I'm somewhat conflicted over this piece. Certainly, The Tree of Life is probably the best film I've seen this year, and I was incredibly disappointed (but not surprised) that The King's Speech won the Best Picture Oscar over The Social Network. However, The Artist, Hugo, and Midnight In Paris are all films I would put in my top 10 this year, and I don't think that a film needs social relevance or originality to be great. Sure, The Artist is a cross between A Star is Born and Singin' in the Rain, but I enjoyed watching it more than almost any other film this or any other year, and it is a film I will probably remember more than The Descendants, which I also enjoyed. Is it a crowd-pleaser? Absolutely. I just don't think that's automatically a bad thing.
Personally, Avatar was the best movie-going experience I had all year. One of the few Hollywood blockbusters that actually entertained, thrilled, and moved me. Which is strange, because ordinarily films like that don't do much for me. I wouldn't mind if it won, but I don't think I'd mind if any of this year's nominees (except The Blind Side) won. It was a good year for movies overall, I think.
And, of course HRM is still on the hook for operating costs. Infrastructure is only part of the picture.
Kay seems to have forgotten that it costs more to operate these expanded services than what the "revenue streams" bring in. Thus, a defecit. No public transit in North America turns a profit, it just doesn't work like that.
I went into Doubt not sure what to expect. All I had heard was that it was about a priest who abuses children. As it turns out, it's much more ambiguous, and I found my sympathies bouncing back and forth between the characters. Too bad the other reader reviewer didn't seem to feel this.
Excellent performances, especially from Fiona Reid, and a powerhouse script meant that I came out of the theatre knowing that I had just seen something remarkable.
I just wish people would turn off their cellphones! There seemed to be one going off in the audience during every scene, and it got a bit distracting at times. So take that as a lesson Neptune, and make sure you play the "turn off your cellphone" nag message so loud that no one can hear anything else!
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