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500<400, Favourite 1001 movies, Doubling the Canon, Film World Cup and many other votes
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timshelboy wrote: September 22nd, 2020, 1:42 pm Are we counting MESRINE as one or two films? According to imdb they were released as separate movies a month apart in France.
The two parts seem to be treated as separate films from many places I read. Also, IMDb treats them as separate films. So, they will be considered as two films:
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1

Same with Che
Che: Part One
Che: Part Two
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lynchs wrote: September 21st, 2020, 1:08 pm Hi all,

only liked 3 from this year,

Tunnel Rats
The Sun and the Moon
Far Cry

:thumbsup:
Add two more you don't hate plus the IMDb links, and those 3 films will be counted :thumbsup:
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blocho wrote: September 19th, 2020, 5:26 pm 1. Let the Right One in
2. Hunger
3. Waltz with Bashir
4. Wall-e
5. Happy-Go-Lucky
6. Sugar
7. Pontypool
8. Tropic Thunder
9. Burn After Reading
10. Entre les Murs
11. Wanted
12. Doubt
13. The Hurt Locker
14. Everlasting Moments
15. Revanche
16. Frozen River
17. JCVD
18. Flame & Citron
19. The Dark Knight
20. In Bruges


Honorable Mentions:
Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Appaloosa, Che, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Machan, Max Manus, Pineapple Express, Revolutionary Road, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Stop-Loss, Sunshine Cleaning, Tyson

Dishonorable Mentions (there were a lot of bad movies this year):
Bronson, The Brothers Bloom, Choke, Frost/Nixon, Gomorra, Gran Torino, Hamlet 2, The Happening, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones, Leatherheads, Miracle at St. Anna, La Mujer sin Cabeza, The King of Ping Pong, Quantum of Solace, Stone of Destiny

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Since you managed to denigrate 3 of my top 10 in your dishonorable mentions, I thought the least I could do was try to enlighten you by providing a review of my #1, La Mujer Sin Cabeza:
(written shortly after it debuted in 2009, San Francosco)

Martel is quickly becoming a master of her own filmic sensibility, which I might call the "art of eavesdropping cinema," and she makes consummate use of something inherent to the medium to take us inside the characters and content of stories that have almost nothing to do with traditional plot points.

As an audience, we are all eavesdroppers (or voyeurs) when we watch a movie. And Martel's sensibility, or way of telling a story, is not only to provide clues to what she is investigating, but to inform us with what she considers important about it. There is a bit of Hitchcock (Rear Window comes to mind), and certainly some of Altman's audio technique around conversation. There is also an exploration of neurosis that one might liken to Almodovar (her producer), yet without the bold, soap operatic farce. And there is something of Bergman and Antonioni.

La Mujer Sin Cabeza (while not my favorite of her films) is still a sure step forward as a filmmaker. This is not only her most focused film, but it makes use of a more developed cinematic technique than either of her previous two films. Strangely, it has not been received as well. The problem, I believe, has much to due to the predisposition of most film viewers, who not only lack of patience, but the ability to adjust to a film operating in ways they are not accustomed to.

Martel's narratives may seem disjointed at first, as they jump from one scene to another without obvious connection, but they are extremely well thought out. The problem, as I said, has more to do with confounded viewer expectations, and the inability to adapt to a different approach in cinematic narrative, one that is very appropriate to the content of Martel's design. For the uninitiated, her films benefit from a second viewing, if only because what at first seems insignificant or disconnected is actually very important, and provides access to her dry subtle satire.

The power of "Mujer Sin Cabeza," (as with all films) is grounded in our perceptions of the main character's experience (or our experience of her perceptions), which not only infect us with her mental / emotional state, but draw us into the kind of life that she leads, in the balance, providing us a window into modern day Argentina.

Here, we are also made aware of a social system in the midst of decay, being held together by the ever more twisted and frayed threads of a colonial past that seeks preservation, in spite of increasing moral dysfunction, and the inability to take responsibility for anything that interferes with the social system beyond making it disappear...
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cinewest wrote: September 24th, 2020, 2:21 pm Since you managed to denigrate 3 of my top 10 in your dishonorable mentions, I thought the least I could do was try to enlighten you by providing a review of my #1, La Mujer Sin Cabeza:
Well, I still don't like it. But perhaps I just need to see it again, as you suggest. However I feel about the movie, I appreciate that you shared your review.
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My lowest rated year on IMDB - probably due to the regrettably large amount of lowbrow crap I'd managed to see from this year. Still plenty of quality works to be found, most of which I haven't seen since around the time of their initial release though.

1. Doubt
2. In Bruges
3. Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In
4. L'heure d'été / Summer Hours
5. 35 rhums
6. Aruitemo aruitemo / Still Walking
7. Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure
8. The Dark Knight
9. Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog
10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

11. Dear Zachary: Letters to a Son About His Father
12. Tsumiki no ie / The House of Small Cubes
13. Wall*E
14. Tokyo Sonata
15. Na-moo-eobs-neun san / Treeless Mountain
16. Wendy & Lucy
17. Happy-Go-Lucky
18. Of Time and the City
19. Burn After Reading
20. Gake no ue no Ponyo

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918927/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0836700/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1100048/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1087578/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1128075/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1227926/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421715/reference

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152758/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1361566/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0938341/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1143155/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152850/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045670/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232790/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887883/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876563/reference
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Out of 209 features seen for this year:

1 - Lac, Un - 5
2 - Liverpool - 5
3 - Mujer sin Cabeza, La - 4.5
4 - Imburnal - 4.5
5 - Nightmare Detective 2 - 4.5
6 - Sauna - 4.5
7 - Our Beloved Month of August - 4.5
8 - Nanayomachi - 4.5
9 - Zona, A - 4
10 - Gogal - 4
11 - De la Guerre - 4
12 - 35 Rhums - 4
13 - The Sky Crawlers - 4
14 - Okuribito - 4
15 - Wrestler, The - 4
16 - Sonbahar - 4
17 - Routine Holiday - 4
18 - Tears for Sale - 4
19 - A Light in the Fog - 4
20 - Kung Fu Panda - 4
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I also made a watchlist... but after Bam gua Nat I don't have any more time before the deadline to devote to 2008... ;)
so, just as a reference, these are, I think, the major films I haven't yet seen:

Tiro en la cabeza
Serbis
Bronson
Pontypool
Sleep Furiously
Aegri Somnia
Bi-mong
Vinyan
Hunger
Boogie
the Spirit
Caos calmo
Muukalainen
Two Lovers
Morfiy
Rachel Getting Married
Milk
Julia
Melancholia
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Good_Will_Harding wrote: September 25th, 2020, 3:28 pm My lowest rated year on IMDB - probably due to the regrettably large amount of lowbrow crap I'd managed to see from this year. Still plenty of quality works to be found, most of which I haven't seen since around the time of their initial release though.

1. Doubt
2. In Bruges
3. Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In
4. L'heure d'été / Summer Hours
5. 35 rhums
6. Aruitemo aruitemo / Still Walking
7. Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure
8. The Dark Knight
9. Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog
10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

11. Dear Zachary: Letters to a Son About His Father
12. Tsumiki no ie / The House of Small Cubes
13. Wall*E
14. Tokyo Sonata
15. Na-moo-eobs-neun san / Treeless Mountain
16. Wendy & Lucy
17. Happy-Go-Lucky
18. Of Time and the City
19. Burn After Reading
20. Gake no ue no Ponyo

Will add IMDB links before deadline (posting from work right now!).
2008 might be the weakest of the 2000's for me, but that doesn't mean In Bruges (one of the lamest and over hyped movies I saw in 2008) deserves a spot among the very best of the year. The writer director is a third rate Tarantino, who also recycles and plays with too much that belongs in the trash, and seeing this film appear on so many lists is really disturbing.
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beavis wrote: September 26th, 2020, 5:57 am Out of 209 features seen for this year:

1 - Lac, Un - 5
2 - Liverpool - 5
3 - Mujer sin Cabeza, La - 4.5
4 - Imburnal - 4.5
5 - Nightmare Detective 2 - 4.5
6 - Sauna - 4.5
7 - Our Beloved Month of August - 4.5
8 - Nanayomachi - 4.5
9 - Zona, A - 4
10 - Gogal - 4
11 - De la Guerre - 4
12 - 35 Rhums - 4
13 - The Sky Crawlers - 4
14 - Okuribito - 4
15 - Wrestler, The - 4
16 - Sonbahar - 4
17 - Routine Holiday - 4
18 - Tears for Sale - 4
19 - A Light in the Fog - 4
20 - Kung Fu Panda - 4
Spoiler
I also made a watchlist... but after Bam gua Nat I don't have any more time before the deadline to devote to 2008... ;)
so, just as a reference, these are, I think, the major films I haven't yet seen:

Tiro en la cabeza
Serbis
Bronson
Pontypool
Sleep Furiously
Aegri Somnia
Bi-mong
Vinyan
Hunger
Boogie
the Spirit
Caos calmo
Muukalainen
Two Lovers
Morfiy
Rachel Getting Married
Milk
Julia
Melancholia
As usual, a very interesting, far reaching list to pluck future watches from.
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Doing this now so I don't forget... will edit if I watch something that fits here.

1. Gran Torino
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
4. La Maison en Petits Cubes
5. Ip Man
6. Martyrs
7. Let the Right One In
8. Teeth
9. WALL-E
10. The Good, The Bad, The Weird
11. Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
12. Red Cliff
13. The Hurt Locker
14. Trouble the Water
15. Three Monkeys
16. Nora's Will
17. Man on Wire
18. Slumdog Millionaire
19. I Think We're Alone Now
20. In Bruges
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Unranked ballot
Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking)
Chugyeogja (The Chaser)
Cinco días sin Nora (Nora's Will)
Cztery noce z Anna (Four Nights with Anna)
Frozen River
JCVD
Jerichow
Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops)
Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
Loft
Mascarades (Masquerades)
Pour elle (Anything for Her)
Pranzo di ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
Revanche
Si può fare (We Can Do That)
Skin
Sugar
Teza (Morning Dew)
The Bank Job
The Reader
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Deliberately excluded (IMDb/TSPDT/S&S top 500)
A Wednesday
Gran Torino
Iron Man
La mujer sin cabeza
Låt den rätte komma in
Okuribito
Slumdog Millionaire
Synecdoche, New York
The Dark Knight
The Hurt Locker
WALL·E
Yip Man

To see before the deadline
Kanchivaram
Lady Jane
Momma's Man
Pandoranin kutusu
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Cinewest, could you please try to be more respectful of other people's tastes in film? Just because someone doesn't like a film you adore, or likes a film you loathe, is no reason to disparage their taste and declare the superiority of your opinion over everyone else's. I find it tiresome and pretentious, and it feels pervasive in that you seem to bring this attitude into every thread you participate in. I don't think it fosters a positive group discussion on films, and while this is certainly only my perception, I'd be surprised if I was the only one who feels this way.

To be clear, I'm not saying you should stop posting - I think you do have valuable and positive things to contribute - I would just ask you to be nicer when you do. Please.
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cinewest wrote: September 26th, 2020, 6:57 am2008 might be the weakest of the 2000's for me, but that doesn't mean In Bruges (one of the lamest and over hyped movies I saw in 2008) deserves a spot among the very best of the year. The writer director is a third rate Tarantino, who also recycles and plays with too much that belongs in the trash, and seeing this film appear on so many lists is really disturbing.
I am no fan of In Bruges, but it is certainly not a stupid movie, it goes beyond the antics of Tarantino. There is a good review here: https://cinemafaith.com/reviews/in-bruges/ it is definitely best to approach the movie from a religious/faith perspective.
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matthewscott8 wrote: September 27th, 2020, 5:07 pm
cinewest wrote: September 26th, 2020, 6:57 am2008 might be the weakest of the 2000's for me, but that doesn't mean In Bruges (one of the lamest and over hyped movies I saw in 2008) deserves a spot among the very best of the year. The writer director is a third rate Tarantino, who also recycles and plays with too much that belongs in the trash, and seeing this film appear on so many lists is really disturbing.
I am no fan of In Bruges, but it is certainly not a stupid movie, it goes beyond the antics of Tarantino. There is a good review here: https://cinemafaith.com/reviews/in-bruges/ it is definitely best to approach the movie from a religious/faith perspective.
The writer/director is just not very good to me. In fact, his most recent effort, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was one of the worst films I saw in 2017. His narratives wander all over the place in terms of tone and intention, and he can't seem to follow up on a decent idea apart from getting cute with it, or abandoning it for some other idea. No integrity whatsoever.

I have given all 3 films I have seen by him 4/10 ratings because I think there is more wrong with them than right, and that rating wouldn't usually lead to a rant except for the fact that so many others rate his films (especially this one) so highly. It's sophomoric. And the number of such films receiving plaudits on this board is really starting to get to me. In my 20's, I used to think Steven Spielberg was the bane of filmmaking, Now I think it's Tarantino, who is the master of turning schlock into pop art, and has paved the way for so many others to do the same.

I realize that filmmaking began as an art form for the masses, and that, along with pop music (and now gaming), it is heavily oriented towards mainstream culture and entertainment, but I expect more from the "mainstream" on a board of avowed cinephiles. Sorry.
I realize I should probably let go of my frustrations, and focus on the interesting taste treats that show up here and there, as well as celebrate those films I like that do find a good amount of recognition.

I knew going into this poll that Let The Right One In would probably be the film that wins the most votes out of those I have voted for, and that it doesn't even need my vote to do well in this poll, whereas the 10 I have above it probably need my vote just to have a chance to wind up somewhere in the results.

As for approaching In Bruges from a religious / faith perspective, it might be interesting to compare it to Delta, which is at least in part modeled on the Christ story.
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Fergenaprido wrote: September 27th, 2020, 2:30 pm Cinewest, could you please try to be more respectful of other people's tastes in film? Just because someone doesn't like a film you adore, or likes a film you loathe, is no reason to disparage their taste and declare the superiority of your opinion over everyone else's. I find it tiresome and pretentious, and it feels pervasive in that you seem to bring this attitude into every thread you participate in. I don't think it fosters a positive group discussion on films, and while this is certainly only my perception, I'd be surprised if I was the only one who feels this way.

To be clear, I'm not saying you should stop posting - I think you do have valuable and positive things to contribute - I would just ask you to be nicer when you do. Please.
You're not going to get anywhere, but cheers to you for stating this so eloquently and rationally - much better than I ever did, probably, even when I was still willing to try. Most if not all people are VERY stuck in their behavior and cannot or will not see the problems - or can't change even if they do - by his age (and he's just about my age so I'm certainly not letting myself off the hook - just got into an argument elsewhere with someone else over equally stupid issues).

I think there is a very great difference between saying "I don't think that film is good" and "I don't see how anyone could think that film is good" or "people who like that film clearly haven't seen much" - the former is totally acceptable and something we all say all the time; the latter two, not so much, for many of us. And when someone uses that kind of language repeatedly, and without qualification, it really says to me "this person doesn't respect me or my taste or intelligence". I don't think I'm alone in feeling that way - again if it happens just once, no biggie, but when you see this pattern over 5 or more years it means something. And it's frankly behavior I've been accused of - fairly at times, probably - and something I hate about myself, and try to avoid. It IS pretentious/snobbish/elitist/patronizing, whatever term you want to use. It's saying "my taste is the correct taste". Who wants that? Who wants to interact with people knowing that those people feel smugly superior - that they're doing a favor just by interacting with a miserable little piece of shit like me, and that they're hear to teach me the correct way to think and the correct films to like? I had a real-life "friend" like that once, and I have a father like that. I don't need it anymore. And I'm not alone in getting that vibe from cw, time and time again, which is why I don't need his opinion on anything anymore. He gets along with the more thick-skinned folks who can't seem to be insulted, so there's that, he doesn't need we few who have issues with him.
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Fergenaprido wrote: September 27th, 2020, 2:30 pm Cinewest, could you please try to be more respectful of other people's tastes in film? Just because someone doesn't like a film you adore, or likes a film you loathe, is no reason to disparage their taste and declare the superiority of your opinion over everyone else's. I find it tiresome and pretentious, and it feels pervasive in that you seem to bring this attitude into every thread you participate in. I don't think it fosters a positive group discussion on films, and while this is certainly only my perception, I'd be surprised if I was the only one who feels this way.

To be clear, I'm not saying you should stop posting - I think you do have valuable and positive things to contribute - I would just ask you to be nicer when you do. Please.
I apologize, Fergenaprido. And I think it best that I probably leave this board, at least for a good while- until I can adjust my attitude to conform more with the vibe here.
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@OldAle,

You are the master of putting words into people’s mouths and offloading your own issues onto others while assuming you speak for the group.
Perhaps you do, but let me assure you that I am not your father, and you do not know me as well as you think you do, and you should really stop trying to “explain me” to others in an effort to validate your own negative feelings toward me.

As I wrote to fergie, it’s probably best that I leave this board or at least these threads that frustrate me so

And no, it is not a difference of opinion, though it would be nice to connect more often with others on films.

It has more to do with the lack of actual film Dialogue-actual examination and discussion. So maybe if I do continue to participate, confining myself to the podcast discussions might be the best place for me to stay
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Always forget to participate in this.. I actually have a lot of favourites from this year so surprised at all the nay-saying. 26 faves out of 115 seen. Though, I haven't seen a single film from 2008 since 2014 so take it a with a grain of salt--I'm only still certain about #1.

1. Cloverfield (2008)
2. Alien Raiders (2008)
3. Deadgirl (2008)
4. Mum & Dad (2008)
5. In Bruges (2008)
6. Iron Man (2008)
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
8. Baghead (2008)
9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
10. Entre les murs (2008)
11. Hancock (2008)
12. How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)
13. Taken (2008)
14. Linkeroever (2008)
15. Sexykiller, morirás por ella (2008)
16. Milk (2008)
17. Eden Lake (2008)
18. Man on Wire (2008)
19. Dance of the Dead (2008)
20. Ghost Town (2008)

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1. Superhero Movie
2. Smáfuglar
3. Scorched
4. The Daisy Chain
5. Låt den rätte komma in
6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
7. Saw V
8. Yip Man
9. Never Back Down
10. Transporter 3
11. Hansie: A True Story
12. Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
13. The Dark Knight
14. The Happening
15. Tinker Bell
16. Disaster Movie
17. Babylon A.D.
18. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
19. Quarantine
20. Bedtime Stories

1. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426592/
2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1253563/
3. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217643/
4. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129415/
5. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/
6. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499448/
7. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132626/
8. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/
9. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023111/
10. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129442/
11. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1099200/
12. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259998/
13. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/
14. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0949731/
15. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0823671/
16. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213644/
17. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364970/
18. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373051/
19. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1082868/
20. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0960731/
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Rufus-T wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 7:47 pm
lynchs wrote: September 21st, 2020, 1:08 pm Hi all,

only liked 3 from this year,

Tunnel Rats
The Sun and the Moon
Far Cry

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Add two more you don't hate plus the IMDb links, and those 3 films will be counted :thumbsup:
2 Uwe Boll movies and a Dwoskin, given how voracious a viewer Lynchs is and the the strangeness of choices, I think this is a prank ballot.
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Rufus-T wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 7:47 pm
lynchs wrote: September 21st, 2020, 1:08 pm Hi all,

only liked 3 from this year,

Tunnel Rats
The Sun and the Moon
Far Cry

:thumbsup:
Add two more you don't hate plus the IMDb links, and those 3 films will be counted :thumbsup:
minimum of 5 ok :thumbsup:

Tunnel Rats
The Sun and the Moon
Far Cry
Within Mirrors
Gabbla

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matthewscott8 wrote: September 28th, 2020, 10:18 am
Rufus-T wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 7:47 pm
lynchs wrote: September 21st, 2020, 1:08 pm Hi all,

only liked 3 from this year,

Tunnel Rats
The Sun and the Moon
Far Cry

:thumbsup:
Add two more you don't hate plus the IMDb links, and those 3 films will be counted :thumbsup:
2 Uwe Boll movies and a Dwoskin, given how voracious a viewer Lynchs is and the the strangeness of choices, I think this is a prank ballot.
:woot: I had a lot of fun with those two Boll's movies ! I'm actually serious :cowbow:
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01. Night and Day (Hong Sang-soo)
02. Of Time and the City (Terence Davies)
03. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
04. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
05. Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes)
06. Burn After Reading (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
07. Involuntary (Ruben Östlund)
08. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
09. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
10. Death Race (Paul W.S. Anderson)
11. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
12. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
13. WALL·E (Andrew Stanton)
14. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
15. The Juche Idea (Jim Finn)
16. The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan)
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Normally, I never participate in these year-polls or decade stuff (if it's not the currently ending one). I came along by accident and was shocked to see how low-regarded The Dark Knight here is, once again, so I only partake to give my favorite blockbuster of the last 15 years a boost. :folded: Tssss!

1. The Dark Knight
2. WALL·E
3. Ponyo [Gake no ue no Ponyo]
4. Synecdoche, New York
5. Vals Im Bashir
6. Tropic Thunder
7. In Bruges
8. The Chaser [Chugyeokja]
9. Hunger
10. Burn After Reading
11. Martyrs
12. Berlin Calling
13. Gran Torino 
14. Changeling
15. The Wrestler 
16. Religulous
17. Wendy and Lucy
18. Until the Light Takes Us
19. Anvil: The Story of Anvil 
20. South Park: Imaginationland 

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By the way: I don't really want to start a discussion like "mainstream vs. arthouse", "objectively good films" and all of that. But while it can be common on this board, or rather across all of ICM and more generally, cinephiles, to ridicule popular movies which may be average by some definition or too simple/formulaic/stupid, I'll just share with you some of the WORST films I've rated from 2008 :wacko: :

128. Meet the Spartans
127. Disaster Movie
126. Superhero Movie
125. The Hottie & the Nottie
119. Far Cry
122. 100 Million BC

Seriously, I dare you to sit through these and call movies with 8.0+ on IMDb "trash" again. :X
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The poll will end sometime during the week, most likely latter part of the week. You can add a ballot or edit the exist one until the poll is officially closed.

I will send PM to remind those who did not post the IMDb links, and one more reminder before the poll closes.
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I'll add links later, posting since I will definitely forget if I don't. Looking at this list I'm not at all convinced this reflects how I'd rank them now, but we'll go with it.

1. Still Walking (2008)
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
3. Night and Day (2008)
4. Let the Right One In (2008)
5. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
6. Pontypool (2008)
7. WALL·E (2008)
8. Presto (2008)
9. Hunger (2008)
10. Les Plages d'Agnès (2008)
11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
12. Signs (2008)
13. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
14. Okuribito (2008)
15. I Am So Proud of You (2008)
16. In Bruges (2008)
17. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
18. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
19. Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008)
20. Ip Man (2008)

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De ofrivilliga
L'heure d'été
Synecdoche, New York
Liverpool
Delta
The Pleasure of Being Robbed
Happy-Go-Lucky
Wendy and Lucy
Un Lac
Martyrs
Love Exposure
Låt den rätte komma in
Gake no ue no Ponyo
The Class
Le silence de Lorna
Les plages d'Agnès
The Wresteler
Tsumiki no ie
Vals Im Bashir
Hunger

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Some HMs
Gomorrah
35 rhums
Anvil
Pontypool
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Revanche
Three Monkeys
Tokyo Gore Police
Lake Mungo ´
Frygtelig lykkelig
Somers Town
Sauna
Vinyan
Red
Leonera
Dream
Detroit Metal City
Mina olin siin
Otto; or, Up with Dead People
Los bastardos
Muukalainen
Jesus Christus Erlöser
In Bruges
Hurt Locker
Man on Wire
The Dark Knight
Cloverfield
Role Models
Doubt
Bronson
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Mmm I think this will be it for me -

TOP 20

1. Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure (Sion Sono)
2. Melancholia (Lav Diaz)
3. Shirin (Abbas Kiarostami)
4. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
5. Of Time and the City (Terence Davies)
6. Man on Wire (James Marsh)
7. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)

8. Now Showing (Raya Martin)
9. Speed Racer (the Wachowskis)
10. Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnes (Agnès Varda)
11. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Joss Whedon)
12. Il y a longtemps que je t'aime / I've Loved You So Long (Philippe Claudel)
13. Jerusalema (Ralph Ziman)
14. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
15. Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
16. Anvil: The Story of Anivl (Sacha Gervasi)
17. Tsumiki no ie / The House of Small Cubes (Kunio Kato)
18. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
19. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
20. Chocolate (Pracha Pinkaew)

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Performances of the Year

Takahiro Nishijima and Hikari Mitsushima in Ai no mukidashi
Angeli Bayani and Perry Dizon in Melancholia
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York
Ness Roque in Now Showing
María Onetto in La mujer sin cabeza
Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein in Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan in Happy-Go-Lucky

Worst of the Year

Disaster Movie. After seeing this I don't know that it's even possible to watch another Friedberg/Seltzer film. Uwe Boll is a master in comparison.

HM

The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon; The Hurt Locker; Imburnal; In Bruges; Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom; Låt den rätte komma in; La mujer sin cabeza; Pontypool; Presto; Revolutionary Road; Spanky: To the Pier and Back; Treevenge; Vals im Bashir; The Wrestler

Want List

35 rhums; Aruitemo aruitemo; Avaze gonjeshk-ha; Be hamin sadegi; Burn After Reading; El cant dels ocells; C'est pas moi, je le jure!; Le Chant des Mariées; Che; Cheraghi dar meh; Chi bi; Chugyeokja; Il divo; Entre les murs; Er shi si cheng ji; Gomorrah; L'heure d'été; Hunger; Jerichow; Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu; Un lac; Lake Tahoe; Liverpool; Manila; Martyrs; Me and Orson Welles; Muallaf; Next Attraction; Ong Bak 2; The Poker House; Redbelt; Revanche; Serbis; Shiva; Le silence de Lorna; Stilyagi; The Stoning of Soraya M; Teza; Tokyo Sonata; Trilogia II: I skoni tou hronou; Two Lovers; A Wednesday

Special Priority: Mond Sonne Blume Spiel

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I feel like I've only begun to explore this year - or, indeed, the latter part of this decade. I managed my goal of 100 films seen (this is my goal for every year we do basically, though I'm usually too far away from years prior to WWII to really make the effort) but the more I looked at others' lists and what was out there, the more frustrated I became that I just wasn't going to see even a fraction of what looked worthwhile. One thing that strikes me as rather remarkable is that there seem to be significant films from virtually every important filmmaking country for this year - none of the top, say, 25-35 countries is lacking in at least 1-2 really intriguing titles and many of the second-tier countries, like the Philippines from which I saw 3 contenders in the last couple of days, are awash in greatness or near-greatness. Which help to make up for a paucity of really worthwhile stuff from Hollywood.

Three of my top 10 clock in at between 237 and 450 minutes, and this might be the longest top 2 for any year for me. Long and slow rules!
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OldAle1 wrote: October 4th, 2020, 2:26 pm Worst of the Year

Disaster Movie. After seeing this I don't know that it's even possible to watch another Friedberg/Seltzer film. Uwe Boll is a master in comparison.
To imagine they had Meet the Spartans in theaters the same year (!) and Epic Movie just shortly before and all of them were successful at the box office is mind-bending.
But take a look at these Rotten scores, hehe.
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I'm seriously relieved that this chapter of American pop culture is over. I started to question, um, everything. :pinch:
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In alphabetical order:
Appaloosa (Harris)
A Christmas Tale (Desplechin)
The Class (Cantet)
Extraordinary Stories (Llinas)
Four Nights with Anna (Skolimowski)
Frost/Nixon (Howard)
Gran Torino (Eastwood)
The Happening (Shyamalan)
The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
I've Loved You So Long (Claudel)
JCVD (El Mechri)
Let the Right One In (Alfredson)
Mid-August Lunch (Di Gregorio)
Nights in Rodanthe (Wolfe)
The Reader (Daldry)
Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle)
Still Walking (Koreeda)
Summer Hours (Assayas)
Teza (Gerima)
Versailles (Schoeller)
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993789/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1068646/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225831/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225290/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870111/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0949731/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1068649/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130988/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277728/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0956038/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976051/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1087578/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0836700/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1284592/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132607/
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1. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
2. In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)
3. Sita Sings the Blues (Nina Paley)
4. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
5. Pontypool (Bruce McDonald)
6. Departures (Yôjirô Takita)
7. Kâbê (Yôji Yamada)
8. Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry)
9. Martyrs (Pascal Laugier)
10. 35 Rhums (Claire Denis)
11. Appaloosa (Ed Harris)
12. Lorna's Silence (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
13. White Night Wedding (Baltasar Kormákur)
14. Jerichow (Christian Petzold)
15. Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone)
16. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
17. Bronson (Nicolas Winding Refn)
18. Cloverfield(Matt Reeves)
19. Terribly Happy (Henrik Ruben Genz)
20. Revanche (Götz Spielmann)
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Not a very good year for me. Tons of films I like a lot, but none that I am super-passionate about, which makes creating a ranked list a nightmare (but I've tried). That said, 2008 is the only year from 1966-2018 from which I have seen less than 100 films, so maybe I should see a few more before making any final calls...

RANKED

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790799/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976051/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0861689/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497465/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870111/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320238/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226681/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1068646/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172570/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765432/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1151384/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013607/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974977/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029234/

Sita Sings the Blues
Love Exposure
In Bruges
$9.99
The Hurt Locker
The Reader
Blindness
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Frost/Nixon
Gran Torino
Breakup.com
WALL-E
Pontypool
The Class
Bronson
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Otto, or Up with Dead People
Idiots and Angels
Bad Biology
Martyrs
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Oh, Skhizein, one of my favorite short films. Good call :)
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