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Best of 2009

MY FAVORITE FILMS OF 2009

1. TWO LOVERS (James Gray, USA)
2. 35 RHUMS (Claire Denis, France)
3. PONYO (Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan)
4. ANTICHRIST (Lars Von Trier, Denmark)
5. THREE MONKEYS (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)

6. MOON (Duncan Jones, UK)
7. THE HURT LOCKER (Kathryn Bigelow, USA)
8. THE LIMITS OF CONTROL (Jim Jarmusch, USA)
9. PASSING STRANGE (Spike Lee, USA)
10. THE WHITE RIBBON (Michael Haneke, Austria)

20 runners-up, in alphabetical order: ADVENTURELAND (Greg Mottola, USA); ALEXANDER THE LAST (Joe Swanberg, USA); BEESWAX (Andrew Bujalski, USA); CARGO 200 (Aleksey Balabanov, Russia); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Robert Zemeckis, USA); FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson, USA); THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (Steven Soderbergh, USA); THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina); HUNGER (Steve McQueen, UK); IN THE LOOP (Armando Iannucci, UK); INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino, USA); JERICHOW (Christian Petzold, Germany); LIVERPOOL (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina); LORNA’S SILENCE (The Dardenne Brothers, Belgium); POLICE, ADJECTIVE (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania); STILL WALKING (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan); SUMMER HOURS (Olivier Assayas, France); TOKYO! (Michel Gondry/Leos Carax/Bong Joon-ho, France/Japan); A TOWN CALLED PANIC (Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, Belgium); WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Spike Jonze, USA) and the first half of FUNNY PEOPLE (Judd Apatow, USA)

Guilty Pleasures

THE BOX (Richard Kelly, USA); runner-up: MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT (Kenny Ortega, USA)

Best Unreleased

1. NE CHANGE RIEN (Pedro Costa, France)
2. EVERYONE ELSE (Maren Ade, Germany)
3. ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLONDE-HAIRED GIRL (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal)
4. BARBE-BLEU (Catherine Breillat, France)
5. AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN (Jacques Rivette, France)

Best Documentaries

[revised since I first posted this list because I had forgotten Anvil and Agnes]

1. LA DANSE (Frederick Wiseman, USA/France)
2. ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL (Sacha Gervasi, USA)
3. THE BEACHES OF AGNES (Agnes Varda, France)
4. GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN (Paul H-O and Tom Donahue, USA)
5. OF TIME AND THE CITY (Terence Davies, UK)

Best Old Films Seen for First Time in ’09

1. PITFALL (Andre de Toth, USA, 1947)
2. ALL THE MARBLES (Robert Aldrich, USA, 1981)
3. L’ENFANCE NUE (Maurice Pialat, France, 1967)
4. DILLINGER IS DEAD (Marco Ferreri, Italy, 1969)
5. LE COMBAT DANS L’ILE (Alain Cavalier, France, 1962)

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