All right! Soul-guttingly depressing movie of the year goes to In the Valley of Elah!
Please don't tell anyone I called Charlize "Ashley Judd" for the first half of the movie, it just happened.
What a really great movie. I would put it in the top 5 Best Picture noms, if you ask me. What a shame it hasn't been getting more recognition. What especially ticks me off is during Oscar rantings/previews, they keep showing Tommy Lee Jones clips from No Country knowing full well he's nominated for this film. Wtf?
It's not heavy handed, however unsubtle the ending is--I wasn't so much surprised by what Tommy Lee Jones did (in the end) as I was by the thought of whether or not someone could get away with it. Even in his circumstances, living in the uber-patriotic-crazed type of country we do, I would like to see anyone get away with that. I honestly didn't find it too preachy or We're Here to Deliver You a Message, and it was certainly better than Crash (same writer/director).
It was a very effective film, very scary and depressing and neither of us made it out with a dry face. I think it especially bothered D!
So hey, run right out and watch it!