I also watched Albert Nobbs, but have not written a review for it. I didn't find it to be a particularly engaging story, never delving deep enough into the intriguing central protagonist or justifying her motivations, while straying too often to an unnecessary subplot involving Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson. Also, a couple of cinema guests came in the other day and asked for 'Mrs. Nobbs'. This is exactly why this film is automatically problematic. We know that it is Glenn Close, and that it is obviously a woman pretending to be a man (and quite poorly too, I felt). The fact that the characters buy it for the duration of the film is difficult to accept. I must say though, Janet McTeer stole the show and had a disappointingly small amount of screen time. The film was so much better whenever she was on screen. A Supporting Actress nomination should be coming her way and it is thoroughly deserved.
Over the next week I will be watching Weekend (today), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo and Buck. The former and latter are screenings, while Dragon Tattoo and Hugo joins The Muppets, The Descendants and The Secret World of Arrietty (Studio Ghibli's new film) in cinemas from Jan. 12. I have already watched The Muppets and The Descendants, but looking forward to visiting them again.
So, on with the links. Just a few this week:
Andrew @ A Constant Visual Feast also reviews Certified Copy, and it is a fantastic read.
Alex @ And So It Begins checks out Rampart, the film Woody Harrelson is in contention for a Best Actor nomination for.
Nick @ Anomalous Material lists the Performances from 2011 That He Loved.
Hugo opens in cinemas this week. If you need convincing on whether to see it or not, check out Thomas Caldwell's review @ Cinema Autopsy.
James @ Cinema Sights has been catching up on 2011 films. He reviews two this week - Warrior and Another Earth.
If you wondered what happened in The Contest between Sam Fragoso and his mates, he has posted the results @ Duke and the Movies.
John @ John Likes Movies included How To Die in Oregon in his Top 10 of 2011. He shares his thoughts on the film in detail.
Jessica @ The Velvet Cafe has unveiled her Top 10 Films of 2011. I'll be adding it to my collaboration. There are some very interesting selections. Be sure to check it out.
I had a Tarkovsky marathon last year. It's tough going, but Tyler @ Southern Vision is tackling it. He starts with Solaris.
So, there you have it. Hope everyone has a great day.