Thank you for the kind e-mails on our year in films post:
Did we have an alternate? We actually did. If you click on any of the screen snaps in the best in film and then go through them, you'll see that we also had a screen snap of Source Code.
In fact, I'll toss it in here.
movie source code
We were going to make that our honorable mention.
When we ranked our films on Sunday and did screen snaps, we didn't do a snap for our second choice. But as we were writing, we repeatedly bumped our second choice down. By the time it dropped to five, we knew we'd have to rewrite our commentary on Bridesmaids.
We wanted to love it. But, after weeks of reflecting on it, we realized Melissa was the movie. That it was flat in long periods and that Kristin Wiig was appealing only for about half the film. It should have been so much better.
When we wrote our paragraph on Bridesmaids, we realized that to note an honorable mention for Source Code would lead to e-mails of, "Well why wasn't it number ten?"
Because it's like The Sixth Sense in that you can enjoy it only once. There's a trick, a hidden detail, in the film that you learn near the end. It's similar to the fact that Bruce Willis is among the 'dead people' the little boy sees. After you know the trick, it's not really a movie you'll watch over and over.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"