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Occasionally we create a new thread to link to some movie list. A few comments later and the thread is forgotten. Since we're now close to both the end of the year and the end of the decade I expect that there will be quite a few lists we'd like to share.

I propose that we share all interesting lists in a single thread, making it easier both to get a recommendation and to quickly find lists that were posted in the past. There is no criteria for posting a list, it can come from a critic, director, actor, magazine et cetera. Neither does it need to be a year end list. Favourite film lists or Best of Genre lists are very welcome.



I'll start things off with this:
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2009/11/23/tiff-list.html

It's TIFF's list of the Best Films of the 2000's as selected by "film curators, historians, and festival programmers". Frankly, this sort of world-cinema list is truly humbling (at least for me). The list contains over 50 films and I've seen a grand total of 13. I used to think that I saw most of the good films of the last decade. Guess I was wrong :(


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Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:22 am
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This is why I was always thankful for the the various incarnations of Sneak previews, At The Movies, etc, as without Siskel, Ebert, Roeper, Scott, Philips, etc., I would haven never heard of some of the smaller, foreign films that are out there.


Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:41 am
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"17. ... A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, classified as a U.S. film despite the director's Canadian nationality.)"

............Do I really have to explain this to them?

All in all, I wouldn't exactly choose The New World as the best example of American cinema of the past ten years, but you'd figure other countries have films that are just as good as American ones. I respect the list in that respect. But, I mean, do I need the list the OBVIOUS ones that are missing? Memento, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, even Donnie Darko (which has shown up on a lot of these lists). I don't think the entire list needs to pander sensibilities to people who THINK they have a good taste in film, but this is taken to a ridiculous extreme. I guess that's what you get when you ask film historians and curators and whatnot.

Glad the last exists. Really, really glad. No sarcasm.


Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:14 pm
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Paul Schrader's film canon, anyone?*


(*Abortive film canon, but film canon nevertheless.)


Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:20 pm
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Ladies and gentlemen, the AV Club's list of The best film performances of the ’00s :

http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best-film-performances-of-the-00s,35851/1/

Nice to see some Harvey Pekar love.

There are two performances from You Can Count On Me. I should check this one out.

Pedro wrote:
"17. ... A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, classified as a U.S. film despite the director's Canadian nationality.)"

............Do I really have to explain this to them?

All in all, I wouldn't exactly choose The New World as the best example of American cinema of the past ten years, but you'd figure other countries have films that are just as good as American ones. I respect the list in that respect. But, I mean, do I need the list the OBVIOUS ones that are missing? Memento, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, even Donnie Darko (which has shown up on a lot of these lists). I don't think the entire list needs to pander sensibilities to people who THINK they have a good taste in film, but this is taken to a ridiculous extreme. I guess that's what you get when you ask film historians and curators and whatnot.

Glad the last exists. Really, really glad. No sarcasm.


I'm suspicious of a few choices myself (especially that there are 21 (!!!) films from France), but again, I like lists for picking up recommendations and not for how much I agree with them.

Ken wrote:
Paul Schrader's film canon, anyone?*


(*Abortive film canon, but film canon nevertheless.)


Sweet. I had posted a link to this in the Open Forum, but that didn't include Schrader's write up. Look forward to reading it.


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http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best ... 00s,35931/

Found this link on imdb.com


Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:25 am
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DylnFan96818 wrote:
http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best-films-of-the-00s,35931/

Found this link on imdb.com


Nice. I get most of my links from imdb too. This is worth a look even if there are some curious choices. I mean, I love the 25th Hour, but not quite that much. At least I know there are other folks who share my lofty opinion of The New World.


Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:08 pm
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If there is anything I've learned from these lists, it's that apparently I need to watch The New World sometime soon. XD


Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:31 am
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Pedro wrote:
If there is anything I've learned from these lists, it's that apparently I need to watch The New World sometime soon. XD


Don't watch it when you're sleepy. I love the movie, but it is flawed. The first time I watched it did put me soundly to sleep. The second time, I was hypnotized.


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Almost the Best Films of the 00s

http://www.avclub.com/articles/almost-t ... rso,35939/


Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:00 am
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AFI's movies (and television shows) of the year:

http://blog.afi.com/main/index.php/2009/12/14/afi-awards-2009-announced/

In alphabetical order: CORALINE, THE HANGOVER, THE HURT LOCKER, THE MESSENGER, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE, A SERIOUS MAN, A SINGLE MAN, SUGAR, UP, UP IN THE AIR

Quick thoughts: The Hangover is a real surprise to me. I thought it was alright, but I can't come close to understanding all the love this movie gets. I was actually unfamiliar with Sugar. Seems it's the second feature from the writer/director team that brought us Half Nelson. Sounds like one to watch.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:33 pm
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2 for the price of 1:

This should interest some of you. Quentin Tarantino recently listed his favourite films of the year. Here's the video:

http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2009/12/quentin-tarantino-lists-his-top-films-of-2009.html

I transcribed the top 8 in case you don't want to hear QT speak (who does?). They are in order, but he said that he still has to see Avatar, Invictus and The Lovely Bones.

1. Star Trek
2. Drag me to Hell
3. Funny People
4. Up in the Air
5. Chocolate
6. Observe and Report
7. Precious
8. An Education

John Waters posted his top 10 too (with Antichrist love!):

http://artforum.com/inprint/id=24234

FYI, his #10, The Headless Woman, is really worth seeing. This is a movie some folks might really love. I admired the shit out of it, but couldn't bring myself to love it.


Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:47 pm
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2 for the price of 1:

This should interest some of you. Quentin Tarantino recently listed his favourite films of the year. Here's the video:

http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2009/12/quentin-tarantino-lists-his-top-films-of-2009.html

I transcribed the top 8 in case you don't want to hear QT speak (who does?). They are in order, but he said that he still has to see Avatar, Invictus and The Lovely Bones.

1. Star Trek
2. Drag me to Hell
3. Funny People
4. Up in the Air
5. Chocolate
6. Observe and Report
7. Precious
8. An Education

John Waters posted his top 10 too (with Antichrist love!):

http://artforum.com/inprint/id=24234

FYI, his #10, The Headless Woman, is really worth seeing. This is a movie some folks might really love. I admired the shit out of it, but couldn't bring myself to love it.


I bet he'll love Avatar.

Nice to see some love for Observe & Report. I thought it was very underrated and subversive.
Tarantinoesque would be a good description for much of it so I guess it makes sense that he likes it.


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http://www.movieretriever.com/blog/539/ ... es-of-2009

Best supporting (actor and actress) performances of the year from Movie Retriever.

http://www.cinematical.com/2009/12/15/c ... you-crazy/

And movies for you and the kids can enjoy.


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Roger Ebert's best of 2009:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/12/the_best_films_of_2009.html


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DylnFan96818 wrote:


I could try tolist his film from 10 to 1 ,but why couldn't he do it? He also cheated with the second list he put in their; I'm not mad at roger, but he did say he would stick to ten movies.


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DylnFan96818 wrote:


Whoa, I haven't a single of his "independent" top 10. A few of them I've never even heard of! I get what he's doing with the "Mainstream" top 10 but I'm still surprised that a "mainstream" list would have all of 2 films that had wide releases.


Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:20 pm
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James may be my favourite critic, but I look forward to the NYTimes critics' year end top 10 more than any other. They're here.

Stephen Holden. I actually like him more than A.O. Scott. His top 10 is the only true top 10. That is, ten films ranked in order of preference:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/movies/20holden.html

A.O. Scott. He's currently more famous for being one of the co-hosts for At the Movies, but he's co-chief critic (Mrs. Dargis is the other "co-") for the NYTimes. His top 10 is really a top 19 (he has 9 ties). Followers of At the Movies probably know what his favourite film of 2009 is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/movies/20scott.html

I don't often agree with Manohla Dargis, but I love hearing what she has to say. I love her writing style so much that she's become my 2nd favourite critic. Her's is a essay that culminates in two paragraphs listing her favourite films and runners up. It's sorted by their domestic release date:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/movies/20dargis.html


Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:30 pm
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And now for something completely different...

Mr. Skin's Best Nude Scenes of 2009 in video format!

Black bars obscure the nudity, so it's moderately safe for work. Still a lot of compromising positions though.


Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:51 pm
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One more entry for this thread (aka Ed's personal diary. No-one else post here! I'm warning you!):

http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/exclusive/films_of_2009_intro.php

links to Sight & Sound's top 10 of 2009. As you might expect, it's a very "world cinema" list. The United States has three entries in the list.


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