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Best 2011 Comedic Cameo/Limited Role Performance

Just a note before we start: I’d like to thank all of you who voted in the poll. These were nominated by me, but chosen by you! Congrats and thanks again!

Honorable mentions

  • Nick Frost as Ron in Attack the Block,
  • Jim O’Heir as Jerry Gergich on Parks and Recreation,
  • Russell Peters as Max Denoff in Source Code,
  • Alia Shawkat as Bree in Cedar Rapids,
  • Aaron Sorkin as Himself on 30 Rock

5.

Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation

I had to break a tie between Schwartz and Peters, and it wasn’t very hard. Jean-Ralphio makes me, and Parks viewers all over the world, gleeful whenever he makes an appearance onscreen. He had some quite touching (albeit graphic) lines in their most recent episode, Citizen Knope. I’m paraphrasing here: “and then she ripped the hair out of my butthole.”

3T.

John Goodman as Vice Dean Laybourne on Community and Sigourney Weaver as Macy in Cedar Rapids and The Big Guy in Paul

I didn’t break this one, and I won’t break the next tie, either. If I were to make this list, Goodman would probably be an honorable mention, but you guys seem to like what we’ve seen from him so far. Some would say he hasn’t shown us enough, but I would argue that they haven’t given him enough to do… perhaps in part because they’re afraid/not all that willing to take risks while they’re in a fragile state.

Weaver, however, is always given enough to do, and steals all the scenes she’s in. She amazing at playing small roles in comedies. She nails these two, and I’m proud to have her picture on my blog (again).

And the winners are…

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Last Call For Votes!

Hey, guys! This is your last chance to vote for the following Filmtooth Award awards:
  • Best Voice Alive — Your top 5, un-ranked (winner announced December 9)
  • Best New TV Show of 2011 — Your top 5, ranked (winner announced December 11)

Please comment or email me with your top 5. I’ll post the first tomorrow, the second on Sunday. Thanks!

Also:

I’ve been too busy to do these reviews, so I’ll just tell you how I felt about Limitless and X-Men here.

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Attack the Block -2011- Hugo -2011-

I’m trying to fit all of my 2011 reviews in before the end of the year, so from now on, I’ll be doubling up on them. On the 8th, you can expect my reviews of Limitless and X-Men: First Class. Check back later for more (including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

My review of Attack the Block:

The film dazzled me from the start with its impressive editing. Some people might find it annoying that it cuts away from the monster a lot, but I thought it added to the action sequences. It also helps keep the pace fast. Technically, Attack the Block is very interesting. The fog scene in the 19th floor hallway disorients not only “Jerome” but us, as well. Its special effects are great for the budget it had. The decision to make the monsters pitch black (except for their mouths) was genius, as it made them more frightening and enigmatic.

Attack the Block employed some nice “call-backs.” A character claims he can jump a rail, and later he has to jump that rail or be eaten by the monster.

The characters are one of the strongest parts of this movie. Even though I didn’t commit their names to memory until the 45th minute, I cared for them throughout. It shows you their layers, their faults, and their development. Attack the Block is propelled by its characters more than anything else.

It bothered me a little that (and I’m stealing these words from the much more articulate Adam Kempenaar of Filmspotting) we got a triumphant ending, even after so many of these kids died, but I got a sense of community from all that cheering at the end. The community is initially divided, but this incident has brought them together, and I like that the film was able to express that without coming out and saying it.

My review of Hugo:

Imagine a film about the wonder of childhood. Imagine a film that’s a love-letter to cinema. Imagine a film that uses 3D better than any film ever has. Now combine those three films and fill it with great performances and production values. You guessed it… the movie we are talking about is Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo.

I don’t want to spoil the movie’s main reveal, so I won’t! Instead, I’ll talk about how great it is in vague terms! Going into Hugo, I was worried by the fact that its poster had a giant key in it. “Oh great,” I said. “More obvious symbolism.” Hugo is like a machine: many parts work well together and make it a success. The key, fortunately, played a surprisingly part in the film.

Instead of focusing on cold objects, it focused on warm humans. Hugo is incredibly mature for what’s been dubbed a “children’s film.” I suggest every human being, especially those with a penchant for cinema, see it.

It’s certainly too early to tell, but I would be neither shocked nor outraged should Scorsese take home an Oscar for Best Director next spring.

  • Ratings: 3.5/4 for Attack the Block and 4/4 for Hugo

Your Chance to Vote for the Filmtooth Awards

This time, I’ll start with the notes, and work backwards:

  • I have settled on the name “Filmtooth,” an homage to one of my favorite all-time movies, Dogtooth.
  • Because of the increased readership I have been enjoying this past week, I’ve decided to increase the amount of awards I hand out.
  • How, you may ask, will I do this? Here you go:

You, the reader, will get to vote for some of the categories that I award awards in! Yay! Here’s the list of awards you guys get to vote in, and what is needed for those categories:

  • Best Voice Alive — Your top 5, un-ranked (winner announced December 9)
  • Best New Show of 2011 — Your top 5, ranked (winner announced December 11)
  • Best 2011 Comedic TV Actress — Your top 3, ranked (winner announced December 17)
  • Best 2011 Comedic TV Actor — Your top 3, ranked (winner announced December 21)
  • Best 2011 Podcast — Your top 5, ranked (winner announced December 25)
  • Best 2011 TV Drama — Your top 5, ranked (winner announced December 31)
  • Best 2011 TV Comedy — Your top 5, ranked (winner announced 31)
  • Best 2011 Supporting Male Film Performance — Your top 5, ranked
  • Best 2011 Supporting Female Film Performance — Your top 5, ranked
  • Best 2011 Leading Male Film Performance — Your top 5, ranked
  • Best 2011 Leading Female Film Performance — Your top 5, ranked
  • Best Film of 2011 — Your top 10, ranked

There are two ways to submit votes: by commenting on this post or emailing me (at movieblogger8@yahoo.com). Votes for Voice and New Show must be in by the morning of December 9 (United States time). Votes for all the TV awards (plus best podcast) will be accepted up to December 17. For the rest, you have until January 14. Good luck!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to a fun, reader interactive month!

(One last note: my reviews of Attack the Block and Hugo have been pushed back due to homework overload.)

The Best 2010 Films I Didn’t Get Around to Seeing Until After The Oscars

And we’re rolling. Welcome to the 1st Annual Filmtooth Awards. I have nothing else to say.

The runner-ups, in alphabetical order:

Four Lions is a daring black comedy about terrorists. No wait, don’t skip to the next one yet… it’s actually good! The last scene floored me… hard. I highly recommend this one.

There are haters and there are lovers. The Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher’s US version coming soon) has more haters than lovers, despite having more likers than dislikers. Lizbeth being cloaked in mystery and the Hollywood ending did not repel me.

This was the first movie I cried at in a long, long time. It was tragic but somehow entertaining. I loved the way it showed us the end when it meant nothing to us, then replayed it when we understood it.

Applauded for the handling of its dark subject matter, the death of a child, Rabbit Hole is moving and heartfelt. It improves with each viewing.

And the winner is

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The Bleeding House -2011- Last Night -2011-

I’m trying to fit all of my 2011 reviews in before the end of the year, so from now on, I’ll be doubling up on them. On the 30th, you can expect my reviews of Attack the Block and Hugo. Check back on the 5th to see my takes on Limitless and X-Men: First Class. And at the end of December/beginning of January, I’ll post my reviews of both Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films.

My review of The Bleeding House:

The girl brings the animal into the house.

Oh, the music. Why?

One word: cliche. Two words: bad acting.

You’ve seen this movie before. It tries to create tension where tension doesn’t exist. A woman spills red paint and (oh my goodness) it looks like blood. They keep teasing the secret until you don’t even care what it is. This movie does nothing new.

The Smiths are the talk of the town. Something happened. Oh, I wonder what it was. We meet the mysterious Nick, a man whose car broke down near their house, just as this family learns that the father didn’t get a job that would take them out-of-state and the teenage girl smooches a baby bird in her hand and the 19-year-old son decided to move out.

What Nick says is funny, but the accent he uses to say it is even funnier. He doesn’t give a bad performance, per se, but it’s not a good one by any stretch of the imagination.

This movie is so obvious in the clunky foreshadowing that it’s funny. You’ll see some quotes in the section below labeled “quotes.” I began hating The Bleeding House (instead of finding it hilariously bad) around the 24th minute. Five minutes later, the “film” takes its first victim.

(Without spoiling too much) Nick is a lot like the Michael Parks character in another horror movie I saw recently, Red State. If you make a mistake, this person will punish you. Only Parks (and the whole film of Red State) delivers, while The Bleeding House does not.

The Bleeding House could have been different. It had all these ideas and themes it could have explored, but it explored none of them. Why was this movie so bleak? Characters disagreeing on the right motive for murder? It had no purpose! It’s an outrage! Please, avoid it if you can.

Unintentionally funny quotes and other notes:

  • “It’s covered in dead things, Gloria.”
  • “You are not allowed to have any living thing in this house… ever!”
  • Nick’s whole family was murdered, so he has decided to go around ridding the world of impure people. The film doesn’t judge him, so I feel I have to: what he is doing is wrong.
  • “Has this couch been reupholstered?”
  • The cops are ridiculously stereotypical.
  • I didn’t understand the philosophical babble Nick was spewing while slitting Margaret’s throat. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.
  • I admire Nick’s suit. Great fashion decision, going retro like that!
  • Wow. What an ending.

And now my review of Last Night:

Joanna (Keira Knightley) is married to Michael (Sam Worthington). Michael works with Laura (Eva Mendes). Joanna used to be in a relationship with Alex (Guillaume Canet). The premise for the film is actually a decent one, one I’d like to see done better someday: Michael is away on a work trip with Laura and another person, Alex returned to the states from Paris and takes Joanna to dinner with some of his friends. This is a test to their relationship, especially after Joanna picked a fight with Michael over his flirting with Laura.

Last Night never reaches deep enough, though. Sam Worthington doesn’t help that at all, as he turns in a largely dispassionate performance. The movie dogged him by making him cheat first (oops… spoiler) and cheat “harder.” I really disliked Michael, his character, and I felt sorry for Joanna, who has a shot at what I’d call happiness with Alex. But Michael and Joanna lie to each other again and again, and I couldn’t sympathize with them too much because of that. By the end, I was rooting for Alex and Joanna to get together, if anything.

Alex and Joanna felt real and passionate. Knightley and Guillaume Canet give it their all. But the movie failed to make me care enough for the Joanna-Michael relationship. The characters don’t even care about it. They’re more often sad or mad than happy with each other. The scenes at the dinner that Joanna attends with Alex are fun and light, as are the scenes with the dog. But everything with Worthington and Mendes in it drags.

Last Night ends ambiguously. Does she tell him? Does she not tell him? Honestly, I didn’t care.

Funny quotes and other notes:

  • “You smell the same.” “So do you.”
  • I understand the appeal of a fancy free spirit like Alex, but I don’t see why Michael falls for Laura.

And now other notes regarding the two movies and my blog:

  • I give both ** out of 4, but I clearly preferred Last Night.
  • As of November 28, The Bleeding House is the worst movie (38th best) I’ve seen in 2011, and Last Night is the third worst (36th best).
  • If you see The Bleeding House and are left wanting more, please see Fargo and Pulp Fiction.
  • If you see Last Night and are left wanting more, please see Never Let Me Go and Kramer vs. Kramer.
  • Both of these movies are available now on Netflix Instant.
  • Coming soon: talk of sex in movies (I’ve been dangling that for awhile, but this time I promise to post it), more reviews, and the start of the awards!
  • Have you seen these movies? What do you think?