In Praise of Tilda Swinton

They say a picture tells a thousand words.
But sometimes, the captions help a little.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011)
Here's a toast to a woman who proves that no actor needs a second Oscar when she has a resume this good:

I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, 2010)
With her performances as Eva in Kevin and as Emma in I Am Love, Tilda Swinton is the only actor to make my list of Top Ten performances two years in a row

Julia (Erick Zonca, 2008)
What I considered to be the performance of her career pre-Kevin, Julia  received such a poor release that it's borderline criminal. (It was briefly released in theatres in 2009, only coming to Canada on DVD in early 2010.) Whenever I hear Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams', I immediately picture that scene of Julia on the prowl on the dance floor, kinda like how one can't help but remember Faye Wong dancing in Chungking Express to the tune of 'California Dreamin'.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008)
The only thing better than watching Tilda is watching Tilda on Criterion.

Burn After Reading (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 2008)
Lookin' fierce with an Edna Krabappel hair cut.

Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy, 2007)
Well, sometimes Oscar gets it right, pit stains and all.

Stephanie Daley (Hilary Brougher, 2006)
In fairness, nobody saw Stephanie Daley, but then... who saw A Better Life?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Andrew Adamson, 2005)
"When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better."
- Mae West

Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005)
 There are cameos and then there are Tilda Swinton cameos.

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze, 2002)
My two favourite actresses in the same frame!
(It's the little things that count.)

Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe, 2001)
“And what is any life is not the pursuit of a dream? The dream of peace; the dream of achievement; the dream of hearing someone say these words, when they really, truly mean them, ‘I love you …” Most of us live our whole lives without any real adventure to call our own. It’s hard to comprehend. But they laughed at Jules Verne too.”

The Deep End (Scott McGehee, David Siegel; 2001)
 Snub the first.

Possible Worlds (Robert Lepage, 2000)
Tilda in a Canadian film! This is worthy of a post in itself.

Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)
"Will you marry me?"
The performance that started it all.