Monday, February 1, 2010

Films of January


I watched 16 movies for January alone. 7 of these are in the running for my favorite films of 2010. And here they are...

1. An Education. A film about a 16-year-old schoolgirl who falls in love with a man twice her age. Carrey Mulligan gives, hands-down, the best performance of 2009.

2. Home. A terrific documentary about the threat made by man to our planet's ecological balance and what the rest of the world are doing to salvage it. The film found a great narrator in Glenn Close.

3. Happy Together. A beautifully photographed film from Wong Kar Wai, my favorite director on this side of the world, about two gay lovers whose paths separate and then collide in Argentina.

4. L’Appartement. A terrific thriller with a terrific ending starring a refreshingly young Monica Belucci. It was remade by Hollywood into Wicker Park and butchered it by giving the film a happy ending.

5. Let The Right One In. A Swedish film about a 12-year-old vampire who develops a deep connection to a 12-year-old normal boy who lives next door. The last time Morse Code was employed in a movie, it came out terrifyingly good. That film was Infernal Affairs. This vampire film is in that league.

6. The Cove. Another outstanding documentary about the man who gave rich corporations the idea that they could make a helluva lot of money staging dolphin shows and how he spends for the rest of his life atoning for this mistake – by traveling all over the world trying to save the wholesale slaughter of whales and dolphins.

7. Up In The Air. A film from the director of Juno about a man who fires people for a living, who gets sexually and emotionally involved with a fellow frequent traveler, and whose job is being threatened by a young woman’s 21st century ideals.

27 comments:

gillboard said...

The film i want to see in this list is Up In The Air... heard alot of good things about this movie...

Skron said...

Let The Right One In is one of my favorite film back in 2008. It just defies the whole structure of a vampire flick. It's not scary, there are no secret societies, no sexy vampire chicks in leather or latex. Just a sad, lonely vampire kid who'll be hiding and changing friends for eternity.

Andy said...

Ohmygod. You've seen "The Cove" ? Saan ka nakakuha ng kopya? Matagal na kong naghahanap. :(

Sonia said...

Yeah, I have a question too, where DO you get your movies, C.? :-p oh hey, i've started on the x-files...very addictive. I reckon I might have to have 3 a day, just to get my fix.

Sonia said...

Where DO you get your movies, C., hmm?

The Scud said...

gillboard, panoorin mo na. mura lang. hehe.

The Scud said...

skron, last weekend ko lang sya napanood. ang galing. have you read the book?

The Scud said...

andy, download. hehe. i have a copy of The Class na. plan to watch it over the weekend.

The Scud said...

sonia, adik ka na rin? enjoy the show. :D

btw, i have two sources - quiapo and download.

Photo Cache said...

I think you are at pace to break your record. I haven't seen any of these movies. I think I have only seen Avatar on screen and about 3 films via Netflix. And I'm not watching anything soon because LOST is back and so is American Idol.

WCS Minor Circuit said...

I recommend "In the Loop", if you haven't seen it already.

jayclops said...

I want to see The Cove. From your list, An Education would be in my top 10 of 2009. saw up in the air too but find it a little problematic though its just me. Anna Kendrick is terrific though esp when she blurts out, "a cocoon of self-banishment!" to poor George. And oh, the Morse Code in LTROI!

Andy said...

What site would you recommend for downloading movies? Yung tipong maski i-burn sa DVD hindi nagpipixilate pag pinanood sa TV?

The Scud said...

photo cache, just watched lost's premiere earlier. galing! haven't watched an AI episode after it premiered. sa semis na lang.

The Scud said...

wcs minor circuit, noted. will search for that one.

The Scud said...

jayclops, i haven't seen a dvd copy of the cove. documentaries are hard to find. have been on the lookout for minsan lang sila bata but no luck yet.

The Scud said...

andy, send me an email. i'll teach you how. hehe.

Raft3r said...

i only watched avatar
hehe
ano ba naman yon
pero gusto ko yun clooney flick
seriously
panonoorin ko sya when it opens

random student said...

glenn close narrating? (ecstatic mode) maybe the next best thing to meryl streep narrating.

1minutefilmreview said...

Nice selection of films.

princess_dyanie said...

i want to see up in the air na din! i heard a lot of good reviews about that film eh. maganda ba? btw, i'll include you in my blog roll ha :P

Adrian Mendizabal said...

wow, it is rare to find happy together is such list as this one.

The Scud said...

rafter, sobrang ayos ng up in the air. i doubt kung ipapalabas sya dito.

The Scud said...

random student, yep. si glenn close. ang galing nya. idol. hehe.

The Scud said...

1minutefilmreview, thanks. balik ka ulit.

The Scud said...

princess dyanie, UITA is surprisingly good. nood ka!

The Scud said...

adrian, ganun ba? hehe. thanks for dropping by. balik ka ulit.