Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Coming in February...

UPDATED: the poster, with some changes, on December 8th 2009.


Danimal said...

Hm. That turned out well. But if someone seriously picks Dark Knight, we might just have to call the whole thing off...

A.A. Dowd said...

Oh come now. You like THE DARK KNIGHT. Is it a staggering work of immense artistic achievement? Well, maybe not. But it is a supremely well-made, unusually thoughtful bit of blockbuster filmmaking. Surely you can find room for a few of those to sit side by side with the devastating, long-take portraits of modern alienation and displacement. Right??

Sam C. Mac said...

This is exciting. But I'm with Danimal on "The Dark Knight"... about half a good movie there. Also hoping "Y Tu Mama Tambien," which I think I see in that collage, doesn't rank too highly, because that film is, uh, rank. Of course, all films would probably be better with a diving board ejaculation contest—especially portraits of modern alienation and displacement.

Sara said...

There are only like two movies on that poster that will be on my list. Well done, nonetheless.

Samantha Kamila said...

Did you photoshop this? It's pretty impressive!

A.A. Dowd said...

Sam M-

Well, we were bound to disagree eventually. I think Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN is unconditionally terrific-- as road movie, as sex comedy, as portrait of burgeoning social awareness, as celebration of life and country. I get the criticisms commonly leveled against it, but they wash away every time I watch it.


Look closer. I don't mean to be presumptuous, but there's one in the top row, one above the first 0 in "100," two next to the T in "Best," one between "Josh Staman" and "Featuring Original," and, of course, the film sprawled gorgeously across DECADE. Buried somewhere in there, I might add, is a certain bat-shit passion project by an eccentric Brit iconoclast. You know which one I mean.

Sam K-

An incredibly talented collage artist did it for me. More such wondrous creations in February.

Danimal said...

Maybe I came across a little too strongly on our good friend Batman. Yes, Alex, the movie works like gangbusters and we should be so lucky that all of our summer blockbusters should aspire to something grander. But really, I think a lot of the film's success comes not from it's own merits but from an audience desperate for something with at least the veneer/illusion of importance. After more than a few viewings (yes, I'll pop it in, pour a jameson and fast forward to that fucking awesome car chase), I'm convinced that the film falls apart whenever Heath isn't on screen, and you could drive a truck through the plot holes. My point was simply that when it comes time to honor the best of the decade (that's ten years of cinema!), this guy should be nowhere near making the cut. In deference to our gracious host and list ring leader, I do plan on re-watching "Y tu Mama", a film I haven't seen since it was in theatres - it left me cold, but enough people whom I respect have convinced me that a second viewing is the least I can do.

A.A. Dowd said...

Danimal: I'll be interested to hear what fresh insights you have about Y TU MAMA. It strikes some people as very odd that I think it's quite possibly the movie of the decade, but I'll mount a multi-faceted defense of Cuaron's achievement any day of the week.

Josh Staman said...


Anonymous said...

Alex: why do you aspire to be the next Richard Roeper?

Danimal said...

Anonymous: why do you aspire to be such an asshole?

Revolutionow said...

Here's a top 50. These aren't too strictly ordered, but the top ten is somewhat stable.

The Intruder (Claire Denis)
Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
Cache (Michael Haneke)
Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Beau travail (Claire Denis)
Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
Hunger (Steve McQueen)

Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard)
Inland Empire (David Lynch)
Cafe Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
2046 (Wong Kar Wai)
The Son (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke)
Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
Zodiac (David Fincher)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai)

The New World (Terrence Malick)
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat)
Che (Steven Soderbergh)
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
Friday Night (Claire Denis)
I'm Not There. (Todd Haynes)
Dogville (Lars von Trier)
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii)

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard)
Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang)

Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
Millenium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)

A.A. Dowd said...

Nicely done. I greatly prefer TROPICAL MALADY to SYNDROMES. HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and NEW WORLD strike me as lesser works from master filmmakers. I'm also really not into WENDY AND LUCY, and you know my thoughts on the Jarmusch picture. Otherwise, very little to object to here. You should make a solid 100.

Spencer said...

I might have ghost in the shell 2 higher, that movie is killer.

I'm not dismayed, but surprised that I'm Not There is so low since you called it the best movie of 07.

also Inland Empire>Mulholland Drive

Revolutionow said...


It isn't really in any order after the first ten.

GitS 2 is pretty amazing.

I've since changed my mind about 'I'm Not There' being the best of '07.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post "No teme" in your blog with the link to you?

Anonymous said...

In Russia, blog posts quote you!

A.A. Dowd said...


Hi from the States! If I'm understanding you correctly, you want to quote something from my blog? You're welcome to do that, so long as you cite me as the author. Which particular post? And where will you be quoting me-- a website or a paper?

Revolutionnow and "Spencer"-

INLAND EMPIRE *is* better than MULHOLLAND DRIVE. The latter has moments of spectacular beauty and eroticism and terror-- Betty's audition, the thing behind the dumpster, the sex scene-- but the movie as a whole doesn't cohere quite as perfectly as EMPIRE does. That's because MULHOLLAND was conceived as a TV pilot, and you can pretty much see the exact moment that it stops being that and starts to steer itself towards a feature-length conclusion. There are scenes in the movie (like that befuddling apartment assassination) that were clearly set-up for the series that never was. It's still an awesome movie, of course.

INLAND EMPIRE, on the other hand, for all its imperfections, feels like a pure expression of Lynch's rampaging id. There are no compromises, no "breaks" in his nightmare logic, no moments that feel out of sync with the bug-fuck insanity of his Big Picture. This is Lynch to the Lynch power, and I salute its single-minded commitment to such an apocalyptic vision.

Revolutionow said...

Mulholland Dr. > everything

Anonymous said...

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A.A. Dowd said...

Thanks! It's good to hear that my writing has improved, presumably (hopefully?) in terms of both content and style. I sometimes cringe when I read things I wrote several years ago, especially those that predate this four-year-old blog.

Thanks again for the kind words, and for reading!