December 2, 2009

The UK Film Magazine "Sight & Sound" names their top 10 of 2009!

It's a pretty wonky list, but worth looking at:

1. "A Prophet" (Jacques Audiard)
(tie)2. "The Hurt Locker" (Kathryn Bigelow)
(tie)2. "35 Shots of Rum"(Claire Denis)
4. "The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke)
5. "Let the Right One In" (Tomas Alfredson)
(tie)6. "Up" (Pete Docter)
(tie)6. "White Material" (Claire Denis)
(tie)8. "Bright Star" (Jane Campion)
(tie)8. "Antichrist" (Lars von Trier)
10. "Inglourious Basterds" (Quentin Tarantino)



  1. no Up in the Air?
    Wheres Precious?
    I cant find An Education!
    Im looking for A serious single man.
    O wait theyre spots are taken, by UP, and Inglourious Basterds. People its time to look to Inglourious as a true dark horse in this race.

  2. this is not a group to take too seriously (Armond White is a contributor to this list), but it does signal that Basterds has support in the UK as well as the US.

  3. I really like this list. Other than the omission of Precious, I agree with it.

  4. not a terrible list. I think the white ribbon, a prophet, IB, HL, and maybe Up will appear on my top ten list.

  5. Looking at the films I think they may have picked movies released i the UK this year. That is the way such things are usually handled in british movie magazines.

    About Precious: I wonder if that movie will get treated like Crash did here in Europe by serious, european critics. Crash is pretty well regarded in the US, and it won the Oscar, but in Europe my impression is that almost noone I have met or read who consider movies as art respects that movie. My opinion is that it is well made technically, but the treatment on race is almost ridicilously simplistic and almost offensive, it is kind of like a Miss America Pageant speech that is taken seriously.

    I have not seen Precious, but I have read a little about the movie, and it doesn't sound like a movie I will like or even respect; it sounds like the worst kind of social pornography packed into an "inspirational" and "uplifting" story that has no real relevance to real life and is problematic in the same way Slumdog was last year: The moral seems to be not to care that bad things happen to you, good things WILL eventually happen, which is frankly irresponsible.

  6. I have no idea the quality of the Denis films but any list that includes two seems to be going in the right direction. She is one of the foremost philosophical directors that deals directly with the issues of the graphic and representation, absolutely stunning director.

  7. Great list. Very original and I doubt the academy could have a lineup like this.

  8. LTROI was last year, was it not?