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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Favorite movies of the aughts, 69-60

69 Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006)
68 Auberge Espagnole L' (Cédric Klapisch, 2002)
67 Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005)
66 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
65 Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller, 2008)
64 Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso, 2002)
63 Namesake, The (Mira Nair, 2006)
62 Lives of Others, The (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
61 Catch a Fire (Philip Noyce, 2006)
60 About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, 2002)

Wow, what a week in news, especially here in the Palmetto State!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Favorite movies of the aughts, 79-70

Here's the next batch:
79 Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2006)
78 Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
77 Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, 2000)
76 Japanese Story (Sue Brooks, 2003)
75 In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
74 In This World (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)
73 Eight Below (Frank Marshall, 2006)
72 Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
71 Shattered Glass (Billy Ray, 2003)
70 Bus 174 (José Padilha, Filipe Lacerda, 2003)

Yup, there's the dog movie! And puppet sex! And worthless Alec Baldwin!

Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima were both part of the Pacific theater, so here's a video from Guadalcanal Diary!

In honor of Antipodean Toni Collette, star of Japanese Story, here's a great song from her compatriots, Hoodoo Gurus:

Oh, how awesome was Stephen Colbert's basic training?

Monday, June 08, 2009

My favorite movies of the aughts, 89-80

Okay, here' s the next batch!

89 Urbania (Jon Shear, 2000)

88 Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, 2005)
87 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005)
86 Pianist, The (Roman Polanski, 2002)
85 Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
84 Bright Young Things, (Stephen Fry, 2004)
83 Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
82 Queen, The (Stephen Frears, 2006)
81 Possession (Neil LaBute, 2002)
80 Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004)

Here's a clip of Mathieu Almaric breakdancing in Kings and Queen. He's so awesome.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

My favorite films of the aughts (so far) 100-90

Yeah, I'm a blog slacker. Blame Facebook.

Well, for one of the movie sites at which I mostly lurk these days, we were asked to come up with our top 100 movies from 2000-2009. An aggregate list is in the process of being tabulated. Given my oddball tastes, I doubt that many will make the final cut. So I will share with you my list, ten at a time.

100 Starter for Ten (Tom Vaughan, 2006)

99 Pursuit of Happyness, The (Gabriele Muccino, 2006)
98 Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel, 2000)
97 Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2005)

96 Thirteen Days (Roger Donaldson, 2000)
95 Venus (Roger Michell, 2006)

94 Intimacy (Patrice Chereau, 2001)

93 Keane (Lodge Kerrigan, 2004)

92 Mondays in the Sun (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002)
91 Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)

90 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher, 2001)

Intimacy trailer--not really safe for work. There's a lot of sex in the movie, so what do you expect?

Starter for Ten trailer--yes, I realize that James McAvoy is probably too old for this role, but he's so darn cute he pulls it off.

Keane trailer--Damian Lewis does crazy well.

I just realized this end of the list contains two Javier Bardem movies.