Thursday, November 27, 2008

Favourite Movies and performances of 2008 so far

The Visitor - loved the quite intricate way people made connections in this movie. They were all wounded yet they found joy in each other's company. Richard Jenkins and Haaz Sleiman were affecting and had wonderful chemistry in their scenes together. Hiam Abbas was heartbreaking in her longing, reserved hope, plunge into love and finally quiet acquiescence.

Rachel Getting Married - recognized and empathized with the unimaginable loss the parents were feeling. These two characters were sparsely but tightly written. No exposition was needed. Bill Irwin and Debra Winger were so magnificent and heartbreaking.

Milk - where do I start with this one. Possibly the best of the year. Not only is this an important story that should be told in the current political climate. But it was actually told so well. Dustin Lance Black chose rightfully to show only the years when Harvey was politically active. His screenplay was nuanced and heartfelt balancing the public with the private while drawing full formed characters of Harvey, his friends, lovers and others in his orbit. All the actors were excellent. Sean Penn probably gave his most relaxed performance, finding what makes Harvey tick. James Franco was the anchor of the movie with his warmth and beauty. Josh Brolin made Dan White chilling and loathsome but 100% human.

I've Loved You So Long - just loved Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylbersyein. Two fantastic actresses at the top of their game, dueling it out in a fireworks acting fight. And the viewer is the winner.

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