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Old 02-26-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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Better Late Than Never: Post Your Best of 2009 List

Well, I finally feel comfortable putting this down in stone. A few titles I still need to see, but nothing that I feel has a legit chance of cracking this roster:

1. A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA)
2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria)
3. Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola, USA/Argentina)
4. Bright Star (Jane Campion, Australia/UK)
5. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
6. Thirst (Chan-wook Park, South Korea)
7. Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan)
8. Funny People (Judd Apatow, USA)
9. Avatar (James Cameron, USA)
10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, USA)

Honorable mention:
Two Lovers (James Gray, USA), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden), Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar, Spain), The Princess and The Frog (Ron Clements & John Musker, USA), Adventureland (Greg Mottola, USA), The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (Terry Gilliam, UK), The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, USA), Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosowa, Japan), Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan), Goodbye Solo (Ramin Bahrani, USA)

Acting Citations:
Vera Farmiga (Orphan), Abbie Cornish and Paul Schneider (Bright Star), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Vinessa Shaw (Two Lovers), Michael Stuhlbarg and Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Ok-bin Kim (Thirst), Kirin Kiki (Still Walking), Penelope Cruz (Broken Embraces), Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Christopher Plummer (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist), Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo)
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Damn Laz, I'm literally 4 movies away from making a list that I'm totally satisfied with. It'll definitely be posted before the Oscar telecast, too.
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1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. The Princess and the Frog
4. Adventureland
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1. A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA)
2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria)
3. Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola, USA/Argentina)
4. Bright Star (Jane Campion, Australia/UK)
5. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
6. Thirst (Chan-wook Park, South Korea)
7. Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan)
8. Funny People (Judd Apatow, USA)
9. Avatar (James Cameron, USA)
10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, USA)

Honorable mention:
Two Lovers (James Gray, USA), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden), Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar, Spain), The Princess and The Frog (Ron Clements & John Musker, USA), Adventureland (Greg Mottola, USA), The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (Terry Gilliam, UK), The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, USA), Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosowa, Japan), Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan), Goodbye Solo (Ramin Bahrani, USA)
Damn, I didn't watch ANY of the movies in your list.

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Funny People was a very strange movie to watch.
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1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Harry Potter 6
3. Star Trek
4. UP
5. District 9
6. Bright Star
7. An Education
8. Avatar
9. Pandorum
10. Drag me to hell
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I haven't seen a few films that might make it to the list, including Mr. Fox and Tokyo Sonata, but I don't expect to see them in the next few weeks, so here it is.

1. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, France)
2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria)
3. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais, France)
4. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
5. Inglorious Bastards (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
6. Bright Star (Jane Campion, Australia)
7. A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA)
8. An Education (Lone Scherfig, UK)
9. Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, USA)
10. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis, France)

I'm counting Summer Hours and A Headless Woman as 2008 releases. The former would top my list otherwise.
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I can't wait to see Wild Grass.
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these lists look pretty good to me

just saw A Prophet - very good film - did not disappoint


one film from 2009 that I would include, at least for honorable mention:



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Might as well share.

1. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Miyazaki)
2. Bright Star (Campion)
3. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
4. Public Enemies (Mann)
5. Broken Embraces (Almodovar)
6. The Limits of Control (Jarmusch)
7. Avatar (Cameron)
8. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
9. A Serious Man (Coen)
10. The Girlfriend Experience (Soderbergh)

Honorables in no order: Bad Lieutenant (Herzog), The Brothers Bloom (Johnson), Tetro (Coppola), Antichrist (Von Trier), Two Lovers (Gray), Police Adjective (Porumboiu), Watchmen (Snyder), Love Exposure (Sono)
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No particular order:

Fish Tank
Star Trek
The White Ribbion
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Up In The Air
Up
An Education
Precious
The Infromant!
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Avatar (Just because)
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Might as well share.

1. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Miyazaki)
2. Bright Star (Campion)
3. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
4. Public Enemies (Mann)
5. Broken Embraces (Almodovar)
6. The Limits of Control (Jarmusch)
7. Avatar (Cameron)
8. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
9. A Serious Man (Coen)
10. The Girlfriend Experience (Soderbergh)

Honorables in no order: Bad Lieutenant (Herzog), The Brothers Bloom (Johnson), Tetro (Coppola), Antichrist (Von Trier), Two Lovers (Gray), Police Adjective (Porumboiu), Watchmen (Snyder), Love Exposure (Sono)

I'm surprised Basterds didn't finish higher with you. And I don't remember Ponyo topping Bright Star when you reviewed it.

Where you you rank it among the other Miyazaki?
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I can't wait to see Wild Grass.
One can't really go wrong with Resnais + Amalric + Emmanuelle Devos. I much preferred this one to Coeurs and Pas sur la bouche.
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I'm surprised Basterds didn't finish higher with you. And I don't remember Ponyo topping Bright Star when you reviewed it.

Where you you rank it among the other Miyazaki?
A lot of things moved around after rewatches of most of my top 15 or so. Basterds went down just a tad, Limits of Control went back up, and Ponyo moved up from second to an unshakable first. And really, I'm not sure how comfortable I am with The White Ribbon ahead of Public Enemies even now. That should really be #4.

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.
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