Eastern Promises: Never been a huge Croninberg fan, but this one was perfect. And Viggo was on his GAME! He did his work: It's worth watching the "making of" or reading up on his research for this role. His performance alone made this film a great watch for me. But the relationships throughout the film were well penned, well played, and well directed. The story is crafted in such a way as to bring us along as one of the characters.
The Hurt Locker: Still haven't figured out what the title means. An entirely different kind of war film. Characters with dimension, film making with dimension, acting with dimension. Conflicted souls. Camera work and sound were quite poetic without being artsy-fartsy. The director found new ways to pull you in to the action.