Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

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Eric WK
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#26 Post by Eric WK » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:40 am

Inglourious Basterds
Adventureland
Two Lovers
Sugar
District 9
The Girlfriend Experience
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Star Trek
Tyson
I Love You, Man
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#27 Post by Galen Young » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:10 am

1. Antichrist (Lars von Trier) vs. Avatar (James Cameron) it's a tie!
2. Che Part 1 & Part 2 (Steven Soderbergh)
3. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (Uli Edel)
4. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)
5. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen)
6. (untitled) (Jonathan Parker)
7. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
8. Entre les murs (Laurent Cantet)
9. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
10. Død snø (Tommy Wirkola)

runner's up

Tokyo! (Leos Carax, Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry)
Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh)
Revanche (Götz Spielmann)
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
Duplicity (Tony Gilroy)
The Clone Returns Home (Kanji Nakajima)

(guess Elia Suleiman, Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noé will have to wait until next year...)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#28 Post by xavier110 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:32 pm

Tokyo Sonata is the best film released in America in 2009. However, I use international/IMDb dates for my lists.

01. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
02. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
03. Avatar (James Cameron)
04. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lee Daniels)
05. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)
06. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
07. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
08. Up (Pete Docter)
09. Whip It (Drew Barrymore)
10. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)

Runners-up: A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen); Public Enemies (Michael Mann); The Cove (Louie Psihoyos); In the Loop (Armando Iannucci)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#29 Post by Dylan » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:38 am

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Tetro
3. Whatever Works
4. Cracks
5. Jennifer's Body
6. A Single Man
7. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
8. The House of the Devil
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#30 Post by Slothrop » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:00 am

1. Two Lovers -- Gray finally acknowledges that there's an urban world of angry, lonely, damaged people beyond the one inhabited by Scorsese's toughs. The violence remains but is heightened by being pushed inward through a deep understanding of the ecstatic pain of Eros. Phoenix's halting, half-mumbled speech, slightly off-balance, shuffling gaiit, dark, haunted eyes and tear-burned gaze combine exquisitely to render vivid the deep spiritual sickness that results from thwarted love. The performance is lived in full, not acted--the Method-style done truthfully, which is still exceedingly rare even in this the age of its omnipresence. It's as if Phoenix has channeled the stunted-adolescent rawness of Brando in "Streetcar"and the seething introspective intelligence of Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces" and combined it with an impossible emotional fragility drawn from the ghost of James Dean (or River Phoenix). The scene near the end with Phoenix and Paltrow in the courtyard of the apartment building is almost unbearable in its desperation and despair and its power relies almost entirely on the tightly quivering face of the lead. No shouting, no wild bddy gestures, just a face and a couple softly-spoken words that bury the dagger in and twist. The final scene, back inside the apartment with all the festivities and superficial merriment of New Year's Eve, is at once hopeful and quietly devastating.

2. Public Enemies -- Mann's obsessions distilled to their essence.

3. Guggenheim sequence from The International -- What the film really needed was a script from Gilroy or Gaghan. The dialogue is absolutely atrocious in the way it spells outevery emotion the characters are feeling and in the way it spells out every plot point at least twice just to make sure us dummies get it. But the Guggenheim sequence is brauvura action cinema.

decent

Up -- Great look, funny, endearing characters....blah blah blah. There's something subtly insidious about this pre-packaged pleasure formula. Please, challenge the audience at least one time, Pixar.

passable

Wolverine -- Fairly enjoyable time-waster. Jackman and Schreiber make it worth watching.

more to come

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#31 Post by brendanjc » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:47 pm

The top 10:
1. Up (Doctor, Peterson)
2. I Killed My Mother (Dolan)
3. Black Dynamite (Sanders)
4. In The Loop (Iannucci)
5. A Serious Man (Coen)
6. Everyone Else (Ade)
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Anderson)
8. Humpday (Shelton)
9. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
10. Fish Tank (Arnold)

The next 10:
Last Train Home (Fan)
The Cove (Psihoyos)
Soul Kitchen (Akin)
Away We Go (Mendes)
Four Boxes (McDill)
Mother (Bong)
The Maid (Silva)
Air Doll (Kore-eda)
Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live (Cannity, Green)
The Wild Hunt (Franchi)

Most disappointing:
Micmacs (Jeunet)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#32 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:05 pm

01 Triangle (Christopher Smith)
02 AntiChrist (Lars von Trier)
03 Two Lovers (James Gray)
04 Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
05 the Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)
06 Fais-moi plaisir! (Emmanuel Mouret)
07 About Elly... (Asghar Farhadi)
08 Le vilain (Albert Dupontel)
09 the House of the Devil (Ti West)
10 Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron)


UPDATED 01/10/2020
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#33 Post by puxzkkx » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:11 pm

A+
01 das weiße band | michael haneke

A

A-

B+

B
02 antichrist | lars von trier
03 the strength of water | armagan ballantyne

B-
04 orphan | jaume collet-serra
05 district 9 | neill blomkamp

C+

C

C-
06 watchmen | zack snyder
07 is anybody there? | john crowley

D
08 inglourious basterds | quentin tarantino
09 vinyan | fabrice du welz

F
10 obsessed | steve shill


Current Awards Picks:

Best Picture - The White Ribbon
RU: Antichrist

Best Director - Michael Haneke, for "The White Ribbon"
RU: Lars von Trier, for "Antichrist"

Best Actor - Christian Friedel, in "The White Ribbon"
RU: Sharlto Copley, in "District 9"

Best Actress - Charlotte Gainsbourg, in "Antichrist"
RU: Vera Farmiga, in "Orphan"

Best Supporting Actor - Burghart Klaussner, in "The White Ribbon"
RU: Daniel Bruhl, in "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Supporting Actress - Roxane Duran, in "The White Ribbon"
RU: Leonie Benesch, in "The White Ribbon"

Best Adapted Screenplay - no contenders yet!

Best Original Screenplay - The White Ribbon
RU: Orphan

yep
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#34 Post by criterionaficionado » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:14 pm

my top films midway this year in no particular order (subject to change by 12/09?);

up
star trek
drag me to hell
hurt locker
the hangover
the escapist
hunger
gomorra
sin nombre
two lovers
il divo
i love you, man
500 days of summer
away we go
revanche
departures
transformers: revenge of the fallen
the brothers bloom
tyson
the merry gentleman
the girlfriend experience
away we go
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#35 Post by knives » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:27 pm

So, you like films that are, filmed? Was Transformers really so good it could not be left off? (or some other films)

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#36 Post by criterionaficionado » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:38 am

hi knives,
i did specify subject to change by 12/09? guess u missed that. the list is a "personal" representation of what "I" liked so far in 2009. so "NO" to answer your request. transformers can remain on "my" list along with any other choice u may not agree with. thanks for your opinion though:) today i saw the girlfriend experience so let me add that to the mix, too.

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#37 Post by Finch » Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:07 pm

1. Bright Star
2. 35 Shots of Rum
3. City of Life & Death
4. Mother
5.Public Enemies
6. The Hurt Locker
7. A Serious Man
8. Tetro
9. White Ribbon
10. A Prophet

honourable mentions: Moon, Gran Torino

Notably Missed: Where The Wild Things Are; Greatest Disappointments: Up, Benjamin Button
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#38 Post by menthymenthy » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:26 pm

As of 5 December, 2009:

1 . The Limits of Control
2 . The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
3 . The White Ribbon
4 . Dogtooth
5 . Where the Wild Things Are

6 . Police, Adjective
7 . Public Enemies
8 . Nymph
9 . AntiChrist
10 . The House of the Devil
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#39 Post by Michael » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:00 pm

1. The White Ribbon
2. A Serious Man
3. Bright Star
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#40 Post by roujin » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:15 pm

1. Two Lovers
2. Love Exposure
3. Lorna's Silence
4. Sparrow
5. It Felt Like A Kiss
6. Phantoms of Nabua
7. Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl
8. 17 Again
9. The Hurt Locker
10. Sugar

as of 31 October
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#41 Post by Phil » Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:04 pm

Final? edit, no more order.

Liverpool (Alonso)
Ne change rien (Costa)
A Lake (Gradrieux)
The White Ribbon (Haneke)
The Limits of Control (Jarmusch)
Double Tide (Lockhart)
The Headless Woman (Martel)
I'm Gonna Explode (Naranajo)
Police, adjective (Porumboiu)
Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
La danse (Wiseman)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#42 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:08 pm

1. Public Enemies - Michael makes a smooth transition from the ultra-modern landscapes of Collateral and Miami Vice, to the less exotic fields of the Midwest and streets of Chicago. He also manages, as he did before with Ali, to evoke a higher sense of realism than in other period pieces. Johnny Depp's Dillinger is a reckless romantic, who lives by the spur of the moment, and never fails to capture the moviegoer's attention.
2. Up In The Air
3. The Hurt Locker
4. The Brothers Bloom - Rian Johnson's follow-up to Brick, is on the surface an easy-going caper film with three charming leads (and a hot assistant to boot). But it doesn't take long to see that it goes beyond that, into more murky territory (or at least enough for the film to allow).
5. Moon
6. World's Greatest Dad - Bobcat Goldthwait's third film as a feature director proves the third time is a charm in this hilariously morbid comedy-drama. Robin Williams shows a subtle side that previously won him an Oscar, but delivers it without pouring the syrup too thick. This may be the most honest movie about high school I've seen since Election. It reduces the culture and attitudes to their essence.
7. In The Loop
8. Watchmen

List and positions subject to change, of course.
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#44 Post by Andre Jurieu » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:52 pm

Still in flux, but a little bit more definitive than before:

1. Where the Wild Things Are (Jonze)
2. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
3. Adventureland (Mottola)
4. Up (Docter, Peterson)
5. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
6. A Serious Man (Coens)
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Anderson)
8. The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
9. The Informant! (Soderbergh)
10. A Prophet (Audiard)
10. Sugar (Boden, Fleck)

Extract (Judge)
Star Trek (Abrams)
Mother (Bong)
Public Enemies (Mann)
Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie)
Air Doll (Koreeda)
The Hangover (Phillips)
The Road (Hillcoat)
Vengeance (To)
(500) Days of Summer (Webb)
Wild Grass (Resnais)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#45 Post by che-etienne » Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:41 pm

1. Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
2. Ne Change Rien (Pedro Costa)
3. White Material (Claire Denis)
4. 36 Vues de Pic Saint-Loup (Jacques Rivette
5. Waterfront Follies (Ernie Gehr)
6. Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (Manoel de Oliveira)
7. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
8. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
9. In Comparison (Harun Farocki)
10. Straight Lines (Vincent Grenier)

Want to see:

A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Le Streghe, femmes entre elles (Jean-Marie Straub)
Up (Peter Docter)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam)
A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
Bright Star (Jane Campion)
Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
Napoli Napoli Napoli (Abel Ferrara)
Like You Know It All (Hong Sang-soo)
Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sang-soo)
Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
The Girl on the Train (Andre Techine)
Vengeance (Johnnie To)
A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis)
Avatar (James Cameron)
Invictus (Clint Eastwood)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#46 Post by Phil » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:26 pm

che-etienne wrote:Want to see:

Une Catastrophe (Jean-Luc Godard)
http://www.viennale.at/real/trailer/viennale08.mp4

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#47 Post by Brian C » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:13 pm

List includes 2009 releases only per IMDb date.

1. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
2. The Father of My Children (Hansen-Løve)
3. A Serious Man (Coen & Coen)
4. The Girl on the Train (Téchiné)
5. Where the Wild Things Are (Jonze)
6. Tetro (Coppola)
7. Public Enemies (Mann)
8. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Anderson)
9. The Informant! (Soderbergh)
10. Dogtooth (Lanthimos)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#48 Post by hidaniel » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:21 pm

Best of 2009 based on US release date:

1. Bright Star - A
2. A Serious Man - B+
3. The Informant! - B
4. The Baader Meinhoff Complex - B-
5. Up - B-
6. 12 - B-
7. The Hurt Locker - B-
8. Zombieland - C+
9. An Education - C-
10. Inglorious Basterds - C-

Disappointed by:

Gomorrah - C-
The Girlfriend Experience - F

Worst ending:

An Education, which the last 2 minutes of managed to pretty much ruin a otherwise solid movie. However, it would have been Glorious 39 if it was released this year -- by a country mile.

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#49 Post by aox » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:38 pm

good list, but 12 is a few years old.

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2009

#50 Post by hidaniel » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:46 pm

aox wrote:good list, but 12 is a few years old.
*shrug* It didn't get a theatrical, non-festival, release in Canada until this year.

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