Picture: Lorna's Silence (93/8)
Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Lorna's Silence (102/9)
Actress: Tilly Hatcher, Beeswax (83/7)
Actor: Sam Rockwell, Moon (106/9)
S. Actor: Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia (79/9)
S. Actress: Mimi Kennedy, In the Loop (97/10)
Screenplay: Tony Burgess, Pontypool (83/8)
Scene: Sniper fire in the desert, The Hurt Locker (62/8)
[We join this scene already in progress, simply because the torrent I downloaded was in two files that happened to split it and I'm too lazy to figure out how to splice them together. The meat of it is here.]
Untitled from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.
HISTORY: The Dardennes previously placed 15th for La Promesse (1997) and 5th for both The Son (2003) and L'Enfant (The Child) (2006). We were not big fans of Rosetta.
Rockwell has made two previous top 20 appearances, at #13 in 2002 for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and at #4 two years ago for Joshua. Tucci gets his first nod since 1996 (!), when he finished a way-too-low 19th in the lead category for Big Night. Both women are new, as is Burgess.
Ahh, now I can take evil delight in a film not placing in the top ten. Really, the Heartless Douchebag in me is enjoying Lorna only placing at #11 too, too much.
Welcome, Pontypool. May we see more from you in the coming days.
Oops. I mean welcome back, Pontypool. Zombies have been snacking on my grey matter of late.
I'd just like to stop and point out, for all of Mike's public whining about wack choices by the AVB this year, that the D'Angelo Effect is still very much in, um, effect. Apart from numbers 14, 18 and 20 (all of which Mike liked, it should be noted), the countdown so far consists of films that garnered some love here and there in the larger world but really only commanded attention around these parts due to Mike's strong advocacy. Nothing wrong with that (there's only one of them I dislike), but it's like, buck up dude, you still rule the waves and all that.
I don't think I can take any credit for Two Lovers, which I liked quite a bit but haven't really been plugging or anything.
Hm, that's true, although your reversal on Gray certainly got my attention. But yes, that one def. slots more into the Iannucci / Selick / Koreeda category.
Still. Why let some love for QT and LvT joints you consider 2nd rate rain on yr parade? 09 was kinder to you than most. I can't even summon up a real top ten without involuntarily assuming the fetal position. (A bunch of cartoons? Really?)
Actually I think this year is a record number of 'pro's for me in the Best Pic top 20. (To preserve suspense about the one slot people are still unsure about, I will say I liked at least 17 of them.) There's really just one particular thing that annoys me, which you'll discover when the time comes.
While the cartoons in question (outside of the sure-to-be-upcoming and noteworthy UP) make me cringe, 2009 was a freakin' spectacular year in film. In recent years I've had to scrape to get a top 10 together. In 2009 there were over 20 films that wowed me to one degree or another with bracing originality and brilliant execution. I think '09 will be looked back on as one of the golden years in film.
Predictions: Inglourious Basterds, Kathryn Bigelow, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Renner, Edith Scob, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, "Once upon a time... In Nazi-Occupied France".
Glad to see I wasn't the only person to give Mimi Kennedy some love. Good job, Skandiers.
What I think that "Predictions: Inglourious Basterds" was one of best movie of the year. I have seen this film about 3-4 times and equally enjoyed every time :))
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