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maian
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.
logger
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.
maian
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.
dandan
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...
maian
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.
logger
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?
maian
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.
Sostie
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.
empathy-with-beast
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.
maian
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".
Raven
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 . . .
dandan
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
logger
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
Everlong
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...
maian
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.
Atara
10.(500) days of Summer
9.. Fantastic Mr Fox
8. Up
7. Inglorious Basterds
6. Avatar
5 In the Loop
4. District 9
3. Moon
2. Watchmen
1. Star Trek

There are quite a few films I imagine would knock at least the bottom 3 from that list if I had seen them.
NiteFall
Can I make my top 10 G.I. Joe- The Rise Of Cobra ten times? laugh.gif
sweetbutinsane
I haven't even seen ten films in total, let alone ten good ones:

Good
1) Angels and Demons
2) The Men Who Stare At Goats
3) The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
4) Coraline
5) 9
6) Public Enemies
Meh
7) Terminator Salvation
Bad
8) Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.
maian
At this point I've seen 60 films that were released this year. Although I've a few more to see before the year is out, here is my Top Ten as it stands.

1. Up
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Thirst
4. The Cove
5. Let The Right One In
6. Fish Tank
7. Ponyo
8. The White Ribbon
9. A Serious Man
10. Looking For Eric
beatoswald
Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
A Serious Man (Ethan and Joel Coen)
In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín)
Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino)
sleep furiously (Gideon Koppel)
35 Shots of Rum (Clare Denis)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
Sugar (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck)
Modern Life (Raymond Depardon)
Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)

Honorable mentions: The Fantastic Mr Fox, Katalin Varga, Bright Star, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Inglourious Basterds, Bronson, Land of the Lost, Anti-Christ, Drag Me to Hell, Flame and Citron, Che Parts I and II, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Adventureland, Mesrine Parts I and II, Of Time and the City.
maian
Your list reads like the screening schedule for the year at my work. It just reminds how many good films I could have seen had I not been too busy working.
logger
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 27 2009, 05:20 PM) *
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.

Cloudy, With a Chance of Meatballs got in just by being the film to make me laugh most this year, but along with Up, is the only film I've only seen once. Seeing films more than once has had an effect on my list, the first time I saw Let the Right One In I thought it would be a serious contender for number 1 but the second viewing left me a bit cold. Similarly Broken Embraces suffered from a second viewing, although that was maybe because I saw it twice in something like a fortnight.

As for Watchmen that has made number 1 almost by default, and certainly wouldn't have if I hadn't watched it last week. It really has grown on me. Whilst it's not exactly a classic it is a solid reworking of Alan Moore's story, and although there's quite a few films I haven't seen this year the ones I have seen haven't been overly spectacular.
beatoswald
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 31 2009, 02:59 PM) *
Your list reads like the screening schedule for the year at my work. It just reminds how many good films I could have seen had I not been too busy working.

Is your work a Picturehouse cinema? My regular cine-haunt is.
maian
QUOTE (beatoswald @ Jan 1 2010, 10:20 PM) *
Is your work a Picturehouse cinema? My regular cine-haunt is.


No, we're not part of a chain. We have got links with Picturehouse, though, since we have in the past hosted screening days when representatives from lots of independent cinema chains have come to check out future product.
Sostie
Let The Right One In would be my top film I think but seeing as I put it at number one last year I'll leave off my ten.

In no real order...

TIMECRIMES
This Spanish time travel film was a wonderful surprise. Funny, tense, inventive, and when you sit and think about it, a total mind-fuck. This year was a fantastic one for science fiction - Watchmen, Star Trek, Pontypool, District 9, Moon.

IN THE LOOP

Apart from generally being great and featuring Tom Hollander, this is also the best sweary movie since Midnight Run

UP!

There's this old guy right, he's mourning the loss of his wife, he's waiting for death, he attaches balloons to his house, drags it around South America, meets talking dogs and battles a pensionable nut job. What the fuck were they thinking! Pixar films range from good to great. This is without a doubt one of the greatest.

CRANK 2
It's not nearly as good as the first film. It could never be. This is far more mental, un-pc and generally wrong. But, c'mon...Bai Ling is mental, Russ Meyer-esque sex scenes make a return, it stars The Stath and has one of the lines of the year. "Where's my fucking pumper?" It's an easy film to love (or hate)

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

I'm an easily manipulated sap that likes a good blub.

LAND OF THE LOST

A critical and financial flop. What do critics and the public know? I loved every stupid second of it.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Forget The Basterds. The real stars are Mélanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz. More than twice as much dialogue as Death Proof, mainly subtitled, yet several times more engrossing.

ZOMBIELAND
Zombie comedy film of the year (Doghouse & Dead Snow were worthy contenders for the crown) featuring the cameo of the year

WATCHMEN
So much better than anyone could have hoped for. I bet even Alan Moore secretly loves it.

Can't pick a tenth. It's possibly one of the SF or zombie films mentioned above. Or maybe Last Chance Harvey, Adventureland, Hurt Locker or Gran Torino
Kick in the Head
My ten of the year (though there'd be quite a few interchangeable just bubbling under) in a vague order of greatness...

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Makes a good underdog documentary double bill with King of Kong. Hysterically funny and incredibly touching.

In The Loop
Ultimately rather depressing when you think about it. Loads of LOLs and swears though! Malcolm Tucker on a big screen = terrifying.

Drag Me To Hell
Thank you Mr. Raimi! Like the most fun Spook House ride you can think of, and as close to a new Evil Dead as you could hope for.

Moon

Sam Rockwell gives the best performances of his career. A simple story elegantly and economically told. Lovely models and miniatures too.

Thirst
The best vampire film of the year. Also, it's rare to see a film about blood-suckers that actually makes you feel quite so giddy from all the red stuff as this manages. Park Chan-Wook's best since Oldboy.

Let The Right One In

The other best vampire film of the year, it's chilling, it's creepy, it's a little bit weepy. Uncomfortable viewing in the best possible way.

The Wrestler

More than just The Meaty Mickey Show, the film itself is remarkably well directed. More nods deserved for all concerned.

District 9
The most amount of body-popping to be found on the silver screen since Electric Boogaloo 2, I was pleasantly surprised just how much of the film was focused on the aliens as much as the humans. Especially the intergalactic tag-team buddy break-in of MNU. Best film based on a video game that doesn't actually exist.

The Hurt Locker
Like the gripping finale to an action film over and over again and increasingly tense each time. Effectively a two-hour game of Russian Roulette. Sub-plots were a bit ill-fitting though.

Inglourious Basterds

Ludicrous but easily one of the most entertaining and rich pictures of the year that revels in its rollicking rambunctiousness. The best of QT's post-Jackie Brown trilogy of self-indulgence.

If I decided to count them as I saw them last year, The Road and most definitely Mother would be in my top 10. Also possibly The Brothers Bloom, which still hasn't had a UK release (FOR WHY?!). The Room would naturally surpass them all though.
maian
Hmm, Crank 2 not as good as Crank? I'd say it's better, primarily because I wasn't expecting it to be quite as meta as it was.

QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 12 2010, 12:15 AM) *
District 9
The most amount of body-popping to be found on the silver screen since Electric Boogaloo 2


Not to be incredibly pedantic, but do you mean Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo? Because if there is a sequel to Electric Boogaloo out there then I feel I must see it.
logger
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 11 2010, 11:15 PM) *
Moon[/b]
Lovely models and miniatures too.

That was one of the things I didn't like about the film, I thought the amount of time given over to the models bordered on fetishistic.
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (maian @ Jan 12 2010, 12:02 AM) *
Not to be incredibly pedantic, but do you mean Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo? Because if there is a sequel to Electric Boogaloo out there then I feel I must see it.


Ah, you would probably be correct. To be honest, I haven't seen either Breakin' or Breakin' 2. Should I have? Sounds like I'm missing something marvellous.
Sostie
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 12 2010, 07:43 PM) *
Ah, you would probably be correct. To be honest, I haven't seen either Breakin' or Breakin' 2. Should I have? Sounds like I'm missing something marvellous.


Apart from the dancing they're shit. But there is always the so shit it's good angle.
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (Sostie @ Jan 12 2010, 07:49 PM) *
Apart from the dancing they're shit. But there is always the so shit it's good angle.


You mean the 'get very very drunk and then watch it' angle?
maian
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 13 2010, 01:20 AM) *
You mean the 'get very very drunk and then watch it' angle?


Very much that. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a symphony of crapiness. It's such a cliched and terrible dance film that it's almost a parody of cliched and terrible dance films.
Ade
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 13 2010, 12:20 AM) *
You mean the 'get very very drunk and then watch it' angle?

...as in the 'viewed whilst slumped on the floor' angle? That's a steep angle, especially if you're too close to the telly.

Renders a so-shit-its-good film shit again.
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