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"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Stephen King! He tosses in a couple of films from last year, making for a very strong list. He also adds five TV shows. Edited by Christian

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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That link doesn't go to King's list.

Fixed. Thanks, Darrel.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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From the LA Times critics:

Carina Chocano:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (tied with) The Savages

Ratatouille

4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Sicko

There Will Be Blood

Rescue Dawn

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Juno

low-key love stories Once and Waitress

The Hoax (tied with) Control

My Kid Could Paint That

Worst: 4 way tied - marketing campaign for Captivity; macho revisionism and blow to literature of 300 and Beowulf; proliferation of threequels; and the writers strike

Kenneth Turan (who has an amazing sparse list this year, at least for him)

Atonement

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Into Great Silence andTerror's Advocate ("Just as good are No End in Sight ... and In the Shadow of the Moon")

Lady Chatterley and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ("... Best of under-the-radar foreign films. Just as deserving are ... After the Wedding and ... Grbabica.)

Lars and the Real Girl

Lust, Caution

Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

Once

Ratatouille

If there were another spot (when has that ever stopped him?): There Will Be Blood or Breach

Worst: writers strike

Kevin Crust

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Once

Into the Wild

No Country for Old Men

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

I'm Not There

Away from Her

Michael Clayton

This Is England

Anything with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Worst: "...the sheer volume of films makes it so difficult for audiences to find the great ones."

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A foreign movie can't be stupid.

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: Recently, R-rated movies account for around half of the movies released but only one-fourth of the annual box office.

Stupid people. The Golden Globes are handed out by the Hollywood FOREIGN Press Association, and the foreign market (1) has no R rating and (2) often rewards films that don't do well in America.

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Roger Ebert puts Juno at the top of his list:

1.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Yes!! Wow, that's a great list. I'm really happy with those results.

And now, I really have to see:

Syndromes and a Century

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Colossal Youth

Killer of Sheep

Black Book

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone

Regular Lovers

Southland Tales

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Here's the first Movie City News tally, a cumulative ranking of films which appear on the Top Ten lists of film critics.

Not dated on the site, but transcribed Dec 22. The posted list is presently ranked by number of list appearances, which I suspect will switch over to total points once enough lists have appeared, but maybe not. In any case, my version is ranked by total points, which appear in brackets following each title.

1 No Country For Old Men (156)

2 Zodiac (82)

3 Away From Her (73)

4 Once (67)

5 Juno (65)

6 Michael Clayton (49)

7 Diving Bell & The Butterfly (46)

7 Lives Of Others (46)

9 Sweeney Todd (44)

10 Into The Wild (40)

11 Eastern Promises (39)

12 Atonement (36)

13 Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (35)

14 Ratatouille (34.5)

15 There Will Be Blood (33)

16 Killer of Sheep (31.5)

17 3:10 To Yuma (29)

18 I'm Not There (28)

19 Superbad (27)

20 300 (25)

21 Syndromes and a Century (24)

22 Bourne Ultimatum (24)

23 Assassination of Jesse James (23)

23 Knocked Up (23)

25 Breach (22)

26 Persepolis (21.5)

27 Control (20)

27 Darjeeling Limited (20)

29 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (18)

29 Gone Baby Gone (18)

I bet There Will Be Blood will climb once more critics see it and more lists are posted. Same with Jesse James and I'm Not There. Wonder if Syndromes and 4-3-2 will be viewed widely enough to climb? I'm surprised how high Breach and 3:10 are, and 300 - I bet they all fade. Slightly surprised and definitely pleased to see Once so high.

More to come.

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The Wall Street Journal has made Joe Morgenstern's list available to all readers.

Hey, he's got Atonement on the list. That's heartening.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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In case you're just dying to read a few more lists (I'm burned out), here's the Mighty Hunter, along with his colleagues Ann Hornaday and Desson Thomson. Lots to agree with across the three lists.

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"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Andrew Sarris, with several follow-up lists to his choices for Top 10 films of the year:

1. Jason Reitman

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Latest iteration of the MCN tally of critic year-end lists;

1. No Country For Old Men

2. There Will Be Blood

3. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly

4. Zodiac (DVD available)

5. Once (DVD available)

6. Juno

7. Atonement

8. Into The Wild (DVD Feb 12)

9. Ratatouille (DVD available)

10. Sweeney Todd

11. Away From Her (DVD available)

12. Michael Clayton

13. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

14. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

15. Assassination of Jesse James (DVD Feb 5)

16. I'm Not There

17. Eastern Promises (DVD available)

18. Lives Of Others (DVD available)

19. The Savages

20. Bourne Ultimatum (DVD available)

21. Persepolis

22. Knocked Up (DVD available)

23. No End In Sight (DVD available)

24. The Host (DVD available)

25. Killer of Sheep (DVD available)

26. Superbad (DVD available)

27. Gone Baby Gone (DVD Feb 12)

28. Syndromes and a Century

29. American Gangster

30. Grindhouse (DVD available)

31. Darjeeling Limited (DVD Feb 26)

32. Hairspray (DVD available)

33. 3:10 To Yuma (DVD Jan 8)

34. Sicko (DVD available)

35. Offside (DVD available)

36. Black Book (DVD available)

37. King Of Kong

38. Charlie Wilson's War

39. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (DVD available)

39. Control

41. Across The Universe

42. Rescue Dawn (DVD available)

43. Lars & The Real Girl

43. In The Valley Of Elah

45. Breach (DVD available)

47. After The Wedding (DVD available)

47. Margot At The Wedding

48. 12:08 East Of Bucharest (DVD Feb 5)

49. Hot Fuzz

50. Enchanted

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Here's the "year's best" list from Paste.

And wow... I disagree with these choices in so many ways, I hardly know where to begin. The top ten list is making my head hurt.

Juno? Best Picture? Really?

Perhaps their enthusiasm for JUNO doesn't seem so eccentric as the other lists have come in? On the MCN tally it's currently at #6. That's a lot of love for the little girl with the big mouth and swelling belly. (Which is presently around #2 or #3 on my list, by the way.)

And I just don't understand including Eastern Promises or Michael Clayton so near the top.

I don't think EP is a crazy choice - it does end up at #19 on MCN. And I've got no problem with MICHAEL CLAYTON ranking very high - nor do "the nation's critics," it seems, with Mike crossing the finish line at #12. Exhilarating dialogue.

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Fun stuff from Christopher Orr

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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  • 2 weeks later...

Voted on by the staff of Relevant Magazine:

Best Film: I Am Legend

Worst Film: Epic Movie

Film that Made My Little Brother Laugh so Hard that He Cried: Ratatouille

Most Creative Film: Ratatouille

Worst Title for a Film: Amazing Grace

Best Visuals: Transformers

Best Screenplay: Juno

Worst Adaptation/Sequel: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Best Character Study: Michael Clayton

Most Disappointing Film: Spider-Man 3

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl

Raunchiest Movie: Super Bad

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Best Score: Enchanted

Film Most in Need of a Tripod: The Bourne Ultimatum

Most Rewarding Film if You can Bear Silence for 2+ Hours: Into Great Silence

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Crosswalk's Year-End List. Not bad, although I detect a few ringers. I think I like the bottom half of the Top 10 more than the top half.

My beloved Zodiac made "the B List." Ah, well. That's something, I suppose.

EDIT: Crosswalk's Ten Most Popular Articles include one review, for The Golden Compass, and one movie tie-in, for Evan Almighty.

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"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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  • 5 weeks later...

James Wall of The Christian Century list his top films

His comments on the films are worth reading, but for those who want the short version:

  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • There Will Be Blood
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Atonement
  • 12:08 East of Bucharest
  • Away from Her
  • Michael Clayton
  • 3:10 to Yuma

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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The Spirit Awards

Short version

Best Feature - Juno

Best 1st Feature - The Lookout

Best Doc - Crazy Love

Male Lead - Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Savages

Female Lead - Ellen Page - Juno

Supporting Male - Chiwetel Ejiofor - Talk to Me

Supporting Female - Cate Blanchett -I'm Not There

Director - Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Cinematography - Janusz Kaminski - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Screenplay - Tamara Jenkins - The Savages

Best 1st Screenplay - Diablo Cody - Juno

Best Foreign Film - Once

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

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