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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #100 on: July 25, 2009, 06:56:00 PM »
All ratings out of 4:

1. Up- 4

2. The Brothers Bloom - 3.5
3. Public Enemies - 3.5
4. The Soloist - 3.5
5. Away We Go - 3.5

6. Sin Nombre - 3.5
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 3.5
8. Adventureland - 3
9. Sugar - 3
10. Moon - 3

11. Whatever Works - 3
12. Knowing - 3
13. Star Trek - 3
14. Sunshine Cleaning - 3
15. Year One - 3
16. Visioneers - 3
17. The Taking of Pelham 123 - 3
18. State of Play - 2.5
19. The Hangover - 2.5
20. I Love You, Man - 2.5

21. Goodbye Solo - 2.5
22. Angels & Demons - 2.5
23. Land of the Lost - 2.5
24. Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian - 2.5
25. The Proposal - 2.5
26. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 2.5
27. Duplicity - 2
28. Bruno - 2
29. Taken - 2
30. The Uninvited - 2

31. Fast & Furious - 2
32. Is Anybody There? - 2
33. My Sister's Keeper - 2
34. Terminator Salvation - 1.5
35. Observe & Report - 1
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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #101 on: July 27, 2009, 02:35:59 AM »
B+
1. The Class  (Laurent Cantet, 2008)
2. Adventureland  (Greg Mottola, 2009)
3. Humpday  (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
4. Lake Tahoe  (Fernando Eimbcke, 2008)
5. Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains  (Gonzalo Arijon, 2007)
6. Crude  (Joe Berlinger, 2009)

B
7. Anvil! The Story of Anvil  (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)
8. The Secret of the Grain  (Abdel Kechiche, 2007)
9. Two Lovers  (James Gray, 2008)
10. The Hurt Locker  (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
11. Sugar  (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, 2008)
12. Coraline  (Henry Selick, 2009)

B-
13. Watchmen  (Zack Snyder, 2009)
14. Moon  (Duncan Jones, 2009)
15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  (David Yates, 2009)
16. Earth  (Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, 2007)
17. Summer Hours  (Olivier Assayas, 2008)
18. Drag Me to Hell  (Sam Raimi, 2009)
19. The Hangover  (Todd Phillips, 2009)
20. $9.99  (Tatia Rosenthal, 2008)

C+
21. Star Trek  (J.J. Abrams, 2009)
22. The Brothers Bloom  (Rian Johnson, 2008)
23. In the Loop  (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
24. Examined Life  (Astra Taylor, 2008)
25. Partly Cloudy  (Peter Sohn, 2009)
26. 12  (Nikita Mikhalkov, 2007)

C
27. Goodbye Solo  (Ramin Bahrani, 2008)
28. Prayers for Bobby  (Russell Mulcahy, 2009)
29. Up  (Pete Docter, 2009)
30. Five Days Without Nora  (Mariana Chenillo, 2008)

C-
31. Terminator Salvation  (McG, 2009)
32. Year One  (Harold Ramis, 2009)

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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #103 on: July 27, 2009, 11:21:57 AM »
B+
1. The Class  (Laurent Cantet, 2008)
2. Adventureland  (Greg Mottola, 2009)
3. Humpday  (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
4. Lake Tahoe  (Fernando Eimbcke, 2008)
5. Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains  (Gonzalo Arijon, 2007)
6. Crude  (Joe Berlinger, 2009)


somewhat stunned Crude is in that first group.  what did you like about it?
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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #104 on: July 27, 2009, 12:25:57 PM »
somewhat stunned Crude is in that first group.  what did you like about it?
I no longer remember, really.  It was pretty good, though.

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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #105 on: July 27, 2009, 12:47:01 PM »
somewhat stunned Crude is in that first group.  what did you like about it?
I no longer remember, really.  It was pretty good, though.

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hmm, my write-up is pretty luke-warm, no?  i think the content was worthwhile, but the film itself was quite ordinary, even a bit sloppily constructed.  and you apparently agreed with me on that :)
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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #106 on: July 27, 2009, 01:46:27 PM »
hmm, my write-up is pretty luke-warm, no?  i think the content was worthwhile, but the film itself was quite ordinary, even a bit sloppily constructed.  and you apparently agreed with me on that :)

I don't remember the sloppy construction too well, really, but the subject was pretty unweildy, so I wouldn't be surprised.  In fact, I think I even liked the way the film let things unfold, without using excess narration or titles to impose a false structure on a years-old drama.  And it was constantly engaging, with the content being strong enough to offset most of the minor flaws.  Even though it wasn't quite character driven, as you mentioned in your review, I liked the way the film used the context of the legal case to explore a region and a culture — not one main character, but the sum total of all the fleeting characters.

Something like that.

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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #107 on: July 27, 2009, 01:47:50 PM »
I stand by this thread.

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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #108 on: July 27, 2009, 01:51:11 PM »
I'm pretty happy with my top five, given that it's not even August yet.  An A/A- film sure would be nice, though.

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Re: The Year So Far (2009)
« Reply #109 on: July 27, 2009, 01:56:22 PM »
I'm pretty happy with my top five, given that it's not even August yet.  An A/A- film sure would be nice, though.

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Maybe Zemeckis can rush-release that Alf project?  ;)
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