Sister Long Lost, Lee Jisang, 2007) Valkyrie (Brian Singer, 2008) Substitutes Buma ž nyj soldat ( Paper Soldier, Aleksej Aleksejevi German, 2008 Caiyou riji ( Crude Oil, Wang Bing. Furies awful 1960s genre pieces (e.g. Vicki Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) Retrospective discoveries. I Know Where Im Going (Ben Rivers, 2009) From my favourite Englishman comes another widescreen 16mm film about the male hermits of the British Isles, only this time in colour!
DeMille, 1940 Lettre à Freddy Buache à propos dun court-métrage sur la ville de Lausanne (Jean-Luc Godard, 1982 Scénario du film Passion (Jean-Luc Godard, 1982 Way Of A Gaucho (Jacques Tourneur, 1952 Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam, 2009) Gilliam getting back to what he does best, which is creating rich Arabian Nights worlds of wit and fantasy, yoking together unlikely actors in a movie that revels in mixing homemade settings. Olaf MÖller A cinéphile, writer, translator and curator based in Cologne, Germany. But where was the cordite charge? For my two cents worth, he gave it two stars more than I would have done myself. I am always tense with the pleasures of the unseen. Super 8 event at the Cork Film Festival Metamkines musico-cinematic performance at the NY French Institutes Crossing the Line festival Ken Jacobs presentation of Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963) and Blonde Cobra (Ken Jacobs, 1963) at the Millennium Film Workshop as part of the howl! One of the most peculiar aspects of end-of-year lists involves how non-fiction cinema is typically ghettoised within a separate category. Boogie (Radu Muntean, 2008). The Exiles (Milestone) University of Southern California filmmaker Kent Mackenzies 1961 film in which he documents the everyday lives of a Native American couple. .
The films that made my top 10 list. Otroci ( Letter to a Child, Vlado Skafar, 2009). Easy Virtue (Stephan Elliott, 2008) The Hurt Locker was particularly effective, as was An Education, Fear Me Not, Paris, and The Beaches of Agnès. I Forgot the Title (Christelle Lheureux, 2009). The Coen Brothers in Context (Cinematheque Royale de Belgique, 9 September-28 October, 2009) A fascinating twist on the director retrospective: each Coen brothers movie is paired with a source of inspiration.
Lee is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. On a similar note, I looked at Jim Jarmuschs The Limits of Control as and I mean this in the best possible way the film of a brilliant student. This list will most likely change quite a lot as 2009 films make their way to New York over the course of the next year. Halicki, 1974 Il grido della terra (Duilio Coletti, 1949 Hickey Boggs (Robert Culp, 1972 House: After Five Years of Living (Charles Ray Eames, 1955 Jiokhwa ( Flower in Hell, Sin Sang-ok, 1958 Judea. But Antichrist actually stirred, amazed, stimulated. Many of the art house films that are being championed as groundbreaking cinema Lars von Triers Antichrist, Michael Hanekes Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte ( The White Ribbon Jim Jarmuschs The Limits of Control, Quentin Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds, Jane.
Les vacances. Oren Pelis Paranormal Activity (2007) proved that you could still make a modestly effective thriller on a minimal budget, and, at the other end of the scale, as the year draws to close, James Camerons Avatar (2009) promises. I assume that the primary forces were David Simon and Ed Burns but the contribution of every actor, writer, producer and director seemed exemplary. He is writing a book on South American Cinema and is working on an exchange project with cafa in Beijing. Dreyer, 1926) Largent (Marcel LHerbier, 1928) This Day and Age (Cecil. The historical perspective The Movie Orgy Ultimate Version (Joe Dante and Jon Davison, 1968) Cinema Justice (Timothy Aglioga Carey and Steve De Jarnatt, 1972) Fiamma che no si spegne (Vittorio Cottafavi, 1949) and Una donna ha ucciso (Vittorio. Michael Hamburger (Tacita Dean, 2007) In the midst of all the negligence and ignorance that you become used to in galleries and museums dealing with moving images, the small Tacita Dean show in Berlins Villa Oppenheim was a great relief.
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Sweetgrass ( Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, 2009) Ethno-fiction of the most compelling sort. Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick ( Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell, 2008). Gomorra ( Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, 2008). Kolekcioniere ( The Collectress, Kristina Buozyte, 2008). Lars von Triers characters, however, are too narrowly drawn to bear the weight of such ravenous activity. . Kuća na pijesku ( The House on the Sand, Ivan Martinac, 1984-85) Enigmatic and crystal-clear. ( Police, Adjective, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009) Independencia (Raya Martin, 2009) Tatarak ( Sweet Rush, Andrzej Wajda, 2009) wheeler winston dixon Wheeler Winston Dixon is the Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. The Hangman (Les Goldman, Paul Julian, 1964). SD has such a gift for letting serendipity make the world dance Up (3D) (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, 2009) An entirely new way of seeing. .
The only one I was expecting was Les Plages dAgnès ( The Beaches of Agnès, Agnès Varda, 2008). Three significant trends and events in world cinema. 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup ( Around a Small Mountain, Jacques Rivette, 2009). ( Police, Adjective, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009) Cold, instructional, brilliant. Griffith, 1919 Sadie Thompson (Raoul Walsh, 1927 The Two Faces. Kynodontas (Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009) (Re)discoveries of the year. One can only hope for better things for 2010: with filmmakers getting their due respect, not only in terms of recognition but also basic sustenance (it pains me to see these filmmakers struggling to pay off debts incurred for. Avatar (James Cameron, 2009) would be visually stunning without the 3D effects, but is all the more impressive for its 3D additions. Luddite moan of 2009 The dismaying replacement of film revivals with noisily-heralded digital restorations.
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This Is It (Kenny Ortega, 2009). The River (Jean Renoir, 1951) Ive always loved the Rumer Godden book, but never imagined Id see such a luscious print of string salope courgette dans la chatte
the Renoir film adaptation. To" Van Morrison, in another context, Davies needs a helping hand. La Donation ( The Legacy, Bernard Émond, 2009). Dont let your grandkids have all the fun! Big Risk (Mark Zenner, 1978). The Messenger (Oren Moverman, 2009). It also seems that some recognisably great films of the past are finally making it to DVD, such as Chantal Akermans Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975 numerous Yasujiro Ozu films, the Gaumont films of Alice Guy Blaché (at last! Giallo (Dario Argento, 2008). Les Herbes folles wild Grass, Alain Resnais, 2009) Politist, adj. Nang sun see cow/sure sang tian ( The White Short Film/The Candle Light, Prap Boonpan, 2009). After the Empire (Elodie Pong, 2008). District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009). Goodbye Solo (Rhamin Bahrani, 2009). The most exciting thing on the horizon is the rise of more democratic distribution conduits such as pay per view, IFC on demand, digital downloads and the like that offer easier access to challenging films, at a time. Winter, 2009) The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog, 2009) Beeswax (Andrew Bujalski, 2009) Bu Neng Mei You Ni ( No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, Leon Dai, 2008) Futoko ( The Dark Harbour, Naito Takatsugu, 2009) Hadewijch. Mabe A professional archivist-librarian based in Chicago who makes some films and programs some screenings as unprofessionally as possible. Frozen Butterflies (Mark Lipkin, 2008). Top Ten 2009 Eligibility: Theatrical or premiere DVD release or festivals in US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The following arent in order, except of recall (and there are a lot of new films Ive not seen this year) Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009) No mean achievement to have found a way of making Keats and his poetry. The dramatic basics could have been told in minutes, but that would rob the viewer of a world of subtlety and nuance that this story in 24 hours has to offer. Claxton, 1954 Invaders from Mars (William Cameron Menzies, 1953 Claire Denis La Vagabonde (Sébastien Lifshitz, 1995 Bullets or Ballots (William Keighley, 1936 Inferno (Roy Ward Baker, 1953 I coltelli del vendicatore ( Knives of the Avenger, Mario Bava, 1966 Les. My top ten of 2009 Zum Vergleich ( By Comparison, Harun Farocki, 2009) Alle Anderen ( Everyone Else, Maren Ade, 2009) Niu pi II ( Oxhide II, Liu Jiayin, 2009) Fantastic. The House of the Devil (Ti West, 2009) In an era of garishly over-styled horror films, Wests satanic chiller is something of a revelation. Cinematic highlights of 2009 (in alphabetical order) 1428 (Du Haibin, 2009) 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup ( All Around a Mountain, Jacques Rivette, 2009) Adventureland (Greg Mottola, 2009) Alle Anderen ( Everyone Else, Maren Ade, 2009) Carcasses (Denis Côté. 2008 as well, uncommented, so as to not break the chain, each year shall be accounted for. But The Girlfriend Experience (2009) seemed to have something a bit more provocative. Sure, Michael Mann and Clint Eastwood are great, and continue to do what they do best, but I think we would have to forgive them for a lot of cornball ideas and a limited technical know-how that stems. Je veux voir ( I Want to See, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, 2008).