Some of my thoughts on the nominated films I’ve seen so far, in the order I’ve seen them, in 140 characters or less:
- Iron Man 2
Not as fun as the first one. Too many CGI fights. Rockwell’s awesome, Rourke is just weird.
- Toy Story 3
I laughed. I cried. I cried some more. One of the best films in recent memory, perfect ending to the trilogy.
Not quite the mind-bender it’s made out to be. A few things are just silly, but it’s worth it for the visual treats.
- How to Train Your Dragon
Don’t be fooled by the Dreamworks banner, this is nothing like Shrek and the like. It’s actually pretty awesome.
- The Kids Are All Right
Ruffallo and Moore steal the show. I expected it to be better after all the hype, but it’s still a nice little movie.
- Kynodontas (Dogtooth)
Sets up a strange, uncomfortable mood that stays with you long after the credits have rolled. Not for the faint of heart.
- The Social Network
If you can see past the fake breath you’ll find a great performance from Eisenberg. Soorkin’s script is full of awesome one-liners, as usual.
- Black Swan
Perfectly crafted genre-film full of many beautiful things such as music, dance, people, camera work.
- Exit Through the Gift Shop
What is art? Is this art? Who is Banksy? Is this Banksy? No matter. Never mind. Real or not, it’s a thrilling ride.
- The Town
Not as dark (or good) as Affleck’s debut, Gone Baby Gone. Still, as action-crime-dramas go, this is rather enjoyable, maybe a bit too long.
- Winter’s Bone
John Hawkes gives an outstanding performance in what otherwise is a rather dull outing.
- Animal Kingdom
Terrific Australian crime drama with all around great performances and a steady hand from first-time writer/director David Michôd.
- TRON: Legacy
Obviously unable to live up to half a decade of hype but still immensely fun and with the best soundtrack of the year (by Daft Punk) at that.
- Io sono l’amore (I Am Love)
The magnificent Tilda Swinton. The music. The food. The Italian country side. It’s a fest for lovers of beautiful things.
- The King’s Speech
Very much an actor’s movie, and there are few better than Firth and Rush.
Solid action-thriller. Grab a box of popcorn, turn off your brain and immerse yourself in the world of Jolie kicking ass.
- L’illusionniste (The Illusionist)
Well, it’s very nice, but at only 80 minutes it still feels too long. Would have made a better short subject, I think.
- The Wolfman
Oh boy. It’s bad, but not self-consciously enough to be trashy. It’s just bad.