Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Which movie...

is your favorite of the year so far? And is it the same one you'd like to read more about here at the Film Experience? Speak up.
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77 comments:

Michael C. said...

In the Loop.

And yes, I'm eager if to know if you will be as disappointed as I will if Peter Capaldi's name isn't mentioned when the five Best Supporting Actor nominees are read.

Rae Kasey said...

I loved both The Hurt Locker and Up, but if pressed to pick a favorite I'd have to say The Hurt Locker, for finally giving us an Iraq war film that isn't preachy.

Runs Like A Gay said...

Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moments.

By a long stretch.

Out of 28 films in total.

NATHANIEL R said...

runs --ACK. everytime you mention that i am reminded that i have not watched my screener. I suck.

or rather: working instead of writing sucks.

Juno101 said...

I barely remember the movie's I've seem this year. I guess....the hurt locker.

adelutza said...

For me right now it's a three way tie between Moon, The Cove and Julia. All different films.Can't decide between them. Which is weird because first time I saw Moon I didn't like it, but I gave it another chance and now it's my best so far.

Chris Na Taraja said...

I really liked 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. i haven't seen a lot of films yet this year though. And even though I love the F E B, I think we talked that film out.

I'm hoping to love WOODSTOCK, though I hate when I have this much expectation of a film.

Dan B. said...

Sugar. One of the most emotionally conflicted endings too for me.

Krauthammer said...

I haven't seen that many movies this year, but The Limits of Control was fantastic.

Murtada said...

(500) Days of Summer. It is such a sweet and very honest love story. It was told with a lot of heart and humour. Love its message; love is an accident, it may r may not happen.

And what a performance from Joseph Gordon Levitt. Very charming, a definite star turn.

Matt said...

The one that keeps popping up my head is actually Drag Me to Hell. It was just so FUN.

Otherwise, the usual suspects (Hurt Locker, Up, 500 Days of Summer, maybe even District 9)...

Chase Kahn said...

"Public Enemies" and "The Hurt Locker" by a mile.

"In the Loop", "Sugar", "Sin Nombre", as well.

Ryan T. said...

I've graded three films A's this year so far: Up, 500 Days of Summer, and District 9.

With Coraline a close second with an A-.

pomme said...

"gran turino" , "public enemies" and "OSS117:Rio ne repond plus"(french comedy)

Cristhian said...

Maybe Summer Hours, Inglorious Basterds... AND I LOVED Julie and Julia.

Paulo said...

"District 9" for me.

DJ said...

Public Enemies for me - followed by Up and Adam.

Rebecca said...

'In the Loop.' I agree with what Michael C. said about Peter Capaldi, too.

Abe Fried-Tanzer said...

I'm missing a bunch that I'm still trying to see (including District 9 and In the Loop), but I think my favorite is Away We Go.

rosengje said...

My top three currently consists of The Hurt Locker, An Education, and In the Loop. I would very much appreciate a vodcast about The Hurt Locker. Love hearing people talk about that movie.

Ben said...

Goodbye Solo. I'm still thinking about it months later.

Wayne B. said...

I'd say either Drag Me To Hell or Anvil!: The Story of Anvil for me. Hopefully that'll change this Friday with "Inglourious Basterds" opening wide.

Flosh said...

STILL WALKING, though I think it isn't being released for another week or two. It's a beautiful film. And yes, I definitely hope you'll see it and write about it!

Of films that have already been released, my favorite is probably PUBLIC ENEMIES.

Dave said...

'Antichrist'. I do expect you to talk about that quite a lot however. So that's okay. (Michael C is right though, 'In the Loop' needs much more talking about.)

Josh said...

Public Enemies. i just love this movie. its the only movie right now i won't hesitate to call a work of art, but moon and 500 days of summers are up there too. im looking forward to seeing the footage of Avatar this week though. i hope that blows everything away because i haven't seen a James Cameron movie i didn't absolutely love.

Chris Na Taraja said...

Oh Yeah, UP, I forgot about UP! That was the best film so far this year, hands down...or, um, up.

Jordan Wellin said...

Up.

Don't hate me for making such a safe selection, but it's just my personal favorite.

Best Picture nominee, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Recently saw coraline, keeping that confidential to people I actually know. Its pretty bad. I'd say "the hurt locker" but I was pleasantly surprised about "funny people".

Adam K said...

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER.
What's not to love? It just makes you want to fall in love with somebody.

seasondays said...

it's a three-way tie between three mexican films SIN NOMBRE, VOY A EXPLOTAR & LOS BASTARDOS

i believe only the first has been released in the US but back here in MEXICO CITY have come and gone by now

maybe a piece on mexican cinema

Scott said...

Coraline's my favorite - but my runners-up would be The Hurt Locker and (500) Days of Summer, and if you are looking to write more on any of those 3 I'd like to see more on (500) Days.

Anonymous said...

I have to go with "Star Trek"

Seeking Amy said...

I've seen very little of 2009's offerings (I haven't even seen Up yet) but I'd say 500 Days of Summer, with runner ups going to Coraline, Public Enemies, and Moon.

The Warfreak said...

1. Funny People
2. Observe and Report
3. Drag Me to Hell
4. Moon
5. Watchmen

ZiZo said...

1. Up
2. Broken Embraces
3. Coraline
4. Lemon Tree

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Stephen said...

1. The Hurt Locker
2. Up
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. Julia
5. Ponyo

jake said...

Toss-up between Julie & Julia - which I thought was hilarious and an incredible movie-going experience - and oddly, Orphan, which I thought worked rather well if you view it as a family drama rather than an out-and-out horror film (which, for 3/4ths of it, it definitely wasn't).

I've seen 17 movies, and I still haven't seen Hurt Locker, Moon, District 9, Star Trek, Coraline, among others. I will have to hit the DVD's hard at year's end...

Travis said...

My only A-films so far (and I haven't seen many new movies this year) are:

500 Days of Summer
Coraline
Harry Potter 6

I'm really looking forward to In the Loop as well

Tim said...

Wide release: Up, just nudging Coraline

Limited release: In the Loop, which I am excited to see appears to be something of a fan favorite here

Hardly any release at all: The Beaches of Agnès, which I just saw on Sunday and it's currently my favorite film I've seen in a theatre since WALL-E.

MichaelG said...

Wide release: Up
Narrow: The Hurt Locker
Internet: Sita Sings the Blues

Beyond Ebert's championing of Sita, I've mostly seen it treated as an artifact by the Free Culture crowd. I'd love to know what The Film Experience thinks of it as a film. But I'd love a lot of things. Write what you like.

Dimi said...

I'll go with Hunger. That movie experience is second to none. I drove home in a catatonic state.

Closely followed by Observe and Report. I suppose I'm one of the few that thought it was maybe the funniest movie of the year so far.

And those two movies couldn't be any more different.

Cameron said...

I really liked Moon and The Hurt Locker, but I loved (500) Days of Summer. It was so honest and refreshing as compared to the usual rom-coms (re: The Ugly Truth). Joseph Gordon-Levitt has developed into quite a fascinating young actor. I think everyone in the theatre was smitten with him.

SPOILER ALERT: I hate you Zooey Deschanel! WTF! Who would give that away!

Popcorn and Cigarettes said...

I would have to go with the consensus here and go with (500) Days of Summer, Drag Me to Hell, and The Hurt Locker.... all for very different reasons.

Douglas Racso said...

District 9 and Summer Hour

Glendon said...

The Hurt Locker by far, and behind that would be Watchmen and Up.

rosengje said...

As has been mentioned several times, features devoted to the mind-bogglingly hilarious Peter Capaldi would be appreciated. I would love to see his character go up against Christoph Waltz's Hans Landa.

Glenn said...

I can finally say officially that Three Blind Mice is my favourite. Saw it last year at a film fest and just today it has received a release. Yay. Perfect screenplay that one and filled with literally dozens of excellent actors giving excellent performances.

After that, I haven't seen many of the big American movies (most haven't been released here yet) so there's also stuff like Samson & Delilah and Fish Tank which fill out the upper echelon of great films from the year so far for me.

Juno101 said...

Fishtank is amazing!!

Robert said...

While District 9 gave it a good run, I'm still siding with 500 Days of Summer as my favorite film of the year. It's practically perfect in every way.

Amory Blaine said...

My favorite is 500 Days of Summer. I love how versatile Joseph Gordon-Levitt is. He's been one of my favorite young actors since Mysterious Skin and Brick. Besides, I love the post-coital dance number.

Cocoa Dior said...

Well my favorite movie is 'I Love You Man'. I love Paul Rudd

Sean said...

The Hurt Locker has been my favorite film, but I've also loved deeply, in descending order, Sin Nombre, (500) Days of Summer, In The Loop, and Julia.

I really hope to see Kathryn Bigelow, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tilda Swinton nominated for Oscars come 2010, although they all seem like long shots in their respective categories.

Henry said...

(500) Days of Summer. Though I'm hoping either District 9 or Inglorious Basterds takes that crown away.

Drew said...

There are a few 2008 releases that I saw in the cinema in 09 (like The Wrestler, Synecdoche New York and such) but I'll just limit myself to 09 releases.

Samson and Delilah would have to be the best.

I also really liked Beautiful Kate, Coraline and Disgrace.

Rob said...

1. "Up"

and (in alphabetical)

-- Coraline
-- In the Loop
-- Inglourious Basterds
-- Julia

Emily said...

Have to be The Young Victoria, Emily Blunt is heaven. not out in US yet right? so you have that to look forward to.
I know once Julie & Julia opens here, that will be the new favourite. Meryl Streep & food porn!

Derek said...

Moon

J.L said...

Everlasting Moments!!!

Kurtis O said...

"Hunger" for its sheer, stunning artistic value and unflinching storytelling; "Up" for basically being without flaw and further cementing the pricelessness of Pixar; and "District 9" for combining a fascinating, fully-formed visual realm with smart and highly effective real-world parallels.

Runners Up: "(500) Days of Summer," "An Englishman in New York," "In the Loop," "Watchmen,"Of Time and the City," "Star Trek," "Summer Hours," "Julia," "Bruno," "Gomorrah," "Goodbye Solo."

jbaker475 said...

Top 3:
The Hurt Locker
In the Loop
(500) Days of Summer

KEVIN M. said...

ADVENTURELAND, by a country mile. I'm kind of surprised to see that nobody mentioned it, actually! The sweetest, most heartfelt nostalgia trip since Almost Famous.

Chuck Williamson said...

Right now, I'm having a hard time choosing between The Headless Woman and Summer Hours, with the former edging out into the number one spot.

I'm also fond of the following:

The Hurt Locker
Star Trek
You, The Living
Ponyo
Hunger
The Girlfriend Experience
You, The Living

Billy D said...

The Hurt Locker.

Chuck Williamson said...

Apparently, I loved You, The Living so much I had to mention it twice. Whoops!

I should also mention that I am watching the whole of Battlestar Galactica for the first time, and it easily tops pretty much all of the big, splashy sci-fi blockbusters released this year.

UncleVanya said...

So far, "In the Loop" has been my favorite film this year (I agree Peter Capaldi is ridiculously amazing , here, but I hope that Mimi Kennedy is not forgotten; her, "I'm not a monster" scene is priceless).

Runners Up:

#2. Sin Nombre
#3. District 9
#4. Mesrine (Part 1: L'instinct de mort & Part 2: L'ennemi public no 1)

#5. Mammoth

Runs Like A Gay said...

You're right Nat, working does suck, but man can't live on celluloid alone.

And you've still got 4 months of the year left to watch Everlasting Moments. Plenty of time.

eroslane said...

ADVENTURELAND.

Yup. That's it. It's been a long, dry year.....

Fernando Moss said...

Girl in the Park with Sigourney Weavaer (I precited her for this movie 2 years in a row for your Actress Psychic contest)... I don't know when it was released in the US, but here in Mexico it just came in July I think...

I kinda liked it especially Weaver and Bosworth's performances...

Hve you seen it Nat? Or anyone in here?

Mason Mahoney said...

I have to go with The Hurt Locker and would also love to see a vodcast on it.

Other favorites: Up (heard enough, though), and Star Trek.

I still haven't seen (500)Days of Summer and Coroline.

District 9 was very interesting, but that lead actor performance was nothing special to me.

ThaDropDownBear said...

gonna have to be Up for me. Maybe Coraline as a tie or a close second

sijmen said...

Haven't seen that much yet, but I loved The Baader-Meinhof Complex!

NATHANIEL R said...

Fernando -- that never opened here.

Kyle said...

1. Adventureland (people need to stop focusing on Judd Apatow and instead look out for Greg Mottola)
2. Star Trek
3. Watchmen (Director's Cut dvd is even better, completely underappreciated and misunderstood)
4. District 9
5. (500) Days of Summer
(Moon would have made the list, but the ending ruined it for me)
Honorable mention: Rifftrax Plan 9 from Outer Space (saw it last night, funniest movie going experience I've had all year.)

Anonymous said...

Either "Moon" or "Hurt Locker", can't decide. Ponyo was a huge disappointment for me. I've found every other Miyazaki film to be a masterpiece, and this just wasn't hte same.

Beau said...

Inglourious Basterds.

Ryan said...

i'm still waiting for a film to REALLY get me going... hmmm, I guess "Innglorious Basterds" has came closest thus far. Luckily serveral *perfromances* have had me not only excited but utterly THRILLED:

Vera Farmiga - "Nothing But the Truth"
Tilda Swinton - "Julia"