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DAY FOR NIGHT -another great movie about movies

I'm not sure if I like it more than 8 1/2 or Singing in the Rain, but when the majestic trumpet music plays, it reminds me of why I love cinema in the first place. The actors are terrific in this film as well. However, nothing will top Topsy-Turvy for me about the mystery,repetition, and heartbreak of the artistic process.❞ -Lars

 

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The 12th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards celebrating the films of 2011.

PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES

 

Best Picture

THE ARTIST
Michel Hazanavicius
(Weinstein Co, Nov 23rd)
BEGINNERS
Mike Mills
(Focus Features, June 3rd)
DRIVE
Nicolas Winding Refn
(Film District, Sept 16th)
A SEPARATION
Asghar Farhadi
(Sony Pictures Classics, Dec 30th)
WEEKEND
Andrew Haigh
(Sundance Selects, Sept. 23rd)
 A joyous celebration of Hollywood & the redemptive power of movies 

Moment I just recalled: Valentin in quicksand, two actresses mourning his fictional demise, only one of them onscreen. 
A melancholy but optimistic memoir / collage on learning to live and love.

Moment I just recalled: Oliver's illustrated "History of Sadness"
 A nasty retro-stylish ride through cinematic genre roads.

Moment I just recalled: A masked man just outside a restaurant window. 
  Family drama. Legal mystery. Ensemble portrait. And brilliant at all three.

Moment I just recalled: A billowing black abaya darting through street traffic
 A fresh immediate beautifully observed expansion of two lives

Moment I just recalled: The repeated evolving shot of Russell watching Glen leaving the apt. complex
 

Finalists: POETRY and MELANCHOLIA
Top Ten Article

Semi-Finalists: BRIDESMAIDS, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, CERTIFIED COPY, MONEYBALL and YOUNG ADULT
Honorable Mentions and Other Favorites

 

 

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi
A SEPARATION
Michel Hazanavicius
THE ARTIST
Lee Chang dong
POETRY
Nicolas Winding Refn
DRIVE
Lars von Trier
MELANCHOLIA
 Meticulously calibrated but never mechanical, ever deeply committed to moral complexity. I bet he whistled while he worked. A joyful buoyant and ambitious achievement.   Beautiful, bracing work finely tuned to the central character study, and open to ethereal beauty.  In a year full of movie-mad movies, Refn's preoccupations were the coolest, scariest, and most mesmerizing  His vision is frontloaded and wildly erratic but the peaks remind you of his geniune eccentric genius.
 
Finalists: Mike Mills for BEGINNERS, Sean Durkin for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Semi-Finalists:  Abbas Kiarostami for CERTIFIED COPY, Andrew Haigh for WEEKEND, Bennett Miller for MONEYBALL, and Terrence Malick for THE TREE OF LIFE

 

Best Original Screenplay

Mike Mills
BEGINNERS
Abbas Kiarostami
CERTIFIED COPY
Asghar Farhadi
A SEPARATION
Andrew Haigh
WEEKEND
Diablo Cody
YOUNG ADULT
 So many great lines but mostly it wows from its richly idiosyncratic personal stories weaved into a tapestry of universal truth, shared history. Kiarostami's intellectually playful movie about originals and fakes -- do the author and "She" know each other?  -- also pierces the heart. Farhadi's prismatic screenplay casts revealing light on six-plus characters and multiple agendas while never skimping on the intricacies of a top notch legal thriller  Largely two character dramas require skill and precision. Haigh's structure is tight but feels loose, and the conversations feel organic even when they're hitting thematic beats  Cody's characters are unusually vivid but she also uses their wit and neurosis to offer sharply drawn observations about our human foibles
 
Finalists: Lee Chang-dong's humanistic mystery about a terrible death and an old woman's search for POETRY |  Kenneth Lonergan messy sprawling ambitious beauty known as MARGARET (not anyone's real name) | Sean Durkin for the mysterious haunting of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE [interview

Semi-Finalists:
 Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST  | Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA | Woody Allen for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS 

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Hossein Amini
DRIVE
Moira Buffini
JANE EYRE
Steve Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin
MONEYBALL
Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar
THE SKIN I LIVE IN
Apichatpong "Joe" Weerathasekul
UNCLE BOONMEE 
 Based on the novella by James Sallis though its so cinematic its hard to remember its an adaptation.  So many writers have taken a crack at this classic novel by Charlotte Brontë by Buffini carves it up with confidence while still totally honoring it.  Two of Hollywood's most celebrated writers divvy up and movie-fy the nonfiction: "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" Almodóvar alters Thierry Jonquet's nightmarish horror novel "Tarantula" (remarkably its less sexual in plot.)  Based on the biographical book "A Man Who Can Recall His Past Lives" by the abbot Phra Sripariyattiweti 
 
Finalists: George Clooney, Grant Henslov and Beau Willimon for THE IDES OF MARCH based on the play "Farragut North" by Willimon | François Ozon for POTICHE based on the play of the same name by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy

Semi-Finalists: Roman Polanski and Yazmina Reza CARNAGE based on her play "God of Carnage" | Christopher Hampton A DANGEROUS METHOD based on his own play "The Talking Cure" and the book "A Most Dangerous Method" by John Kerr | Richard Ayoade for SUBMARINE from Joe Dunthorne's novel