From Atlantis to Interzone


2009 in Review
January 1, 2010, 10:37 pm
Filed under: Film

Generally a pretty bad year in my life, but a good one for me film-wise.

Number of films seen: 262
Number of films seen for the first time: 213

25 Best Films Seen for the First Time in 2009


La belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette, 1991)


The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003)


Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009)


A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)


The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway, 1989)


Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996)


Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)


The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)


Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai, 1995)


Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)


Une femme est une femme (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)


Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)


I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932)


Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)


A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)


The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979)


Orphée (Jean Cocteau, 1950)


Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)


The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)


Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008)


The Red Shoes (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1948)


Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)


Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)


Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)


The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979)

10 Worst First Time Viewings of 2009
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Crank (2006)
Date Movie (2006)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
High School Musical 2 (2007)
The Mill on the Floss (1997)
The Road to God Knows Where (1990)
Surrogates (2009)
Tormented (2009)
What Just Happened (2008)

I don’t know what I was thinking either.

TV Gems Delved Into This Year
The Wire
True Blood
The Thick of It

Finally, here are the results regarding my progress with that list of directors I posted at the end of 2008: directors who, at the time, I had not seen a single film by.

Robert Bresson
– A Man Escaped (1956)
Carl Dreyer
Sergei Eisenstein
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

– Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
– The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
D.W. Griffith
Hou Hsiao-Hsien

– The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Buster Keaton
Guy Maddin
Tsai Ming-Liang

– The Wayward Cloud (2005)
Kenji Mizoguchi
F.W. Murnau
– Nosferatu (1922)
– Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
François Ozon
Satyajit Ray

Carol Reed
– The Third Man (1949)
Jean Renoir
Jacques Rivette

– La belle noiseuse (1991)
Eric Rohmer
A Good Marriage (1982)
Vittorio De Sica
Douglas Sirk

All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Andrei Tarkovsky
Solaris (1972)
Jean Vigo
Luchino Visconti

William Wyler
– Roman Holiday (1953)

Here’s to a new decade, and whatnot. Perhaps I’ll update with actually substantial material more often this year.

No, I don’t believe I will actually will either.

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6 Comments so far
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Great movies are great.

Comment by tripzone

Couple of my very favourites there. :)

Comment by monoursblanc

I’m happy to have pleased you.

Comment by spengo

Your first cap sure is a great way to pull in more viewers. :P

I need to see Une femme est une femme, looks lovely.

Comment by DJ Rkod

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We saw a lot of the same movies in 2009. I love you.

Comment by vonsamuel




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