MD'A Tweets the Decade

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Postby Sabin » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:35 pm

#1: Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan). Now. Where was I?

#2: The Man Who Wasn't There (2001, Joel Coen). My New Year's resolution is to pummel everyone who thinks this is an empty genre exercise.

#3: Afterschool (2008, Antonio Campos). The only film of the last few yrs 2 demonstrate an inkling of where we are now & where we're headed.

#4: Dogville (2003, Lars von Trier). One of the boldest, craziest ideas in the history of cinema, faultlessly executed (unlike MANDERLAY).

#5: Silent Light (2007, Carlos Reygadas). As close as this hardcore atheist is ever likely to come to a religious experience. Breathtaking.

#6: State and Main (2000, David Mamet). Greatest comedy of our time & the only worthy heir 2 Preston Sturges I've ever seen. Nobody noticed.

#7: In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai). My 1 film @ the top in common w/ everyone else. Unmoved by its lush sorrow? You must be dead.

#8: The Prestige (2006, Christopher Nolan). A brilliant stealth essay on both the truth of materialism and our desperate need to reject it.

#9: 25th Hour (2002, Spike Lee). Happy to see that others are finally beginning to recognize this film's pungent, grief-stricken power.

#10: Primer (2004, Shane Carruth). Homemade sci-fi—a heady amalgam of the mundane and the esoteric in which I always get blissfully lost.
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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:56 pm

#11: Everyone Else (2009, Maren Ade). Devastating portrait of a singular couple. Seen only once, could climb into top 10 on second viewing.

#12: Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005, Michel Gondry). A celebration of celebration, & one of my most joyous moviegoing experiences ever.

#13: Ghost World (2001, Terry Zwigoff). Brilliantly mordant take on a subject that cinema has largely ignored: the death of a friendship.

#14: My Kid Could Paint That (2007, Amir Bar-Lev). Did she or didn't she? Who cares? 00's best trad doc concerns the primacy of narrative.

#15: Pulse (2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa). The most terrifying movie I've ever seen, in part because it makes even basic coherence seem defunct.
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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:39 pm

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#16: Gerry (2002, Gus Van Sant). Vaudeville—both verbal and formal—in the middle of nowhere, as a private joke turns into a cosmic joke.
"If you are marching with white nationalists, you are by definition not a very nice person. If Malala Yousafzai had taken part in that rally, you'd have to say 'Okay, I guess Malala sucks now.'" ~ John Oliver

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Postby OscarGuy » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:49 am

Would you mind posting the link to Twitter? I'm sure it would be easier for people to follow that way and it won't take up nearly as much space. You could also post a daily summary of some sort to make it easier for those not following.



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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:12 am

#17: Tropical Malady (2004, Apichatpong Weerasethakul). Romance. Mystery. Fist-licking. Wilderness. Wildness. Duality. Awe. Fist-licking?
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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:12 am

#18: Hero (2002, Zhang Yimou). First viewing was at the Rotterdam fest, where it was (understandably) subtitled in Dutch. Nothing was lost.
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Postby Sabin » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:56 pm

#19: Paranoid Park (2007, Gus Van Sant). Adolescence as a perpetual state of free-floating guilt and shame; cinema as sheer expressionism.
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Postby Sabin » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:23 pm

#20: Devils on the Doorstep (2000, Jiang Wen). I like my futility-of-war pictures like I like my women: darkly gorgeous, bleakly funny.
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Postby Sabin » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:37 pm

Mike D'Angelo has hit #21 on his Decade Countdown.

#21: Adaptation. (2002, Spike Jonze). I'd thought BEING JOHN MALKOVICH was the most insane script that would ever get made. I was mistaken.

#22: Songs From the Second Floor (2000, Roy Andersson). One-of-a-kind visionary spectacle that juxtaposes the apocalyptic with the pathetic.

#23: Julia (2008, Erick Zonca). Maybe u have to despise the cranky-adult-grows-by-bonding-w/cute-kid genre as much as I do 4 max enjoyment.

#24: Rachel Getting Married (2008, Jonathan Demme). I'd given up hope of JD making another great film. Certainly not 1 this emotionally raw.

#25: An Amazing Couple aka Trilogy Two (2002, Lucas Belvaux). But with an (*), as the hilarity of this farce depends on the other 2 films.

#26: Late Marriage (2001, Dover Kosashvili). Even better than 2 LOVERS—essentially an uncredited remake (minus the sex scene of the decade).

#27: Spider-Man (2002, Sam Raimi). No, not the 2nd one. Apart from weak CGI action, this is the perfect comic-book movie on every level.

#28: Cowards Bend the Knee (2003, Guy Maddin). Maddin's most consistently wonderful foray into autobiography; also, the decade's best title.

#29: Who's Camus Anyway? (2005, Mitsuo Yanagimachi). Anxiety of influence+creeping paranoia; a simulacrum of reality THE MATRIX would envy.

#30: Home (2008, Ursula Meier). Spiky family dynamic meets outsized metaphor in the best commercial release of 2009 that almost nobody saw.

#31: Time (2006, Kim Ki-duk). In its hyperbolic, abstract way, one of the most truthful films about romantic relationships ever made.

#32: Dogtooth (2009, Yorgos Lanthimos). Look for this nasty shot of deadpan perversity to show up on many of next year's top 10 lists.

#34: Grindhouse (2007, Robert Rodriguez/Rob Zombie/Edgar Wright/Eli Roth/Quentin Tarantino). [TWEET MISSING]

#35: 8 Women (2002, François Ozon). The decade's most glorious (and, to me, most oddly moving) act of genre exhumation. Sorry, T. Haynes.

#36: Irreversible (2002, Gaspar Noé). Formal tour de force + two nigh-unwatchable sequences obscure heartfelt inquiry re: thought/impulse.

#37: Training Day (2001, Antoine Fuqua). Denzel trashing his image made this one of the decade's few genuinely exciting studio thrillers.

#38: The Wayward Cloud (2006, Tsai Ming-liang). In which Tsai dares to take his unique worldview to its bleakest possible extreme.

#39: Burn After Reading (2008, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen). A cavalcade of idiocy, yet way more trenchant than the Serious film that followed.

#40: Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch). Quite possibly the most brilliant act of reconstructive surgery in film history. No hay banda!

#41: The Emperor's New Groove (2000, Mark Dindal). Closest thing 2 vintage Looney Tunes in my lifetime—how did it happen? http://is.gd/5oRKq

#42: Joshua (2007, George Ratliff). Expertly uses horror-film tropes to explore the scariest parental prospect: a child not in your image.

#43: Gladiator (2000, Ridley Scott). Yes, really. A rousing resuscitation of a long-dead genre, feat. the greatest star turn of the decade.

#44: Harmful Insect (2001, Akihiko Shiota). As mysterious and elusive as its title, aestheticizing teen anomie in umpteen dynamic ways.

#45: Code Unknown (2000, Michael Haneke). Kaleidoscopic narrative works as a thematic whole while also dazzling in its constituent parts.

#46: Lorna's Silence (2008, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne). Their best since LA PROMESSE, ilargely because they ditched their tidy formula.

#47: The House of Mirth (2000, Terence Davies). You won't find many lit adaptations on this list, but then few are so tonally precise.

#48: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (2003, Kim Ki-duk). Unlike most spiritual films, finds the right balance of cruelty & grace.

#49: Old Joy (2006, Kelly Reichardt). Restored my faith that you can still make a no-budget character piece that doesnt reek of self-regard.

#50: Dallas 362 (2003, Scott Caan). Caan's crazy, go-for-broke sensibility plays like frathouse Desplechin, makes even Kelly Lynch shine.

#51: Humpday (2009, Lynn Shelton). Perfectly captures a very particular, uniquely male brand of well-intentioned idiocy. Also funny as hell.

#52: Daughter From Danang (2002, Gail Dolgin & Vicente Franco). Human train wreck 2 rival FOREST FOR THE TREES, but it's *really happening*!

#53: WALL•E (2008, Andrew Stanton). More love stories should begin with the girl repeatedly trying to blast the boy to smithereens imo.

#54: Revanche (2008, Götz Spielmann). Slow, gradual build—not to dramatic fireworks, however, but to sublimated rage. A film that simmers.

#55: What Time Is It There? (2001, Tsai Ming-liang). At once Tsai's most romantic and most melancholy film; probably also his funniest.

#56: Bus 174 (2002, José Padilha). Unbelievably gripping real-life story captured by a zillion cameras & nicely contextualized by Padilha.

#57: The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese). I'm gonna watch it you wanna watch it what're you one of those art-film freaks go fuck yourself.

#58: Before Sunset (2004, Richard Linklater). Don't really believe the swoonworthy ending, but it says a lot that I *want* to believe it.

#59: You Can Count on Me (2000, Kenneth Lonergan). Mark Ruffalo as Terry remains as close as I've ever come to seeing myself onscreen.

#60: There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson). In which PTA finally tones down the hotdogging & achieves more than isolated effects.

#61: Duplicity (2009, Tony Gilroy). Smart, crackling espionage thriller conceals a surprisingly tart disquisition on the nature of trust.

#62: George Washington (2000, David Gordon Green). Squalid-lyricism-a-go-go, with a dreamy, shambling rhythm that transcends faux-Malick.

#63: Distant (2002, Nuri Bilge Ceylan). Just tell him the guy in the hat enjoyed the hell outta those stunning foreground/background shots.

#64: Sita Sings the Blues (2008, Nina Paley). Turning heartbreak into art isn't easy. Turning it into rousing entertainment is miraculous.

#65: Bad Santa (2003, Terry Zwigoff). Takes a much-deserved steaming dump on the execrable a-little-child-saved-me genre. Awesomely profane.

#66: The Headless Woman (2008, Lucrecia Martel). Psychic rupture conveyed entirely via composition/sound design; social critique in margins.

#67: On the Run [Trilogy One] (2002, Lucas Belvaux). Oddball amalgam of violent-radical procedural and a portrait of ideological solipsism.

#68: Down in the Valley (2005, David Jacobson). People seem unable to look past the goofy conceit and see that it's RED RIVER for our time.

[Lies awake in bed, silently staring at the ceiling. Then, to self.] All right. #69: No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen).

#70: Up (2009, Pete Docter). FYC: Bob Peterson, Best Supporting Actor. Dug & Alpha. Do you not agree with that which I have said to you now?

#71. Amélie (2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Désolée, les haters. Tautou's a vacuum but the film's thornier & more self-critical than most allow.

#72: Raising Victor Vargas (2002, Peter Sollett). Young love on the Lower East Side, made big-grin winning by a remarkable ensemble cast.

#73: Brick (2005, Rian Johnson). Quickly transcends its gimmicky premise, depicting adolescence as a maelstrom of ardent bewilderment. Yes.

#74: Turning Gate (2002, Hong Sang-soo). Hong's bifurcated, first-*and*-second-time-as-farce approach yields its most rewarding echoes.

#75: The Forest for the Trees (2003, Maren Ade). "Horror movie" finds heroine descending ever deeper into the basement of social ineptitude.

#76: Intacto (2001, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo). I'm nearly always thrilled by movies where I have no idea wtf is happening. This = the champ.

#77: The Host (2006, Bong Joon-ho). Awesome monster movie + potent political allegory + wacky comedy + grim melodrama + what'm I forgetting?

#78: An Injury to One (2002, Travis Wilkerson). Arresting documentary that straddles an unusual line between agitprop and avant-garde.

#79: Day Night Day Night (2006, Julia Loktev). Wanted: Suicide bomber. Must be ideologically opaque, super hungry, totally out of change.

#80: I [Heart] Huckabees (2004, David O. Russell). Insanely strives to turn Being & Nothingness into a screwball comedy, kind of succeeds!

#81: Spartan (2004, David Mamet). Title, meant as noun, is even more apropos as adjective. Lean, mean and knife-blade keen. Kilmer owns.

#82: The Brothers Bloom (2008, Rian Johnson). Inventive and hilarious, but also canny about the emotional detachment of the con-man genre.

#83: Charlotte Sometimes (2002, Eric Byler). One of the decade's least-heralded Amerindies, despite being sharply written, exquisitely shot.

#84: Funny Games (2007, Michael Haneke). Just like the original, interrogates our relationship 2 screen violence in a truly challenging way.

#85: Gone Baby Gone (2007, Ben Affleck). Will he ever make another film this good? Maybe not, but he's earned years of respect anyway.

#86: The Duchess of Langeais (2007, Jacques Rivette). A rare literary adaptation with some bite. R.I.P. Guillaume Depardieu, great at last.

#87: Container (2006, Lukas Moodysson). Not for every taste, 2 say the least, but for me the disjunction of image & VO has cumulative force.

#88: 3-iron (2004, Kim Ki-duk). Begins as a beguiling enough tale told with superb visual economy, turns into something truly bizarre.

#89: BirdWatchers (2008, Marco Bechis). Probably the least-seen film on my list. Remarkably non-patronizing depiction of an "alien" culture.

#90: Eureka (2000, Shinji Aoyama). Visually spectacular, awesomely disorienting portrait of collective catharsis. What happened to this guy?

#91: Road to Perdition (2002, Sam Mendes). The closest M. has come to (cine-)excellence, precisely because it's just an exercise in style.

#92: Raja (2003, Jacques Doillon). Colonial romance: "(S)he must be assuming X in his/her position, ergo I must perform countermeasure Y."

#93: In My Skin (2002, Marina de Van). Best portrait of body horror/fascination this side of Cronenberg, bravely eschewing all psychology.

#94: In the City of Sylvia (2007, José Luis Guerin). Ah, the pleasure of solitary peoplewatching. Ok, girlwatching. ALL right, girlstalking.

#95: The Day I Became a Woman (2000, Marziyeh Meshkini). Bike segment remains 1 of Iranian cinema's greatest moments; rest more than solid.

#96: Little Otik (2000, Jan Svankmejer). Obviously JS works best in miniature, but this hilariously grim fable feels, uh, fully fleshed out.

#97: Grizzly Man (2005, Werner Herzog). Would've made a fascinating doc in anyone's hands. Herzog adds the perfect layer of sympathetic awe.

#98: The Boss of It All (2006, Lars von Trier). Only Lars could willfully undermine such a sure-fire comic premise and still make it work.

#99: The Secret of the Grain (2007, Abdellatif Keciche). Most artful use of cacophony in recent memory, building to transporting finale.

#100: Chopper (2000, Andrew Dominik). Given his subsequent career, not sure where Eric Bana found this performance. Comedy at its blackest.




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