Jeff Bridges is an amazing actor, but his turn as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart is a strangely conflicted role. Somehow Bridges is likeable in almost every role he plays. Bad Blake is mostly a bad man, but I doubt most people come away from the film feeling that way.
This year, Scherfig established herself in the industry as the director of An Education. While An Education was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, most of the focus has been on the cast, and Scherfig seems somewhat overlooked.
Perhaps The Blind Side has been so successful because it reaches out to everyone. It stresses a simple message. We are not so different.
The protagonists in District 9 and Avatar both grapple with the question of what defines humanity. The answer of course is that divergent species are more tied together than the protagonists realize. Hollywood has been preaching this message almost since its inception.
There are films that come along that change filmmaking. When I was younger, it was the original Star Wars films and 2001: A Space Odyssey. These films altered forever how we would look at film, space, science fiction, ourselves, and the world around us. Avatar takes us on a new exploration of those issues, once again raising the bar on our experiences.
The newest film in the Star Trek universe is a prequel detailing the early days of James T. Kirk and his crew, which brings the Trek universe full circle. The newest film, simply entitled Star Trek is a visual spectacle; candy for the eyes.