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Comment Archives: Stories: Film: The Year in Film

Re: “In a year that saw several top directors warn of crisis, the hits kept coming

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Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Really glad Meek's Cutoff got a mention! Reichardt is a burgeoning talent.

Posted by jw9788a on 12/28/2011 at 7:51 AM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Tin Tin was probably the best animated movie in a long time

Posted by Chapel Hill Florist on 12/24/2011 at 4:42 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

I think the bluntness and bombast in Melancholia becomes less simplistic when you consider that it's in the service of confronting nothingness.

Posted by Nathan Gelgud on 12/22/2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

I'm always up for a Lars von Trier film, but in general, I like my not-so-approachable filmmakers to be a little less pushy with their themes, along with their camerawork, editing and music choices.

There are certainly unforgettable images in Melancholia.

Posted by David Fellerath, Indy Culture & Sports Editor on 12/22/2011 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Yes, I did notice. He's not included in the BAH!

I admit it's not a terribly approachable movie, but then again neither is any Kiarostami movie I've ever seen.

Posted by MichaelB on 12/22/2011 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Michael, my first excuse is that I hadn't seen it by deadline. But now that I have seen it, I'm still not sure I'm sold.

The person who saw it with me was *blown away*, though. And got the considerable humor in the film, too, which was mostly lost on me at the time.

I assume you noticed that Nathan Gelgud included Melancholia in his contribution to this article.

Posted by David Fellerath, Indy Culture & Sports Editor on 12/22/2011 at 12:19 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

BAH to all of you who didn't put Melancholia your lists. I know it's overblown, and I know Lars von Trier made a total ass of himself in promoting it, but interleaving of emotional identification and the merger of (yes, overt and blatantly obvious) metaphorical depression with vivid depiction of actual mental illness has been resonating with me since I saw it.

Posted by MichaelB on 12/22/2011 at 11:19 AM

Re: “The year's 10 best movies fused tradition and modernism

Man what a white Oscars it will be.

Posted by jw9788a on 12/29/2010 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The year's 10 best movies fused tradition and modernism

It would be nice to see more non-Western or non-narrative based films for once, there were so many great ones this year, to name a few: Apichatpong's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Godard's Film Socialisme, Enter the Void, Olivier Assayas' Carlos, Meek's Cutoff, Somos lo que hay, Dogtooth.

Posted by deux fois on 12/22/2010 at 9:05 PM

Re: “A decade of wonder and tumult

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Posted by Naviblue on 01/07/2010 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Worst Films of 2008

I actually found the glowing critical reception of WALL-E mystifying and was glad to see someone else call this movie out for being simplistic and condescending. As to the "surface story," I'd prefer not to have a global corporation (Disney) tell me about the "environmental degradation was caused by global corporations." Regardless of political content, creating a world with "skill using a brilliant visual pallet, outstanding sound effects and beautiful music" does not a good movie make.

Posted by bpleas on 01/05/2009 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Worst Films of 2008

Placing WALL E on the worst list is truly mystifying and makes me think either the reviewer slept through the film or has an extreme anti-Disney bias. WALL E tells a multi-layered tale the way a good film should: through a visual narrative accompanied by a tremendous score.On the surface the story is simple: earth is trashed, environmental degradation was caused by global corporations. The real story goes beyond that: how do we find love in a lonely world taken over by technology; how is our aesthetic sense nullified by pervasive marketing; how is our individuality threatened by globalization. What film this year created its own world with such skill using a brilliant visual pallet, outstanding sound effects and beautiful music. WALL E, as animation, went far beyond Pixar's normal high quality entertainment and moved modern animation into a new realm. Unfortunately your reviewer's sophomoric review didn't come close to matching WALL E's quality.

Posted by pdeblin on 01/04/2009 at 10:58 AM

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