1. Rust And Bone
If ever I orgasmed all over a film review, it was for the one I wrote on Rust and Bone. Y’all know how I feel about Marion Cotillard, but I didn’t even know how much I was in love with this woman’s work until I sat in a screening room watching what is now my absolute favorite film of all time. I’m a Scorsese fan so I like my movies chock-full of Daddy issues. Rust and Bone was all like, Check! I’m also a big fan of really emotional boxer movies à la The Hurricane and Million Dollar Baby. Rust and Bone was all like Check! And then Rust and Bone was all like, Shannon? Don’t you love French films? Check. Don’t you love when movies suddenly get really dark really fast (AKA don’t you love French films)? Don’t you love when class issues are addressed, without being directly addressed? Don’t you love unforgettable sex scenes that make you re-examine your life? Haven’t you always wanted to see what Marion Cotillard would look like if SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT she got a few tattoos (that happens later in the movie and it’s insane)? And don’t you love a really, really, really fucking good love story? Check, check, check, and check. Everyone thinks Rust and Bone is about a woman who gets into an accident and becomes a double amputee, and it is… but it’s about so much more; mainly Matthias Schoenhart’s character, who was as caring as he was heartless, who drove the movie in so many ways, who absolutely changed my life when he finally, finally put all that street fighting to good use. But alas, I’ve said too much! If you take nothing else from this list, please go see THIS movie. It’s currently duking it out with City Of God to claim the number one spot on my list of Favorite Films Ever In The History Of Everdom. If I absolutely had to choose, I would say that City Of God was my favorite film between ages 17-27, and Rust and Bone will hold the top spot for the next decade of my life… or more. It was perfect.
Okay, which indies did you see and lurve all over? Oh, crap… the Bob Marley documentary was also pretty amazing. Agh! Such a good year for movies!1