Archive for January, 2011


Best DVDs viewed in 2009

Morvern Callar / Alliance Atlantis and BBC Films in association with Film Council, Scottish Screen and Glasgow Film Fund ; directed by Lynne Ramsay ; written by Lynne Ramsay and Liana Dognini. Starring: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott

The night of the hunter / United Artists, Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; directed by Charles Laughton. Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Peter Graves

Ratatouille / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; screenwriter and director, Brad Bird ; original story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird.

Synecdoche, New York / a Sony Pictures Classics release; written and by directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

There will be blood / Paramount and Miramax Films present a Joanne Sellar / Ghoulardi Film Company production; written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano

WALL-E / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; original story & story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter ; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon ; directed by Andrew Stanton.

Honourable mention (also very good):
2046 / a Wong Kar Wei film.
Zodiac / directed by David Fincher. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey.
Into the wild / screenplay & directed by Sean Penn. Starring: Emile Hirsch.
4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days / a film by Cristian Mungiu. Starring: Anamaria Marinca
Venus / directed by Roger Michell. Starring: Peter O’Toole.
Sunshine / directed by Danny Boyle. Starring: Cillian Murphy.
Igby goes down / written & directed by Burr Steers. Starring: Kieran Culkin.
Five easy pieces / directed by Bob Rafelson. Starring: Jack Nicholson.

[Previously published 27 Dec. ’09 on Facebook.]


Best DVDs Viewed in 2010

Nick & Norah’s infinite playlist (Michael Cera; d. Peter Sollett)
Persepolis (w. Marjane Satrapi)
The visitor (Richard Jenkins; d. Tom McCarthy)
Away from her (Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent; d. Sarah Polley)
Sweetie (d. Jane Campion)
Eyes wide shut (d. Stanley Kubrick)
Waitress (Keri Russell; d. Adrienne Shelly)
Burn after reading (George Clooney, Frances McDormand; d. Joel & Ethan Coen)
The last picture show (1971) (d. Peter Bogdanovich)
Hunger (Michael Fassbender; d. Steve McQueen)
Clerks (d. Kevin Smith)
Fast, cheap & out of control (d. Errol Morris)
Moon (Sam Rockwell; d. Duncan Jones)
Requiem for a dream (d. Darren Aronofsky)
Cherry blossoms (d. Doris Dörrie)
Control (Samantha Morton, Sam Riley; d. Anton Corbijn)
Winged migration (co-d. Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats)
Conversation(s) with other women (Aaron Eckhart, Helena Bonham Carter)
Adventureland (Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart)
Georgy girl (1966) (Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave)
The cave of the yellow dog (d. Byambasuren Davaa)
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor)
Hairspray (Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta)
Office space (d. Mike Judge)
The good thief (Nick Nolte; d. Neil Jordan)
Eraserhead (1977) (d. David Lynch)
Salesman (1969) (d. David Maysles, Albert Maysles)
The class (d. Laurent Cantet)
The wrestler (Mickey Rourke, Marissa Tomei; d. Darren Aronofsky)
A way of life (Brenda Blethyn; d. Amma Assante)
Towelhead (Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello; d. Alan Ball)
Anvil! the story of Anvil (d. Sacha Gervasi)
The messenger (Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton)
Waltz with Bashir (d. Ari Folman)
Grey Gardens (d. David Maysles, Albert Maysles)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel, Kristen Bell)
The diving bell & the butterfly (d. Julian Schnabel)
To die for (1995) (Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix)
Coffee and cigarettes (d. Jim Jarmusch)
Shine a light (the Rolling Stones; d. Martin Scorcese)
Greenberg (Ben Stiller; d. Noah Baumbach)
The duchess (Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes)
A single man (Colin Firth, Julianne Moore; d. Tom Ford)
The cove (d. Louie Psihoyos)
Up in the air (George Clooney; d. Jason Reitman)
Where the wild things are (d. Spike Jonze)
Ghost town (Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni)
Whip It! (Ellen Page; d. Drew Barrymore)
The secret of Kells (d. Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey)
Flirting with disaster (1996) (Ben Stiller, Téa Leoni; d. David O. Russell)
Babies (d. Thomas Balmès)