In no order:
The Beaches of Agnes (Yeah, I saw it in 08, but I’m counting it for its North American release anyhow.)
Le genou d’Artémide
Itinéraire de Jean Bricard
Le streghe, femmes entre elles
2 docs: Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City ( about Liverpool ) and Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously (about rural Wales).
1.) Observe and Report
2.) The Watchman
3.) Star Trek
State of Play
The Girlfriend Experience
a little lower:
State of Play
the year doesnt look too good so far…
Ah, yes, I also forgot to mention movies like:
The Hurt Locker
The Limits of Control
Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR
And et cetera…
@Stephen Day Revanche was great, but wasn’t that a film from last year? It was nominated for an Oscar.
My list (in no order):
I Love You, Man
I’m just realizing now how few movies I’ve actually seen this year.
Oh, and I’d like to add “I Can See You”. Bruno will most likely make it once I see the damned thing.
My list so far:
2. Goodbye Solo!
3. Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea
5. La Nana
My favorite so far would be The Fish Child which I thought was intoxicating and sexy.
Stephen Day wins, I think. I might add some more, but that film was about as perfect as any I’ve seen this year.
“Summer Hours” by Olivier Assayas and “Beaches of Agnes” by Agnes Varda are my favorites of the year so far. But it hasn’t been too memorable a year for new movies yet (with those notable exceptions!).
“Public Enemies” was fascinating to look at – I’m a fan of Michael Mann and I really admire his pushing digital imagery into new territory. It was an interesting and brave choice for a retro period piece. The gun fights also made great use of sound – nobody does a gunfight as well as Mann. Still, dramatically, the movie was a letdown. Depp doesn’t have ANY gangster in him AT ALL! – worst casting decision ever. I am looking forward to the new films from Tarantino and Almodovar.
The Hurt Locker
The Hangover (i know)
I Love You Man
500 Days of Summer
Josh,Revanche is 2008 :P
Haven’t seen Moon, but I need to.
1. Drag Me To Hell
2. Three Monkeys
3. Star Trek
Only three that I would put in a best of the year list-
500 Days of Summer
Liked Star Trek, The Hangover, Public Enemies and didn’t care for Whatever Works and The Girfriend Experience.
Still haven’t seen Moon, Two Lovers, Away We Go, The Hurt Locker.
I can’t number these, because I don’t know how I would, but:
Star Trek was a lot of fun, too.
Wow…smaller list than I expected. This is probably due to my seeing only crappy movies at the theaters lately (not all of them, but Terminator? Come on. I’m still glad I haven’t seen Transformers 2, yet, after everything I’ve heard; yeah, I know I was the guy who wanted to see it, but still…).
From everything I watched at local theatres or film festivals in 2009, those ten are my favorites up to now (in no particular order):
When it was Blue (Jennifer Reeves)
Jerichow (Christian Petzold)
The Sky Crawlers (Mamoru Oshii)
A Week Alone (Celina Murga)
Two Lovers (James Gray)
Lunch Break (Sharon Lockhart)
To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues)
Achilles and the Tortoise (Takeshi Kitano)
Pink (Rudolf Thome)
Juntos (Nicolás Pereda)
Another ten (or let’s make it eleven) movies I liked very much:
Glowing Stars (Lisa Siwe)
The Mermaid and the Diver (Mercedes Moncada Rodríguez)
Changeling (Clint Eastwood)
35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
Revanche (Götz Spielmann)
Huacho (Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
Claustrophobia (Ivy Ho)
The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz)
Hooked (Adrian Sitaru)
Adventureland -My ideal Hollywood
Two Lovers -bit of a guilty pleasure
3. Three Monkeys
5. The Hurt Locker
6. (500) Days of Summer
8. Rudo y Cursi
“Josh,Revanche is 2008 :P”
It was released in the U.S. in 2009. I know because i saw it like three days before it was released in New York, and Los Angeles. (take that people from the coasts :P)
Also…The Girlfriend ExperiencePhantoms of NabuaThree Monkeys
Couldn’t resist adding the beautiful perfection contained in these films to my list.
i know it might irritate you Josh but the official release was 2008 (regardless if it was released in 2009 in some parts of the world) and so was for Three Monkeys but OK,i won’t push this forward,i just finished One-Eyed Jacks now,am a little picky :P
wendy and lucy 2008-09 : )
If you don’t live in one of the 2 or 3 big cities in America you probably saw it this year too.
3. The Hangover
4. Two Lovers
5. In the Loop
I originally said this, “Haven’t seen a whole lot of newer ones this year, especially not anything obscure. But as far as big films, I really liked The Wrestler, personally. I’ve always been a fan of Aronofsky. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, and Doubt (all the cliches) were pretty good too. But like I said, I haven’t seen many 2009 releases.”
I will say I’ve now seen: The Uninvited, The Unborn, Bruno, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Changling, and Coraline.
Sorry to say, but the first three were horrible, Harry Potter was fun for the fans but an excrutaiting adaptation, and the last two were really good.