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Posted 15 March 2009 - 11:10 PM

La Vie Moderne just won the Mabuse award for:
Best Film of the 00's
Best Documentary ever with Pour la suite du Monde
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Most Gorgeous photography
Fucking beautiful special award

Best directing goes to Lorna's silence
All actors prices goes to Un Conte de Noel

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:06 PM

^ Why so big? My corneas are burning.

Has anyone else seen Rachel Getting Married? I can't figure out the praise at all. I just wanted it to end.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:18 PM

^That kind of bums me out. That was probably the only movie I've been holding out on in regards to BEST FILM OF 2008.
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

^ Why so big? My corneas are burning.

I wanted to do it as big as the Academy Awards... :)

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:06 AM

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Has anyone else seen Rachel Getting Married? I can't figure out the praise at all. I just wanted it to end.

I saw rachel getting married and i did really enjoy it. I know the story wasn`t something special or new, but
it was interesting movie to me.
And i was finally able to see let the right one in and synecdoche,new york, and i did like the both of them.
Philip seymour hoffman was wonderful in synecdoche, new york. What a weird and facinating movie that was.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:10 PM

Quick question(s) on Still Life (Jia Zhangke): I borrowed this recently (have to watch this week) and I saw that this was on a few .org lists for best film of 2008. Even though this originally was a 2006 release, its American release was 2008 (though the R3 DVD release was in 2007). Should this film count for this year? Also what are some opinions on this?
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:05 PM

I loved this film because of the images, they are wonderful! The story is ok... Personally I use the year of first public presentation(theatrical release or festival) to date a film...

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:54 PM

Quick question(s) on Still Life (Jia Zhangke): I borrowed this recently (have to watch this week) and I saw that this was on a few .org lists for best film of 2008. Even though this originally was a 2006 release, its American release was 2008 (though the R3 DVD release was in 2007). Should this film count for this year? Also what are some opinions on this?

I'd count it just because it was finally released where you live. If the film's premiere was more than 10 years ago, I'd feel a little shaky. I mean it's kind of ridiculous to look at best of 2006 lists and see Army of Shadows everywhere. Yeah, it did get a release in the US that year, but I don't know... Plus, lists are just basically recommendations and don't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Still Life was alright. Platform is a much better film by him. I feel like he snuffed out his weird little quirks that made him different from every other damn director that uses that arthouse long take aesthetic. There are still some touches in Still Life
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How bout worst movies of this year? I'd easily have to go with the two Woody Allen movies(Cassandra's Dream and Vicky Christina Barcelona), Diary of the Dead, Changeling, Snow Angels, and maybe Help Me Eros.
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:13 AM

I'd count it just because it was finally released where you live. If the film's premiere was more than 10 years ago, I'd feel a little shaky. I mean it's kind of ridiculous to look at best of 2006 lists and see Army of Shadows everywhere. Yeah, it did get a release in the US that year, but I don't know... Plus, lists are just basically recommendations and don't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Still Life was alright. Platform is a much better film by him. I feel like he snuffed out his weird little quirks that made him different from every other damn director that uses that arthouse long take aesthetic. There are still some touches in Still Life

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, but they're few and far between.

How bout worst movies of this year? I'd easily have to go with the two Woody Allen movies(Cassandra's Dream and Vicky Christina Barcelona), Diary of the Dead, Changeling, Snow Angels, and maybe Help Me Eros.


Well nothing really matters in the grand scheme of things :). My personnel feelings on it is that I tend to date on US Release of theater or DVD release which comes earlier (so I would probably put Still Life as 2007).

I will probably finish Still Life tonight so will have an opinion of it then. I will eventually get to Platform, but oh so much to watch (my Asian film backlog is quite insane) with probably The Longest Nite or Ju Dou coming next.

So far my three worst films of 2008:
Expelled (2008: Nathan Frankowski) **/****
The Love Guru (2008: Marco Schnabel) *˝/****
Doomsday (2008: Neil Marshall) *˝/****

Doomsday has been my least fav of last year. Have not seen the one's you mention but I can't imagine them being worse then Doomsday which I might drop down a half a star.
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:25 AM

Did Che finally got a US distributor? it open on april 10th in Quebec...
Also Frost/Nixon and milk are finally playing with the original english soundtrack in march should I go for them?

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

They did some weird roadshow thing for Che here and I also think it's on On Demand through IFC Direct.
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Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:21 PM

UPDATE:
Top 4:
Don't Touch the Axe(dir. Jacques Rivette)
The New World[Extended Cut](dir. Terrence Malick)
Rachel Getting Married(dir. Jonathan Demme)
Reprise(dir. Joachim Trier)

Everything Else:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(dir. David Fincher)
Flight of the Red Balloon(dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Happy-Go-Lucky(dir. Mike Leigh)
In the City of Sylvia(dir. IDK)
Speed Racer(dir. The Wachowski Brothers)
Step Brothers(dir. Adam Mackay)
The Witnesses(dir. Andre Techine)
You Don't Mess With the Zohan(dir. IDK IDC)

What was so great about Man on Wire?

I've got Slumdog and Milk from Netflix. And the quest to watch everything noteworthy from 2008 continues on...
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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:06 PM

Rachel Getting Married(dir. Jonathan Demme)

I've got Slumdog and Milk from Netflix. And the quest to watch everything noteworthy from 2008 continues on...


So I take it you liked Rachel more than clyde? I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I thought there were a couple parts of the script that didn't gel too well.

Please tell us what you think of Slumdog when you get to it. I'd like to read your thoughts on it.

I watched Quantum of Solace, which I lost interest with halfway through. Is it just me, or does Bond's celebrity status (on and off the screen) seem to clash with his status as this super secret agent? I'm not into the Bond films at all, so maybe I'm just missing something.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:37 PM

I thought Rachel was pretty great, but I can see where clyde is coming from. The wedding rehearsal portion seemed dragged out to an unnecessary length. I also thought Tunde Adebimpe was pretty weak. I really have no idea why Rachel would marry him just because he's so exceedingly bland. He was good during the singing part, though, as he should be. Dish washing race was pretty lame as well. Otherwise, I think it could possibly be my favorite film of last year.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:25 PM

Dear 2009,

Gee! 2008 was an odd year, much like 1998, in that most of the films are acting as artistic crutches to the brilliant work we'll most likely see next year. Blockbusters, indies, or otherwise.

In the opinion of your humble narrator, two films from 2008 that will be discussed again in another twenty years: "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Synecdoche, New York."

The first for reasons of marketing, expanding world cinema, and politics. YouTube links from this last year's Academy Awards show are readily available documenting the portentous anticlimax. The latter for expanding the auteurist future of the American New Wave.

2008 had a few other interesting pieces. Some good for cinema, some good for entertainment, some I'm still not sure why they were made. American movies, here, in early 2009 has embodied, unfortunately, an undulation of folderol. Have you counted the number of re-makes that are clogging up the screens in our Megamoviedumpsters? Look at this reprehensible list... (http://www.emulsionc...tiplex-near-you)

Since this list was published several more have popped up pulling from other resources such as 70's TV shows, cartoons, children's toys, and horror films that weren't terribly good to begin with, "My Bloody Valentine," even if you make it 3D. However, much to my own contradiction, I am looking forward to the Spike Jonze adventure "Where The Wild Things Are," due out in October. Granted the story has been presented in an animated form and a filmed stage production--which is worth seeing if you can get your hands on it--this seems to be an interesting interpretation rather than a film we've seen previously just with new camera angles.

Help us 2010, you're our only hope. Help us 2010, you're our only hope...

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:56 PM

The greatest American film of 2008 don't even have a distributor yet so blame the distributors... No! Blame the lame audience...

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:37 AM

The greatest American film of 2008 don't even have a distributor yet so blame the distributors... No! Blame the lame audience...


And what film would that be? (since La Vie Moderne is French; I must be missing your entry)
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:45 AM

Adventureland is the best film I have seen in 2009. This is a film I saw last weekend and still haven't been able to get it out of my head. The characters are so honest and the film is such a nice piece of nostalgia. Right up there with Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:05 PM

And what film would that be? (since La Vie Moderne is French; I must be missing your entry)

Afterschool (Saw it rescently) La vie moderne is still the most beautifull through :D

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:21 PM

The Witnesses(dir. Andre Techine)

Isn't that one 2007? :D I'm surprised it got released in the US...




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