Kill List

2011 British Independent Film Festival – Winner Best Supporting Actor.

Murdering people to provide for your family, a tough and risky job. Someone has to do it but you don’t have to overdo it. You don’t have to be an angry lunatic jerk all the time. After all, you’re not the toughest man alive. There’s a real probability that some strange-parading naked in the wood-cult people are somehow way crazier, tougher, and obviously much smarter than you.

My Rating: 3/10

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2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions: ‘The Flowers of War’

Now we know that there was a Chinese army in early World War II and that their troops wore German-like helmets.
This started good, and should be good. But soon we’ll get tired of the forced romance between a fake priest and a diva prostitute, repetitive butt-sway struts, repetitive gazings through broken stained glass window. Screaming terrified less known or unknown girls being chased, brutalized, and murdered by Japanese sex maniacs time and time again, while the main characters, whoever they are, survive.

My Rating: 4/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Bullhead – Belgium
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
– Brazil
The Colors of the Mountain
– Colombia
72 Days
– Croatia
Pina
– Germany
Attenberg
– Greece
The Turin Horse
– Hungary
Abu, Son of Adam
– India
Under the Protection of Ka’Bah
– Indonesia
A Separation
– Iran
Punk’s Not Dead
– Macedonia
Happy, Happy
– Norway
Morgen
– Romania
Montevideo: Taste of a Dream
– Serbia
The Front Line
– South Korea
Black Bread
– Spain
Beyond
– Sweden
Patagonia
– UK
The Silent House
– Uruguay

Also my review on 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Film finalists here.

2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions: ‘A Separation’

2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Winner Best Film.
2011 Berlin International Film Festival – Winners Golden Berlin Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost”, Silver Berlin Bear Best Actor, Best Actress.
2011 British Independent Film Awards – Winner Best Foreign Independent Film.
2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – Winner Best Foreign Language Film.
2011 Camerimage Awards – Winner Silver Frog.
2011 Durban International Film Festival – Winners Best Film, Best Screenplay.
2011 Fajr Film Festival – Winners Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recorder, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Actress in Supporting Role.
2011 Fukuoka International Film Festival – Winner Audience Award.
2011 International Film Festival of India – Winner Best Director.
2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards – Best Screenplay.
2011 Melbourne International Film Festival – Winner Most Popular Feature Film.
2011 National Board of Review, USA – Winner Best Foreign Language Film.
2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Winner Best Foreign Language Film.
2011 Pula Film Festival – Winner International Competition Best Film.
2011 Riga International Film Forum – Winner International Competition.
2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival – Winner TVE Otra Mirada Award.
2011 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards – Winner Best Foreign Language Film.
2011 Sydney Film Festival – Winner Best Film.
2011 Yerevan International Film Festival – Winner Best Film.

US release date: December 30

Nobody ever want to admit that they’re wrong. Not in any marriage, not in a family, particularly not in front of the law. Now with everybody thinks they’re telling the truth, how are you suppose to know when they lied? Can you trust them after they swear to you that they didn’t make any mistake? And do you trust them after he or she swear by Quran? Or do you have to trust them because they’re your spouse, or your parents?

My Rating: 8/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Bullhead – Belgium
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
– Brazil
The Colors of the Mountain
– Colombia
72 Days
– Croatia
Pina
– Germany
Attenberg
– Greece
The Turin Horse
– Hungary
Abu, Son of Adam
– India
Under the Protection of Ka’Bah
– Indonesia
Punk’s Not Dead
– Macedonia
Happy, Happy
– Norway
Morgen
– Romania
Montevideo: Taste of a Dream
– Serbia
The Front Line
– South Korea
Black Bread
– Spain
Beyond
– Sweden
Patagonia
– UK
The Silent House
– Uruguay

Also my review on 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Film finalists here.

Snowtown

2011 Australasian Performing Rights Association – Winner Feature Film Score of the Year.
2011 Cannes Film Festival – Winner FIPRESCI Prize Special Mention.
2011 Chicago International Film Festival – Winner After Dark Competition.
2011 IF Awards – Winner Best Editing.

A mother can’t protect her sons from the awful violent world forever. So should she just let her boyfriend teach them how to survive this cruel life?

My Rating: 7/10

Albert Nobbs

2011 Tokyo International Film Festival – Winner Best Actress.

US release date: December 21

The small silent poker face waiter is actually not a man at all. But to poor old Albert’s own surprise, cross dressing for work and same-sex relationship turned out to be not really that uncommon in 19th century Ireland.

My Rating: 7/10