top 10s

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Top 10 from Manhattan!

Bruce is our New York City Board member, and he's sent his Top 10 along for your perusal...

  1. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
  2. ALEXANDRA
  3. LOVE SONGS
  4. XXY
  5. THE ORDER OF MYTHS
  6. CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY
  7. I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
  8. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
  9. MY WINNIPEG
  10. REPRISE

The Sixteen in the Top 10!

For my year-end list, I always have a somewhat arbitrary cut-off point numerically for my Top 10, but it's actually not all that arbitrary. These 16 films are the best of the year's films for me... the ones that made the most impact and from there there is a definitive drop-off. So without further ado...

  1. Jellyfish
  2. Let the Right One In
  3. My Winnipeg
  4. Synecdoche, New York
  5. The Tracey Fragments
  6. Monkey Warfare
  7. Happy-Go-Lucky
  8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
  9. The Visitor
  10. I've Loved You So Long
  11. Chris & Don: A Love Story
  12. Blindness
  13. The Axe in the Attic
  14. XXY
  15. Billy the Kid
  16. The Band's Visit

Peg Offers Up 8 Films to Remember from 2008

There are a lot of "big" films I haven't seen yet and some that have been getting way too much attention, so I will focus simply on what I liked best so far.

In no particular order:

  1. Synechdoche, New York (Heartbreaking, provocative, sad, funny, horrific, inscrutable, distressingly strange and achingly authentic--if this film does not cement Charlie Kaufman's reputation as a true cinema auteur, nothing will.)
  2. Iron Man (Not an action film or comics buff by nature, I loved this, its hammy performances and stunning special effects, and it was great to see Robert Downey, Jr. in such fine form.)
  3. Doubt (John Patrick Shanley brings a theatre director's intensity and subtlety to this intense chamber piece, full of dreariness and misplaced passion; it often feels like it's not a film at all, but some sort of diorama, that makes us tilt our heads and draw up our collars and cluck our tongues in sympathy.)
  4. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (I have been bothered by critics who have dismissed this out of hand for its admittedly heavy-handed conceit; but the film itself is beautifully-balanced and the acting is very strong, particularly David Thewlis as a reasonable man asked to do insane things, who ought to be conflicted but isn't. This film is suspenseful and unforgettable.)
  5. Happy-go-lucky (I have been a fan of "newcomer" Sally Hawkins for years now and she's a wonder in this role where a lesser actress might have seemed shallow. Mike Leigh continues to improve with age, refining his mise-en-scene and adding unexpected touches this time around: a colorful palette, conversational Altmanesque dialogue, moments of gentle inconsequentiality punctuated with sputtering rage. Eddie Marsdan has the face of a troglodyte and the soul of a poet and is easily one of the finest English actors working now.)
  6. Under the Same Moon (Charming, contagious, white-knuckle storytelling full of sentimental silliness. A boy travels from Mexico to Los Angeles to find his mother meeting every possible misfortune along the way with humor and aplomb; simply delightful.)
  7. Khadak (Minimal, mythic, desolate and depressing. The story of a young shaman forced to leave his pastoral village for a bleak urban existence, and the young rebels he encounters there. Brutal yet uplifting.)
  8. 8. Milk (Just awesome.)

That's all I got for now. Maybe more when I get caught up on some viewing.

One from Japan...

Tom sends his Top 10 in from Japan... and as one might suspect, the films he gets to see are a little different that ours. Here's what he has to say.

I know that Lars and Blood came out in 2007 in the States, but we were busy in the last months of 2007 and they opened in Tokyo in 2008. My fave movie of 2006 is opening next week here.


The Best

20th Century Boys

The Best of the Rest

Gaku no Ue no Ponyo
Wall-E
Aruitemo Aruitemo
Lars and the Real Girl
The Sky Crawlers
Genius Party/Genius Party Beyond

The Rest of the Best

The Magic Hour
K-20: Kaijin 20-menso
Chou Gekijoban Keroro Gunso 3: Keroro vs. Keroro Tenku Dai Kessen de arimasu!
Major: Yujo no Winning Shot
There Will Be Blood
Recount

Biggest Disappointment

GS Wonderland

The "Please go away, Natalie Portman" Award

Natalie Portman

You think US move ticket prices are insane?

1800yen (US$18) to see a movie anywhere in Tokyo

Honorable Mention for Kicking Ass

Gene Simmons in Detroit Metal City

The greatest moment of my life

Meeting the director of Godzilla vs The Smog Monster

Sig of the Year

"Go! Metal Buffalo!"

The Painful Top 10!

Beth Caldwell reports that putting her Top 10 in order this year was PAINFUL, so I'm glad she didn't injure herself doing this.

  1. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
  2. THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS
  3. CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY
  4. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
  5. PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE
  6. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
  7. MY WINNIPEG
  8. WATER LILIES
  9. MONKEY WARFARE
  10. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

And so it begins.. Chlotrudis Members Pick Their Top Movies of 2008!

As the calendar page turns we look back at the previous year's films to pick our favorites. Now unlike the critics, Chlotrudis members usually report on their Top films of the previous year several weeks into the new year in order to see as many eligible films as possible. However the first entries of the year come from TC Kirckham and Kim Brown aka Popcorn 'n Roses have their own podcast called Subject:Cinema, and they're sent in their Top lists for 2008 already! They were the first Chlotrudis members to do so!

TC Kirkham, Co-Host
Subject:CINEMA
Baker's Dozen of 2008 (in alphabetical order):

Charlie Bartlett
Cloverfield
Crawford
The Dark Knight
The Forbidden Kingdom
Frost/Nixon
Iron Man
Milk
My Winnipeg
Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist
Paranoid Park (pictured right)
Speed Racer
WALL-E

Kim Brown, Co-host
Subject:CINEMA
Top 10 of 2008 (in alphabetical order):

Charlie Bartlett
The Dark Knight
In Bruges
Iron Man
Mamma Mia
My Winnipeg (pictured right)
Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist
Paranoid Park
Speed Racer
Tropic Thunder

The Top 10's are starting already!

Over at eugonline, indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez has posted his Top 10 of 2008 so far. Since we are over halfway through the year, and in a few short months, Chlotrudis members will be pondering nominations, Top 10 lists and what not, I thought I'd follow suit and share my own Top 10 of 2008 so far. Of course, given the nature of Chlotrudis, this is never a simple operation, so I'm going to post two Top 10 lists. The first will be my ten best movies that I've seen in 2008 so far, the other will be my ten best Chlotrudis-eligible films of 2008 so far. What are you favorites of the year so far?


My 10 Best Movies seen in 2008 so far! (in alphabetical order)

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS

THE AXE IN THE ATTIC
THE BAND'S VISIT
BLIND
CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (pictured right)
POSTCARDS FROM LENINGRAD
THEATER OF WAR
WATER LILIES

My 10 Best Chlotrudis-eligible Movies for 2008 so far! (in alphabetical order)

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS

THE AXE IN THE ATTIC
BLIND
CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY

JELLYFISH (pictured right)
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
MONKEY WARFARE
MY WINNIPEG
THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS
THE VISITOR

The Newbie's Top 10!

This Top 10 is from one of our newest members, Toni Pennacchia of Spoiler Alert Radio/MergingArts Productions.

Top Picks (there are still many great films that I have not seen):

Narrative Features:

  • The Orphanage
  • Persepolis
  • Just Like The Son
  • At Night (this is lower on the list only because it is a 40 minute short – it was nominated for the Oscar Live Action shorts and is in the vein of Lars Von Trier’s minimalist melodramatic films…)
  • Paprika
  • Man From Earth
  • The Lives of Others

Documentary Features:

Barbara's Top 10 of 2007

The Top 10s are coming fast and furious! Here's a Top 10 from Barbara Lonergan.

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. Away from Her
  4. Juno
  5. After the Wedding
  6. Letters from Iwo Jima
  7. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
  8. The Secret Life of Words
  9. Once
  10. Waitress

Tony's Top 10 Movies of 2007

This is the first year Tony Brighton has submitted his Top 10 films of the year. Let's take a look!

  1. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  2. Unconscious
  3. 12:08 East of Bucharest
  4. Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
  5. Fido
  6. Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple
  7. Protagonist
  8. God Grew Tired of Us
  9. Maxed Out
  10. Live-in Maid