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February 2009

Midnight Eye feature: Midnight Eye's Best (and Worst) Japanese films of 2008 [via]

March 2008

best films I saw in 2007

A kind of loose ordering this time, though Once definitely belongs at the top...

Once - John Carney, 2006, IE
Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy, 2007, US
Das Leben Der Anderen - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2007, DE
Paprika - Satoshi Kon, 2006, JP
I Don't Want To Sleep Alone - Tsai Ming-Liang, 2006, TW
Memories of Matsuko - Tetsuya Nakashima, 2006, JP
Dead Man's Shoes - Shane Meadows, 2004, UK
The Science Of Sleep - Michel Gondry, 2006, FR
Faces of a Fig Tree - Momoi Kaori, 2006, JP
Kamikaze Taxi - Masato Harada, 1994, JP
The Man From Earth - Richard Schenkman, 2007, US
Inzeyen - Sweet Delight - Vladimir Sivkov, 2007, RU
Iklimler - Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006, TR
Uzak - Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002, TR
Wattstax - Mel Stuart, 1973, US
Traveling with Yoshitomo Nara - Sakabe Koji, 2007, JP
Manufactured Landscapes - Jennifer Baichwal, 2006, CA

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January 2008

Best Freeware Games of '07 [via]

December 2007

Director File - Ten Best Music Videos of 2007 [related] [via]

Martenhoepla - Liedjes van 2007 met leuk en een clip [via]

January 2007

best films seen in 2006

I figure I'd better get this out of the way before I start logging my films-seen-at-the-IFFR 2007 here, so here is a quick raw list of my faves of all the 112 films I saw for the first time in 2006 (not necessarily released in 2006), to be linkified/explained/possibly reordered in the next couple of days:

The best:
Children of Men
It's Only Talk
Taking Father Home
Half Nelson
Tokyo Sora
Me And You And Everyone We Know
The New World

read more » - Todd's 2006 Year in Review [via]

Midnight Eye feature: The Best (and Worst) films of 2006 [via]

February 2006

The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed [via]

IFFR 2006 recap

Number of feature-length films seen: 29

Number of short films seen: 7

Number of legs worn out from the constant sitting in cramped theaters: 2

Number of times I found myself sitting next to snoring journalists: 1 (maintaining my record from last year)

Favourites: It's Only Talk, NEXT, Linda Linda Linda, Play, Ahlaam, Princess Raccoon, Haze and Taking Father Home.

Also very good were: Blue Cha Cha, The Magicians, Citizen Dog, Black Brush, Some Kinda Love, Heart, Beating in the Dark and Langer Licht.

Funniest Q&A: David Lammers after Langer Licht.

Cutest producer/director couple: Peng Shan and Ying Liang of Taking Father Home.

Funniest moment in any film: the Don't try this at home, kids! freeze-frame in The Great Yokai War.

Number of films seen that feature a Susumu Terajima appearance: 1 (out of a possible 3), upping my Susumu-index from 24 to 25.

Best soundtracks: Linda Linda Linda, NEXT and Black Brush.

Best poster (though I can't find a big version online): Blue Cha Cha.

View my complete list of IFFR-related posts...

January 2006

Midnight Eye feature: The Best (and Worst) of 2005 [via]

DoCopenhagen: Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005

Top 65 Music Videos of 2005 [via]

Continuing the tradition I started last year, here are the best movies I saw in 2005, roughly arranged so that the "most best" appear at top (though the order changes depending on my mood). Again with a heavy emphasis on the East-Asian, as I found myself working through the back-catalogues of particular favourite directors and actors:

(This time I've tried to add a little review blurb to each, which is new for me, so bear with me)

Shiki-Jitsu / Ritual (Hideaki Anno, 2000, JP) [official site]
Anime-director Anno's second live-action outing, featuring a rare but appropriately subtle acting performance by director Shunji Iwai, I'm surprised this beautiful tale of quiet-observer-meets-eccentric-girl in scene after scene of very photogenic industrial, arty, maze-like surroundings isn't more widely known. If it weren't for these two threads I never would have known about it.
Bin-jip / 3-Iron (Kim Ki-Duk, 2004, KR)
A subtly magical film where every scene and shot seems right. After a while you realize that some aspects of Kim Ki-Duk's films (such as the non-speaking characters) are just gimmicks specifically designed to appeal to foreign audiences, but even though it fails horribly sometimes (like in The Bow), it simply works really really well here.
Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 2004, JP)
Hauntingly memorable tale of four young kids left to take care of themselves after being abandoned by their mother, very naturally acted and shot.
This Charming Girl (Yoon-ki Lee, 2004, KR)
A clever and moving piece of storytelling, following a couple of days in the quiet life of post office worker Jeong-hae, while a complicating and shocking backstory is revealed little by little in incidental minute-long flashbacks.
Before Sunrise + Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 1995 + 2004, US)
Quite the opposite of Bin-jip in a way, being nothing *but* dialog, watching these two for the first time (in a row even) surprisingly provided one of the most intense movie experiences ever.
The Taste Of Tea (Katsuhito Ishii, 2004, JP)
Lots of interesting visual effects in this wonderfully poetic celebration of imagination.
My Neighbors The Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999, JP)
Plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments in this Studio Ghibli animation where the characters and scenery are reduced to their most minimalistic, while still retaining lots of emotion.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001, JP)
A very confusing but very impressive film, this tale of high-school bullying continuously overlayed with vague messageboard quotes that turn out to be from the website of a fictional singer. With an amazing soundtrack of songs by the "real" Lily Chou-Chou, Salyu.
Yiyi (Edward Yang, 2000, TW)
A nearly 3-hour long, beautifully shot collage of moments in the life of all members of a family in Taipei.
Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (Park Chan Wook, 2005, KR)
Full of original, funny and shocking scenes, not quite as ridiculous in concept as Oldboy and not quite as depressing as Mr. Vengeance, this is definitely my favourite of Park Chan Wook's "revenge trilogy".
Blessing Bell (SABU, 2002, JP)
My favourite SABU film, continuing his theme of transportation here in the form of a fired factory worker that just walks and walks and walks from one strange situation into the next. I always love seeing Susumu Terajima's face show up in films (as he does in two other films on this list), so it's great to see him get a whole feature to himself for once.
Vital (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2004, JP)
Certainly the best-looking film I've seen last year... A gripping story of loss and memory, with a lot less emphasis on the gore than one might expect from the description.

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