Monday, January 19, 2009

We Are One

Most saliently, the national slogan for yesterday, today, tomorrow, the whole week, and hopefully for the next four years, and hopefully for longer than that. Think on that for a few minutes.

But also, the governing idea and the glorious reality behind these five spectacular acting ensembles from five good-to-great movies of the last year. You might hate my segue, but don't hate my choices. Or do, but tell me why.

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Blogger Sam Brooks said...

I enjoy seeing your nominees; Burn After Reading, Elegy, Rachel Getting Married and particularly Snow Angels getting noticed. (I have yet to see Synecdoche, New York yet, but I'll trust you.)

Once more, it's nice to see that somebody remembers the beginning of the year.

I would personally give notice to Doubt, even though nobody else liked this movie as much I did, but I think the small actors played their parts wonderfully without taking away from the three leads. Or two lead and supporting. Or one lead and two supporting. The main three actors.

9:31 PM, January 19, 2009  
Blogger Guy Lodge said...

Ha! Even though you know how I feel about "Rachel Getting Married," I love that sly observation about Tamyra Gray's role.

Can we call it the best performance by an American Idol alumnus to date?

4:15 AM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

At the risk of gushing like a blurb whore, I feel it necessary at this point to say

you write like...

the acting in Burn After Reading ("lavishly entertaining!")

the acting in Elegy
("the cadence and mien of academic life")

the acting in Rachel Getting Married
("context and color!")

the acting in Snow Angels
("fully persuasive!")

the acting in Synecdoche New York
("nuanced with lots of feeling!")

and you have made my own awards so much harder now that I have ensemble coming up.

Curse you!

(with love)

8:46 AM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Brooke: Thanks for this comment, and I'm glad to see that I've coaxed some Snow Angels fandom out of the woodwork.

@Guy: I'm okay with that designation, and I'm sure Tamyra would be, too.

@Nathaniel, you clever fox: This is maybe my favorite comment ever. You're a doll.

9:05 AM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger Colin Low said...

Oh! Oh! I didn't notice the absence of Milk in this category, even in your honourable mentions. Did you not like the ensemble, or think they were too patchy and uneven in terms of quality, or think that they didn't jockey with one another enough for it to count as an ensemble, or think that they weren't challenged enough to be awards-worthy? Or something else I haven't thought of?

8:50 PM, January 26, 2009  

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