I have had a lot going these last few weeks so postings/reviews/updates around these parts have been scarce of late. However, I have had a chance to see some stuff. I really enjoyed An Education but wasn't floored by it. Carey Mulligan is obviously the-next-big-thing and Fred Molina was aces (as usual). A Single Man was incredible; pure cinema, extremely emotional, engrossing as all get out to look at, it's one of the best (and most stylish) directorial debuts in recent memory. Fashion designer Tom Ford has a major filmmaking career ahead of him -- if he chooses to continue. And Colin Firth's performance was yet another reminder of how quietly excellent an actor he is. I have been re-watching A Serious Man and it's just amazing how fucking brilliant the Coen brothers are. It's definitely one of their top 5 films of all time. Yesterday I watched the staggering British film Bronson, which contains one of the greatest pieces of acting I've ever seen, courtesy of Tom Hardy. This is a brilliant, provocative, and highly original biopic of Britain's "most famous" criminal, a psycho named Charlie Bronson (not his birth name), who entered prison on a 7 year stretch for armed robbery, but then proceeded to kick, punch, bite, and maul his way through the prison system until the British government said enough and let him out. And then...things get very interesting. If I had seen it in the theaters in 2009 it would have made my top 10 list. On a lighter note, the Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying was a lot of snarky, charming fun. It's silly as hell but very enjoyable and the performances from the deep cast are all breezy and effective.
I am really looking forward to Marty Scorsese's Shutter Island, which opens this coming Friday.