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The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours? 
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Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
So here is my Top 10 of '09 (Ratings are out of ****).

Hon. Mentions (alphabetical):
Brothers
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
The Road
Up
Up In the Air

Top 10:

10. A Christmas Carol ***1/2
9. Sherlock Holmes ***1/2
8. Coraline ***1/2
7. My Sister's Keeper ***1/2
6. (500) Days of Summer ***1/2
5. Crazy Heart ***1/2
4. The Cove ***1/2
3. Waltz with Bashir ***1/2
2. Invictus ****
1. Avatar ****


Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:29 pm
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Shelobfan wrote:
So here is my Top 10 of '09 (Ratings are out of ****).

Hon. Mentions (alphabetical):
Brothers
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
The Road
Up
Up In the Air

Top 10:

10. A Christmas Carol ***1/2
9. Sherlock Holmes ***1/2
8. Coraline ***1/2
7. My Sister's Keeper ***1/2
6. (500) Days of Summer ***1/2
5. Crazy Heart ***1/2
4. The Cove ***1/2
3. Waltz with Bashir ***1/2
2. Invictus ****
1. Avatar ****

Waltz with Bashir was on my '08 list, but I absolutely agree with your placement of it. Incredibly thoughtful and moving film.


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I wanted Waltz with Bashir to get a Best Animated Film nomination but I suppose it was no Kung Fu Panda

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Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:26 pm
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In Chicago we didn't get Waltz with Bashir until early this year, that is why I counted it as a 2009 film. I am doing the same for The Lovely Bones and Dr. Parnassus - they haven't been released yet around here so I will count them as 2010 films. Waltz with Bashir is a great film - it made my Top 50 of the decade (#48).


Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:50 am
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This is simply a list of the best I've seen, I'll list the ones that I still need to see at the end.

09 - Up (Peter Docter)
08 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates)
07 - Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki)
06 - Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli)
05 - The Brothers Bloom (Rian Johnson)
04 - Love Exposure (Sion Sono)
03 - Avatar (James Cameron)
02 - Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
01 - Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

I still have to see Adventureland and (500) Days of Summer the whole way through, as well as Sin Nombre, The Hurt Locker, Moon, A Serious Man, An Education, Precious, Up in the Air, The Girlfriend Experience, Antichrist, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and The Limits of Control.


Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:54 pm
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My 2009 top 10:

1. Inglourious Basterds - 10/10
2. Moon - 9.5/10
3. (500) Days of Summer - 9/10
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 9/10
5. Knowing - 8.5/10
6. Up - 8.5/10
7. The Hurt Locker - 8/10
8. Avatar - 8/10
9. District 9 - 8/10
10. State of Play - 8/10

Yeah I haven't seen too many movies last year.


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The Shining Wizard wrote:
10. State of Play - 8/10


You didn't find State of Play's ending kinda conventional and stupid?

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JamesKunz wrote:
The Shining Wizard wrote:
10. State of Play - 8/10


You didn't find State of Play's ending kinda conventional and stupid?


I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but I still thought the movie was very good and it was overall a pretty intriguing thriller.


Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:55 pm
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Meatloaf wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
The Shining Wizard wrote:
10. State of Play - 8/10


You didn't find State of Play's ending kinda conventional and stupid?


I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but I still thought the movie was very good and it was overall a pretty intriguing thriller.


Agreed.

I watched the BBC TV series "State of Play" afterward, and I loved that too. But even there the ending was kinda problematic, probably a bit more than it was in the movie.


Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:24 am
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1. Inglorious Basterds
2. Up in the Air
3. Adventureland
4. 500 Days of Summer
5. The Hurt Locker
6. District 9
7. Precious
8. Up
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
10. a Serious Man
11. The Messenger
12. An Education
13. Moon
14. Paranormal Activity
15. Star Trek
16. Coraline
17. In the Loop
18. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
19. Drag Me to Hell
20. The Princess and the Frog
21. Where the Wild Things Are
22. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
23. Ponyo
24. The Informant
25. Duplicity
26. World's Greatest Dad
27. The Road


Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:52 pm
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What I want to know is why more people aren't giving Where the Wild Things Are the attention it deserves?


Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:40 am
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Even though I'm not very good about seeing a lot of new releases in a timely fashion I still believe I can do this. Let's find out. I ended up with a tie at the #1 and adjusted accordingly. So, you know, no #2.

10 - The Hurt Locker
09 - Up in the Air
08 - Sin Nombre
07 - An Education
06 - 35 Shots of Rum
05 - Summer Hours
04 - In The Loop
03 - The White Ribbon
01 - tie Inglourious Basterds and A Serious Man

I usually go out of my way to see foreign films in the theatre and wait for the bigger domestic releases to see the light of video. As such, I haven't seen many films including Avatar, Where The Wild Things Are, Coraline (although it is available on video), The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and others that are no doubt noteworthy.

Since everyone else is doing the honorable mention thing I figure I'll jump off that same bridge. The following films were those that I thought of as good, some borderline wonderful, but not quite as impressive as those on the top of the pops:

Watchmen, Sugar, Goodbye Solo, Antichrist, and parts of Up.

There were other good ones that didn't bother nearing greatness for me. Star Trek and Funny People, for example. Moon was very good despite what I found to be a rushed ending. District 9 could have been great but wasn't. Paranormal Activity rode in on a wave of unsustainable hype. (500) Days of Summer was good but more incredibly irritating than good. Adventureland doesn't belong in anybody's top ten no matter what the year may have seen.


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Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
majoraphasia wrote:
10 - The Hurt Locker
09 - Up in the Air
08 - Sin Nombre
07 - An Education
06 - 35 Shots of Rum
05 - Summer Hours
04 - In The Loop
03 - The White Ribbon
01 - tie Inglourious Basterds and A Serious Man


Love your list. I think you're the only person other than me with shoutouts to Sin Nombre and In the Loop. God I wish Peter Capaldi would get a best supporting oscar nomination for the latter, but I know it'll never happen.

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JamesKunz wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
10 - The Hurt Locker
09 - Up in the Air
08 - Sin Nombre
07 - An Education
06 - 35 Shots of Rum
05 - Summer Hours
04 - In The Loop
03 - The White Ribbon
01 - tie Inglourious Basterds and A Serious Man


Love your list. I think you're the only person other than me with shoutouts to Sin Nombre and In the Loop. God I wish Peter Capaldi would get a best supporting oscar nomination for the latter, but I know it'll never happen.


Right on. They'll give the award to Mr. Christoph Waltz, who no doubt deserves it, but Peter Capaldi delivered the funniest, most blistering assault on language ever to see the light of day on film. In The Loop will continue to see respect much like the other classic of assault, This is Spinal Tap, sees to this day. Sin Nombre, on the other hand, never got a fair shake. Summers Hours, too. There were some great non-American films last year. I hope video gives them a better life.


Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:31 am
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Has anyone of you foreign film snobs seen Silent Light? I haven't. Just asking.


Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:27 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
Has anyone of you foreign film snobs seen Silent Light? I haven't. Just asking.


Man, ed. What the hell's your problem? *shakes head in pity*














By which I mean no. But Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars! Although, to be fair, he gave his last bowel movement 3.5 stars for "consistency and texture."


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By which I mean no. But Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars! Although, to be fair, he gave his last bowel movement 3.5 stars for "consistency and texture.


Roffle. Yeah he'll give anything a lot of stars these days

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Roffle. Yeah he'll give anything a lot of stars these days
Sometimes, he's unexpectedly harsh. I'm still not sure why he was so hard on Star Trek. Sure, it's a flawed movie, but not nearly as flawed as many of the movies that he's treated much more gently.


Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:02 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
Has anyone of you foreign film snobs seen Silent Light? I haven't. Just asking.


I'll probably watch it before the end of April. :D


Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:08 am
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Hi there

I generally don't go with a top ten of the year until the Oscars as I have not seen enough. So far I have only seen 216 of the 311 significant releases from 2009. There are some major holes.

At this stage I'll say there have been no perfect 10/10 movies released in 2009.

As for the 9/10 brigade - in no order?
Passing Strange - Spike Lee
Anvil
An Education
Goodbye Solo
Inglourious Basterds
Mary and Max - Australian animation
Of Time and the City
Up In the Air

and the honourable mentions... at 8/10
Collapse - yes it's that good
Bad Lieutenant - Herzog
Avatar
Cove
Everlasting Moments
12 - Russian remake of 12 Angry Men
Hurt Locker
Julie and Julia
Knowing
Lymelife
The Messenger
Harry Brown
Harry Potter
Munyrangabo
Sin Nombre
Sita Sings the Blues
Thirst
Tokyo Sonata
Up

and the films I need to see
Single Man
Serious Man
White Ribbon
Summer Hours
Soul Power
Crazy Heart
Precious
Bright Star
Me and Orson Welles
and others I'm sure

Rob


Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:08 am
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