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I was not able to find a thread on this yet in this section. Am I mistaken?

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Only found a 2009 Midterm assessment poll in the Film Forum, but not a Top Ten 2009. I think you're good to go.

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Let the wild rumpus start!

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I remember when I used to be able to participate in these, however, I am currently limited in the amount of new films that I see.

I do find these threads extremely helpful though. They help me in gravitating toward films I'll actually enjoy when they make their way to DVD. So thank you, and yes -- let the wild rumpus begin.

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I won't bother to make a list just yet (I want to wait on some of my anticipated releases over the next two months), but I know that THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, and THIRST will make it.

Edited by Ryan H.

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In no paticular order...

Strong candidates for my top ten so far:

  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Bright Star
  • The Road
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Class
  • Munyurangabo
  • Goodbye Solo
  • Ponyo
  • Phoebe in Wonderland
  • A Serious Man
  • Seraphine
  • Coraline
  • Moon
  • Still Walking
  • Lorna‚Äôs Silence
  • Up
  • Summer Hours
  • The Song of Sparrows
  • Public Enemies
  • Lake Tahoe

Others that I may grow to love more on reflection and second viewings:

  • In the Loop
  • Sparrow
  • The Informant!
  • Tell No One
  • Departures
  • Hunger
  • Away We Go

Judging from the love of other critics, maybe I saw these on bad days, cuz they didn't do much for me:

  • District 9
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Brothers Bloom

I still *must* see:


  • Julie and Julia
    Gomorrah
    Police, Adjective

Edited by Overstreet

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There are a few film forums that have dynamic top ten lists for each year, which means we start it at the beginning of the year and update our own posts as we see new things and shift around our favorites. That may be a fun new annual tradition.

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I remember when I used to be able to participate in these, however, I am currently limited in the amount of new films that I see. I do find these threads extremely helpful though. They help me in gravitating toward films I'll actually enjoy when they make their way to DVD.

Agreed. How many films do you guys actually see in the theater per year anyhow. Honestly, I'm lucky if I make it up to around 40.

Personal top ten favorites so far -

  • Defiance
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Up
  • Funny People
  • Watchmen
  • Public Enemies
  • I Love You, Man
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Star Trek
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

But I still HAVE TO see -

  • Assassination of a High School President
  • Observe and Report
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Moon
  • The Hurt Locker
  • All Good Things
  • The Informant!
  • A Serious Man
  • Gentlemen Broncos
  • Boondock Saints II
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Edited by Persiflage

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In no particular order, the ones I'd be willing to consider for my year end list. (The ones I feel fairly sure I'll include are in bold.)

The Class

The Song of Sparrows

Coraline

Phoebe in Wonderland

Departures

Up

Away We Go

(500)Days of Summer

A Woman in Berlin

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

No Impact Man

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Another tough year. So far any of these could make it (especially like bold titles):

Hunger

Lorna's Silence

Canary

Munyurangabo

The Spine

Liverpool

The Headless Woman

Revanche

Summer Hours

Still musing:

The Girlfriend Experience

Where the Wild Things Are

Seraphine

Jerichow

Moon

Still have a lot to catch up on.

Edited by MLeary

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Judging from the love of other critics, maybe I saw these on bad days, cuz they didn't do much for me:

  • The Hurt Locker

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who didn't understand why everyone raved about THE HURT LOCKER. I actually walked out two-thirds of the way through (I am not in the habit of walking out on films, but I was visiting my fiancee for the weekend and didn't want to waste time on a movie I wasn't particularly enjoying).

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Hurt Locker is technically brilliant, and packed with set pieces that are as tight as an Iraq war FPS. But it is overly long, and I was bothered by how cavalier the film ends up being about portaying its leads as brave for the sake of bravery. Generation Kill is far better.

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Here's my rough list of films I would consider for a top 10 list (definite favorites in bold)

Sugar

The Brothers Bloom

The Class

District 9

Up

Summer Hours

Goodbye Solo

In the Loop

Moon

Lorna's Silence

Munyurangabo

Coraline

Not quite good enough for the list, but enjoyable nonetheless

World's Greatest Dad

Rudo y Cursi

Star Trek

The Hurt Locker

I Love You, Man

(500) Days of Summer

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Edited by Crow

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While I had no compunction about posting a "best of decade" list -- which I did off the top of my head, without consulting my year-end lists from each year of the decade -- I don't feel at all prepared to put together a Best of 2009 list yet. As always, the end of the year is stacked with "award"-type films, some of which will probably be good, while others will be a bust. But the year has, overall, been fairly dismal so far, to the point where I couldn't put together 10 titles I'd feel comfortable with on a yearly "best" list.

One of the privileges of being affiliated with a local critics' group is that I receive screeners of films I've missed during the year (I see only the movies I'm assigned to review, plus a few more on my own time and dime -- but literally, just a few). I realize that gives me a big advantage over others who, as I did until a couple years ago, have to carve out time and money to see films at the theater, or to wait for video. But if it makes anyone feel better, I don't have the luxury of going to the movies in my spare time as often as I could in the past, and the films I'm assigned to see are nearly almost mediocre at best. So, when I hear about a great movie at the theater, I'm often left anticipating seeing it "someday," hoping for a screener that might make that task easier.

I'm not looking for pity, but suggesting that even paid freelance critics don't necessarily have a deep well of titles to draw from when putting together these lists. In my case, I'll have a deeper well soon -- my first batch of screeners showed up yesterday, and every one of the titles (6 or 7 of 'em) is something I need to see before compiling this list.

Sorry if this sounds defensive. No one has accused me of anything! :) This is just my way of saying that my own list will be a little while in coming.

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Is there anything worse than trying to figure out what constitutes a 2009 movie? The Class played at Cannes in '08, while Munyurangabo played the festival circuit in '07. Both are deserving of Top Ten slots if they count, so take the below, which represents things I've seen projected on a theater somewhere this calendar year, with a grain of salt:

1. Police, Adjective

2. Hadewijch

3. The White Ribbon

4. Mother

5. Face

6. Summer Hours

7. Where the Wild Things Are

8. Wild Grass

9. White Material

10. Inglourious Basterds

11. A Serious Man

12. Coraline

13. Adventureland

14. Up

15. Drag Me to Hell

I love the word association gibberish that comes from the title juxtapose. The mother's face in the summer hours asks, "Where are the wild things?" They're in the wild grass, with the white material, those inglorious bastards!

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Russ, you've already seen Police, Adjective? I go to a screening this afternoon. It's due to open in Dec.

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Yeah, Darrel, it played in Toronto last month. I hope you like it. Are you seeing it in connection with the AFI fest? If yes, maybe you'll run into Doug.

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Is there anything worse than trying to figure out what constitutes a 2009 movie?

There isn't. Someone, I think it is D'Angelo for some reason, keeps a list every year of official 2009 films, which means at some point they have had a non-festival release in New York City. The location is arbitrary, but any US limited release is going to show up there anyway. I like how Sicinski releases a top ten off of this list and a top ten of everything he has seen in that year, including festivals and gallery screenings. I always aim for the latter, but may try to do both if I can.

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These will most likely make my list:

Inglourious Basterds

Moon

Public Enemies

Star Trek

Coraline

Up

Other possible contenders:

Brothers Bloom, Adventureland, The Hurt Locker

Michel Gondry's segment of Tokyo! was one of my favorite things I've seen this year, but being part of an anthology I guess it doesn't qualify for a top ten list.

Edited by J.R.

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Michel Gondry's segment of Tokyo! was one of my favorite things I've seen this year, but being part of an anthology I guess it doesn't qualify for a top ten list.

Who made that rule? Just define your list however you want. Short films rarely get the recognition they deserve. As a visual artist the predominance of 90+ min. films is really strange to me.

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Yeah, Darrel, it played in Toronto last month. I hope you like it. Are you seeing it in connection with the AFI fest? If yes, maybe you'll run into Doug.

Saw it at a press screening. It and Fish Tank will be having a press day in a couple weeks (I suspect along with AFI fest)so I'll be in on interviews with Corneliu Porumboiu and Dragos Bucur. Michael Fassbender will be doing interviews for Fish Tank.

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I don't usually weigh short films alongside feature films, but if I was compiling a list of 2009's top short films,

would almost certainly be on it.

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As far as length of format is concerned, I just roll with it. If I find myself thinking about an 11 minute short (such as Landreth's The Spine) alongside a full length Petzold or Alonso feature, it probably deserves to be on some kind of list. Same thing with Duffy's The Most Beautiful Man in The World. 5 minutes long, but every bit as good as say... Morvern Callar.

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Right now my top ten would look something like this:

1. Brothers Bloom

2. Up

3. Where the Wild Things Are

4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

5. The Informant!

6. Coraline

7. Summer Hours

8. The Class

9. Adventureland

10. The Hurt Locker

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Yeah, Darrel, it played in Toronto last month. I hope you like it. Are you seeing it in connection with the AFI fest? If yes, maybe you'll run into Doug.

Saw it at a press screening. It and Fish Tank will be having a press day in a couple weeks (I suspect along with AFI fest)so I'll be in on interviews with Corneliu Porumboiu and Dragos Bucur. Michael Fassbender will be doing interviews for Fish Tank.

Have either of you written on Police Adjective? I watched the first 40 minutes of the film last night and sense that I'm going to need some elaboration on this film, either before I finish it (might need a little push to get me to the finish line) or afterward.

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