23. The Artist (A-)
: It's not the best picture of the year (although I think it has a good chance of winning), but I found it to be delightful. It wisely plays off silent comedies more than silent drama (although it does go to dark places at times, it's smart enough to not stay in them for too
long). Honestly, the only thing that I didn't like was the oft-complained about use of Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo
score in one of the final reels. The movie makes reference to other movies with enough frequency that the use of Herrmann's music can't help but result in associations with the Hitchcock movie, even though it doesn't seem to be the intended effect. It's distracting -- especially when the movie mostly has an original score.
And although it's being sold as a "silent" movie, I found the film's use of sound to be very effective, as well as its strategic use of silence (most of the movie isn't "silent" since it features an original score -- but, then again, most "silent" movies did the same).
Theatres: 8 +1
Home Video: 14