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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2016, 03:43:21 PM »
I'm in!

There are way too many that I haven't seen, to count all of them, so I'll stick with Best Picture.

2007 - No Country for Old Men
2008 - The Wrestler
2009 - Fantastic Mr. Fox
2010 - The Social Network - seen and liked.
2011 - Take Shelter
2012 - Moonrise Kingdom
2013 - 12 Years a Slave
2014 - Boyhood
2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2016, 03:51:42 PM »
Fantastic Mr. Fox is required filmspotting viewing. And I'm pretty sure you'll love it. Get on it!  ;)

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2016, 04:06:34 PM »
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2016, 08:33:24 AM »
2007
Rescue Dawn
Waitress
The Namesake
Michael Clayton
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Lust, Caution
Offside
Helvetica
Black Snake Moan
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Year of the Dog
This is England
Epic Movie

2008
Paranoid Park
The Visitor
Redbelt
Flight of the Red Balloon
Che
My Blueberry Nights
Mister Lonely
Shotgun Stories

2009
35 Shots of Rum
Sita Sings the Blues
24 City
Of Time and the City
Bright Star
17 Again


Will possibly get to a few.



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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2016, 05:57:16 PM »
I don't know how many of these I will be able to get to or how long it will take me, but these are the ones I would like to catch up with.

2007

Away from Her
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
La Vie en Rose
I'm Not There

2008

Synecdoche, New York

2010

Dogtooth
A Prophet
Four Lions

2011

Melancholia
Certified Copy
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
The Arbor
We Need to Talk about Kevin
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Warrior

2012

The Deep Blue Sea
Amour
Oslo, August 31st
The Kid with a Bike
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Imposter
Indie Game: The Movie
This Is Not a Film
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Queen of Versailles

2013

Upstream Color
The Hunt
Like Someone In Love
The Grandmaster

2014

The Immigrant
Force Majeure
Frank
We are the Best!
Like Father, Like Son

2015

Room
Tangerine
Clouds of Sils Maria
It Follows
Sicario
Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Mistress America
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2016, 07:14:52 PM »
See:

Certified Copy
Like Someone in Love
The Immigrant

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2016, 12:41:51 AM »
Clouds of Sils Maria.

I first heard of this because an American won a prize that no American wins for acting in it, and that prize was the Filmspot for Supporting Actress, long the domain of older Korean women. But here comes Kristen Stewart of all people and she just walks away with it. Appalling. That Twilight girl? Ha. But lo, she is fantastic, as is the rest of the film.

A mess of metaness pervades the film, and if you're turned off by notions about actors and acting and movies in your movies you'll find little here of interest. But if you can see yourself trying to puzzle out how the real lives of these actors playing actors playing characters relate to each of those layers, there's so much to investigate in this marvelous film. Of course, the plot of the play that is being put on in the film becomes the text of the film itself and then things get even more confusing/interesting. I'm setting this up like it's a murder mystery when it isn't, but I do find that some of the same buttons are pushed by this little enigma. The movies I was reminded of most were Persona and Certified Copy, to give you some perspective, and I'm sure I'm not the first to make those connections. I admire both of those movies more than I enjoy them, but this film works more for me on the entertainment side, perhaps because it is not as complex as them conceptually.

It makes up for the relative simplicity with some outstanding performances from the three women at the core of the movie as well as with an assist from some absolutely gorgeous scenery. These four elements augment the script by making it real, lived in. Something like this might have easily gotten lost in the weeds of its own cleverness, but Juliette Binoche and Stewart won't let it happen. Perhaps thanks to their own similarities to their characters (and others), they always feel like they existed before the film started and continue to do so even when the camera isn't on them. When Chlo Grace Moretz joins the film, the same holds true for her. The Swiss countryside provides the backdrop for their drama, though that undersells its power and beauty. There's a meteorological event that gives the movie its title and works as a metaphor for the way time covers all of our experiences, whether we know it or not. I'm not sure yet what the film has to say about this, other than that it happens, but I'm glad I will now be able to think about it for a while.

Was the Filmspot deserved? Oh yes. Definitely.

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2016, 01:20:11 PM »
Added to my watchlist. I faultered with your sentence about Persona and Certified Copy (two movies I didn't enjoy as much as others), but I recovered nicely as you explain more about it. This review catches my attention and I too want to think about a movie afterwards, for a while.
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2016, 02:14:05 PM »
I'm very glad my review had that effect on you. I think you'll get a kick out of it.
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2016, 02:40:36 PM »
I feel like that film vindicated what I already felt about Stewart as an actress (insert hipster cred). She's really great, as is the film.

 

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