for the "Where's
Whitey?" Award for Best Animal Performance I've had to resort to nominating performances
in films I haven't seen, and even in one case a performance by an entrée.