Classic Film : Top films of 2009?

Top films of 2009?

These were my excellent rates of 2009, what were yours?

Amer (2009 - Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani)
Mavro livadi / Black Field (2009 - Vardis Marinakis)
Redland (2009 - Asiel Norton)
Hadewijch (2009 - Bruno Dumont)
Material (2009 - Thomas Heise)
Into The Unknown (2009 - Deimantas Narkevičius)
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 - Julian Jarrold)
1 (2009 - Pater Sparrow)
Bakjwi / Thirst (2009 - Chan-wook Park)
Melodiya dlya sharmanki / Melody for a Street Organ (2009 - Kira Muratova)
Bunny and the Bull (2009 - Paul King)
Fish Tank (2009 - Andrea Arnold)
Das Vaterspiel / Kill Daddy Good Night (2009 - Michael Glawogger)
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009 - Peter Liechti)
Io sono l'amore / I Am Love (2009 - Luca Guadagnino)
Darbareye Elly / About Elly (2009 - Asghar Farhadi)
Ketamin - Hinter dem Licht / Ketamine - Behind the Light (2009 - Carsten Aschmann)
A Single Man (2009 - Tom Ford)
I Come with the Rain (2009 - Tran Anh Hung)
Splice (2009 - Vincenzo Natali)
Tatarak / Sweet Rush (2009 - Andrzej Wajda)
General Orders No. 9 (2009 - Robert Persons)
Ruhr (2009 - James Benning)
Louise Michel / The Rebel, Louise Michel (2009 - Sólveig Anspach)
Trash Humpers (2009 - Harmony Korine)
The Limits of Control (2009 - Jim Jarmusch)
Enter The Void (2009 - Gaspar Noé)
Nothing Personal (2009 - Urszula Antoniak)
Bellamy / Inspector Bellamy (2009 - Claude Chabrol)
Sphinx on the Seine (2009 - Paul Clipson)
Visage / Face (2009 - Tsai Ming-Liang)
Corridors of Echoes (2009 - Tatsushi Tahara)
Strella / A Woman's Way (2009 - Panos H. Koutras)
Katalin Varga (2009 - Peter Strickland)
The Exploding Girl (2009 - Bradley Rust Gray)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009 - Isabel Coixet)

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Alpha order

(500) Days of Summer (2009) / Marc Webb
Darbareye Elly (2009) (About Elly) / Asghar Farhadi
Fish Tank (2009) / Andrea Arnol
Fisshu sutôrî (2009) (Fish Story) / Yoshihiro Nakamura
Flickan som lekte med elden (2009) (The Girl Who Played With Fire) / Daniel Alfredson
The Girlfriend Experience (2009) / Steven Soderbergh
In the Loop (2009) / Armando Iannucci
Hamlet (2009) / Gregory Doren
The Informant! (2009) / Steven Soderbergh
Luftslottet som sprängdes (2009) (lit. The Castle In The Air That Exploded) (The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest) / Daniel Alfredson
Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) (lit. Men Who Hate Women; U.S., Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) / Niels Arden Oplev
The Messenger (2009) / Oren Moverman
Moon (2009) / Duncan Jones
La Nana (2009) (The Maid) / Sebastián Silva
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009) / Julian Jerrold
El secreto de sus ojos (2009) (The Secret In Their Eyes) / Juan José Campanella
Shi yue wei cheng (2009) (Bodyguards And Assassins) / Teddy Chan
Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (2009) (Eccentricities Of A Blonde-Haired Girl) / Manoel de Oliveira
Star Trek (2009) / J.J. Abrams
36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (2009) (lit. 36 Views Of Pic Saint Loup; U.S. title: Around A Small Mountain) / Jacques Rivette
Vincere (2009) / Marco Bellocchio
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) (The White Ribbon) / Michael Haneke

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2009 quest still going, eh? I don't think I've seen any films from that year since the last time you posted this on FG. Looks like that thread dropped off...if you have my last list saved, it's likely the same. If not I can maybe reconstitute it. A good half of the ones I haven't seen from your list are ones I want to, including Amer, Hadewijch, Melodiya dlya sharmanki, Darbareye Elly, A Single Man, Ruhr, Visage, Katalin Varga, The Exploding Girl. Someday...




Here's to the fools who dream

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Yeah it's still going for damned sure, still sourcing films and watching great stuff, it will be carrying on until at least 2020 I would say. You would probably appreciate Redland I imagine, scared any distributor off with its opening scene I would say, but has more success in it's Malickianness than any Malick film I've seen. I stupidly let the other thread die yes. Btw if you want any current thread immortalised kindly perception_de_ambiguity has the ability to do so.

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I(n some haste, excuse me, I might be overlooking a few things, but here's a quick best-of list - unranked, of course.

About Elly
Bad Day to Go Fishing
Beeswax
Dark Country
Duplicity
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Kimjongilia
Korkoro
The Messenger
No One Knows About Persian Cats

(If I answered this question for you before, it was probably nearly the same list.)


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Korkoro has got me very excited, haven't heard much mention of that. The story looks very intriguing. Dark Country is on my radar from the Amerarkana thread.

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My latest addition, and a great film, is 'The Pursuit of What Was' by Ya-li Huang, which I described as "strangely moving nature-centric tone poem" and "wordless avant-garde short".
'Daria' by Shiho Kano incidentally is along similar lines and also Japanese. Also good stuff.


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I can't find availability on either of those, where did you find them?

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PM coming up shortly.

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A Single Man is probably my favorite of the year. Haven't seen any of your other choices, or even heard of most of them. Others I liked from this year:

City of Life and Death (aka Nanjing! Nanjing!) - Chuan Lu
Coraline - Henry Selick
The Cove - Louie Psihoyos
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson
Humpday - Lynn Shelton
The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow
In the Loop - Armando Iannucci
The Last Station - Michael Hoffman
Moon - Duncan Jones
Mr. Nobody - Jaco Van Dormael
Ponyo - Hayao Miyazaki
The Road - John Hillcoat
Up - Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Vision (Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen) - Margarethe von Trotta

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I went to a couple of film festivals that year, plus a lot of this stuff went the cult route, i.e. played to 2 cinemas but word has gradually got around amongst groups of obsessives.

All About Elly either didn't get reviewed or got terrible reviews at release, but somehow has been rediscovered, and can be routinely seen on favourites lists and 21st century all time lists. Maybe because the director came into favour with later movies.

These ones essentially didn't get released into cinemas, or only in their country of origin, or were on the tv, or at very obscure film festivals. I've had to do a huge amount of research to find them, only one of them did I actually see in 2009:

Mavro livadi / Black Field (2009 - Vardis Marinakis)
Redland (2009 - Asiel Norton)
Material (2009 - Thomas Heise)
Into The Unknown (2009 - Deimantas Narkevičius)
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 - Julian Jarrold)
1 (2009 - Pater Sparrow)
Melodiya dlya sharmanki / Melody for a Street Organ (2009 - Kira Muratova)
Das Vaterspiel / Kill Daddy Good Night (2009 - Michael Glawogger)
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009 - Peter Liechti)
General Orders No. 9 (2009 - Robert Persons)
Louise Michel / The Rebel, Louise Michel (2009 - Sólveig Anspach)
Sphinx on the Seine (2009 - Paul Clipson)
Corridors of Echoes (2009 - Tatsushi Tahara)
Strella / A Woman's Way (2009 - Panos H. Koutras)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009 - Isabel Coixet)

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I would be surprised to see a review of About Elly by a film critic who actually thought it was terrible, because the rediscovery has been so positive: 67 fresh tomato, 1 rotten tomato critic reviews (top critics: 25 fresh, 0 rotten).

Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre and the Korean comedy Castaway on the Moon are decent films that were mentioned in the expired thread.

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Hehe look at this from Nick James no less!!

A Separation shows Asghar Farhadi to be a much greater talent than About Elly suggested
The critics mostly only bothered to watch it after A Separation came out though

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Since I seem to be stuck recommending avant-garde shorts to you:

'Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis' by Daïchi Saïto, funnily made by yet another Japanese (although living in Canada). And it actually is kind of like a flicker version of 'The Pursuit of What Was'.

'Phantoms of Nabua' by Joe

And have you looked into 'Trains Are for Dreaming' by Jennifer Todd Reeves yet?


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