Sunday, November 18, 2012

Awards Season Mishmash

Awards season is now underway and with it the onslaught of overwrought Oscar-bait - some of which isn't half bad. Among the contenders, I consider Joe Wright's semi-successful take on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Also of note among the below links, a profile of Variety's annual Power of Comedy benefit event.

Anna Karenina (Slant)
Barrymore (Slant)
A Royal Affair (Slant)
Burn (Village Voice)
First Winter (Village Voice)
Turning (Village Voice)
La Rafle (Time Out New York)
28 Hotel Rooms (Indiewire)

Comedy Impact Report 2012: The Power of Comedy (Variety)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Slant Magazine's Best Films of the 1990s

I am delighted to have participated in Slant Magazine's feature on the top 100 films of the 1990s which has now gone live. I contributed blurbs for films number 81, 73, 60, 48, 37, 29 and 12 in addition to voting in the selection process.

My personal list of the top 100 films of that decade, which I submitted for consideration in the poll, is below:

1. Central Park
2. A Brighter Summer Day
3. Goodbye South, Goodbye
4. Center Stage (Actress)
5. Satantango
6. Public Housing
7. Jungle Fever
8. Safe
9. The Mirror
10. The River
11. To Sleep with Anger
12. Naked
13. Through the Olive Trees
14. The Puppetmaster
15. Vive L’Amour
16. Beloved
17. Bitter Moon
18. Eyes Wide Shut
19. Cold Water
20. The Straight Story
21. White Hunter, Black Heart
22. Abraham’s Valley
23. Rosetta
24. Secret Defense
25. Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train
26. Rebels of the Neon God
27. The Power of Kangwon Province
28. Mother and Son
29. A Moment of Innocence
30. In the Heat of the Sun
31. Life, and Nothing More
32. American Dream
33. A Confucian Confusion
34. The Last Bolshevik
35. Lessons of Darkness
36. Maborosi
37. Dead Man
38. Husbands and Wives
39. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
40. Drifting Clouds
41. Close-Up
42. From the East
43. Clean, Shaven
44. The Decalogue
45. Late August, Early September
46. Hoop Dreams
47. Lovers on the Bridge
48. Hard Boiled
49. The Hole
50. The Player
51. My Own Private Idaho
52. Eternity and a Day
53. Good Men, Good Women
54. Zoo
55. Secrets and Lies                              
56. The Last Days of Disco
57. Histoire(s) du Cinéma
58. The Crying Game
59. Fallen Angels
60. Ladybird, Ladybird
61. Crash
62. All the Vermeers in New York
63.The Long Day Closes
64. Mother
65. Xiao Wu (Pickpocket)
66. Princess Mononoke
67. Totally F****d Up
68. Breaking the Waves
69. Voyage to the Beginning of the World
70. Before Sunrise
71. Short Cuts
72. Blue (Jarman)
73. Underground
74. Faust
75. I Can’t Sleep
76. Get on the Bus
77. Wild Reeds
78. Matinee
79. The Bridges of Madison County                    
80. La Haine
81. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
82. Life is Sweet
83. Rock Hudson’s Home Movies
84. Days of Being Wild
85. High School II
86. La Promesse
87. Sling Blade
88. Mahjong
89. eXistenZ
90. Calendar
91. The Dreamlife of Angels
92. Clueless
93. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America
94. Charisma
95. Career Girls
96. The Glass Shield
97. Irma Vep
98. Flowers of Shanghai
99. Careful
100. Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Friday, November 2, 2012

Not Quite in Time for Halloween...

...there's Vamps, Amy Heckerling's excellent new film reuniting the director with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone. While the characters are vampires, the true horror in the movie is the sense of being out of place in time, a feeling that Heckerling communicates with humor, inventiveness and pathos.

Vamps (Slant)
The Details (Slant)
Dinotasia (Slant)
Long Shot (Village Voice)
The Understudy (Village Voice)
A Man's Story (Time Out New York)
Orchestra of Exiles (Indiewire)