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 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I have an ongoing sarcastic joke in which I refer to the Oscars as "honoring the top mediocrities of the year." I had to swallow my words this particular year when six of their Best Picture nominees made my top 10 list, four of them my top choices.

1. The Tree of Life (Malick)

2. The Descendants (Payne)

3. The Artist (Hazanavicius)

4. Hugo (Scorsese)

5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)

6. War Horse (Spielberg)

7. Damsels in Distress (Stillman)

8. A Separation (Farhadi)

9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Daldry)

9. Footnote (Cedar)

9. The Forgiveness of Blood (Marston)

also good: We Bought a Zoo,Win Win, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, A Dangerous Method, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Pina, I Wish, The Kid With a Bike, Funkytown, Rio.

still need to see: The Big Year, Drive, Le Havre, My Week With Marilyn, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, A Separation, Source Code, There Be Dragons, J'aime regarder les filles.

What are some other favorites from this year?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films of 2011, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
Scorsese's HUGO are :

HYSTERIA
J'AIME REGARDER LES FILLES
MARGIN CALL
SOURCE CODE
TAKE SHELTER

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Hm. Not one of my favorite years. Will have to think on it.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

J'AIME REGARDER LES FILLES

I'm chatting with a French friend online and we're investigating the trailer. (I couldn't resist the title of this movie! lol) Doubtful that it received (or hasn't yet) American distribution with subtitles, but it looks interesting. A coming of age story set in 1981, it appears to be.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

1. Captain America
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. The Ward
4. Fast Five
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Unknown
7. The Mechanic
8. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
9. Green Lantern
10. Limitless

ALSO LIKED: Battle: Los Angeles, The Eagle, Larry Crowne, The Lincoln Lawyer, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Real Steel, Season of the Witch.

DIDN'T LIKE: Cowboys & Aliens, Drive Angry, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, I Am Number Four, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Scream 4, Super 8, The Thing, Thor.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

1.) Drive: A
2.) I Saw The Devil: A
3.) The Artist: A
4.) War Horse: A-
5.) Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol: A-
6.) Source Code: A-
7.) Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: A-
8.) Hugo: A-
9.) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: A-
10.) A Separation: A-
11.) The Descendants: A-
12.) Crazy, Stupid, Love: A-
13.) Contagion: A-
14.) The Ides Of March: A-
15.) Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 2: A-
16.) X-Men: First Class: A-
17.) God Bless America: A-
18.) Shame: A-
19.) Thor: A-
20.) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows: B+
21.) The Muppets: B+
22.) Rampart: B+
23.) We Need To Talk About Kevin: B+
24.) Moneyball: B+
25.) Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark: B+
26.) The Innkeepers: B+
27.) The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn: B+
28.) Puss In Boots: B+
29.) Captain America: The First Avenger: B+
30.) Kung Fu Panda 2: B+
31.) Insidious: B+
32.) Super 8: B+
33.) Real Steel: B+
34.) Attack The Block: B+
35.) Arthur Christmas: B+
36.) The Devil's Double: B+
37.) The Debt: B+
38.) Bridesmaids: B+
39.) The Adjustment Bureau: B+
40.) The Thing: B
41.) Fright Night: B
42.) Soul Surfer: B
43.) Paul: B
44.) Milocrorze: A Love Story: B
45.) Rio: B
46.) Friends With Benefits: B
47.) A Dangerous Method: B
48.) Our Idiot Brother: B
49.) Horrible Bosses: B
50.) Paranormal Activity 3: B
51.) The Lincoln Lawyer: B
52.) Hobo With A Shotgun: B
53.) Unknown: B
54.) The Tree Of Life: B
55.) Scre4m: B
56.) Immortals: B
57.) Beginners: B
58.) Hanna: B
59.) Rango: B
60.) Martha Marcy May Marlene: B
61.) Columbiana: B-
62.) 30 Minutes Or Less: B-
63.) Conan The Barbarian: B-
64.) 50/50: B-
65.) Intruders: B-
66.) Carnage: B-
67.) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: B-
68.) Cars 2: C+
69.) Water For Elephants: C+
70.) Cowboys And Aliens: C+
71.) Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: C+
72.) The Ward: C+
73.) Green Lantern: C
74.) Bad Teacher: C
75.) The Help: C
76.) Limitless: C
77.) Priest: C-
78.) The Whisper In The Darkness: C-
79.) J. Edgar: D+
80.) Your Highness: D
81.) Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1: D
82.) Transformers: Dark Of The Moon: D
83.) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: D
84.) Twixt: F
85.) Sucker Punch: F

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Doubtful that it received (or hasn't yet) American distribution

Actually it's a miracle it got a French distribution ! It's a confidential movie about a young man who decides to live and work in Paris in the early 80s and meets people not from his world and falls in love(s), etc. I got moved by the simplicity of the story, the bitterness of some thoughts and its human touch. And it rang some bells... wink

Starring Pierre Niney from the prestigious Comédie Française :



He has recently portrayed Yves Saint-Laurent, unfortunately on a lousy biopic :

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

http://montages.no/2011/12/thor-joachims-topp-20-2011/

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

[Actually it's a miracle it got a French distribution ! It's a confidential movie about a young man who decides to live and work in Paris in the early 80s and meets people not from his world and falls in love(s), etc. I got moved by the simplicity of the story, the bitterness of some thoughts and its human touch. And it rang some bells... wink


Through IMDB I see that "J'aime regarder les filles" has received a (terrible) English title, "18 Years Old and Rising," so there's hope for an English-subtitled version floating out there somewhere.

The Yves Saint Laurent biopic looks intriguing, but since you say that it's not good I'll considered myself forewarned if it pops up at, say, the Seattle Film Fest this year. big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Even if there's not, the internet is a lifesaver. I've bought foreign editions of a number of films -- Verhoeven's latest, for instance, and Villeneuve's debut -- and a google search for the movie's title plus english subtitles yields results!

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Even if there's not, the internet is a lifesaver. I've bought foreign editions of a number of films -- Verhoeven's latest, for instance, and Villeneuve's debut -- and a google search for the movie's title plus english subtitles yields results!

This is true. I was able to purchase a VHS of the obscure Sam Raimi/Coen brothers comedy "Crimewave"("Broken Hearts and Noses") through eBay, and found a pristine print of Bertolucci's "Luna" on YouTube (a movie that seemingly hasn't existed in the USA aside from its brief theater run in 1979. In fact, the YouTube version was not Bertolucci's original English-language version, but one dubbed in Spanish with English subtitles. Fortunately Vittorio Storaro's stunning DP work was a knockout even on a computer screen.)

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

http://montages.no/2011/12/thor-joachims-topp-20-2011/

Regarding "Nader og Simin – et brudd" ("A Separation"), I went to see Farhadi's "The Past" last Saturday and was suitably impressed to finally pick up the previous film which I'll be watching within the next few days. I'm curious if it will be so good that it will displace one of the films on my top 10 - although 2011 is such a particularly strong year that I can't imagine what would have to dropped. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

The Yves Saint Laurent biopic looks intriguing, but since you say that it's not good I'll considered myself forewarned if it pops up at, say, the Seattle Film Fest this year.

Let's say it's filmed with a camera but, for me, that's not "cinema". And to be honest I'm not fond of movies about fashion either. Even when a top-notch documentary director like Frederik Wiseman makes MODEL, I find it boring. And I'm fond of all his other documentaries, though !

I guess this kind of biopic should be done by real film directors with visual and narrative ideas.

But give it a break. Who knows ? wink

And regarding J'AIME REGARDER LES FILLES I don't say it's a masterpiece : it's a movie, with "real" people and beautifully played by young promising actors, with some personal echoes in it... Not to mention I found in it some echoes from Alfred de Musset's universe too and he's one of my favourite poets.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

dp

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

http://montages.no/2011/12/thor-joachims-topp-20-2011/

Regarding "Nader og Simin – et brudd" ("A Separation"), I went to see Farhadi's "The Past" last Saturday and was suitably impressed to finally pick up the previous film which I'll be watching within the next few days. I'm curious if it will be so good that it will displace one of the films on my top 10 - although 2011 is such a particularly strong year that I can't imagine what would have to dropped. smile


I find SEPARATION to be superior to LE PASSE, but the latter was also on my Top 10 list of 2013. Both are great films for slightly different reasons.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

Melancholia
Shame
First Class
The Descendants
Tinker Tailor
Captain America
The Adjustment Bureau
Mission Impossible 4
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Thing

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

The Adventures of Tintin
Captain America: the First Avenger
Contagion
Fright Night
Hugo
The Muppets
My Week with Marilyn
Rango
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
Young Adult

 
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