In his essay “The Art of Fiction” Henry James wrote “What is character but the determinant of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?” In defining (in material terms) a character as a determinant of incident, James references the concept of hamartia or tragic flaw, the idea that a character possesses a flaw that will cause them to make a mistake, thereby setting plot into action. There’s never too many examples of this character in literature but a recent (& I think) quintessential example of this is employed in the swoontastic film In Bruges, which is also, I believe, the best(/only?) film EVER to film-within-a-film a Hieronymus Bosch pastiche (o triptychful-swoon). For this director Martin McDonagh will/should receive (via most sublime judgment) the elusive & gory Bosch Pastiche Award (naturally *retrospective* &/or *posthumous*). Please see In Bruges, if you haven’t already, it will help save a little boy’s &/or a racist midget’s life. Do your part.
The Darjeeling Limited/Hotel Chevalier gets a Perfect Soundtrack award (scale: nearly perfect as Reservoir Dogs closely perfect as McCabe & Mrs. Miller). & my movie buddy/husband points out that Wes Anderson (like Quentin Tarantino) prolly qualifies as Film Auteur–methinks so too.