Drive's director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Top 10 Criterions

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Because no self-respecting auteur is without a few Criterion favourites, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive, revealed his top 10 Criterion. And what do you know, he's a fan of Seijun Suzuki!

#1 Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki) "Unique, brilliant, fantastic! I love this movie!"

#2 The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo) "I was twenty-four years old when I made my first film, Pusher (about the Danish drug underworld), and for it I stole everything I could, both visually and technically, from this film and Cannibal Holocaust."

#3 Vampyr (Carl Th. Dreyer) "Vampyr has always reminded me of a mysterious dream I once had when I was very little. The film has always stayed with me. I watch it before I make every film, and yet it still remains a mystery to me."

#4 The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) "The Night of the Hunter is a perfect example of the strength of cinema, in which an image can say a thousand words, whereas in literature a word cannot show a thousand images."

#5 Videodrome (David Cronenberg) "This film is a great mixture of sex and violence."

#6 Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morrissey) "Flesh for Frankenstein is the only film I’ve ever wished that I had made."

#7 Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick) "In its perfect combination of directing, writing, cinematography, music, sound, and acting, this film is pure cinema."

#8 My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström) "I saw this film with my mother when I was very young. It’s the only movie aside from It’s a Wonderful Life during which I’ve cried because I was happy."

#9 Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)

#10 Branded to kill (Seijun Suzuki)

What happened to the last two?! Are they fillers? Branded to kill is such a Drive film. Or, rather, Drive is such a descendent of that killer-cool Suzuki film, no?


Oscars 2012 precursors round up: Spirit, NBR, European

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Take Shelter, Drive, and The Artist started with a bang! Let's see if the European Awards would make any dent at the Oscars. Regardless, yay for The Kid with a bike winning something.

Independent Spirit Awards (situated itself as the anti-Oscars)
Best Feature
Take Shelter
The Artist
The Descendants

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Mike Mills - Beginners
Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar - Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Tom McCarthy - Win Win
Mike Mills - Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants

Best First Feature
Another Earth - Director: Mike Cahill
In the Family - Director: Patrick Wang
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor
Martha Marcy May Marlene - Director: Sean Durkin
Natural Selection - Director: Robbie Pickering

Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling - Another Earth
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Patrick deWitt - Terri
Phil Johnston - Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser - 50/50

John Cassavetes Award
Bellflower - Writer/Director: Evan Glodell, Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance - Writer/Director: Maryam Keshavarz, Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome - Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
Pariah - Writer/Director: Dee Rees
The Dynamiter - Writer: Brad Inglesby, Director: Matthew Gordon

Best Female Lead
Lauren Ambrose - Think of Me
Rachael Harris - Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye - Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

Best Male Lead
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Woody Harrelson - Rampart
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston - 50/50
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks - Drive
John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris

Best Cinematography
Joel Hodge - Bellflower
Benjamin Kasulke - The Off Hours
Darius Khondji - Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist
Jeffrey Waldron - The Dynamiter

Best Documentary
An African Election - Director/Producer: Jarreth Merz
Bill Cunningham New York - Director: Richard Press
The Interrupters - Director/Producer: Steve James
The Redemption of General Butt Naked - Director/Producers: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion
We Were Here - Director/Producer: David Weissman

Best International Film
A Separation (Iran) - Director: Asghar Farhadi
Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany) - Director: Lars von Trier
Shame (UK) - Director: Steve McQueen
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy) - Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Tyrannosaur (UK) - Director: Paddy Considine

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris - Mosquita y Mari
Sophia Lin - Take Shelter
Josh Mond - Martha Marcy May Marlene

Someone to Watch Award
Simon Arthur - Silver Tongues
Mark Jackson - Without
Nicholas Ozeki - Mamitas

Robert Altman Award
Margin Call
Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Best Animated Feature

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Documentary
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Ensemble
The Help

Best Film

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation

Best Original Screenplay
Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Breakthrough Performance
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Breakthrough Performance
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Debut Director
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

NBR Freedom of Expression
Crime After Crime

NBR Freedom of Expression

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
The Harry Potter Franchise - A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film

Spotlight Award
Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
50/50, Another Earth, Beginners, A Better Life, Cedar Rapids, Margin Call, Shame, Take Shelter, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Win Win

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
Born to be Wild, Buck, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Project Nim, Senna

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
13 Assassins, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Footnote, Le Havre, Point Blank

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March, J. Edgar, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Melancholia, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany

Susanne Bier for Haevnen (In a Better World)

Tilda Swinton in We need to talk about Kevin

Colin Firth in The King's speech

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for Le gamin au velo (The Kid with a Bike)

Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia

Tariq Anwar for The King's speech

Production design
Jette Lehmann for Melancholia

Ludovic Bource for The artist

Adem (Oxygen) by Hans Van Nuffel, Belgium/theNetherlands

Pina by Wim Wenders, Germany

Animated feature
Chico & Rita by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba

Short film
The Wholly family by Terry Gilliam, Italy

Mariela Besuievsky, Spain

European achievement in world cinema
Mads Mikkelsen, Denmark

Lifetime achievement
Stephen Frears, UK

Special honorary award
Michel Piccoli, France

People's choice
The Kings' speech by Tom Hooper, UK



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