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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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Deserted Station

Posted by Web Manager on April 21, 2010

Alireza Raisian 2002

Very sparse and poetic, about a couple who get stranded in a remote town when their kickass late 80’s Chevy Blazer breaks down.  It’s hard to take your eyes off of Leila Hatami, who plays the wife. I rented this thinking I was getting an Abbas Kiarostami movie, but it was clear very early on that I’d been duped (it’s just based on a short story he wrote).  There’s nothing wrong with this film, but given how many fucking films there fucking are to watch sometimes I feel a little shortchanged when one as good looking and intelligent as this fails to land a punch.

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Close-Up

Posted by Web Manager on February 22, 2009

Abbas Korastami 1990

No that’s not Ahmadinejad.  It’s Hossein (Ali) Sabizan, a real person (not an actor) (but quite an actor) who impersonated the well known Iranian filmmaker Moshen Makhmalbaf and was put on trial for fraud. Korastami heard about the case, filmed the trial, and convinced all those involved to help him make a movie about Sabizan’s strange case. CLOSE-UP is widely regarded as a masterpiece, and for good reason. With playful flair, Korastami uses Sabizan’s story to get at the root of eternal questions about where life and art converge.

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