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So much for stereotyping all online critics as fanboys. Good set of nominees this year, veering from the usual suspects in a couple of key ways that are rather interesting.
Like Avatar for Director, but not Picture. No acting nominations that seem like completely lazy voting -- i.e. no one is getting nominated strictly because they were cast in a musical or a Clint Eastwood picture. Though I guess one could argue that three acting nods for Inglourious Basterds might be the online equivalent of those default kind of choices.
- NATHANIEL R
Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.
On each of two lists.
The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"
¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films
Bad Lieutenant. »
- Roger Ebert
Well, the lack of screenings last week allowed me to take in a lot more films at home, on top of being able to show my family some they had yet to see over the holiday weekend. So, without further delay let's dig in as I have nine films to talk about this week and I have spread them out over two pages.
Julia (2009) Quick Thoughts: There have been a few folks around the Internet cheering for Tilda Swinton's performance in Julia as the best lead female performance of 2009. After finally seeing the film I am willing to concede it is definitely a good performance, but I can't quite understand where the over-the-top adulation from some corners is all about. The film itself is also quite entertaining, especially considering it is too long. However, I realize now the best way to fill your film with Tons of cliches is »
- Brad Brevet
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) Summer Hours Best Film of 2009 – indieWIRE Poll Top choices in the indieWIRE annual poll’s other categories include Kathryn Bigelow as best director, the Coen brothers‘ A Serious Man screenplay, Tilda Swinton as best performer in a leading role for Erick Zonca’s Julia and, unsurprisingly, Christoph Waltz as best performer in a supporting role for his evil Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Mo’Nique was a distant second for her mean mom in Precious. Sacha Gervasi’s rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, about a Canadian heavy metal band that doesn’t quite make it to the top, was voted the best documentary of 2009. Agnès Varda’s autobiographical The Beaches [...] »
- Anna Robinson
- Sasha Stone
Just recently New York Times critic Manohla Dargis made some waves with an interview she gave using some salty language and calling out a few people here and there. Today she delivers a list of her favorite films of 2009.
While beating the dead horse that is the hatred for such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen she also has a few kind words for some films that didn't make her ultimate list such as Star Trek, Julie and#038; Julia (agree keep the Julie), Duplicity, A Perfect Getaway, Up and A Single Man.
I have listed her top 13 directly below as she listed them, "in order of their domestic release" with links to my reviews where available. Following that is a list of her "other favorites." Like I said when I linked to her interview, "I have mixed feelings when it comes to »
- Brad Brevet
The film is pure bliss, Tilda Swinton is not surprisingly, spot on and who knew, fluent in Italian and as I had remarked and so does this Magnolia Pictures press release, it falls into Visconti territory (The Leopard/Death in Venice). - Thanks to a couple of buyer friends and our West Coast correspondent Yama Rahimi for sending me into the last screening for Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love - the film is pure bliss, Tilda Swinton is not surprisingly, spot on and who knew, fluent in Italian and as I had remarked and so does this Magnolia Pictures press release, it falls into Visconti territory (The Leopard/Death in Venice). Magnolia Films (who've worked with Swinton this summer with the difficult to market title Erick Zonca's Julia) have picked up the rights to the pic - another post-tiff pick up that demonstrates the new wait and see trend in buyers. »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Glenn here from Stale Popcorn here to discuss one of my favourite films from 2003, Patty Jenkins' Monster. Earlier this year when Courtney Hunt's Frozen River was released here in Australia I wrote in my review that It's a shame that Courtney Hunt's Frozen River is so good. It's unfortunate because now I will most likely be incredibly disappointed when this debut director falls between the cracks of the lead performance she helped create. I then went on to cite Boys Don't Cry's Kimberley Pierce (9 years between films) and Monster as examples.
Patty Jenkins has yet to make a second film after her Monster debut and there has never even been any word on her wanting to make another film. That is such a shame since she brought such fascinating sense of place to the Aileen Wuornos film and her twists on the idea of "American Gothic »
- Glenn Dunks
Here are some of the memorable quotes from female actors Back Stage spoke to in the past year:"I was very surprised to realize the poverty of her family and her situation. The fact that she had no education and was able to achieve so many creations is very, very surprising."—Audrey Tautou on playing Coco Chanel, "Coco Before Chanel""My love and passion for acting has remained the same from the very beginning. Then there are other things you have to learn to deal with if you become successful. There are things that are sometimes uncomfortable. But my love for acting is always the same."—Penélope Cruz, "Broken Embraces," "Nine""I don't know how to get into a role and keep it with me, because I just don't have any real [training]. I wasn't sure about going, because I had to cut class in order to go. I walked into this audition, »
Ja from Mnpp here. You show me an actress' performance from 2009 and I will show you the shadow that Tilda's Julia casts across it, engulfs it with, and then takes it down in three swift gulps, perhaps letting out a valiant belch in a vague and half-remembered recognition of their effort.
I was reminded of this while reading Glenn's piece on the film at Stale Popcorn this morning and it made me angry. Angry! Angry that she's really nowhere near the Oscar's already insane echo-chamber of self-propelled hype this year. "Oh she won two years ago." "Oh her film opened way back in nowhere-land."
And? Tilda's Julia rips the cooking sherry out of Meryl's Julia's hand and bashes her in the head with it. She climbs into bed with Abbie's Fanny and invites that whinging Keats over for threesies (but then just »
Fin de Cinema appreciates Tilda in Julia. More people need to
Spiegel Online "we make lists because we don't want to die" Good point. But also because they're fun
In Contention the animated shorts finalist list
Hollywood Elsewhere asks an understandable question regarding The Twilight Saga: New Moon's box office numbers
Vanity Fair handicaps the Oscar race and makes a case for Fantastic Mr Fox costumes (hmmm) but falls into the age old lazy schpiel about "not enough best actresses to fill a category". I swear to god that people say this every f***ing year and it is never ever true. You just have to be willing to look at performances that people aren't talking about for »
- NATHANIEL R
On the same day I sat in the presence of Tilda Swinton (which I already told you about), I also attended the similarly formatted Stanley Tucci event at the New Yorker festival. You can read my article about the experience over at Tribeca. I love that they festooned it with an old Levi's ad of Tucci's. So weird to see him like that.
As you may have noticed in past conversations, I'm fairly fond of Tucci and I've been happy to see his (supporting) star rising. I knew nothing about him personally so the event was my first reveal of what he was like off stage: serious but funny (and punny as the case may be). He's often referred to as a Character Actor which he dubs a redundant term. What they mean is you're not a leading man. It's like saying that someone is heavyset or 'she's a handsome woman! »
- NATHANIEL R
This weekend I had the opportunity to listen to cinephile actress Tilda Swinton reminisce about her career at the New Yorker Festival. I covered that beat (thrilling, rapid fire... oops, that was that my heart) for Tribeca Film. Naturally, wrestling the goodies down to article form was a mite troubling, because she was so candid, interesting and worthy of plunking down money for... though I guess with these new blogging laws I should indicate that my ticket was comped.
I always love hearing Tilda talk about her first collaborator Derek Jarman (which she did, a lot... there wasn't much discussion of her recent forays into mainstream fare) but one of my favorite bits was her story about meeting Eric Zonca, her Julia director, in Cannes. He was drunk and they tried to sneak into a party that they were both turned away from... even though they were both Cannes officials. »
- NATHANIEL R
Every year good films show at the Toronto Film festival that never open anywhere near you. This year some good films played that may never open anywhere, even if you live in Toronto--or New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin or upstairs over a Landmark Theater multiplex. Toronto is traditionally a lively marketplace for the purchase of film rights for new non-studio product: Indies, docs, foreign films. This year Harvey Weinstein paid $1 million for "A Single Man," and that was that. One sale, one movie, one million -- probably as little as Harvey has paid for a movie in some time.
Stands at yellow, rising toward orange
The makers of independent films don't have to send to learn for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for them. The bottom fell out of the market. That doesn't mean there were no other offers, but it means there were none that »
- Roger Ebert
Chicago – Tilda Swinton, Oscar winner for “Michael Clayton,” gives the best female performance of the year to date in the riveting, thrilling, excellent “Julia,” now available on DVD and one of the best films of 2009 that you probably haven’t seen. The lack of special features on the Magnolia-produced DVD (and its lack of existence on Blu-Ray) is a bet of a let-down but the film is an underrated gem that should find a loyal audience on the home market.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0 Swinton plays the title character, a woman who has turned alcoholism, self-pity, and general confusion into an art form. Julia is the kind of raging drinker who regularly blacks out and wakes up half-dressed in a stranger’s car. She’s one of those women who always blames the world for not giving her a lucky break but doesn’t recognize that her own decisions are tearing her life apart. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
One of the unwritten rules of the crime genre is that the more pathetic and desperate your perpetrator is, the worse things will invariably work out for them, and as the shambolic, self-centered drunk at the center of French helmer Erick Zonca’s overwrought kidnap caper, Tilda Swinton’s titular protagonist is so low she is practically underground. But having forced his audience to endure her antics for the better part of 150 minutes Zonca decapitates the story with an ending so arbitrary that it robs the viewer of the payoff they have waited so patiently (being the operative word) to see.
A spiteful alcoholic, Julia crashes around the remnants of her life from one blackout drunk fuck to another with any random stranger who will refill her glass. Her only friend at this point is Mitch (an underused Saul Rubinek), who has been bribing her with rent money (which she »
- Neil Pedley
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Check them out.
The 5 Deadly Venoms ~ Five Deadly Venoms (DVD)
- Joe Gillis
A remake of Wes Craven's 1972 film, starring Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, and Garret Dillahunt, the film is a harrowing look into how a family reacts to the crimes played out on their daughter. In his review, William Goss said: "for those who willingly subject themselves to the harsher experiences that storytelling has to offer, this version is a capably, confidently, and chillingly effective opportunity to place ourselves in the worst possible shoes for a length of time." Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.
Add to Netflix queue | Buy at Amazon
Miley Cyrus' Disney icon finally made her way to the big screen. In his review, Nick Schager said: "and the nicest thing one can say about the film is that at least it's not The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: The Movie." I highly doubt anyone who »
- Monika Bartyzel
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed It's nice to see we have a pretty decent week for new releases after a couple of awful previous weeks. From two new Criterion Blu-rays, to "Dexter" and even The Last Starfighter on Blu-ray in 25th Anniversary format. On top of that, there are a few titles in the new release date section I am sure many of you will be interested in saving up for. Lots to talk about, let's get into it... Criterion Collection Blu-ray
Kagemusha and Play Time It's hard for me not to simply tell you to rush out and buy both of these right now, but if you were to confront me with the question of "Buy? Don't Buy?" that's exactly what I would tell you to do. I just posted my separate reviews for both Akira Kurosawa's samurai feature Kagemusha and Jacques Tati »
- Brad Brevet
This week, get your Miley Cyrus fix with Hannah Montana's feature-length trip to the big screen (Hannah Montana The Movie), or do a complete 180-degree turn with the latest Hollywood horror remake (Last House on the Left). Director James Toback goes the documentary route with boxing's Iron Mike (Tyson), while David Lynch's daughter Jennifer continues the family legacy for eccentric thrills (Surveillance, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman). Actress Lori Petty makes her directorial debut with a personal indie drama (The Poker House) while Tilda Swinton turns in a powerhouse performance as an alcoholic kidnapper (Julia). An '80s sci-fi gaming »
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