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December 27, 2009: "The Top 10 of 2009" 
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Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:51 pm
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You have given a talk on A Serious Man. Can you give any more information, like who the audience was? Is there a link?


Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:00 pm
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Hey James,

Just out of curiosity, how would you rank Tarantino's four-star films. I guess Pulp Fiction would still (rightfully) occupy the apex but where would you rank IB with respect to Reservoir Dogs? Btw, I totally agree with your statement regarding Kristen Stewart. Way too attractive and talented of an actress to have the Twilight films as her only lasting legacy to cinema. Adventureland would have made my top ten list as well if I had one.


Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:03 pm
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I plan on seeing all the films on that list (I''ve seen 4 of them). I agree that Adventureland and IB are amazing, but District 9 and Avatar are 3 stars for me. I'm getting ready to watch my blu-ray copy of 500 Days of Summer and as soon as the weather gets better I'm going to the theater to watch Up in the Air.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:00 am
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Comments decrying this list as a foul perversion of cinema tainted by hopelessly unenlightened, mainstream taste will be taken in the spirit in which they are delivered. (They may in fact be right.) Comments anointing me as the most enlightened critic on the "Interweb" will be equally taken in the spirit in which they are delivered. (Although they may also be right.) Comments arguing that #7 must surely be better than #6 will be given the consideration that such weighty matters deserve. (Who gives a shit?) It's a list - that's all.


Bravo sir, I think this right here should be the ReelViews mission statement. :lol:

As for the list, I was surprised to see Adventureland so high on it. I was expecting it to make your Top 10, but #4 was a very pleasant surprise, as I was expecting #9 or #10. From your review and comments you've made on the film in the forums I knew you really connected with it, but I guess I underestimated just how much so you did. Nice to see a great film from way back in March get remembered at at Top 10 time.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:18 am
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Awesome list. Glad to see there are critics out there who understand that Top 10 lists are all in good fun and will still put them out there. (unlike Ebert)


Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:35 am
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oafolay wrote:
Hey James,

Just out of curiosity, how would you rank Tarantino's four-star films. I guess Pulp Fiction would still (rightfully) occupy the apex but where would you rank IB with respect to Reservoir Dogs? Btw, I totally agree with your statement regarding Kristen Stewart. Way too attractive and talented of an actress to have the Twilight films as her only lasting legacy to cinema. Adventureland would have made my top ten list as well if I had one.


I'm assuming he ranks them as:

Pulp Fiction
Inglourious Basterds
Reservoir Dogs


Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:43 am
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Great list, although my intense and steadfast dislike for Adventureland will never waiver.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:43 am
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DylnFan96818 wrote:
Great list, although my intense and steadfast dislike for Adventureland will never waiver.


Boo hiss!!!


Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:55 am
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I like this list a lot (and it reminded me that I still have quite a few films left to see this year).
I do like District 9 slightly more than Avatar, but I understand the former being overshadowed by the latter on most people's lists.
(500) Days of Summer, Adventureland , Up in the Air, and Inglourious Basterds would all be on my list (Adventureland maybe as an honorable mention), with IB as my #1.

Missing from James' list, but making mine are Star Trek, Coraline, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
(My list of top 10 sci-fi films.)


Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:56 am
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oafolay wrote:
DylnFan96818 wrote:
Great list, although my intense and steadfast dislike for Adventureland will never waiver.


Boo hiss!!!


My thoughts on that movie, too. This is why movies fasciante me. We watched the same thing and one of us put it on a top ten list while extolling the performance of one of the leads, and I thought it was pure dreck with phoned in performances.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:13 am
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This could be the Best Picture nominee list, except for Adventureland.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:55 am
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MGamesCook wrote:
This could be the Best Picture nominee list, except for Adventureland.


Which is a shame.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:29 am
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I find the lack of Up disturbing.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:42 am
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District 9 is CLEARLY better than (500) Days of Summer


Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:00 am
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Battle Pancake wrote:
I find the lack of Up disturbing.

I'm more surprised by the lack of The Princess and the Frog, since it was a very enthusiastic review and he did give it three-and-a-half stars and on the rare occasion he gaves that rating to an animated film, they end up making his top ten list of the year.

In fact, how many films of this year did you award three-and-a-half stars to?


Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:46 am
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Blace wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
This could be the Best Picture nominee list, except for Adventureland.


Which is a shame.


I would be happy to see it get a nomination for Best Original Screenplay but I'm not gonna hold my breath.


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oafolay wrote:
Hey James,

Just out of curiosity, how would you rank Tarantino's four-star films. I guess Pulp Fiction would still (rightfully) occupy the apex but where would you rank IB with respect to Reservoir Dogs? Btw, I totally agree with your statement regarding Kristen Stewart. Way too attractive and talented of an actress to have the Twilight films as her only lasting legacy to cinema. Adventureland would have made my top ten list as well if I had one.


I'm assuming he ranks them as:

Pulp Fiction
Inglourious Basterds
Reservoir Dogs


Sounds right.


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You have given a talk on A Serious Man. Can you give any more information, like who the audience was? Is there a link?


It was off-line and, to the best of my knowledge, not recorded.


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Post Re: December 27, 2009: "The Top 10 of 2009"
MGamesCook wrote:
This could be the Best Picture nominee list, except for Adventureland.


"500 Days" and "Inglourious Basterds" are long-shots. "The Blind Side" and "Invictus" are almost certain to get nominations.

So I'll probably be fairly well in synch with the Academy.


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