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Old 02-28-2010, 09:46 PM   #16
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Also, while I'm here, The International was 2009 right? Just watched it tonight finally. Wouldn't place on my list, but I was considerably impressed. Can't think of too many other examples that make such strong use of physical space and architecture in relation to its characters and macro narrative arcs. And of course the gunfight was outstanding.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:50 PM   #17
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Yeah, that film got way too much shit. I really enjoyed it considering it was a paycheck job, but I wasn't sure if I was just too biased, because I absolutely love everything Tykwer has done. If you haven't seen the rest of his filmography, make it a priority. My favorites are The Princess & The Warrior and Heaven.
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Heaven is the Kieslowski one right? I'll get on that. Also heard good things about Perfume.
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As for Ponyo, I'm probably setting myself up for a crucifixion here, but it's likely second or third behind Nausicaa and maybe Porco Rosso.
I liked Ponyo, but it would be pretty near the bottom of my Ghibli list. I've only seen it once, though. But I know I preferred Howl's and Tales of Earthsea, not to mention the real masterpieces.
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I liked Ponyo, but it would be pretty near the bottom of my Ghibli list. I've only seen it once, though. But I know I preferred Howl's and Tales of Earthsea, not to mention the real masterpieces.
My second viewing revealed countless new layers of subtlety and maturity in the storytelling that I didn't really pick up on the first time (though I still seem to have been a far bigger fan of this than most even on first viewing), and the power of the film's imagery and Hisaishi's score hit me as perfectly sublime from the first frame to last.
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Heaven is the Kieslowski one right? I'll get on that. Also heard good things about Perfume.
Yes. The other two films in Kieslowski's planned trilogy were actually completed (his co-writer is still alive), but the middle entry, L'Enfer (by No Man's Land director Danis Tanovic) is tough to find and the last is a small Polish production that is even more rare. I did manage to finally track down both, though.

I can't believe Perfume didn't do better business. But it's also one fucked up movie.
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Gotta go with A Serious Man as my favorite of 09, followed by Mr. Fox and Basterds.
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1. Up In The Air
2. A Serious Man
3. Bad Lieutenant
4. Ponyo
5. Funny People
6. Moon
7. Crazy Heart
8. In The Loop
9. Up
10. Adventureland

A lot of independent and foreign stuff that I have access to and haven't watched. I know Goodbye Solo is probably a lock for my Top Ten giving that director's past reputation. Most overrated film that received critical acclaim was the impenetrable Gomorrah which I turned off after about forty minutes.

Also, there's so much good stuff nowadays that I could easily add another ten (or possibly 20 by the time I'm done devouring some of the lesser known stuff) that are in the same ballpark with the ten I posted.
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one film from 2009 that I would include, at least for honorable mention:



Sin Nombre
My friend who saw it before me had the same problem I did. Never really surprises you throughout the duration, just kind of hums along. Good movie though.
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I found Gomorrah very overrated, but I did finish it and thought it was pretty good.
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I heard Dalton rented something called Sodom by "mistake."
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I really didn't see a lot of new movies this year :\, but my absolute favorite was Adventureland.
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I heard Dalton rented something called Sodom by "mistake."
I believe that's what he also said happened when he wound up with the over-60 cast in Gumorrah.
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The Cove was brilliant and will definitely make my Top 25, and I won't have a chance to see The White Ribbon until after the Oscar telecast, sadly. Once I see Ponyo, Crazy Heart, and Broken Embraces, I'll put up my final list. And here are the categories I'll be using!

Top 25 Films
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Art Direction
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Ensemble
10 Favorite Scenes/Sequences/Montages
Worst Performance in an Otherwise Good Film
Best Performance in an Otherwise Lame Film
Biggest Surprise
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haha I love the idea of

Biggest WTF moment.


oh fuk they should have that at the Oscars.
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