May 9, 2012

The best film I've seen this year


Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret. Evidence that a film can be both imperfect and brilliant. Its troubled history is well-known and, in the last hour, visible, but still -- Paquin is magnificent in what was threatening to become the great lost performance of her career (shot in 2005, unseen until 2011), and in its early stages, her Lisa Cohen seemed to me like a more detailed, more complex, more compelling and infuriating version of her Lili Thorn in the roughly contemporary New York-set The Squid and the Whale.