DAMN IT TAKES ME SO LONG TO FOCUS. HERE ARE MY PICKS from what i saw. SOME OF ThEM MATCH THE CRITIC’S picks & SOME DO NOT. THESE ARE THE FILMS THAT I REMEMBER DIGGING. EACH OF THESE I WILL RE-WATCH OVER AND OVER. I SEE many FILMs A YEAR BECAuSE OF THE PAPER. THANKS TO TIM AND HARRY(fantastic fest), I HAVE LEARNED A GREAT WAY TO EXPERIENCE FILMS, and that is to do no research, thereby to make every screening a “secret screening.” I see some bombs this way but when I see something great it is an electrifying jolt of awesomeness. This usually only works in the festival setting. Here we go, in no order (if here I liked it.)
1. SUPER – i had a great time with this one at sxsw. the crimson bolt! i was sure this was gonna be huge. It died quickly. it is extreme, brutal and very harsh. I dig it
2. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – My favorite film of year. Woody is back. this is a love letter to Paris. very similar to MANHATTAN, which is probably my favorite film.
3 TREE OF LIFE – floored by this film i was. The imagery was in my mind for weeks. Mallick has created the feeling of a memory here. it is affecting
4 THE DESCENDANTS – blown away by this.. everything worked. Clooney deserves the best actor oscar. The screenplay was so well done
5 HUGO – Scorsese fills me with wonder
6 EXTRATERRESTRIAL – Nacho blends genres here in a wonderful way. awesome
7 I SAW THE DEVIL – the hunter becomes the hunted
8 SUPER 8 – movie magic made me feel 12 years old again
9. 13 ASSASSINS – well done remake of ” 7 samurai”
10. BRIDESMAIDS – avoided this forever.