The slow build of tension is brilliantly controlled so that when we come to the jumps scares, they really do make you jump! The handling of Nina's hallucinations is essential to selling her descent into madness.
A sharp sense of comic timing helps punctuate every hilarious phrase that leaves Guietta's mouth. To have sifted through the tens of thousands of hours of his amateur movie making alone merits some kind of Iron Man award.
Intertwines multiple dream levels into a cohesive and thrilling action extravaganza. The entire final hour of the film is a masterstroke of bravura storytelling, executed with infallible clockwork precision.
I've seen 'Scott Pilgrim' a few times now, but I always laugh as though it's the first time. It occurs to me that it's because the comedy isn't so much in the text as it is in the timing. The editing is so precise that I could watch it in a foreign language and still respond to every comic beat.
Does justice to the back-and-forth structure of Sorkin's screenplay, as well as his rapid-fire dialogue. The editors need to be as on their toes as the actors, and they find a terrific rhythm to each scene.
Just missed: Fish Tank, How to Train Your Dragon,
The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, Toy Story 3