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1. 12 Angry Men (1957) � Sidney Lumet 2. Au Revoir Les Enfantes (1987) � Louis Malle 3. In the Bedroom (2001) � Todd Field 4. Secrets and Lies (1996) � Mike Leigh 5. Lost in Translation (2003) � Sofia Coppola 6. Annie Hall (1977) � Woody Allen 7. Once (2007) � John Carney 8. Almost Famous (2000) - Cameron Crowe 9. Fargo (1996) � Joel Coen 10. Fanny and Alexander (1983) � Ingmar Bergman
11. City Lights (1931) - Charlie Chaplin 12. The Sweet Hereafter (1997) � Atom Egoyan 13. Murmur of the Heart (1971) � Louis Malle 14. Ivan�s Childhood (1963) - Andrei Tarkovsky 15. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928) � Carl Theodor Dreyer 16. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) � Louis Malle 17. It�s a Wonderful Life (1946) � Frank Capra 18. The 400 Blows (1959) � Francois Truffaut 19. Toy Story 3 (2010) - Lee Unkrich 20. High and Low (1963) � Akira Kurosawa
21. Le Fils (2003) � Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 22. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) � Arthur Penn 23. Scenes from a Marriage (1974) � Ingmar Bergman 24. Strangers on a Train (1951) � Alfred Hitchcock 25. Psycho (1960) � Alfred Hitchcock 26. The Thin Blue Line (1988) � Errol Morris 27. The Lovers (1958) � Louis Malle 28. Cries and Whispers (1973) � Ingmar Bergman 29. Solyaris (1972) - Andrei Tarkovsky 30. Casablanca (1942) � Michael Curtizs
31. Halloween (1978) � John Carpenter 32. Chinatown (1974) � Roman Polanski 33. Grave of the Fireflies (1988 ) - Isao Takahata 34. Freaks (1932) � Todd Browning 35. Night and Fog (1955) - Alain Resnais 36. Who�s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) � Mike Nicolas 37. Rear Window (1954) � Alfred Hitchcock 38. Notorious (1946) � Alfred Hitchcock 39. Toy Story 2 (1999) � John Lasseter 40. Running On Empty (1988) � Sidney Lumet
41. Mean Creek (2004) � Jacob Aaron Estes 42. L�Enfant (2006) � Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 43. Sideways (2004) � Alexander Payne 44. Manhattan (1979) � Woody Allen 45. Goodfellas (1990) Martin Scorsese 46. 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 Days (2007) - Cristian Mungiu 47. Billy Elliot (2000) � Stephen Daldry 48. My Dinner With Andre (1981) � Louis Malle 49. Raging Bull (1980) � Martin Scorsese 50. The Third Man (1949) � Carrol Reed
51. Rosemary�s Baby (1968) � Roman Polanski 52. Le Samourai (1967) � Jean-Pierre Melville 53. It Happened One Night (1934) - Frank Capra 54. Million Dollar Baby (2004) � Clint Eastwood 55. Five Easy Pieces (1970) - Bob Rafelson 56. You Can Count On Me (2000) � Kenneth Lonergon 57. Badlands (1973) � Terrence Malick 58. Hunger (2008) � Steve McQueen 59. Deep Water (2006) - Louise Osmond & Jerry Rothwell 60. The Savages (2007) � Tamara Jenkins
61. The Thin Red Line (1998) Terrence Malick 62. Toy Story (1995) � John Lasseter 63. The Wizard of Oz (1939) � Victor Fleming 64. Rashomon (1950) - Akira Kurosawa 65. Harold and Maude (1971) � Hal Ashby 66. Gone With The Wind (1939) � Victor Flemming 67. The Graduate (1967) � Mike Nichols 68. Rachel Getting Married (2008) � Jonanthan Demme 69. Magnolia (1999) � Paul Thomas Anderson 70. The Last Emperor (1987) � Bernardo Bertuluchi
71. Sugar & Spice (2001) - Francine McDougall 72. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) � Michel Gondry 73. Stand By Me (1986) � Rob Reiner 74. The Last Picture Show (1971) � Peter Bogdanovich 75. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) � Paul Thomas Anderson 76. Princess Mononoke (1997) � Hayao Miyazaki 77. The Deer Hunter (1978) � Michael Climino 78. Man on the Moon (1999) � Milos Forman 79. The Ice Storm (1997) � Ang Lee 80. Don�t Look Now (1973) � Nicolas Roeg
81. Ed Wood (1994) � Tim Burton 82. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) � Stanley Kubrick 83. Rebecca (1940) � Alfred Hitchcock 84. The Iron Giant (1999) � Brad Bird 85. Capote (2005) � Bennett Miller 86. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) � Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky 87. The Sixth Sense (1999) � M. Night Shyamalan 88. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) � Robert Mulligan 89. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) � Sidney Lumet 90. One Flew Over the Cuckoo�s Nest (1975) � Milos Forman
91. Back to the Future (1985) � Robert Zemeckis 92. Match Point (2005) � Woody Allen 93. Taxi Driver (1976) � Martin Scorsese 94. Pan�s Labyrinth (2006) � Guillermo del Toro 95. Elephant (2003) � Gus Van Sant 96. The Godfather Part II (1974) � Francis Ford Coppola 97. Ugetsu (1953) - Kenji Mizoguchi 98. Big Fish (2003) � Tim Burton 99. Repulsion (1965) � Roman Polanski 100. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) - Duwayne Dunham
THE GREAT AUTEURS
Louis Malle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDoYI0sS-yk
Ingmar Bergman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE3ESgz6F0c
Sidney Lumet - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTDhgR3p12w
Atom Egoyan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F0-ipvnHN0
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em1o2XzUFMM
Woody Allen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-M3Q2zhGd4
Alfred Hitchcock - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VP5jEAP3K4
Martin Scorsese - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eVqdnDk02Y
Roman Polanski - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SPakQ7hH6I
Paul Thomas Anderson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_phQnNE80
THE TOUCHED ONES:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Robert De Niro
THE ONES FOR THE AGES
1. Peter Sellers � Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
2. Robert De Niro � Raging Bull
3. Jamie Bell � Billy Elliot
4. Tom Wilkinson � In the Bedroom
5. Jack Nicholson � Chinatown
6. Richard Burton � Who�s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7. Anthony Perkins � Pyscho
8. Phillip Seymour Hoffman � Capote
9. Jim Carrey � Man on the Moon
10. Ian Holm � The Sweet Hereafter
1. Sissy Spacek � In the Bedroom
2. Maria Falconetti - La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
3. Elizabeth Taylor � Who�s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?
4. Laura Linney � The Savages
5. Ingrid Bergman � Casablanca
6. Liv Ullmann � Scenes From a Marriage
7. Ruth Gordon � Harold and Maude
8. Brenda Blethyn � Secrets & Lies
9. Laura Linney � You Can Count On Me
10. Meryl Streep � Sophie�s Choice
1. Ryan Kelley � Mean Creek
2. Jan Malmsj� � Fanny and Alexander
3. Martin Landau � Ed Wood
4. Chris Cooper � Adaptation.
5. Robert De Niro � The Godfather Part II
6. Christopher Walken � The Deer Hunter
7. Peter Stormare � Fargo
8. E.G. Marshall � 12 Angry Men
9. Orson Welles � The Third Man
10. Montgomery Clift � Judgment at Nuremberg
1. Sarah Polley � The Sweet Hereafter
2. Virginia Madsen � Sideways
3. Margaret Hamilton � The Wizard of Oz
4. Cloris Leachman � The Last Picture Show
5. Sandy Dennis � Who�s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
6. Brenda Fricker � My Left Foot
7. Meryl Streep � Kramer vs. Kramer
8. Kate Hudson � Almost Famous
9. Ruth Gordon � Rosemary�s Baby
10. Liv Ullmann � Cries and Whispers
District 9 (2009)
Nobody really knew what this place was
It is rare that films have as much ambition or audacity as District 9. But it is even more rare that such ambition and audacity actually pays off, which is unfortunately shown once again with District 9. The set up of the film is told to us through interviews, documentary style; we learn that twenty years ago an alien ship came to a halt over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa and has not moved since. The aliens were eventually coaxed out of the ship and given places to live in a camp known as District 9. The camp is kept under extreme military surveillance in order to prevent the aliens from disrupting everyday human activity.
Sharlto Copley plays Wikus Van De Merwe, a government employee recently put in charge of evicting the aliens from their homes in District 9 to a new, more secure camp. While giving out eviction notices, he discovers a mysterious canister that sprays a strange mist into his face. This sets off a mysterious chain of events that leads to Copley slowly transforming into an alien himself. The remainder of the film focuses on Copley's attempts to reverse the process before it is too late. But the film takes far too long to get to this point and is never absorbing nor do we get any insights into any of the characters. They are simply strangers that are experiencing horrible and extreme events. Copley is fairly strong, but because of the lack of depth of his character, we never completely come to care enough about what is happening to him.
The film tries to be far to many things at once; a mocumentary, a social commentary, the next sci-fi classic and a summer action flick, and none of them work, not by themselves and not together. The mocumentary technique comes and goes when it's convenient, sometimes within the same scene. This becomes particularly confusing when in one cut we are seeing footage from an acknowledged cameraman documenting the evictions, and in another, normal film footage. The film is clearly going for some social commentary, especially concerning Apartheid, but it handled in such a heavy handed and inauthentic way we never have an emotional response. The film has a couple moments with the aliens in which we feel we are seeing something truly unique. However, there isn't enough context, back-story, a sense of realism or mythology for this to join the ranks of the great sci-fi classics. And finally, when we get to the action sequences, they are underwhelming to say the least. Repetitious, excessively violent, and completely unabsorbing, the action sequences never come to their full potential.
There are moments when there is an incredibly raw, gritty and powerful feeling; a scene in which Merwe is being forced to shoot alien weaponry while being shocked with a cattle prod. But those scenes are completely overshadowed by the increasingly ridiculous and silly story. We get scene after scene of the same shooting, the same explosions and it simply gets boring fairly quickly. And something that has always bothered me in films, blood splattering on the lens happens over and over. This increasingly popular technique is unbelievably distracting and completely takes the viewer out of the story. It makes the audience so aware of the camera and the fact that we are watching a movie.
Although the set up of the film is interesting, and the effects are quite impressive considering the film's low budget, the film falls flat at almost every turn. Everyone in the film becomes extremes, and action movie cliché caricatures that are frankly laughable. There is even a moment when a character says "I won't leave you behind," not exactly fresh dialogue, but the laughability (yes, I know it's not a word, just go with it) is basically hidden because the line is in subtitles.
I applaud Blomkamp for making such an ambitious and interesting film, but he has a long way to go before he can become a great director. The film shows some promise for Blomkamp and hopefully his next project can achieve what this film failed to do.