Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Vodcast: Best of 2009 So Far

I hadn't seen the same movies as Katey this week so instead of reviewing a movie, we're both listing our top five of January through May. The requirement was that the films already had opened. Otherwise my list would have included Prodigal Sons (discussed here) and maybe (500) Days of Summer (discussed here).

The 2009 film I'm most worried about having missed at this point is the well reviewed Sin Nombre (trailer) so I'll be seeking that out. Obviously our rankings are subject to change, given the "sticky" factor (you never know which films will refuse to leave your mind until a month or three later) and the comparative factor (does upcoming film B suddenly reveal cracks in similar earlier film A?). It's been a good year thus far but I still doubt we've seen many of our Oscar competitors even if we have most definitely seen two or three future film experience nominees.

P.S. If you're looking for a Tuesday Top Ten the series will relaunch properly soon. My favs (disregarding release schedules) thus far in descending order go like so: Prodigal Sons, Hunger, Coraline, Up, Julia, (500) Days of Summer, Duplicity, Star Trek, Anvil: The Story of Anvil and... uh... three way tie for 10th -- it's early don't make me decide -- between Moon, Chéri and That Evening Sun.


Anonymous said...

Sin Nombre is quite good. At its best, it reminds me of Malick.

adelutza said...

Interesting lists. If you are considering Hunger a release of this year what should I say considering that in my city all the Oscar nominated films of last year opened in January and February ? ;-)
In any case, my best film of the year is a quiet Japanese sci-fi called The Clone Returns Home which I've seen at Sundance and probably will not be released in US ( on a big screen that is ). If it arrives on DVD check it out. It so much reminded me of Tarkovsky's Stalker
Other then that, yes, Julia - but Julia is a 2008 release as well. The most fun I've had was with Easy Virtue (another 2008 release), but I'm a sucker for Noël Coward

DJ said...

Top 5:

01. Up (10/10)
02. The Brothers Bloom (9/10)
03. Star Trek (9/10)
04. Coraline (8/10)
05. State of Play (8/10)

I see the first two staying in my top 10.


brothers bloom is another one with funky release dates. didn't that open in LA in 2008 for oscar contention. I mean it did get golden satellite nominations. Or... did it get them and then decide not to open?

SO CONFUSING. i hate hollywood.

Brian Darr said...

I love your T-shirt, Nathaniel.

And I'm bummed that I missed Hunger on the big screen.

Erik L. said...

That was a nice conversation. It really made me want to see "Sugar," which got away from me while it was in town. And it HAS been a pretty good year for movies, hasn't it?

For me, off the top of my head:

5. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
4. The Soloist
3. L'Heure d'ete
2. Seraphine
1. Up

Cinesnatch said...

That shirt looks familiar!!!!

Lisa said...

I really enjoyed this vodcast!

Carl Joseph Papa said...

you got a sexy voice Nat

Anonymous said...

My top 5.

5. Summer Hours
4. Up
3. Adventureland
2. Goodbye Solo
1. Tyson


Vince you are the sweetest! Thank you for answering my plea.

douglas thanks, he said breathily.

brianmaru no matter how many movies I see... i have only seen 20% of your list. Eep. really want to see summer hours.

Alex Constantin said...

Nathaniel, you are so self-conscious on camera :D you need to relax a bit. maybe u 2 could try a sofa instead of chairs :) it would seem more familiar, warm & chill

Hayden said...

Drag Me to Hell and UP were definitely the highlights of my year so far, and they only came last week. Still need to see Duplicity, though.

P.S. I'm resuming my blog.


alex i'm a newbie. hopefuly i'll get the hang of it.

Ben said...

So far:
1. Away We Go
2. Watchmen
3. Star Trek
4. The Brothers Bloom
5. State of Play

Though I see Watchmen potentially falling the hell out of any list when I see it again. I need to re-calibrate my opinion of that movie and see if I really did love it.

Lev Lewis said...

1. Hunger
2. Three Monkeys
3. Up
4. Two Lovers
5. Gomorrah
6. I Love You, Man
7. Afternoon
8. Jerichow
9. Sin Nombre
10. Tulpan

Chris Na Taraja said...

thanks for the lovely reviews with out spoiling. I haven't seen some of these flicks, and now want to even more. Especially Tilda Swintons' JULIA, which I was going to leave alone given the jolly subject matter, but now I want to check it out.

Wayne B. said...

I've only seen Star Trek out of your list. So far the best ones I've seen are Star Trek, Drag Me To Hell, I Love You, Man, Terminator Salvation and Watchmen.
Although I saw Shorbus and Dangerous Liaisons for the first time this year and they were both AMAZING MOVIES! Even today "Soda Shop" is stuck in my head.

I live in what is basically Canada's Midwest so we don't get much in terms of indie or foreign films.

btw, ditto on Douglas Racso's comment.

FrenchGirl said...

i love your Herzog t-shirt!
and i loved:
Gran Turino(out in february in France)
Good Morning England
Star strek(saw it the same day England:it was a a good movies days)
Terminator Salvation
My boyfriend loved:
Gran turino
The shopaholic(only for Isla Fisher,she's great,she saves the movie)
Walkyrie(he loves history)
Antichrist( "Saw movie by Lars Von trier with better actors"LOL)
Terminator Salvation( except the end and he would like the director or productors stop to cut every Connor scene when he has more 10 words or tries to express other thing than his bad temper!)
We can't wait for Public Enemies,Up ,State of play and Le Herisson!

adam k. said...

I stupidly missed a chance to see Hunger for free at my school's theater about a month ago (I presume it would've been on film, certainly on the big screen). I had it all planned out, and then I forgot at the last minute. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And I can't even use the "well, at least I saved some money" excuse. Argghh.

RobUK said...

Love these videos with you and Katey. You really do make a great double act. Keep them coming!

Glenn Dunks said...

I still don't get Hunger, but you know what? I'm not that fussed. I also didn't like Star Trek.

Obviously, movies like Up, Coraline, Drag me to Hell, Sugar, etc haven't been released here yet. Blah.

My top film so far is Samson and Delilah. Not much else that I would think could make my top ten.

Runs Like A Gay said...

Like adelutza nearly all the films I've seen this year, are films which everyone else saw last year.

So, if we're including those nothing has come close to the one-two combination of the Che films. Pure cinematic genius.

So far in 2009 releases I'd say the top three were:

3. State of Play
2. Drag me to Hell
1. Cheri

Hopefully I'll see Sugar and Everlasting Moments when they reach the home town, and both may be in play.

Next film that may be a contander is Public Enemies - seriously looking forward to that jumping to the top of the list.

norm said...

Somebody get these two a quality microphone.


norm i will have to work on volume in editing. it sounded fine to me but then i tried to watch on laptop. very quiet on laptops. not good.

Glenn Dunks said...

Was quiet on my PC too.

Ryan said...

you've no idea hoe much im lovin this vodcast series!

and im dying to see 'julia'

Zach Murphy said...

If you haven't seen Sin Nombre yet, I highly recommend it. I will be posting my review of it sometime soon, so be sure to check it out.


- Zach