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  • Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy | reallyquitetired
    impending destruction Jack Bauer as you can imagine is not up for dying but this time he loses depression which the film implicitly interprets as a palpable sense of the pointlessness and fragility of existence is therefore not affliction but liberation from a shared delusion which whether or not von Trier knows it is actually a version of rather well worn trope if we substitute depression for madness the performances and the visual style are strong and i found the film poignant even if the message is predictably bleak now that her stint as Mrs Spiderman has passed Kirsten Dunst is finally making good on the sophisticated potential of her performances in Interview with the Vampire and The Virgin Suicides like Emily Watson Breaking The Waves but unlike Nicole Kidman Dogville Bryce Dallas Howard Manderlay or Charlotte Gainsbourg Antichrist Dunst has a natural air of fragility which in the hands of someone like von Trier evoked probably deliberately a paternalistic dread in me as it is she receives far less rough treatment than Watson as a fellow MDD sufferer i disagree with von Trier on the nature of depression but i admired this film and would recommend it however if you haven t and can see Antichrist first Contagion as you will probably have already figured is part limp closet racist disaster movie part menacing public information film yes germs are coming to get us all and a bit like the collapse of the global economy ah i get it they will highlight and make fools of impotent politics and hamstrung bureaucracy in the process if you re imagining a whirlwind of microscopes hazmat suits and large screen maps in command centres gradually going red as the spread of a virus is modelled over time then prepare to be utterly unsurprised if you also assumed that with the so called Arab Spring muddying the waters of American popular discourse on the Middle East the threat would likely originate from carelessnesses in China the new economic superpower then you madamsir are flying high what s more if you d also wager that Jude Law would probably be able to do a passable Australian accent then damn you fell at the final hurdle why Steven Soderburgh who i still think of as a solid director got involved in this mess i have no idea although if he s trying to steer his career in a more Tony Scott direction then perhaps that covers it if it s true that some films however pedestrian the concept or ropey the screenplay are lifted to a higher plane simply by virtue of the quality of cast then this film would seem a decent candidate for that phenomenon however despite the valiant efforts of Damon Winslet Cotillard Fishburne Paltrow and Bryan in everything right now Cranston Jude Law failed to meet the requirement in the previous sentence Contagion remains barely passable setting Jude Law s abomination of a performance to one side the biggest problem for Contagion is not that it s clichéd or that it s heavy handed big lead lined hazmat gloves heavy handed but that it s boring what s more there are repeated attempts to raise ethical issues concerning entitlement to information treatment immunisation but the characters concerned are so thin and the emotional bonds between them so weak that i couldn t have cared less who lived or died although as a Soderbergh fan this film disappointed me its many failings are largely unimportant there are two things however that struck me as genuinely problematic 1 the way in which it will regardless of Soderbergh s intention play into as much as confront the widespread culture of fear mongering that plagues the US and increasingly UK media and 2 the fact that at one point Lawrence Fishburne s character when challenged during a TV news item about the effectiveness of a widely available but unrecommended natural medicine Forsythia reluctantly admits the potential benefits of homeopathy this might sound insignificant but the role of Forsythia whose effectiveness is downplayed by the government in order to encourage a larger up take of a vaccine that in the opinion of the hero sceptical journalist played by Jude Law is the result of a lucrative deal with a big pharmaceutical company is rhetorically significant there is no really clear cut message in the film but a general theme about political incompetence is reinforced by the way the potential remedy is used in a sense Forsythia is the closest thing the film has to a hero and that is why it s so annoying that Lawrence Fishburne the script writer editor and Soderbergh himself clearly don t know the difference between natural medicine which is very likely a powerful and important skill that Western cultures have lost and homeopathy which is a load of old bollocks talking of people with a lot of films out at the moment which we were in relation to Justin Timberlake earlier smoulderingly uncertain Canadian boy man and recently crowned king of the feminists Ryan Gosling has been busy with three films out this year equalling last and more projects slated for next given that i missed and have no plans to catch up with Crazy Stupid Love and i ve missed both the preview screening of The Ides of March last week and each screening since it opened Drive is currently the only of this year s Gosling triple to hit my eyes Drive is a sleek slow stylish and brilliant pulp drama about a man whose mad drivin skillz experience using them for getaways and simple desire to quietly and respectfully please pretty women are destined to carry him into a messy world of crime and violence the icecool guy who s involved with the criminal underworld but somehow floats above its vagaries because of an autistic like obsession with efficiency conceit as i like to call it is pretty old hat but it s revived in the first

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  • #cinefile: oscar rundown | reallyquitetired
    i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit it will ice yet

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  • Academy Awards | reallyquitetired
    my radar until i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit it

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  • Black Swan | reallyquitetired
    really on my radar until i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True

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  • Chico and Rita | reallyquitetired
    my radar until i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit it

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  • Colin Firth | reallyquitetired
    i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit it will ice yet

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  • Des Hommes et Des Dieux | reallyquitetired
    on my radar until i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit

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  • Oscars | reallyquitetired
    i was really struck by what is an astonishing contribution to an excellent thriller strangely reminiscent of a toned down Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers or Dusk Till Dawn if there were any justice in the world Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated in this category rather than the next for a brilliant performance in a role that stands as a lead by any measure however in truth the fact she has been bumped down is probably testimony to the quality of her performance assuming that the decision was essentially pragmatic if however she does not win for best supporting female then she will have been robbed of the significant and justified accolade of a Best Actress nomination at such a early stage Actress In A Supporting Role given that HBC s performance in The King s Speech is so inert that it is out shone by at least two other females whose characters enjoy significantly less screen time when added together Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret it will be a travesty if she gets swept to victory by the film s momentum a la BAFTAs Amy Adams received a fairly worthy nod but for me it really comes down to the wunderkind Steinfeld versus to two cold hard working class mothers Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom I d love it to be Steinfeld it would be good if it were Weaver but it will probably be Leo Animated Feature it s difficult to oppose Toy Story 3 s nailed on win in this category too vehemently especially considering that many critics have advocated for it winning the biggie which just ain t going to happen given that it s a sparsely inhabited category this time round it s very sad that the Academy did not have the insight to nominate Chico y Rita which is a really joyful and joy making film and was by far my favourite animation of the last year Documentary i haven t seen many documentaries in the last year but from what i have seen Inside Job deserves to and i think probably will win i m so glad I m Still Here was snubbed Foreign Language in line with the ignorance that allows this category to continue to carry such a colonialist title the cohort this year is seriously lacking Biutiful will no doubt win because it is the least foreign of all of them but the real tragedy is not the transparency of the empty gesture that this category represents but the absence of Un Prophète Chico y Rita and Des Hommes et des Dieux i m not going to waste time commenting on categories that no one but the massivist nerds care about but let s just spare two good thoughts for Roger Deakins a Brit a gentleman and one of if not the greatest cinematographers of all time if he wins for True Grit it will ice yet

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