Fans of independent movies are all pretty bummed that Tilda Swinton didn’t earn a nomination for We Need To Talk About Kevin. In the film, she plays a mom who has to face one of the hardest things a parent will ever face. Her son is capable of unspeakable evil and there’s nothing she can do about it. Not that she’s exactly mother of the year to begin with.
Walking through the film exhausted in a permanent state of post-pardum depression, her own pride and motherly instincts keep her from getting her child the help he needs. That’s a tough line to walk as an actor. All Melissa McCarthy had to do was act like Jack Black to get her nomination.
Albert Brooks completely transformed his image to play gangster Bernie Ross. Brooks playing a heavy was inspired casting, and the veteran comedian left his neurotic schtick at home to give weight to this thriller. Who knew Nemo’s dad could be so cold?
Say what you will about Super 8, but it’s not a film that deserves to be written off. J.J. Abrams set out to pay homage to the Spielberg films of the late 1970s by cribbing their visual style, and that goal was passed with flying colors. He managed to create a world that was unmistakably set in this time without being tripped up by the wink-wink pitfall gags of the disco decade. Of course, there were a lot of strong contenders in this category, but Super 8 deserves credit where it’s due. At times, I felt like I was watching a live-action version of The Iron Giant.