THE TEN BEST FILM PERFORMANCES I SAW IN MARCH

  1. Lena Olin, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
    Tragic snub. I knew her as Robert Pattinson's mom from REMEMBER ME before this, so what a lovely surprise this was!
  2. Melonie Diaz, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS
    You know when you're watching a teeny-tiny independent movie and a young actor blows you away so you look them up to see what doors the performance opened for them and find nothing worthwhile? I am so, so happy that wasn't the case for Melonie Diaz. Put her in everything.
  3. Fairuza Balk, VALMONT
    The clear MARRY in a Cecile de Volanges version of marry/fuck/kill with Uma Thurman and Selma Blair
  4. Anne Heche, WAG THE DOG
    New pet cause of mine is getting the word out on Anne Heche. Between this and recent viewings of BIRTH, PSYCHO and WALKING AND TALKING I'm ready for a Heche resurgence
  5. Sandy Dennis, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN
    Easily could have gone with Karen Black or Cher, but Sandy gets extra points for how worried she made me for her
  6. Javier Bardem, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
    Has to carry this completely cuckoo vision on his shoulders for so much of the film's running time. I guess his work with Pedro must have been good practice!
  7. Helen Mirren, THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS
    She plays Christopher Walken's Canadian wife, who just wants to watch Rupert Everett sleep (!!!!!!!!)
  8. Michelle Pfeiffer, A THOUSAND ACRES
    The bullshit detector of this work of failed Oscar bait brimming with misused talent (Jessica Lange, Colin Firth, Jennifer Jason Leigh)
  9. Maggie Smith, QUARTET (1981)
    Nope, not the 2012 Dustin Hoffman pleasantry in which she also stars.
  10. Alan Rickman, DIE HARD
    How great is he?? Didn't know he'd be in this! Went in for the reputation and Bonnie Bedelia, honestly.