Friday, January 1, 2010

Movies for Music Lovers: 2009 Edition

Note: The links lead to my Amazon, SIFF, Siffblog, and Video Librarian reviews.

George Clooney voices a fantastic fox.

Second Runners-up:

21. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)
22. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen)
23. Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
24. Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders)
25. Tie: Big Fan (Robert Seigel) and The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
26. The Silence of Lorna* (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
27. Humpday (Lynn Shelton)
28. Beeswax (Andrew Bujalski)
29. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
30. The Merry Gentleman (Michael Keaton)

* Also known as Lorna's Silence. Either way: she isn't very talkative.



Runners-up:
11. Fantastic Mr. Fox* (Wes Anderson)
12. Up in the Air* (Jason Reitman)
13. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
14. Goodbye, Solo (Ramin Bahrani)
15. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
16. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
17. Tony Manero (Pablo Larraín)
18. Medicine for Melancholy (Barry Jenkins)
19. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas)
20. Lake Tahoe (Fernando Eimbcke)

* Clooney one-two punch. I liked Men Who Stare at Goats, too.


Anthony Mackie takes a shot

The Tops:
1. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
2. Il Divo (Paulo Sorrentino)
3. Precious (Lee Daniels)
4. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
5. Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
6. Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
7. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)
8. Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone)
9. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
10. Bright Star (Jane Campion)



Top Documentaries:
1. Stranded (Gonzalo Arijón)
2. Soul Power (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
3. The September Issue (C.J. Cutler)
4. Tyson (James Toback)
5. Audience of One (Michael Jacobs)
6. The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins (Pietra Brettkelly)
7. RiP! A Remix Manifesto (Brett Gaylor)
8. Invisible Girlfriend (David Redmon and Ashley Sabin)
9. Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner)
10. The Queen and I (Nahid Persson)

Carol Channing

Top Rediscoveries:
1. Skidoo (Otto Preminger)
2. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda)
3. Model Shop (Jacques Demy)
4. Lola Montès (Max Ophüls)
5. Dillinger Is Dead (Marco Ferreri)
6. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
7. Phase IV (Saul Bass)
8. The Rain People (Francis Ford Coppola)
9. So Long at the Fair (Terence Fisher)
10. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (Paul Mazursky)



Top DVDs:
1. Magnificent Obsession - Criterion Collection (Douglas Sirk/John M. Stahl)
2. Philippe Garrel x 2: I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar/Emergency Kisses
3. Made in USA (Jean-Luc Godard)
4. The Exiles (Kent Mckenzie)
5. Careful (Guy Maddin)



Worthy of attention: (500) Days of Summer, Adventureland, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Broken Embraces, Ché, Coco before Chanel, Cold Souls, The Country Teacher, Duplicity, An Education, Endgame, The Firm Land, The House of the Devil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus*, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Inglourious Basterds, Lemon Tree, Me and Orson Welles, The Messenger, The Missing Person, Moon, Séraphine,
A Single Man, State of Play, Stella, Sunshine Cleaning, Telstar, Trucker, and Two Lovers.

* Opens at the Metro Cinemas on 1/8/10.

Missed (or haven't seen yet): The Beaches of Agnès, Bronson, Coraline,
The Cove, Crazy Heart, The Damned United, The English Surgeon, Everlasting
Moments
, I'm Gonna Explode, Julia, Liverpool, The Maid, Next Day Air, Night
and Day
, Of Time and the City, Passing Strange, Police, Adjective, Pontypool,
Ponyo, The Road, Still Walking, Somers Town, Sugar, Tetro, Three Monkeys, Tul-
pan
, Unmade Beds, Up, Whip It!, The White Ribbon, and World's Greatest Dad.

Click here for the 2008 edition

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Agnès Varda plays...Agnès Varda

Endnote: Cross-posted at AndMoreAgain and Facebook. Images
from Reel to Reel,
Way of the West, Action Movie Reviews, Channel 4,
Minnesota Public Radio (Fox Searchlight Pictures), and Film Forum.

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