James Dempsey: A year of lazy rehashes and clunky remakes, but we do have January's gems to look forward to
WHENEVER looking back over the selection of movies released over a period of twelve months - especially with 2011, being the year that saw more tired sequels and lousy remakes splashed across the silver screen than any other - it’s often prudent to put January first and foremost in mind.
Logic be damned, it’s not a latent bout of chronological OCD that’s the matter, rather the reassuring string of releases that a New Year brings. While January carries over the bitter winds of winter with renewed vows of financial austerity and dietary reformation, the critics at least are smiling as the movie industry’s Awards Season arrives on the cinematic calendar. Counting down to February’s self-congratulatory demonstration of zealous block-voting by Hollywood studios, audiences this side of the Atlantic finally get to see the films that make the shortlists, and while there may well be a notable stretch in the evening, the rest of the year’s film offerings will merely pale in significance.
And 2011 was no exception, getting off to a cracking start as Oscar-favourites Black Swan, The King’s Speech and Blue Valentine set the bar uncomfortably high for the following eleven months.