Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Another outstanding documentary from Alex Gibney. The subject of sexual abuse of children in the church has been addressed well in the past (Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil), but Gibney has a powerful story to tell, and this is a film of great force and purpose.
Worst of the Month
Pacific Rim / The Men's Club
I expected little of Pacific Rim, but it still managed to be both one of the worst and by far the most disappointing film I've seen all year. It's a massive, distressingly personality free, fall for Guillermo Del Toro. The Men's Club is just about as far as you can get from Pacific Rim, it's not about robots punching monsters, rather it's an aggravatingly tedious and overwritten chamber piece about a group of awful men who form a club so they can get together and talk. I watched it for Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is on the cover, but in the film for less than ten minutes.
I nicked these awards categories from my friend AJ, who has been asking people to fill them out each month for several years at the joblo.com message boards.
Best Actress: Mille Hoffmeyer Lehfeldt - When Heaven Falls
Best Supporting Actor: Francois Perier - Orphee
Best Supporting Actress: Sakura Ando - Penance
Best Director: Alex Gibney - Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Best Screenplay: Kiyoshi Kurosawa - Penance
Biggest Surprise: Deadgirl
Biggest Disappointment: Pacific Rim
Most Fucked-Up Movie: Deadgirl
Best Thing in a Bad Movie: Emma Watson - This is the End / The Bling Ring
“I’m Pretty Damn Sure No One Else Has Seen This”: Penance / Peppermint Soda
Person/Character I Never Want to Meet: ANY of the people at the table during the dinner scene in the middle of Frances Ha
“Why Is He/She Still in Movies?”: Robert DeNiro - Stone
Ultimate WTF? Moment: Double Trouble, in its relentlessly idiotic (but awesome) entirety.
Movie I Finally Got to Friggin’ See: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
Coolest Title: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains