This severely belated set of linkthroughs comes well amidst December awards season, when the Oscar-baitiest films start to hit theaters and critics cram to see all the major releases before submitting their year-end lists and their contributions to best-of polls. While I'm rarely particularly impressed by the Hollywood December crop, this year my admiration does extend to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson's perfectly modulated, exquisitely rendered adaptation of John LeCarré's classic spy novel. As for lists and polls, there will be plenty more to come, but the British film magazine Sight and Sound has already posted their year-end survey, featuring, for the first time, a contribution from yours truly.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Slant)
My Piece of the Pie (Slant)
London River (Slant)
Romantics Anonymous (Slant)
Franny, Annie & Danny (Village Voice)
The Big Fix (Time Out New York)
Sight and Sound ballot