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Postby ITALIANO » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:23 am

I haven't still seen Black Swan yet unfortunately. By the way, reading the list of eligible movies which Big Magilla provided here, it's interesting - and a bit disheartening - to realize how few are the foreign movies. Still, Vincere was certainly distributed at least in New York (unless you saw it in some festival), so I guess the problem maybe is that they aren't shown in Los Angeles (or most probably anywhere in the US except New York). And honestly it seems absurd that a place of LA's size gets to see Little Fockers and Piranha 3d but not Vincere.

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Postby Damien » Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:47 am

ITALIANO wrote:Maria Paiato would be very happy, Damien. She's the kind of humble, hard-working Italian stage actress who only gets small roles in movies, and rarely gets recognitions from our own press or our own year-end awards. The fact that now so many people on the other side of the ocean have seen her - even, most of them, without knowing her name - must certainly make her proud. She's by far the best thing about I Am Love (one of those family dramas of the type we make so many of, and not one of the best, but which, because of Tilda Swinton being in it, has had the luck of being shown all over the world); her last scene, which is also the last scene of the movie, is I think amazing.

On the other hand, Giovanna Mezzogiorno is a star here. I wonder if Vincere is, at least "officially", eligible for the Oscars this year; if so, let me say that her performance is by far more deserving than, for example, Annette Bening's or Jennifer Lawrence's - but then obviously, unlike them, she hasn't a chance of being nominated. She WAS nominated for a David di Donatello (the Italian version of the Academy Award), and quite incredibly she lost to a much less impressive, though very pretty, actress - seems that the Davids and the Oscars have more than one thing in common.

Thanks for the information, Marco. Unfortunately, these days Italian performers receive very little attention in the American press, so the actors behind all these impressive performances remain just names to me -- I have no idea what their status is back home, so it's great having the missing pieces filled in.

Being a realist, one could never expect a Giovanna Mezzogiorno to be recognized by the Academy, but shame on these critics groups who have awarded the likes of Annette Bening and Natalie Portman (as much as I have sometimes liked both of them) when Mezzogiorno was right there. And when one sees the operatic grace which Marco Bellocchio displays in Vincere, the fact that many supposedly serious reviewers in America consider Darren Aronofsky's puerile ham-handedness in Black Swan as great bravura filmmaking is just sad.




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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:21 am

Vincere is not eligible.

Here's the complete list of the 248 films that are eligible:

http://bitchinfilmreviews.com/the-248-oscar-eligible-films-of-2010/

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Postby ITALIANO » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:28 am

Maria Paiato would be very happy, Damien. She's the kind of humble, hard-working Italian stage actress who only gets small roles in movies, and rarely gets recognitions from our own press or our own year-end awards. The fact that now so many people on the other side of the ocean have seen her - even, most of them, without knowing her name - must certainly make her proud. She's by far the best thing about I Am Love (one of those family dramas of the type we make so many of, and not one of the best, but which, because of Tilda Swinton being in it, has had the luck of being shown all over the world); her last scene, which is also the last scene of the movie, is I think amazing.

On the other hand, Giovanna Mezzogiorno is a star here. I wonder if Vincere is, at least "officially", eligible for the Oscars this year; if so, let me say that her performance is by far more deserving than, for example, Annette Bening's or Jennifer Lawrence's - but then obviously, unlike them, she hasn't a chance of being nominated. She WAS nominated for a David di Donatello (the Italian version of the Academy Award), and quite incredibly she lost to a much less impressive, though very pretty, actress - seems that the Davids and the Oscars have more than one thing in common.




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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:53 am

My selections are based on premiere release, not US release date.

Also, though I haven't seen some of the possible Oscar bound films (The Fighter, True Grit, Another Year, Get Low, Rabbit Hole, 127 Hours & Black Swan) I must admit that they are made by filmmakers I have little to no interest in, with the exception of Mike Leigh.

I'd also be quite happy if this list didn't change much as the performances I have cited are very strong.

Best Actor

1. Gerard Depardieu for Mammuth
2. Edgar Ramirez for Carlos
3. Andy Garcia for City Island
4. Colin Firth for The King's Speech
5. Andy Serkis for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Best Actress

1. Catherine Keener for Please Give
2. Yun Jeong-Lie for Poetry
3. Allison Janney for Life During Wartime
4. Tilda Swinton for I Am Love
5. Isabelle Huppert for White Material

Best Supporting Actor

1. Michael Lerner for Life During Wartime
2. Oliver Platt for Please Give
3. Tom Hardy for Inception
4. Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech
5. Barry Otto for South Solitary

Best Supporting Actress

1. Yolande Moreau for Mammuth
2. Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom
3. Rebecca Hall for Please Give
4. Amanda Peet for Please Give
5. Yun Yeo-Jong for The Housemaid
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Postby Sabin » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:16 pm

Best Actor
1. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
2. James Franco, 127 Hours
3. Ben Stiller, Greenberg
4. Tahar Rahim, A Prophet
5. Lars Eidinger, Everyone Else

Best Actress
1. Birgit Minichmayr, Everyone Else
2. Hye-ja Kim, Mother
3. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
4. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
5. Annette Bening OR Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actor
1. John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
2. Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris
3. Yoon Do-joon, Mother
4. Niels Aresrup, A Prophet
5. Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
1. Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole
2. Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer
3. Milla Jovovich, Stone
4. Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone
5. Mary Elizabeth Winstead OR Ellen Wong, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Best Director
1. Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
2. Maren Ade, Everyone Else
3. Giorgos Lanthimos, Dogtooth
4. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, I Love You Phillip Morris
5. Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer




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Postby Sonic Youth » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:31 pm

Wait... is Vincere a 2010 release? I saw it at the beginning of the year - er, LAST year - on In Demand and assumed it was an '09 release.

If so it easily goes to the top of my list, assuming I ever make one.
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Postby Damien » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:25 pm

Worst Pictures So Far This Year:

1. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
2. Leaving (Catherine Corsini)
3. My Dog Tulip (Paul and Sandra Fierlinger)
4. Daybreakers (Michael and Peter Spierig
5. Valentine’s Day (Garry Marshall)
6. Dear John (Lasse Hallström)
7. Heartbreaker (Pascal Chaumeil)
8. Nora’s Will (Mariana Chenillo)
9. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
10. The Social Network (David Fincher)
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Postby Damien » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:44 pm

And while I'm at it, here's where my acting choices stand as of 01/01/01:

BEST ACTOR
1. Casey Affleck in The Killer Inside Me
2. Gerard Depardieu in Inspector Bellamy
3. Kodi Smit-McPhee in Let Me In
4. Sean Penn in Fair Game
5. Anthony Mackie in Night Catches Us

BEST ACTRESS
1. Giovanna Mezzogiorno in Vincere
2. Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank
3. Barbara Sukowa in Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
4. Tilda Swinton in I Am Love
5. Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Niels Arestrupin Un Prophete
2. Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
3. Brian O’Byrne in Brooklyn’s Finest
4. Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet in Army Of Crime
5. Paolo Bonacelli in The American

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Olivia Williams In The Ghost Writer
2. Maria Paiato in I Am Love
3. Rooney Mara in The Social Network
4. Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech
5. Taylor Swift in Valentine's Day




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Postby Okri » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:30 pm

1. Everyone Else
2. Winter’s Bone
3. Mother
4. Black Swan
5. Uncle Boonmee Recalls His Past Lives
6. Another Year
7. Toy Story 3
8. Animal Kingdom
9. 127 Hours
10. Never Let Me Go

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Postby Damien » Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:44 pm

It'll be a couple more months before I'm completely caught up with 2010's output, but here's where things stand at the beginning of the new year:


1. Vincere (Marco Bellocchio)
2. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
3. Ajami (Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani)
4. Eccentricities Of A Blond-haired Girl (Manoel De Oliviera)
5. Fair Game (Doug Liman)
6. The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)
7. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
8. Night Catches Us (Tanya Hamilton)
9. The Killer Inside Me (Michael Winterbottom)
10. Inspector Bellamy (Claude Chabrol)




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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:01 pm

I'm still working on it, but this is what I've got so far:

Films I expected to like and did, although not as much as I thought I would:

The Social Network; 127 Hours; The Kids Are All Right; The Ghost Writer; The Town; Toy Story 3; The Secret in Their Eyes; A Prophet and The King's Speech.

Films I didn't expect to like, but did:

True Grit; Inception and Shutter Island.

Films I expected to like, but didn't:

Black Swan; Winter's Bone; Fish Tank; I Am Love and Please Give.

Still to see:

Fair Game; Rabbit Hole; Blue Valentine and Another Year.




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Postby Eric » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:16 am

What I've got at the moment, in roughly descending order...

Black Swan
Enter the Void
Dogtooth
Shutter Island
Mother
Let Me In
The Crazies
True Grit
I Am Love
Jackass 3D


Still need to see The Ghost Writer, Everyone Else and most of Precious Doll's list.




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Postby Sabin » Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:29 am

****
1. Everyone Else (Maren Ade)
2. Dogtooth (Giogos Lanthimos)

***1/2
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
4. I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)
5. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
6. Winter's Bone (Debra Granik)
7. White Material (Claire Denis)
8. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
9. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
10. Megamind (Tom McGrath)
11. The Social Network (David Fincher)
12. Rabbit Hole (John Cameron Mitchell)

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13. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
14. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
15. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
16. Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)
17. The Fighter (David O. Russell)

**1/2
18. True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen)
19. The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)
20. Hot Tub Time Machine (Steve Pink)
21. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
22. Get Him to the Greek (Nicholas Stoller)
23. The Town (Ben Affleck)
24. Animal Kingdom (David Michod)
25. Stone (John Curran)
26. Tron Legacy (Joseph Kosinski)
27. Enter the Void (Gasper Noe)
28. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau)
29. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
30. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
31. The A-Team (Joe Carnahan)
32. Holy Rollers (Kevin Asch)
33. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
34. Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)
35. Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn)

**
36. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
37. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone)
38. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
39. Cyrus (The Duplass Brothers)
40. Solitary Man (Brian Koppelson)

*1/2
41. Get Low (Aaron Schneider)
42. It's Kind of a Funny Story (Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck)
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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:18 am

1. Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)
2. Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
3. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
4. Mammuth (Gustave de Kervern & Benoit Delepine)
5. Poetry (Chang-dong Lee)
6. White Material (Claire Denis)
7. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
8. Honey (Semih Kaplanoglu)
9. The Housemaid (Sang-soo Inn)
10. Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan)




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