Ever since I caught "Take Shelter" in advance of the fall festival season, I can't really stop thinking about it. It's easily one of the most powerful, lingering works of the year for me, across the board. Michael Shannon's performance -- it's no secret -- gets top marks from me so far. I spoke to him earlier this week about his work on the film. His co-star, Jessica Chastain, is also quite wonderful in the film and this could actually be her best bet for a nomination. And, of course, Jeff Nichols' vision is so drilled down and vibrantly realized. Okay, enough from me. The film hits theaters today, so I'd love to hear your thoughts. Cut loose with them in the comments section here if/when you get around to seeing the film.

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.