Thursday

And My Heart Nearly Burst Right Outta My Chest


Kathleen Edwards, Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, 1-17-09

Sunday

The JLT/JLT Ballot: '08

Where consensus is the order of the day. "Winners" bolded (and pictured).

FILM

A Christmas Tale
Cloverfield
The Edge of Heaven
Perfect Life
Silent Light


DIRECTOR

Fatih Akin - The Edge of Heaven
Olivier Assayas - Boarding Gate/Summer Hours
Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Tale
Emily Tang - Perfect Life
Gus Van Sant - Milk/Paranoid Park

ACTRESS

Asia Argento - Boarding Gate
Juliette Binoche - Flight of the Red Balloon
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Anamaria Marinca - 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Yao Qianyu - Perfect Life

ACTOR

Charles Berling - Summer Hours
Josh Brolin - W.
Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Sean Penn - Milk

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Catherine Deneuve - A Christmas Tale
Chiara Mastroianni - A Christmas Tale
Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
Hanna Schygulla - The Edge of Heaven
Mary Steenburgen - Step Brothers

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mathieu Almaric - A Christmas Tale
Richard Dreyfuss - W.
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Richard Jenkins - Burn After Reading/Step Brothers
Michael Madsen - Boarding Gate

SCREENPLAY

Olivier Assyas - Summer Hours
Emmanuel Bourdieu & Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Tale
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Burn After Reading
Eric Rohmer - The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
Gus Van Sant - Paranoid Park

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Yorick Le Saux - Boarding Gate
Christopher Doyle & Rain Li - Paranoid Park
Mark Li Ping-bing - Flight of the Red Balloon
Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight
Alexis Zabe - Silent Light

ENSEMBLE

Burn After Reading
A Christmas Tale
The Edge of Heaven
Milk
W.

Friday

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

Some year-end film and music features I contributed to, over at PopMatters.

Saturday

Waltz with...who, again?


In a bold gesture, the National Society of Film Critics earlier today named Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir the best picture of 2008. This Variety story is now fixed to correctly read “animated war doc” and “The innovative “Waltz” tells the story of one Israeli soldier’s viscous nightmares of the 1982 massacre of Palestinian civilians by Christian Phalangists at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps,” but just a few minutes ago, the same article read “animated WWII doc” and “…one man’s nightmares of the Nazi concentration camps.”

Seriously. I shit you not, people. This is not a mere typo, or even some embarrassing Freudian fumble. Whoever Stuart Oldham is should be axed ASAP.

Anyway, it’s an extremely timely choice by the NSFC, to be sure, and not a bad one either. We caught the movie two months ago, and I still find myself regularly wrestling with it--especially in light of this past week's headlines. I retain some reservations about the film and Folman's aesthetic, but it’s an undeniably vital piece of work and, as year-end awards choices go, a heck of a lot more interesting than most of what’s currently playing in theatres.