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2009 Top Ten Lists

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well, yes and no. I've written my review, but it's on hold until the film actually opens. I also had an interview with the director, but I haven't got it transcribed yet.

The first 40 minutes is pretty much the second 40 minutes. The last 15 are what make the movie.

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I've taken my first stab at a top ten list, but I'm going to keep it offline until January 1. Then, after reading nothing bu raves, I went out to Up in the Air last night, ready to come home and update my list. Saw the movie. Came home. Had no cause to update the list.

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One of my criteria is staying power, so anything that I see from here on isn't even considered. Maybe I'll remember to look back in a few years to see if there are 2009 movies that should go on the list. So far the only 2009 movie I'd consider for the list is Departures.

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well, yes and no. I've written my review, but it's on hold until the film actually opens. I also had an interview with the director, but I haven't got it transcribed yet.

The first 40 minutes is pretty much the second 40 minutes. The last 15 are what make the movie.

I'll pick it up where I left off but am not sure that's going to happen tonight, and with a Thanksgiving trip planned, I might not finish the film until next week.

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My update. Getting a bit more firm on some. I find it interesting that Christian's DC Critics group had not late Dec. films in their nominations for best picture. Maybe I won't have to rethink everything 2 weeks into the year.

If I were doing my Dozen today:

Departures

The Last Station

(500) Days of Summer

The Class

Phoebe in Wonderland

Away We Go

Up in the Air

An Education

No Impact Man

Police, Adjective

The Messenger

A Serious Man

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Darrel Manson wrote:

: I find it interesting that Christian's DC Critics group had not late Dec. films in their nominations for best picture.

Have the DC critics actually SEEN everything? I don't believe there have been any screenings of Avatar yet, for example (except maybe for the foreign-press junket). And then there is Sherlock Holmes, which I saw this morning, and which Jeff posted some reviews of in the thread for that movie just now -- had anyone in DC actually seen that film before their nominations deadline?

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Darrel Manson wrote:

: I find it interesting that Christian's DC Critics group had not late Dec. films in their nominations for best picture.

Have the DC critics actually SEEN everything? I don't believe there have been any screenings of Avatar yet, for example (except maybe for the foreign-press junket). And then there is Sherlock Holmes, which I saw this morning, and which Jeff posted some reviews of in the thread for that movie just now -- had anyone in DC actually seen that film before their nominations deadline?

Avatar was the looming, unseen giant. We voted before that one screened. (I don't set the voting dates.) Sherlock Holmes screened before the voting deadline. I wasn't able to go -- it was a daytime screening -- but will see it Dec. 21. Not that such a date will influence my voting. :)

The studios were very accommodating of our group, setting up several screenings ahead of our deadline. However, many of those screening are daytime only, which was problematic for me. I'm grateful for the studios that sent screeners. I thought the Weistein Co. would be hurt by not sending any screeners, but Nine received Best Ensemble (it screened twice before the vote, including the night before, which was when I saw it), Inglourious Basterds (which I saw during its theatrical run) got Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and A Single Man and The Road received a few nominations between them. I'd seen an early screening of The Road, but couldn't make last Monday's Single Man screening, about which I heard good things from colleagues (many of them seem to have made the screening).

I'd heard, but haven't confirmed with WAFCA leaders, that our group wanted to get out of the gate early last year with our announced winners, so as to garner more media attention than in previous years. We're a young group, only been around 5 or 6 years, and I've been a member only for the past 3 years. I think that strategy proved successful last year and was repeated this year, although it's perfectly legit to criticize a group that hasn't screened all eligible films. I, for one, fully expect Avatar might overtake some of the films/performances I voted for this year. But I should add that our voting categories include no technical categories except Best Art Direction. I haven't figured out why we bother with just that one category, but think it may have something to do with following another group's lead on which categories get voted on by regional groups, and which don't.

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So, like last year, I'm doing a Best of '09 list and a Favorite New Films I Saw in '09 list. The former follows whatever rules IndieWire uses to determine eligibility (a theatrical run in NYC, I think), and I'm finding it incredibly difficult to compare an old-ish film I only saw yesterday because I had to wait for the DVD (The Limits of Control), a brand new film I saw three months ago at a fest (Police, Adjective), a film I saw more than four years ago (The Sun), and several more that fall somewhere in between. Weird. As it stands right now, only two of these feel like 2009 films to me:



  1. 35 Shots of Rum
  2. Revanche
  3. Liverpool
  4. Munyurangabo
  5. Summer Hours
  6. Police, Adjective
  7. The Beaches of Agnes
  8. Duplicity
  9. Birdsong
  10. Hunger

Subject to change.

EDIT: The Headless Woman is definitely going on her somewhere.

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I just had to submit a top five list, which still feels pretty early for me (haven't caught Still Walking, Birdsong, Limits of Control, and a few others yet). So the first five probably won't change, but the last five may get wiggly.

A Serious Man

Summer Hours

Hunger

Munyurangabo

Revanche

Lake Tahoe

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Liverpool

The Sun

35 Shots of Rum

And Then:

The Spine

Lorna's Silence

You, The Living

Bad Lieutenant

Jerichow

Headless Woman

Il Divo

Where the Wild Things Are

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I'm ready to do this. A couple of these films were released last year but weren't seen by me until 2009. I didn't put them on my 2008 list, so they're going on this one.

1. Summer Hours

2. Lorna’s Silence

3. A Serious Man

4. Hunger

5. Passing Strange

6. Three Monkeys

7. The Messenger

8. The Informant!

9. A Christmas Carol

10. Goodbye Solo

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I just blogged my list.

1. A Serious Man

2. Fantastic Mr. Fox

3. Up

4. Summer Hours

5. The Hurt Locker

6. Brothers Bloom

7. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

8. The Class

9. Adventureland

10. The Princess and the Frog

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I saw a lot of great films this past year, which means I've had a hard time deciding on a top 10 list. And I haven't seen one single film that I can say is a clear #1, but a number of films that are right near the top. And I still need to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnissus. But, here goes nothing:

1. Sugar

2. District 9

3. The Brothers Bloom

4. Up

5. Summer Hours

6. In the Loop

7. The Class

8. (500) Days of Summer

9. World's Greatest Dad

10. Goodbye Solo

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I won't do a full top ten, because that would force me to start ranking films that didn't particularly compel me. So instead, I have a top 5, the films of '09 that stuck with me:

THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

A SERIOUS MAN

TETRO

THIRST

I still have plenty from '09 to catch up on, though, from A SINGLE MAN to THE SUN to LORNA'S SILENCE to SERAPHINE. Given the praise, I may check out SUMMER HOURS, but I have to say that the trailer makes it seem very, very dull.

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Bright Star

A Serious Man

Lorna's Silence

The Limits of Control

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Summer Hours

Up

Ponyo

Of Time and the City

12

Honor roll: Adoration, A Christmas Carol, The Class, La Danse, Fados, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Gentlemen Broncos, Inglourious Basterds, The International, Me and Orson Welles.

Tonight I'm seeing The White Ribbon, which may very well disturb the list. Or it may just disturb.

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Well, I'm back, and while it certainly did impress, I doubt it will penetrate my current Top Ten. While it strikes me as a beautiful piece of filmmaking, I believe it lacks profundity as a vision of evil. Even so, I'll be thinking about it for a while. Some of those images are hard to shake.

Next stop: The Last Station.

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Here are my lists.

Best of 2009 (Going by IndieWire's rules for qualification)

1. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)

2. Revanche (Gotz Spielmann)

3. Munyurangabo (Lee Isaac Chung)

4. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso)

5. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)

6. Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu)

7. Birdsong (Albert Serra)

8. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)

9. Duplicity (Tony Gilroy)

10. Two Lovers (James Gray)

11. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)

Favorite New Films I Saw in 2009

1. Phantoms of Nabua / A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Apitchatpong Weerasethakul)

2. Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat)

3. Face (Tsai Ming-liang)

4. To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues)

5. Let Each One Go Where He May (Ben Russell)

6. Lucky Life (Lee Isaac Chung)

7. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)

8. Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes)

9. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais)

10. In Comparison (Harun Farocki)

Favorite Discoveries of 2009

7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927)

City Girl (F. W. Murnau, 1930)

Emergency Kisses (Philippe Garrel, 1989)

Grown Ups (Mike Leigh, 1980)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

The Long Voyage Home (John Ford, 1940)

Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)

The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949)

Tren de Sombras (Jose Luis Guerin, 1997)

Voyage en deuce (Michel Deville, 1980)

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9. Duplicity (Tony Gilroy)

10. Two Lovers (James Gray)

Hi Darren,

Thanks for posting your list. I always look to it for suggestions. There are several titles on there that still haven't made it to Texas. Enjoyed the Assayas, Martel and Chung films you mention in your 09 list, and very much looking forward to 2,4,6, and 7.

Have you written about Duplicity anywhere? Or maybe you know of a review or two that express the film's strengths as you see them? I'm definitely intrigued by your choice. I enjoyed it as a genre piece and the leads were certainly appealing. However, I found myself disconnecting from the film as the multiple twists and turns piled up one on top of the other.

Also, very glad to see your mention of Two Lovers. I saw it much earlier this year, and I guess had just slotted in my mind as an 08 film. So I didn't consider it for my list, but I clearly should have. I think it would bump Public Enemies off the bottom of my list for sure. I guess it's not too late to rewrite.

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Thanks, John. I haven't written about Duplicity, and I'm not sure if I could defend my enjoyment of it if I tried. I just remember watching it one morning, rewatching it immediately afterward with the commentary track, and then talking Joanna into watching it with me again later that night. I guess I like Gilroy for the same reason other people are so fond of Soderbergh (in Oceans mode) -- he makes really solid Hollywood entertainments, and I like his taste and visual sense. I posted a couple stills that caught my attention. I don't care too much about the plot twists, but I enjoyed the heck out of watching Owen and Roberts doing their best Cary Grant and Grace Kelley impressions.

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Thanks, John. I haven't written about Duplicity, and I'm not sure if I could defend my enjoyment of it if I tried. I just remember watching it one morning, rewatching it immediately afterward with the commentary track, and then talking Joanna into watching it with me again later that night. I guess I like Gilroy for the same reason other people are so fond of Soderbergh (in Oceans mode) -- he makes really solid Hollywood entertainments, and I like his taste and visual sense. I posted a couple stills that caught my attention. I don't care too much about the plot twists, but I enjoyed the heck out of watching Owen and Roberts doing their best Cary Grant and Grace Kelley impressions.

Totally makes sense, Darren. I think of relatively recent movies, In Bruges was like that for me--saw it, it clicked with me, wanted to see it again right away. It's no masterpiece, but it sure is a good time. I love it when that kind of thing happens--a little moment of serendipity. Thanks for your thoughts.

Anyway, I guess I should make my own entry onto this list. I don't see enough films for a top ten, so a top five will have to do:

1. Summer Hours

2. Munyurangbo

3. Lorna's Silence

4. Still Walking

5. Two Lovers

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2009 Personal Favorites/Top Ten (With comments here):

10) State of Play

9) Moon

8) Forgetting Dad

7) Me and Orson Welles

6) The Queen and I

5) Agora

4) Owning the Weather

3) Bright Star

2) An Education

1) Lourdes

Favorite discoveries list here.

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And, finally, my Top Ten.

No ties this year. I promise. There are ten titles in the top ten.

But I can't say I wasn't sorely tempted to have a five-way tie for #1 this year. Over the last couple of weeks as I argued with myself and kept switching things around, they all spent time at #1.

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