Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LowRes 2010 Movie Awards: The Vision

The 2010 LowRes Movie Awards: 30 Amazing Moments / Best Trailers / Best Techs (Visual) / Best Techs (Audio) / Screenplays + Director / Breakthrough + Ensemble + Cameo / Supporting Actor + Actress / Lead Actor + Actress / Top 10 Films

David Michod - Animal Kingdom
Mike Leigh - Another Year
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Holofcener - Please Give
Michael Arndt - Toy Story 3

Watch me boldly defy Academy policy by placing Toy Story 3 as the original screenplay it actually is. I'm not sure I can keep myself from seeing this category as anything but Another Year and Runners-Up. But that's not to take anything away from the way Michod dug into the dynamics of a frighteningly unmoored crime family; or the way Cholodenko and Blumberg refused to allow their characters to be roped in my any concerns about "messages"; or the way Holofcener continues to write exceptional dialogue for women.

Scott Kosar, Ray Wright - The Crazies
William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders - How to Train Your Dragon
Alex Garland - Never Let Me Go
David Lindsay-Abaire - Rabbit Hole
Debra Granik, Anne Rosselini - Winter's Bone

I admit to slight trepidation over my placement of a straight-up remake of The Crazies, but I really like the way this update oriented the entire story around the town, then kept complicating the standard zombie-ish plot by reminding us of those connections. The other highlight of this category has to be David Lindsay-Abaire adapting his own play -- though you wouldn't know its origins were at all stagebound to watch the result.

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
Debra Granik - Winter's Bone
Mike Leigh - Another Year
John Cameron Mitchell - Rabbit Hole
David O. Russell - The Fighter

Mitchell and Russell both occupy a similar pod here, as they're both notoriously independent, cutting-edge directors who settled down to familiar genres this year. But in the ultimate triumph of vision over subject matter, they both filled every crack and crevasse in their respective films with the humor, humanity, and audacity of their most extreme projects. Anybody who dismisses The Fighter as just another boxing movie, or Rabbit Hole as just another grieving-parent weepie, isn't looking at the dozens of signature moments found within.


jessica said...

Totally agree with you on both The Fighter and Rabbit Hole transcending their genres. The Fighter was familiar without being rote and Rabbit Hole was simply a revelation. Every single moment that movie could've gone towards cliche or trite sentimentalism, it didn't. It absolutely refused to be the emotionally manipulative film one might expect upon hearing the general premise.

NicksFlickPicks said...

Loving all these categories; you're inspiring me to get off my lazy ass and a) watch The Crazies, and b) post my own favorites from 2010.

Joe Reid said...

I'll tackle B before A, Nick:


A) It really took me by surprise. I don't want to oversell it, but I think you'd at least find something worthwhile in there. Plus all that lookin' at Timothy Olyphant!