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maian
post Nov 20 2009, 09:06 PM
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So, we're into the last two months of the year, Oscar contenders are starting to surface and the weather's taken a turn for the worse. What better time to look back wistfully on the year and create arbitrary lists saying that wildly different films are somehow better or worse than each other?

I personally won't be posting my list until just before Christmas, once Where The Wild Things Are is released and once I can see A Serious Man for free, basically, but I thought I'd create the thread in order to generate discussion and to give people time to ruminate and ponder.
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post Nov 20 2009, 09:24 PM
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Looking back at this past year I think we were spoiled last year by having two of the best films of the decade released (in the UK at least). This year has been pretty solid but I can't really think of any classics. There's probably some brilliant foreign film I haven't seen but who wants to read what people were saying.

I've got a pretty good idea of my top 10, I just hope Rec 2 isn't as bad as people are saying.
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post Nov 20 2009, 10:22 PM
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I think you're right to an extent in that there haven't been any films this year (that I have seen) that leap out at me as indisputable classics, but looking at the list of films I've seen this year (because I am a nerd who keeps such lists and because I like to keep track of my backlog of reviews for the blog) the general quality of films this year has been quite high, with a lot of strong, interesting films that have made for a very exciting year.

It's been a surprisingly strong 12 months for British films, too. Aside from the success of Slumdog Millionaire (regardless of what you think of the quality of the film, the success of it is quite astonishing) you've had the likes of Bronson (which is currently the one of the only serious contenders for my best performance of the year), Fish Tank, Hunger (the other serious contender. Michael Fassbender's just had an absolutely blinding year), Looking for Eric, Better Things, sleep furiously, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee and Helen, a host of odd and interesting British films. Maybe other years have been this strong and I've only just noticed because I work at a independent cinema and have had more of an opportunity to see these films, but it certainly seems like a more vibrant and exciting year for independent British films than others.

Just totted up the films that I have seen this year that were released this year and it's a healthy 58, 56 of which I saw in the cinema, and with at least 6 or 7 more to come that I want to catch on the big screen. Not sure on the total number of films I've seen this year, but I imagine it'll be close to 300, as it has been the last couple of years.

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post Nov 21 2009, 11:21 AM
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what...?

have you already got you christmas decorations up already as well?



as the traditional starter of this thread, you're about two week early...
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post Nov 21 2009, 12:34 PM
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QUOTE (dandan @ Nov 21 2009, 11:21 AM) *
what...?

have you already got you christmas decorations up already as well?



as the traditional starter of this thread, you're about two week early...


Maybe a tad early, but I felt that with all the other lists that we're meant to be collating at the moment we should have an extra bit of time to start contemplating.
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post Nov 21 2009, 04:37 PM
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I think it's good to have plenty of preparation time before polling the forum's brains out.

QUOTE (maian @ Nov 20 2009, 10:22 PM) *
Hunger

Didn't Hunger come out last year?
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post Nov 21 2009, 04:51 PM
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QUOTE (logger @ Nov 21 2009, 04:37 PM) *
Didn't Hunger come out last year?


You're right, though I was thrown off by the fact that my work only got it in January so I assumed that it was released in January. I shall substitute In The Loop for Hunger, then.

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post Nov 25 2009, 10:47 AM
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Despite being my film of the year last year, it was given a proper release in th UK this year, so I think I'd go for Let The Right One In. Off the top of my head Inside, Timecrimes and In The Loop are a close second.
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post Nov 25 2009, 11:02 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Nov 20 2009, 09:06 PM) *
Where The Wild Things Are


Is it going to be a contender? To me the trailer looks like the cinematic equivalent of wanking into your palm and then rubbing the emission over your face.

I've not seen enough film this year.
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post Nov 25 2009, 11:31 AM
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QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Nov 25 2009, 11:02 AM) *
Is it going to be a contender? To me the trailer looks like the cinematic equivalent of wanking into your palm and then rubbing the emission over your face.


What I've heard suggests that it's a genuinely great film, though they are all along the lines of, "It's great, but it'll mess some kids up".
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post Nov 25 2009, 11:39 AM
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I'm pretty sure Star Trek is the only 2009 film I've seen this year.

I like going to the cinema, I'm not sure why I don't any more . . .
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post Dec 27 2009, 01:42 PM
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well, hands down film of the year, for me, is 'dogtooth'. just an incredible piece of cinema...

my top ten, in alphabetical order;

antichrist
a serious man
departures
dogtooth
if you are the one
let the right one in
moon
north
ponyo
silver medalist

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post Dec 27 2009, 02:05 PM
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I've only seen 2 of those^ and only heard of another 2.

Here's mine in order of how much I liked them

1. Watchmen
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Let the Right One In
4. The Hurt Locker
5. Star Trek
6. Up
7. Drag Me To Hell
8. The Wrestler
9. Broken Embraces
10. Crank: High Voltage
=. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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post Dec 27 2009, 03:37 PM
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Not been cinema too much this year..

1. Watchmen
2. Star Trek
3. The Hangover
4. Let the Right One In
5. The Wrestler
6. Inglourious Basterds
7. Moon
8. The Hurt Locker
9. Drag Me To Hell

Now have 9... Not sure if I've even seen another new film this year...

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post Dec 27 2009, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (logger @ Dec 27 2009, 02:05 PM) *
=. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


I do love that film. Maybe not enough to put it in my Top 10, but I do love it a lot.

I haven't seen Watchmen yet. Don't know if I can be bothered to.

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