It’s simple. You’re either for or against Les Misérables, the epic musical that broke records on the London, New York, and regional stages around the world. In an exercise of hubris, bravery or naïveté, Tom Hooper, his King’s Speech Best Director Oscar still in possession of its original sheen, has elected to helm the long-awaited film adaptation. Full disclosure: I’m a lover of the show’s music and performance opportunities, and a hater of its book, full of contrivance and unearned relationships. I dreamed a dream that that Hooper could be the man to use this adaptation as an opportunity to clean up some of the narrative debris from the show. Alas, I was on my own in that hope.
2012 was certainly a diverse year in terms of subject, style and substance in film, and the performances within them reflected that versatility as well. Below are the top 10 film performances of the year:
In no particular order, these are the best foreign films of 2012. This list is not limited to foreign language films.
It was Christmas Eve, 2004 and “Maria” (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) arrived in Thailand for a vacation at a new seaside resort, along with their sons “Lucas” (Tom Holland), “Thomas” (Samuel Joslin) and “Simon” (Oaklee Pendergast). They enjoyed a lovely dinner that night, spent an idyllic Christmas opening gifts and going to the beach and to the pool. The following day, December 26th found them at the resort’s pool.
On New Year’s Eve you might choose to stay home. Too many people out driving who’ve had too much to drink to be behind the wheel, or you’re just not in the mood for partying. Whatever the reason, here are a few New Year’s Eve movies Tail Slate recommends to ring in the New Year. All have some connection to New Year’s Eve in one way or another. In alphabetical order:
Yet another of Hollywood’s best character actors, Harry Carey Jr., has died. He was 91 years old. The son of actor Harry Carey and actress Olivia Carey, he was born in Saugus, CA. He appeared in over 90 films during his career and in many TV shows and made for TV movies.
The rules for this list were: No foreign films. No documentaries. No films intended for wide release, although if they broke wide later on, they were eligible. In general, if a movie was eligible for an Independent Spirit Award, it was considered for this list.
[rating=3]Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is now long enough for his own telltale calling cards to emerge in his latest genre time warp, Django Unchained: his episodic narrative, his usury of genre tropes with modernist updates, violence galore, use of a wronged protagonist to seek vigilante justice and speak for a greater population, whether it be women (the Kill Bill films) or Jews (Inglourious Basterds).
2012 was a good year for documentaries. There were a number of films that were considered for but just missed making this list. In no particular order, these are the ten best of the crop, in one man’s opinion: