Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
1. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
8. I'm Not There (Todd Haynes)
41. Talk To Her (Pedro Almodovar)
So that's the list. It may change somewhat in about an hour or so, and then again and hour or so after that, ad infinitum, but for now, this is the list. Now I've got to start work on my next best of the decade list.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Read my review of Nine at The Cinematheque.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hey...I'm still here. Just been real busy lately with some non-movie stuff. Yeah yeah, believe it or not there is such a thing as non-movie stuff. But I will return within a week with new reviews of such films as The Lovely Bones, Nine, Up in the Air, Crazy Heart, Broken Embraces, The White Ribbon, A Single Man, Youth in Revolt, Fish Tank, Dr. Parnassus, The Messenger, Daybreakers, The Road, The Book of Eli, Mammoth, Police Adjective, The Young Victoria, The Last Station, Precious, Leap Year and a bunch more. Also I will reveal my choices for the 50 Best Films of the Decade. And I might be a new homeowner as well. Wish me luck and see you soon.....
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
2. Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
3. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
4. Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
5. Red Cliff (John Woo)
6. Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola)
7. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)
8. Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi)
9. Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone)
10. Star Trek (J.J. Abrams)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Welcome to Part VII of the Best of the Decade Project. Each few days I will name my choices for the best films of each particular year in the aforementioned decade. This will culminate just after the new year with my list of the 50 greatest films of the decade. So without further ado I give you my top ten for the year 2008.
1. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
2. Let the Right One In (Thomas Alfredsen)
3. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
4. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
5. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
6. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
7. The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
8. Che (Steven Soderbergh)
9. Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
10. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
5. No Country For Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
7. Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)
8. My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar-wai)
9. Grindhouse (Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez)
10. 28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)
The Great Procrastinator Catches Up: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Brothers & 2012 Reviewed at The Cinematheque
First up is Wes Anderson's inevitable foray into animation, with the stop-motion screwball comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox (my review can be read here). Charming, but in the Wes Anderson definition of charm, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the more popular but less demanding of the two talking fox movies that came out in 2009. But chaos still reigns in Anderson's movie. It's just a somewhat more light-hearted kind of chaos. But hey, any movie with Bill Murray as a badger is just alright with me.
Second is the Jim Sheridan helmed remake of the Danish film Brothers (my review can be read here). It is a rather mediocre remake, as many a Hollywood retread of European fare tends to be, but occasionally the haphazard performances break through the surface to keep the film from faltering too far down the rabbit hole. Not exactly a rave review, but I suppose it could have been worse.
The third film of this triple play catch-up game is Roland Emmerich's disaster du jour 2012 (my review can be read here). Based on the idea that the world will end on 12/21/12 (thanks to those pesky Mayans and their unfinished calendar) this CGI-addled John Cusack adventure movie could have been a lot worse than it was. Another rave, eh? Emmerich has done giddy popcorn fun before with his favourite genre, but here his well seems to be beginning to run a bit on the dry side.
I'll be back soon with some more catch-up of 2009, with reviews of Where the Wild Things Are, La Belle Personne, Bad Lieutenant, Lake Tahoe, The Silence of Lorna, Coco Before Chanel, Amelia, Invictus, Amreeka, Disgrace, The Messenger and Avatar.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
1. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)