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New York Film Critic's Circle 2011 Awards

 
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Jack Sommersby
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: New York Film Critic's Circle 2011 Awards Reply with quote

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)

Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Best Actor: Brad Pitt (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter)

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Best Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Foreign Film: A Separation

Best First Film: J.C. Chandor (Margin Call

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Have to admit I had zero reason to see Drive, but off of the Brooks win I'm more than inclined to now!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Artist. Watched the trailer of that, and thought it was quite gutsy to release a black-and-white silent melodrama. The only problem I saw is that it seems to be too knowing, like it knows it cannot be taken at face value, so it doesn't want to, multiplies allusions and goes straight for awards.

It's the same problem with people who try to take 19th-century-style pictures of themselves. You know the type: seated on a chair, legs crossed, with a small table with some trinket (a flower vase, usually) next to them, a carpet and a painted backdrop. Even if everything is vintage -- the clothes, furniture, and even the camera -- there is always one element that gives it away: the person's attitude to the camera, invariably one of pretending not to pretend -- or more accurately, pretending to be pretending not to pretend. It always comes across as "trying to be acting serious by attempting to appear as though not acting at all". Even more simply put, a 19th-century person would be seriously acting more serious than he/she was, because the portrait still mattered. Photography was rare, done by professionals in studios; it was a more realistic (and affordable) method than a painting. This was how posterity would remember you. A 21st-century person doing a fake vintage photo would be jokingly trying to be someone acting more serious than he/she was. That whole "stately, not candid" approach to photography was so hypocritically Victorian, we might as well mock it. And now we've forgotten how to not mock it.

Look what you've done. Now I want to see it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't do anything, you frigging Canuck. Razz

Once again, you've offered enough interesting critique in a comment section that I wish you'd see to impart in a review, of which you don't really write nearly enough of. C'mon, pal -- break the streak and churn 'em out.

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