Do Not Disturb The Family

Chan-wook Park

Mia Wasikowska
Matthew Goode
Nicole Kidman

I’m writing this under the influence of flu, so if I ramble a bit, you’ll have to forgive me. Last month I reviewed Korean director, Ji-woon Kim’s first English language film, The Last Stand and I was horribly disappointed. Stoker is Chan-wook Park’s first foray into English language flicks and unlike Kim, he sticks to familiar ground with this dark, edgy, haunting thriller, penned by actor Wentworth Miller.

The movie opens with the funeral for eighteen year old India Stoker’s [Wasikowska] father. Whether due to the grieving process or simply as an eccentricity in her personality, the young woman runs through fields and streams, climbs trees and mingles with the guests with an antisocial brashness. As she experiences the world on what also turns out to be her birthday, she is introduced to an uncle she didn’t know existed. Uncle Charlie [Goode] is such a mystery that even India’s mother, Evelyn [Kidman], was unaware of his existence. The first half of the film shows Charlie staying with the family and subtly seducing Evelyn with his youth and charm, all the while harbouring some hidden purpose. The second half twists and turns dramatically with several distinct yet plausible revelations (I realise ‘plausible’ is an odd word to use but in contemporary thrillers sometimes it’s an immense compliment) which reveal several family secrets, genetic curiosities and an overarching surreptitious grooming.

Due to the narrative and nature of the film, the entire thing rides on the performances delivered by a small, tightknit cast. Mia Wasikowska has been lavished with praise continually since her performance in The Kids Are Alright but she’s never really bowled me over in the same way. Up until now, of course. Stoker (or specifically, India) affords Wasikowska the opportunity to play her typecast shy quirks but under all that show an immensely powerful yet restrained defiance. Then we have the cool, calculating and despicably enigmatic Matthew Goode, who often finds himself in mediocre productions but always gives fantastic performances, giving us a glimpse of extreme control in the first half and uncoordinated emotional flailing in the second. Which leaves us with Nicole Kidman. Kidman is actually perfect for this role and of an age and status that she should opt to play this kind of character but personally, I was completely jarred by the amount of plastic surgery she has undertaken (something that killed her performance in Australia, if you ask me). In theory, you could argue this only strengthens and fleshes out the character, as someone who does not feel as young, beautiful or loved as she did in her prime but instead I felt it restricted the – for lack of a better word – amount of acting that she could deliver. Her eyes were amazing; it’s just a pity the rest of her face just wasn’t giving us the same.

Surprisingly, Stoker isn’t nearly as graphic as Park’s previous work. This isn’t necessarily a detrimental point, merely an observation of refrainment. But having enjoyed everything Park has put out, it reminded me of I Am A Cyborg in the way it feels like the whole film is holding back just a tad. Having said that, it adds a healthy dose of realism to a rather surreal character study. Much like Park’s direction, Mansell’s score also feels like it’s holding back slightly. I don’t want to say safe because there’s very little about this film that could be classified thusly but certainly tamer than say something like The Black Swan. Ultimately, this is a filmmaker’s film. No doubt it will underperform at the box office and critics will be moderately impressed but for aspiring filmmakers and industry professionals, it’s a keenly crafted indulgent narrative, which shows off the subtle power and prowess of Chan-wook Park and his long term collaborative DP, Chung-hoon Chung.

With its slow pacing and intriguing gothic characters, Stoker is atypical of good psychological thrillers, the like of which has been absent from cinema for quite some time; flawed and a little lethargic but certainly reminiscent of classic cinema. I appreciate this is going to sound much more grandiose a compliment than the film may or may not deserve but it feels a bit like a reincarnated successor to Shadow Of A Doubt. As this is my favourite Hitchcock film, I don’t say that lightly but there’s something distinctly tributary about this script, falling at its feet and paying homage to this master of cinema. Unfortunately, like all homages, it pales in comparison and serves as a reminder that someone else already did this to a much higher standard.

Release Date:
1st March 2013

The Scene To Look Out For:
Without trying to spoil anything, Charlie’s backstory is a nicely kept secret that reveals itself in such a simple yet horrific manner that instantly strikes a chord with the audience. The camera work is exceptional, the score rises perfectly and the performances are sublime for this beautifully horrid scenario. Yes, yes, I appreciate that’s a very vague description and a loose critique but I’m trying to describe the entire crux and turning point of the movie here! Just watch it and you’ll know what I’m talking about – the whole sand angels thing. Yeah, that.

Notable Characters:
There are only a handful of key characters and as stated above, each performance offers something integral to not only the story but also the other leads. The constantly revolving triangle of oddity expressed between them is genuinely fascinating. I could say that the weaker element is Kidman but in honesty, I feel her character is supposed to be the unknowing weaker element but it unfortunately ensures she sinks a little further backstage than the other two. As Charlie and India manipulate those they interact with, it’s quite obvious their performances are the most prevalent but choosing between them is too much of a task.

Highlighted Quote:
“Just as a flower does not choose its colour, we are not responsible for what we have come to be”

In A Few Words:
“A dark probing look into the twisted intricacies of a mentally unstable family but a little too laboured in its pacing and tame in its reveal to achieve the heights it strives for”

Total Score:


Cinema City Film Quiz #91

[24 February 2013]

Winning Team:
Barber Wars: Revenge Of The Quiff

Genre – Hair-raising sci fi

Runners Up:
Robin The Oldboy Wonder
Genre – Superhero revenge thriller
The Count Of Monte Quizto
Genre – Norwich quiz team’s tale of revenge
Charlie’s Excellent Adventure
Genre – Fantasy/Adventure
We Need To Talk About Kevin Bacon
Genre – Documentary about Kevin Bacon’s career choices

ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What was the name of the lead character in Dick Tracy?
2. Die Hard With A Vengeance is set in which US city?
3. Linda Hamilton and Pierce Brosnan fight a volcano in which film?
4. Who directed Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb?
5. The following are songs from which Disney film: Savages, Steady As The Beating Drum, Colours Of The Wind?
6. Clint Eastwood first played a detective in which film?
7. Which martial arts actor appeared in Drunken Master and its sequel?
8. What was the nickname given to LAPD Sgt. John Spartan (played by Sylvester Stallone) in the 1993 film of the same name?
9. What was the title of the 2004 Roland Emmerich film about global warming?
10. Dirty Dancing is set in which decade? [bonus point for naming the exact year]
SIXTIES [1963]

ROUND II: Filming [Vengeance Special]
1. What is the name of Michael Caine’s character in Get Carter? Eric Paice? Cliff Brumby? Jack Carter?
2. Kill Bill was released in how many parts? 2? 3? 4? [bonus point for stating the intertitle that appears at the start of the film]
TWO [Revenge is a dish best served cold]
3. Eric Draven, Ashe Corven, Alex Corvis and Jimmy Cuervo are the lead characters in which film series? Hellraiser? The Crow? Death Wish?
4. What is the name of Benjamin Barker’s wife in Sweeney Todd? Johanna? Lucy? Michelle?
5. The Devil’s Own is set in which country? Ireland? Norway? Taiwan?
6. What was the first title in Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance trilogy? Oldboy? Lady Vengeance? Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance?
7. Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes takes place in which county? Staffordshire? Derbyshire? Cheshire?
8. Luigi Vampa, Jacopo and the other smugglers dub Edmond Dantes ‘Zatarra’, in The Count Of Monte Cristo. What does it mean? Driftwood? Backstabber? Protected?
9. The lead actress of I Spit On Your Grave is the granddaughter of which silent movie actor? Buster Keaton? Charlie Chaplin? Harold Lloyd?
BUSTER KEATON (Camille Keaton)
10. Nick Cave wrote a script for a sequel to Gladiator, in which Maximus was resurrected by Roman gods to help fight throughout history, including World War II, Vietnam and the contemporary Pentagon. True or False?

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Sam Mendes has directed six films to date. Name them (one point per correct answer)
2. How many Carry On films do not start with “Carry On”, excluding 1977’s That’s Carry On?
TWO (Don’t Lose Your Head / Follow That Camel)
3. 2006’s Dreamgirls was nominated for eight academy awards (of which it won two). How many were for best song?
4. What was the title of John Carpenter’s first film?
5. Who played the role of Jean Valjean in the 1998 version of Les Miserables?
6. House On Haunted Hill, The Great Mouse Detective, Edward Scissorhands and Dr. Goldfoot And The Girl Bombs all starred which actor?
7. What does the super-villain, Gru, plan on shrinking and stealing in Despicable Me?
8. Stephen Frears Dangerous Liaisons was released in which year?
9. Who scored Dr. No, Dances With Wolves and Howard The Duck?
10. Short Bartender, Buscemi, Pick Up Guy are characters in which Robert Rodriguez film?
DESPERADO (Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino)

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Which studio produced 1954’s Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier? MGM? Disney? Warner Bros?
2. What is the name of the Skeksis method for settling disputes, debates and conflicts in The Dark Crystal? Meeting Of The Three Suns? The Conjunction? Trial By Stone?
3. Susan Sarandon has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar five times, which film did she win the award for? Thelma & Louise? The Client? Dead Man Walking?
4. The non-canon Bond film, Never Say Never Again was released in which year? 1981? 1983? 1985?
5. How long is the full uncut version of Das Boot? 150mins? 208mins? 293mins?
293 MINS (just under five hours)
6. How many women enter the cave in The Descent? Six? Eight? Ten?
7. 1943’s Destination Tokyo is set aboard which naval craft? Aircraft carrier? Battlecruiser? Submarine? [bonus point for naming the lead actor]
SUBMARINE [Cary Grant]
8. Which film won the 1978 Oscar for Best Picture? The Deer Hunter? One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest? Gandhi?
9. What is Dr. Zhivago’s full name in Dr. Zhivago? Yuri? Pasha? Kuril?
10. The original choices to play Harry and Lloyd in Dumb & Dumber were Nicolas Cage and Gary Oldman. True or False?

Screenshots: Doubt / Drive / Desperately Seeking Susan
Poster: Drag Me To Hell
Actor: Dudley Moore


Everything Is Connected

Andy Wachowski
Lana Wachowski
Tom Tykwer

Tom Hanks
Halle Berry
Jim Broadbent
Jim Sturgess
Doona Bae
Ben Whishaw
Hugo Weaving

As someone who hasn’t read the source material, I can only review the film as a standalone piece. Having said that, I was working in a bookshop when David Mitchell’s critically acclaimed novel was released, so I’m quite familiar with the story and all I can say is that the film naturally cuts out a great deal and completely alters the structure. Whether this is for better or worse, I couldn’t say.

The story consists of six interlacing threads which feature repeating cast members in different time periods and countries. The first is set in 1849 and follows a young American lawyer [Sturgess] journeying by sea to secure a contract for slaves in the South Pacific. While aboard the ship, he meets a stowaway and is slowly and surreptitiously poisoned by the ship’s doctor, Dr. Goose [Hanks]. The second jumps to 1936 and introduces us to Robert Frobisher [Whishaw], a young man aiding aging composer Vyvyan Ayrs [Broadbent] whilst writing his own composition called The Cloud Atlas Sextet. 1973 San Francisco is the setting for the third tale, which depicts a pulpy mystery/thriller tale, as journalist Luisa Rey [Berry] investigates a conspiracy at a newly built nuclear reactor. The next story is set in contemporary Britain and has a more comedic tone. Publisher Timothy Cavendish [Broadbent] is on the run, after one of his ‘authors’ (a gangster named Dermot Hoggins [Hanks]) murders a critic and the mobster’s brothers come looking for money. Out of spite, Cavendish’s brother checks Timothy into a nursing home, where he is held against his will. The film then jumps forward to the year 2144 and a futuristic version of the South Korean capital, called Neo Seoul. This society has a curious class system of humans and fabricants – essentially clones who work menial jobs for twelve years before ascending. One fabricant in particular, Sonmi-451 [Bae] is liberated by, Hae-Joo Chang [Sturgess], a mysterious member of a rebel movement, who wishes Sonmi to know the truth of her people and the society she serves. The final story is ambiguously set “106 winters after the fall” on what is left of Hawaii. The post-apocalyptic island is divided between the peaceful valley dwellers and the barbarous kona tribe. There is also a third set of humans, much more advanced, called the Prescients. As outsiders, they are rarely seen and usually only trade essentials. In exchange for saving his niece, Zachary [Hanks] agrees to guide the outsider, Meronym [Berry], to the summit of a mountain.

Visually, Cloud Atlas is wonderfully impressive. The sets, costumes and production design are incredibly impressive, giving each story an instantly identifiable distinct look and feel. Despite the fact that this feature has been helmed by three directors, the entire overarching plot is neatly cemented by Pale 3’s (Tykwer, Heil and Klimek) complex yet elegant score. On top of that, the individual narratives are respectively compelling and interesting, ensuring that the audience is never bored, always entranced and hopefully looking for connections and symbolism throughout. Each story is presented as an individual tale with connections if one should choose to see them. I’m aware that the strength of the stories comes from the source material but to complete an adaptation some believe to be unfilmable is a mighty achievement. Yet despite all this praise I still left the cinema unsatisfied and a tad irked. Without spoiling the story, there was no urgency to any of the stories, everything simply unfolds before you. Characters are introduced, scenarios presented and at each climactic moment, a simple resolve is presented; sometimes arguably fitting, sometimes with immense plotholes but almost always disappointingly flat.

Curiously, the things that really irritated me were not the issues I would have expected. I anticipated the plot to be poorly translated, the acting to be obtuse and specific threads to be boring or tedious. Instead, I was enthralled by each individual story and loved the range depicted on-screen, holding each with equal regard. No, the thing that bothered me was the representation of characters. One of the interesting factors implied throughout the story is connectivity and familiar souls finding each other throughout time and space. To really solidify this, the trio of directors decided to use the same cast in different roles. As we can use computer generated imagery to turn actors into credible 9ft blue cat people, you’d think it would be possible to make an actor appear to be any race, gender, height, build. Evidently, we can’t. Even when the makeup, prosthetics and computer manipulation were reasonably credible, I never once believed the change. Instead of a seamless and flawless alteration, I just kept frowning as a curious carnival was paraded before me; Korean Hugo Weaving (well, Hugo Weaving with altered eyes and a wig), old man Hugh Grant (in abysmal makeup) and a ginger Doona Bae… seriously, they just slapped a wig on her, spattered her face with freckles, jammed a couple of contacts in her eyes and digitally expanded them. Terrible. The whole thing was just horrifically disorientating and jarring. I think the worst crime was the Nurse Ratchet type played by Hugo Weaving. Not only a horribly unconvincing woman but horribly unconvincing as anything other Hugo Weaving! You’d think this would be such a small element considering the wealth and magnitude of the story but in earnest, it’s one of the most important factors and utterly destroyed what could have been a remarkably entertaining release.

I’ve said it time and again but it can’t hurt to say it once more. Every now and then, creative individuals feel the need to go above and beyond, to make a leap of faith and invest in something completely different. This rarely pays off but when it does, it has a profound effect on the industry (sometimes overnight, sometimes decades later). The rest of the time, the projects are simply panned and forgotten. Subsequently, Cloud Atlas is Sucker Punch for the brain, rather than the adrenal gland – there are many positive elements and interesting facets but the whole thing is far too self-indulgent to make a genuine impact. From the close of this film, a single quote has been circling my head and although I haven’t chosen it to be my highlighted quote, I figured I’d bring it to your attention. The critical review of Dermot Hoggins’ book states “Four hundred vain-glorious pages expire in an ending that is flat and inane beyond belief.” While I don’t believe that this assessment is fitting of the novel, Cloud Atlas, it quite neatly describes my feelings for its cinematic adaptation.

Release Date:
22nd February 2013

The Scene To Look Out For:
Rather than highlight a single scene, I’ll pick a specific plot thread. While I found each uniquely riveting, with their own redeeming qualities, it was the composer’s tale that proved to be the most human and void of some of the more heavy-handed messages that are hammered throughout. I was interested by the distant future in Hawaii but there were simply far too many unanswered questions; would it have made a difference if Zachary had/hadn’t listened to Abbess’ predictions, was Abbess some sort of mystic, what exactly was everyone dying of and why the hell was Hugo Weaving The Hitcher? I’m sure there are answers in the book or possibly from multiple viewings but as a standalone narrative, these irritations were unnecessary.

Notable Characters:
The majority of the central cast play both heroic and villainous characters but the only one that actually surprised me was Hugh Grant. Usually I hate Hugh Grant but he was the only one who appeared in every single story and was almost unrecognisable in each. A very transformative effort and the embodiment of what the directors set out to achieve.. having said that, his old man makeup was still shite and they never attempted to make him up as a woman, so that should be noted.

Highlighted Quote:
“Bridge a’broken, hide below. Hands a’bleedin, can’t let go. Enemy sleepin, don’t slit that throat”

In A Few Words:
“It’s obvious that a great deal of time, care and consideration has been poured into this bold, ambitious release but I fear it fails to reach the heights it strives for”

Total Score:


Cinema City Film Quiz #90

[10 February 2013]

Winning Team:
The Team Name That Wasn’t There

Genre – Drama about people struggling to think of Billy Bob Thornton puns

Runners Up:
The Dan Who Wasn’t There
Genre – Mystery drama about missing team mate
Willy Knob Thornton’s Monster Balls
Genre – After his divorce from Jolie, Billy Bob suffers as nobody is able to satisfy him in the sack
The Horse Whisperer 2: Lessons In Lasagne
Genre – Cookery horror
Billy Bob Thorntons
Genre – Post Jolie Billy Bob opens up a chocolate shop in which every chocolate looks like her face
Django’s Unchained Melody
Genre – Musical about slavery

ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. The 2000 film Dungeons & Dragons is loosely inspired by which Role Playing Game?
2. What type of animal is Nana in Disney’s Peter Pan? [bonus point for naming the breed]
DOG [St. Bernard]
3. Which two actors wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting? (one point per correct answer)
4. How many children find golden tickets in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory?
FIVE (Charlie / Augustus / Veruca / Violet / Mike)
5. Syndrome is the villain in which Pixar film?
6. The film Munich starts with the events at which 1972 sporting event?
7. In which film does Robert Mitchum play a tattooed preacher?
8. What is the name of Kevin’s older brother in Home Alone?
9. Which actor has played Moses, Batman and Jim Morrison? [bonus points if you can name the relevant films]
VAL KILMER [The Prince Of Egypt / Batman Forever / The Doors]
10. The Pre-Crime division is a part of the Washington DC police in which Spielberg film?

ROUND II: Filming [Billy Bob Thornton Special]
1. Who plays the role of Darrell in U Turn? Sean Penn? Nick Nolte? Billy Bob Thornton?
2. Which actress won her first academy award for her role in Monster’s Ball? Sharon Stone? Halle Berry? Charlize Theron?
3. What is Ed Crane’s job in The Man Who Wasn’t There? Barber? Diner Cook? Insurance Salesman?
4. Friday Night Lights focuses on which sport? Basketball? Baseball? American Football?
5. Who directed the 2005 crime caper, The Ice Harvest? Ivan Reitman? Harold Ramis? Dan Aykroyd?
6. Who provides the brief narration for Michael Bay’s Armageddon? Robert Mitchum? Richard Burton? Charlton Heston?
7. What are Hank, Jacob and Lou doing when they find the crashed plane in A Simple Plan? Running from a fire? Chasing a fox? Investigating a loud noise?
8. What was the title of the film that starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett? Bandits? Tin Men? Liberty Heights?
9. How many films has Billy Bob Thornton directed? 2? 3? 4?
FOUR (Sling Blade / All The Pretty Horses / Daddy And Them / Jayne Mansfield’s Car)
10. Billy Bob Thornton was so unhappy with the way Homegrown was being directed that he challenged director Stephen Gyllenhaal to a fistfight to finish the film.. which he lost. True or False?

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Holden McNeil, Banky Edwards and Alyssa Jones are characters in which Kevin Smith film?
2. In The Princess Bride, Count Tyrone Rugen is known as the six-fingered man. Which hand contains the extra digit?
3. Which actress appears on the poster for Scream?
4. What is the Chateau d’If in The Count Of Monte Cristo?
5. In K-Pax, Prot especially enjoys what type of food?
6. Half way through Donnie Darko, Donnie Ronald and Sean have a heated debate about which cartoon series?
7. Which actor appeared in The Blues Brothers, Splash, Little Shop Of Horrors, Home Alone and JFK?
8. What is Brian Grazer’s occupation?
9. The following is the poster tagline for which film “Seek The Truth, Seek The Codes, Uncover The Secret”?
10. To date there have been four sequels to The Fast And The Furious. What were their titles? (one point per correct answer)

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. How many movies have been produced by MTV films? 31? 34? 38?
2. The 1996 movie Barb Wire, starring Pamela Anderson, is actually a remake of which movie? Gone With The Wind? Ben-Hur? Casablanca?
3. Which actor debuted as one of the kids trying to play the Wild Gunman video game in Back To The Future: Part II? Chris Evans? Elijah Wood? Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
4. How are Denis Quaid and Randy Quaid related? Father/Son? Brothers? Cousins?
5. What is the name of Mrs. Wilberforce’s parrot in The Ladykillers? Field Marshall Fred? General Gordon? Colonel Clive?
6. Which composer scored Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense and King Kong? Thomas Newman? Howard Shore? James Newton Howard?
7. Ridley Scott has directed twenty films to date. What was his tenth? G.I. Jane? Matchstick Men? Thelma & Louise?
8. How old was Bela Lugosi when he died in 1956? 73? 81? 92?
9. How did Richard Attenborough’s 1992 Charlie Chaplin biopic perform at the box office? Lost money? Broke even? Made profit?
LOST MONEY (9.4mil of 31mil budget)
10. Steven Spielberg is godfather to Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow. True or False?

Screenshots: 3:10 To Yuma / Blade Runner / Lawrence Of Arabia
Poster: A Single Man
Actor: Peter Lorre


Top 5 Motion Pictures of the Year
Your Sister’s Sister
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
The Master
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Cinematic Experience Of 2012
The Avengers
The Raid
Shut Up And Play The Hits

Best Director
Steve McQueen (Shame)
Gareth Evans (The Raid)
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

Best Leading Actor
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Logan Lehrman (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower)

Best Leading Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Charlize Theron (Young Adult)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)
Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Emily Blunt (Looper)
Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom)
Amy Adams (The Master)

Best Ensemble Cast
Your Sister’s Sister
The Cabin In The Woods
Seven Psychopaths

Best Writing For An Original Screenplay
Drew Goddard / Joss Whedon (The Cabin In The Woods)
Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

Best Writing For An Adapted Screenplay
Joss Whedon (The Avengers)
Michael Bacall / Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street)
Steven Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower)

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt (Shame)
Wall Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises)
Mihai Malaimare Jnr (The Master)

Best Musical Score
Mike Shinoda / Joseph Trapanese (The Raid)
Jonny Greenwood (The Master)
Nathan Johnson (Looper)

Best Art Direction
Gerald Sullivan (Moonrise Kingdom)
Sonja Klaus (Prometheus)
Chris L. Spellman (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World)

Best Sound Design
Christopher Alba (The Cabin In The Woods)
Frank E. Eulner (The Avengers)
Fajar Euskemal (The Raid)

Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran (Moonrise Kingdom)
Alexandra Byrne (The Avengers)
Ciera Wells (Damsels In Distress)

Best Hair And Makeup
Stacy Kelly (Looper)
Marnie Wong / Gitte Axen (The Cabin In The Woods)
Aisling Nairn (Prometheus)

Best Visual Effects
Chris Brenczewski / Daniel Sudick (The Avengers)
Jalila Otky (Prometheus)
Janet Muswell Hamilton / J.D. Schwalm (The Muppets)

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Top 10 Motion Pictures of the Year

Rust And Bone
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Moonrise Kingdom
The Master
Holy Motors
The Dark Knight Rises

Best Documentary of the Year


Biggest Disappointment of the Year

On The Road

Most Under-Rated Film of the Year


Most Over-Rated Film of the Year

The Avengers

Best Director

Steve McQueen (Shame)

Best Leading Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Best Leading Actress

Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Yasmina Reza (Carnage)

Best Original Screenplay

Jacques Audiard (Rust And Bone)

Best Musical Score

Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises)

Best Hair And Makeup

Bernard Floch / Olivier Seyfried (Holy Motors)

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Art Direction

Gerald Sullivan (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Sound Design

Christopher Alba (The Cabin In The Woods)

Best Newcomer

Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa)