When I posted my Year in Review on New Year's Eve I must have been off my pills or something, because I made some serious oversights in the film section. And since we're not cheesy here at The Sound and Fury I won't be editing the old review and re-posting a corrected version. In lieu of that I present to you an addendum, of sorts.
In 2009, where films were concerned, I saw my fair share at home and in the theater. And to the old list I would like to add 3 films that I found to be of exceptional quality. Again, I can't understand why I neglected to mention them. But now that it's done, it's too late to take others off and add these in their place.
First up, Tarantino's newest film Inglourious Basterds. This film is truly the best work Tarantino has done since Pulp Fiction. And if Christoph Waltz doesn't win an Oscar (any Oscar!) for his portrayal of Nazi officer Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa, then the Academy is cracked! Brad Pitt is hilarious in a role that I thought would have this movie jumping the shark. Not to worry, his performance is very well done and only funny when it's supposed to be.
Moon was a small budget sci-fi surprise for Kelley and I this year. Conceived and directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) and starring Sam Rockwell as the lone steward of a moon base mining operation, this film is a dark exploration of isolation and (without giving too much away) science. This is a MUST SEE for real science fiction fans. Sam Rockwell hits it out of the park. I will buy this on DVD when it hits stores.
Last but not least is a film that I didn't see the year that it came out (2008). Kelley and I waited until The Wrestler was released to DVD and then borrowed it from my dad. Man, I wish I hadn't waited. I haven't seen a film with such raw power as this one in a long time. This is the film that brought Mickey Rourke back, and his performance here is awesome, to say the least. I'm ready to see Iron Man 2 based solely on the clips I've seen of Rourke as one of the film's antagonists. How much better can it get? Two of the biggest come back kids in the business (Robert Downey Jr. and Rourke) in the same movie? Anyway, The Wrestler isn't a movie that I want to watch over and over again, but it is a fine piece of work.
I never got around to reviewing these films, but I highly recommend all of them if you haven't already seen them. I'll probably wait for my second viewing of Moon and Inglourious Basterds to refresh my memory, and then I'll get my thoughts up here. Also, look for my review of Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges in the next couple of days. I just got back from seeing it at the Alamo Drafthouse with Kelley and her mom.
Until then, Kirk out!