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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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The Skin I Live In

Posted by Web Manager on November 17, 2011

Pedro Almodovar 2011

Crazy like only Pedro can be, psychotic perhaps, and somehow at the same time as simple a story as you can imagine.

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Vicky Christina Barcelona

Posted by Web Manager on January 6, 2010

Woody Alllen 2008

I’ve watched it like three times now and I still can’t find anything wrong with it. Also I think it’s Scarlett Johansson’s best performance yet – she seems to be getting better under Woody’s care.

 

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Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos)

Posted by Web Manager on July 12, 2009

Pedro Almodovar 2009

I feel like not enough people are talking about this movie and how good it is. Watching Penelope Cruz is always fun, but watching her in an Almodovar film is something else.  Pedro is a master in full possession of his abilities, and Cruz is a once-in-a-generation actress, equal parts grace and empathy, who does more than simply bring characters to life. She brings them to super-life, a place only a handful of directors like Almodovar are capable of taking us. This is a movie for the big screen – make a special effort to see it in the cinema.

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All About My Mother

Posted by Web Manager on May 2, 2009

Pedro Almodovar 1999

Almodovar closes this film with a dedication: “To all the women who have played actresses… who can act… to men who act and become women… to all the people who want to be mothers… to my mother .”  Like the movie, which being an Almodovar movie has some amazing things going for it (eg. when the doctors from the training video sit Manuela down to discuss organ transplants a second time), the dedication is probably a little too meta for its own good.  As far as mothers go, it bothered me that the primary vehicle Pedro used to explore mothers’ love was the death of the child. It felt a little cloying after a while, despite the overall filmmaking being so good. I think that’s why I liked VOLVER better.  It explores the action of motherhood, whereas in this film motherhood is either anticipated, ignored, or lost in grief.  And the whole idea that the social worker nun played by Penelope Cruz would have sex with an HIV-positive transsexual prostitute is a little hard to swallow, if you will.  Or maybe Lola, when we finally see her, just doesn’t live up to her reputation.

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Talk To Her

Posted by Web Manager on March 21, 2009

Pedro Almodovar 2002

that tickles

Just watched Hable con Ella in the afternoon, impromptu, while waiting for the curry and turmeric to seep into the chicken on the burners. The host had a few interesting titles in her collection, and in fact I tried to watch MULHOLLAND DRIVE first, but the DVD player made an editorial decision. TALK TO HER was our unanimous second choice.  It’s the third time I’ve seen the film.  The first was in the theater, and I remember liking it, but not especially.  The second time I watched it was more unintentional, though not quite as unintentional as this time, and I liked it even better, perhaps, I might say I especially liked it. This time I can say without reservation that I loved it. Almodovar, for all the due he gets, might still be the most underrated living filmmaker I can think of. TALK TO HER is pretty much a perfect movie. If you’ve seen it and you don’t agree with me, I understand; after all I was once like you. Fucky’s advice is simple: see it again, if only for one of my favorite all time lines, delivered into a telephone receiver by the receptionist who works for Alicia’s father, and heard only by Benigno as he sits and waits (“I just had an elephant-sized dump”).

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