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Critics' (and other) Lists You'd Like to Share 
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ed_metal_head wrote:
One more entry for this thread (aka Ed's personal diary. No-one else post here! I'm warning you!):


I always enjoy reading my thought process coming out of someone else's fingers. I'm always reluctant to start a thread because it usually ends up seeing protracted blog entries by me on random nonsense and, as an added bonus, a list of promises that go unfulfilled by me. See the John Cassavetes thread for some examples.


Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:36 pm
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http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/1 ... -films/122

Interesting list and where I get many of my more obscure titles.


Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:22 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/100-essential-films/122

Interesting list and where I get many of my more obscure titles.


I was poking around the site and found links to

Their best films of 2009:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/film-best-of-2009/208

and the best of the last decade:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-the-aughts-film/216

You can't criticise them for following the crowd. I cheered when I saw A.I. and Miami Vice high up in their 2000s list. I had the opposite reaction to Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale at #9. That was head scratching.


Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:21 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/100-essential-films/122

Interesting list and where I get many of my more obscure titles.


I was poking around the site and found links to

Their best films of 2009:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/film-best-of-2009/208

and the best of the last decade:
http://slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-the-aughts-film/216

You can't criticise them for following the crowd. I cheered when I saw A.I. and Miami Vice high up in their 2000s list. I had the opposite reaction to Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale at #9. That was head scratching.

It's one of those lists. Bunch of pretentious dirtbags, I tell ya! Oh wait, my taste in film is becoming more aligned with Slant as each day passes. Oh... oh.... oh.

I like both lists for a number of reasons. Here's three.

1. 35 Shots of Rum, my favorite film of 2009, is placed highly on both lists - at number one on the 2009 list. I'm glad someone else loves that movie like I do.

2. In the Mood For Love is not number one. TSPDT may have overrated that film a little bit by putting the film at number one. It is incredibly slow, after all, and that just won't fly for some.

3. Motherfuckin' Dogville. This is probably the only film in existence to successfully bastardize its own medium without sucking. It takes a list like Slant's to properly acknowledge such a feat.


Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:25 pm
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The guys over at Slant have a tendency to underrate many movies (**1/2 out of **** is basically their highest score) but, when it comes to indie cinema they're second-to-none. Beware the four-star reviews for things like Showgirls, however; they're just swimming against the current on that one.


Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:00 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
The guys over at Slant have a tendency to underrate many movies (**1/2 out of **** is basically their highest score) but, when it comes to indie cinema they're second-to-none. Beware the four-star reviews for things like Showgirls, however; they're just swimming against the current on that one.

It's an interesting list, but one to be taken with a grain of salt.

It's all about swimming against the current. But realizing what it is, it's a valuable resource to take into account when determining possible films worth seeing.


Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:28 am
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Trevor wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
The guys over at Slant have a tendency to underrate many movies (**1/2 out of **** is basically their highest score) but, when it comes to indie cinema they're second-to-none. Beware the four-star reviews for things like Showgirls, however; they're just swimming against the current on that one.

It's an interesting list, but one to be taken with a grain of salt.

It's all about swimming against the current. But realizing what it is, it's a valuable resource to take into account when determining possible films worth seeing.


Agreed. Truthfully, they try very hard to swim upstream by savaging popular films and acclaiming, sometimes pretentiously, some unheard-of experimental work. The review of Showgirls is ridiculous; it's a complete celebration of what Verhoeven wasn't trying to do.

They call The Seventh Seal "mediocre" and cook up a disingenuous defense by comparing it to Bergman's next film.

But sometimes they surprise: The Dark Knight got 3.5 stars and the review read like Berardinelli's. They like spectacle but hate most mainstream attempts at it. If you stick with the text the star ratings almost never correlate.


Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:56 am
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BUMPed for Peter Bogdanovich's blog:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/peterbogdanovich

On the front page alone he writes about M, Psycho and Five Easy Pieces (among others). Nice to see that a person who is so knowledgeable about Film history continues to write on the subject.


Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:53 pm
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Noted coprophagist John Waters has released a list of his 10 favourite films of 2010. It's interesting because it has some choices you might not find on any other lists.

1 Domain
2 Enter the Void
3 Buried
4 Ricky
5 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
6 Jackass 3D
7 Life During Wartime
8 Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
9 Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
10 Mesrine (Parts 1 and 2)

To read his thoughts on each film (and see a picture or two) follow this link:
http://artforum.com/inprint/id=26857


Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:59 pm
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I wish I could agree with The A.V. club's #1 top performance for Daniel Day-Lewis. It's hard for me to say why....I love Paul Thomas Anderson. He's one of my favorite current directors working today. I think on a technical level There Will Be Blood is great but the hype machine got to me and it didn't quite meet my expectations and neither did his performance. His performance isn't bad....far from it. It's extremely good....probably great but the entire film left me cold which may be the point but still. It's one of those films that I wish I could love as much as everyone else but I seem to be missing something? I've seen the film twice and the second time was better but I was still slightly underwhelmed by it.


Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:18 pm
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floatingworld wrote:
I wish I could agree with The A.V. club's #1 top performance for Daniel Day-Lewis. It's hard for me to say why....I love Paul Thomas Anderson. He's one of my favorite current directors working today. I think on a technical level There Will Be Blood is great but the hype machine got to me and it didn't quite meet my expectations and neither did his performance. His performance isn't bad....far from it. It's extremely good....probably great but the entire film left me cold which may be the point but still. It's one of those films that I wish I could love as much as everyone else but I seem to be missing something? I've seen the film twice and the second time was better but I was still slightly underwhelmed by it.



Hi Floatingworld

You and many others are in this boat.
I wonder how the film will be seen in 20 years?

I have been a big fan of DDL since the early days, so was well primed to love his work here. I've often felt that the majesty of Dan is best seen in Scorcese's Gangs of new York. he's hardly on screen.... but when he is, the screen lights up.

Rob


Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:28 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
Noted coprophagist John Waters has released a list of his 10 favourite films of 2010. It's interesting because it has some choices you might not find on any other lists.

1 Domain
2 Enter the Void
3 Buried
4 Ricky
5 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
6 Jackass 3D
7 Life During Wartime
8 Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
9 Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
10 Mesrine (Parts 1 and 2)

To read his thoughts on each film (and see a picture or two) follow this link:
http://artforum.com/inprint/id=26857


Nice list, Waters. All non-Jackass titles aren't what I expected on a list from the guy who wrote the line

Quote:
I want to get pregnant just so I can have an abortion!


Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:46 pm
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Robert Holloway wrote:
floatingworld wrote:
I wish I could agree with The A.V. club's #1 top performance for Daniel Day-Lewis. It's hard for me to say why....I love Paul Thomas Anderson. He's one of my favorite current directors working today. I think on a technical level There Will Be Blood is great but the hype machine got to me and it didn't quite meet my expectations and neither did his performance. His performance isn't bad....far from it. It's extremely good....probably great but the entire film left me cold which may be the point but still. It's one of those films that I wish I could love as much as everyone else but I seem to be missing something? I've seen the film twice and the second time was better but I was still slightly underwhelmed by it.



Hi Floatingworld

You and many others are in this boat.
I wonder how the film will be seen in 20 years?

I have been a big fan of DDL since the early days, so was well primed to love his work here. I've often felt that the majesty of Dan is best seen in Scorcese's Gangs of new York. he's hardly on screen.... but when he is, the screen lights up.

Rob


Huh that's news to me. I do need to spend more time on here than I actually do but just from friends and people I know it's been unanimously positive about the film and I've always felt like the outcast. It's weird because I love Boogie Nights,Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love...it's just that There Will Be Blood didn't 'click' with me. I do like his performance more in Gangs Of New York I think so I agree.


Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:54 pm
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"Best of" lists will ubiquitous shortly. While some are still being compiled, here are two completed ones:

Roger Ebert

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/12/the_best_feature_films_of_2010.html

1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. Black Swan
4. I Am Love
5. Winter's Bone
6. Inception
7. The Secret in Their Eyes
8. The American
9. The Kids are All Right
10. The Ghost Writer

"Special Jury Award": 127 Hours.

Films 11-20 (alphabetically):
All Good Things
Carlos
Chloe
Greenberg
Hereafter
Monsters
Never Let Me Go
Rabbit Hole
Secretariat
Solitary Man

Jim Emerson (his "first draft" top 10):
http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2010/12/the_years_beasts_msn_critics_t.html

1. The Social Network
2. Carlos
3. Sweetgrass
4. Mother
5. Let Me In
6. The Killer Inside Me
7. Winter's Bone
8. Dogtooth
9. The Kids Are All Right
10. The American


Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:54 pm
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A whole bunch more...

Edgar Wright (director of Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) shares his top 10 underrated/underseen movies of 2010 (other things too: his favourite sex scene in 2010 for example) over at The Playlist. A really cool read:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/exclusive_edgar_wrights_top_10_of_the_year/

Quote:
1. “Four Lions”
2. “Enter The Void”
3. “Splice”
4. “Tiny Furniture”
5. “Never Let Me Go”
6. “The Last Exorcism”
7. “MacGruber”
8. “Life During Wartime”
9. “Please Give”
10. “Frozen”


The writers at the brilliant AV Club share their top 15 films of the year including runners-up, overrated films, best performances and more. A must read if you're looking for recommendations (be sure to click through to page 2!):

http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best-films-of-2010,49101/

Quote:
10. True Grit
9. A Prophet
8. Carlos
7. Mother
6. Toy Story 3
5. Exit Through The Gift Shop
4. Inception
3. Black Swan
2. The Social Network
1. Winter’s Bone


And last, but certainly not least, the NYTimes' 3 "top" critics have written year-end essays that end (or should end) with their 10 favourite films.

Stephen Holden:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/movies/19holden.html

Quote:
1. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
2. INSIDE JOB
3. INCEPTION
4. CARLOS
5. ANOTHER YEAR
6. VINCERE
7. WHITE MATERIAL
8. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
9. TRUE GRIT
10. MY DOG TULIP


A.O.Scott (former co-host of At the Movies):
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/movies/19scott.html

Quote:
1. INSIDE JOB (Charles Ferguson)
2. TOY STORY 3 (Charles Ferguson)
3. CARLOS (Olivier Assayas)
4. SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola)
5. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Cholodenko)
6. GREENBERG (Noah Baumbach)
7. 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle)
8. LAST TRAIN HOME (Lixin Fan)
9. SECRET SUNSHINE (Lee Chang-dong)
10. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (Banksy)


Manohla Dargis (my favourite critic at that site. She didn't seem in the mood to do ranked lists though. There are 30 films in alphabetical order.):
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/movies/19dargis.html


Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:31 pm
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Slant Magazine weighs in with their year-end list. I believe Pedro will appreciate their choice for #1:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-2010-film/246


Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:24 pm
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Here's Dustin Putman's list

http://themovieboy.com/essays_2010bestworst.htm


Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:39 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
Slant Magazine weighs in with their year-end list. I believe Pedro will appreciate their choice for #1:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-2010-film/246

It's weird; their list is predictable.


Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:31 pm
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Vexer wrote:


That's an interesting and rather arty link Vex. Thanks much for the share. This doesn't really seem to align with your tastes though. How is it that you read the site?


Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:37 pm
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Pedro wrote:
2. In the Mood For Love is not number one. TSPDT may have overrated that film a little bit by putting the film at number one. It is incredibly slow, after all, and that just won't fly for some.


I don't see how the film being (deliberately) slow means TSPDT overrated it.


Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:36 pm
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