“I think, I hope, my work has gotten better through the years”, smiled George Clooney at TIFF this year, “some of my early performances were, well, terrible.”
In fact Clooney has come almost full circle to being one of the most respected actors in the business, an artist able to dig in and give a complex and deep performance, but also a movie star with box office clout, admired by his fans, by men and women and alike, and respected by his peers for his honesty and work. He is what I like to call a “no bullshit” sort of guy, one who speaks his mind, does not take himself all that seriously, and uses his power within the industry to make important films that challenge him and hopefully, his audiences. The awards have come, and while he appreciates them, they do not govern what he does, or how he chooses his films.
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The full list can be found here, but these are the major ones:
EUROPEAN FILM 2011
THE ARTIST, France
LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike), Belgium/France/Italy
HÆVNEN (In a Better World), Denmark
THE KING’S SPEECH, UK
LE HAVRE, Finland/France/Germany
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The Tree of Life (***)
Director Terrence Malick achieves some of the best cinematic and touching images seen on film in years with The Tree of Life. Starring Academy Award Winners Brad Pitt and Sean Penn along with Jessica Chastain and newcomer Hunter McCracken, the film is a terrific ensemble that gets some of the best work of its actors. As the overbearing father, Pitt is ferocious and innovative delivering one of the finest performances yet. As the mother, Mrs. O’Brien, Chastain is absolutely gorgeous and mesmerizing. One of the best Oscar-caliber wonders of the year. Hunter McCracken shows one the best debuts by a young actor in years. Holding his own and nearly carrying the film on his shoulders, McCracken touches the deepest parts of the cinematic soul. Penn is the briefest of the performers but bookends a wondrous tale with a fully capable performance. Malick’s direction is brilliant though at times disengaging especially in the second act. Alexandre Desplat’s score composes the best work of his career hands down. Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is the single best technical work by any person in 2011. He continues to raise the bar considerably for all camerawork by any man or woman. Though the narrative is at times overkill, the appreciation is present entirely throughout and should be applauded for such a distinct and unique piece of cinema.
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Here’s a new trailer for Cameron Crowe’s upcoming film ‘We Bought a Zoo‘. It’s only slightly different from the first one, but it still looks pretty good.
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