Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain robbed as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Take Shelter (2011)
Writer-director Jeff Nichols deploys a few cinematic tricks to sell the atmosphere of his apocalyptic drama, but the bulk of 'Take Shelter's' impact rests on Shannon's stunning work as a tormented family man experiencing horrific visions that seem to signal the end of the world, and Chastain's delicate balance of sympathy and caution as his worried wife. Staying in perfect sync throughout, they maintain the narrative ambiguity that's essential to Nichols' script; if Shannon suddenly seems like a raving loon, or Chastain looks like a doormat, the whole thing would fall apart in seconds. Instead, the two actors deliver a master class in collaboration, and 'Take Shelter' becomes one of the year's most riveting features. Naturally, the Academy ignored it completely.
The movie also had one of the most terrific final scenes I have ever seen.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.