Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Decade's Best: #81-#90

In which gallery art and non-fiction filmmaking both make heavy inroads into this feature, and an unexpected figure emerges as the first double-listed filmmaker on the list.



Blogger Sam Brooks said...

I love the inclusion of Code 46 here. I'm so, so confused at how it was ignored by pretty much everybody upon release. It may possibly be my favourite Winterbottom this decade, though it goes toe-to-toe with his MUCH better than it was reviewed A Mighty Heart.

12:25 AM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger Lev Lewis said...

Ugh, so much I must see. Both Barney's, the Desplechin and the Winterbottom, of course. It's embarrassing that I haven't seen "Kings and Queen" yet.

Right there with you for the "Lorna's Silence" love, which featured, perhaps, my favourite performance by an actress this year (although I haven't seen "Julia"). Also, that still from "Half Nelson" makes me long for a revisit, even though I doubt my admiration will change.

1:06 AM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Brook: Though I have at least one Winterbottom that I like even more than these two, I nonetheless second everything you said about how wonderful both movies are, and how baffling it is that so few critics seemed to care.

@Lev: Well, the whole reason I preceded with the Backwards & Forwards series is because I'm just as embarrassed to miss the stuff I've missed. Meanwhile, Lorna's Silence is one of those movies for which it's especially gratifying to hear an endorsement, since it's kind of this year's poster child for being damned with faint praise. Thanks for speaking up!

1:35 AM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

Have you heard about Bertocelli's next movie? It's an Australian/France co-production starring Charlotte Gainsbourg! I really liked Since Otar Left and rarely, if ever, hear about it so it was nice to see it appear on here!

I like alternate views of the future, but Code 46 was, like most Winterbottom films for me, a dreadful bore.

4:16 AM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger tim r said...

Totally off-topic, but can I just point out that we have an amazing knack for being in synch on middleweight guy-flick dramedies this year (I Love You Man, Adventureland, Funny People -- all of which I liked tremendously, and we graded identically). A real winning streak there.

Wish I liked Code 46, Lorna's Silence or Day Night, Day Night as much as any of them! But digging the Barney and Desplechin love, and looking forward some serious, double-or-triple-dip Assayas love higher up...

6:29 AM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger Calum Reed said...

I've only seen two of these ten (Anvil and Half Nelson) which is seriously bad going. But it kind of makes me happy that there are possible gems out there to discover. I'd never even heard of Michael Winterbottom when Code 46 was released so at least there's some kind of progression there.

On the frames issue: liking them. I tried to load your site up on my phone the other day and it said "Your browser does not support frames" but I'll just have to settle for being bored at work like everyone else and digest your witty prose in the comfort of my own home :-)

8:49 AM, December 23, 2009  

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