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Amour

Posted by Web Manager on January 25, 2013

Michael Haneke 2012

amourEveryone is getting behind this film and for good reason. Go out and see it in the theater if you can.

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Un Flic

Posted by Web Manager on January 25, 2013

Jean-Pierre Melville 1972

un flicUN FLIC means “a cop” not “a flick,” though it would make more sense if it were the latter.  We’re supposed to believe that Alain Delon is a police superintendent who with one slap can instill fear in the hearts of hardened criminals.  This in addition to the model helicopter and train shots which even in 1972 I can’t believe Melville got away with.  But don’t get me wrong – the movie has it’s moments – I liked Delon most in his scenes with the cross-dressing informant. And as in LE CERCLE ROUGE, Melville’s better known heist film, the crime scenes are quiet, patient, maddeningly methodical, and super stylish.

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Best Films of 2011

Posted by Web Manager on December 30, 2012

Now that 2012 is coming to a close it’s time for Fucky Film Review’s TOP 25 FILMS of 2011 *

1. My favorite movie was A Separation. I was just absorbed in everything that happened in every scene.  Literally on the edge of my seat.

2. The Skin I Live in was probably my second favorite of the year.  I think I already reviewed it.

3. The Kid with a Bike. It’s rare to watch a film that moves without feeling pushed, with characters that are vivid and compelling and real.  I enjoy being manipulated by The Dardenne brothers.

A Separation

Fucky Favorite: A Separation

4. Got to go with Drive next, but I don’t have much to say about it.   It had a special kind of economy that shows itself here and there in other movies, but in Drive it was all the way through.

5. Lincoln Lawyer.  Surprise, right? This movie kind of owns it and I love the Bobby Blue Band Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City opening credits.

6. Donoma. The no-budget movie from France blew my mind. It was long as hell – I am not exaggerating at all, my watch stopped and I really thought I’d been in the theater for three and a half hours (aka hell). Still it was totally worth watching the parts they should have cut to see the rest.

7. Policeman.  Israeli film that probably played to an audience of about 5,000 worldwide.  Reviewed on Fucky.

8. Tree of Life. Thank God for Terrence Malick in 2011, but I groaned when the dinosaurs came out.

9. I would like to have hated Melancholia, just because it was so clear that I was supposed to like it, but I didn’t hate it at all. I liked it, mostly because it’s good, but also because it also had some of that Drive economy, especially in the first half.

Donoma - French Guerrilla Film

Donoma – French guerrilla film

10. Cedar Rapids. Maybe it’s not that good.  I just really liked it and you need a comedy in your top ten.

11. Bombay Beach.  Among the most beautiful documentaries I have ever seen – totally absorbing.

12. I didn’t enjoy Take Shelter very much but I kept thinking about it for days afterwards.

13. Hanna.  There have been a bunch of action movies lately about young girls who kill people.  That should be noted.  This is the one that works the best.

Bombay Beach – Gorgeous documentary

14. Carnage. Four great film actors, directed by one of the world’s greatest living directors, in an adaptation of Yazmina Reza’s play.  I’d rather have seen it as a play in the theater, but given that I didn’t, and that I might not, I’m glad I got to see it like this.

15. Descendants. I really liked the opening voice over. Afterwards it kind of goes downhill but there are little gifts along the way that make it OK.

16. Shame has some problems but I think they are problems that will seem less like problems over time, and over time this will be a great movie, and the mix of overwriting and underwriting and overacting and under-acting will sit better.

17. Living in a Material World.  Three hours of George Harrison – what could be bad?

18. Source Code.  Think I already reviewed it.

19.Contagion. Hyper and taut.

20. Barney’s Version.  A funny warm story about a Jew from Montreal who lived large, loved and lost.  I like that shit.

descendants

The Descendants. Clooney is confused.

21. Footnote. Israeli movie about intellectual rigor and father son dynamics. Very clever at times.

22. I like that the Bridesmaids never actually go to vegas. And I love Kristen Wiig.

23. Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  The only justified use of 3-D I’ve ever seen.  Werner Herzog is funny.

24. Le Havre. Kurosmaki’s sentimental tale about old men and immigration.

25. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Already reviewed it.

Special Mention: Moneyball, Certified Copy, In Time.

* NOTES ON THE FILMS I SAW AND THOSE I DIDN’T:

I saw Super 8, Hugo, Adjustment Bureau, X-Men First Class, Friends with Benefits, and the Muppets on planes.  I liked them all but I can’t really put them in this list because it’s like the worst possible way to experience a good movie (and the best possible way to experience a bad movie). Also I didn’t finish the Muppets.

There are so many films every year.  Here is a partial list of 2011 movies that I want to see but haven’t gotten around to yet:

Into the Abyss,Bill Cunningham New York, Pina, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Terri, The Future, Higher Ground, Meek’s Cutoff, House of Pleasures, Into the Abyss, The Interrupters, Margaret, Tabloid, The Arbor, Submarine, Win Win, Super, Hall Pass, Your Highness, The Conspirator, Straw Dogs, The Guard, Restless, Killer Elite, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher version), A Dangerous Method, The Devil’s Double, Attack the Block, My Week With Marilyn

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Carnage

Posted by Web Manager on December 10, 2011

Roman Polanski 2011

Not particularly cinematic, but not exactly theater on film either.  You get to see four great film actors (John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster) working with excellent material (an adaptation of Yazmina Reza’s play, The God of Carnage, about a meeting between two sets of parents following a scuffle among their respective sons), directed by one of the greatest living directors in the world.  I’d rather have seen it as a play in the theater, but given that I didn’t, and that I might not, I’m glad I got to see it like this.

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Enter the Void

Posted by Web Manager on November 17, 2011

Gaspar Noe 2009

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, on screen, via DMT. The descent down the staircase early in the film hooked me, and even if the film and its roving eye dragged on at times, it keeps its own rhythm and delivers a unique experience.

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The Double Life of Veronique

Posted by Web Manager on December 13, 2010

Krzysztof Kieslowski 1991

Kieslowski is one of the only directors who was ever able to take a character’s inner experience and convey it as a compelling film.  Highly recommended.

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The Rules of the Game

Posted by Web Manager on December 13, 2010

Jean Renoir 1939

Totally engrossing. Many party films have been made since this one, but none that I’ve seen is as good as THE RULES.

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Cache (Hidden)

Posted by Web Manager on November 28, 2010

Michael Haneke 2005

Suspenseful art film. High on intensity, low on satisfaction.

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The Prophet

Posted by Web Manager on May 16, 2010

Jacques Audiard 2009

Yep this is as good as people are saying. Not a-may-zing, like blow your mind incredible, but just a very good well-made film, which is not such a common thing.  My only complaint is that the plot was a little too predictable.  But this is more than made up for by so many good things about the movie, like pretty much everything else. The surrealist stuff was nice, especially the first anniversary of _____, with the happy birthday song in Arabic. And the actor who played the lead gave a smart and understated performance that kicked major ass.

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Un Femme Est Un Femme

Posted by Web Manager on May 6, 2010

Jean-Luc Godard 1961

The manager at my video store said this was his favorite Godard movie (mine, so far, is CONTEMPT – interestingly, the two films, which couldn’t be more different, are kind of about the same thing).  UN FEMME’s soundtrack is what I liked best – stopping, starting, overlapping and generally fucking with me just enough to make me smile. The film is very cheeky, a send-up of American musicals where nothing saves the day like a song. And while theoretically a cheeky  send up can’t be too cheeky, this one comes close, like when Jean-Paul Belmondo’s character says he’s staying in because they’re showing BREATHLESS (which had been released less than one year prior) on television. Other cheeky scenes, like when Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy take turns carrying  lamps around the apartment and using book titles to insult each other, are marginally more palatable.

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