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Posts tagged ‘Top Ten Films’

9
Jan

Nir’s List of the Best Films of 2013

by NIR SHALEV

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

When viewing films, there exists a significant amount of subjective attachment, and also, usually a much smaller amount of objective reasoning. Ever since I’d graduated from film school, approximately five years back, my objective reasoning had overtaken and significantly overshadowed my personal taste in films- a/k/a my ability to watch films subjectively, “shut off my brain”, and enjoy films for what they are purely and simply. Read more »

27
Jan

Top Ten Films of 2012 (Helen Geib)

by HELEN GEIB

In the final analysis, every “best of” list is a list of favorites. These are the ten movies that made me the happiest in 2012.

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers

The final Marvel origins story is the year’s top juggling act. Read more »

19
Jan

Top Ten Films of 2012 (Geoff Geib)

by GEOFF GEIB

Ten Best Films of 2012, in no particular order.

The Grey (2012)

1. The Grey

a/k/a Punches With Wolves Read more »

19
Jan

Top Seven Films and Other Bests of 2012 (Nir Shalev)

by NIR SHALEV

The Master (2012)

The general population attests that 2012 ended up as one of the most mediocre years in film. Personally, it’s been the worst year ever. Most of the films I watched are bad and the rest are just average. As an example, The Dark Knight Rises (an entirely average and mostly uninteresting film), The Avengers, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were the biggest moneymakers but stand merely as equivalents to generic summer, popcorn blockbusters. And those were the films that most were looking forward to! Read more »

17
Jan

Best Performances of 2012

by HELEN GEIB

There’s nothing like putting together a year-end best performances list to throw into stark relief the disparity between the sexes when it comes to plum roles in Hollywood movies. When there is a good part for a woman it’s usually as co-lead or part of an ensemble. What’s really sad is the proportion of those good roles that are in fantasies. Yet while I couldn’t fill out a top five for women in either category, my lists for the men might have been significantly different on another day.

Movie Year in Review, Part 1 (for my watched-list for 2012, and thus the universe from which these picks are drawn)
Top Ten Films of 2012

Lincoln (2012)

ACTOR

Jack Black, Bernie Read more »

6
Jan

2012 Movie Year in Review, Part 2

by HELEN GEIB

Mirror Mirror (2012)

Part 1 of 2012 Movie Year in Review

As a precursor to best of the year lists, which will be published in separate posts, some movie year odds and ends.

First Movie I Saw in 2012: Contraband

Most Charismatic Lead Performance: Denzel Washington in Flight

Most Charismatic Lead Performance, Runner-Up: Guy Pearce in Lockout Read more »

6
Jan

2012 Movie Year in Review, Part 1

by HELEN GEIB

Les Miserables (2012)

For years I attempted to operate in the same viewing universe as the professional critics and awards societies when it came to the year in review. I tried waiting until March to make my list, by which month most of the acclaimed films had made it to Indianapolis- if they were ever going to. For an exercise in mental gymnastics I tried parsing my list, creating a separate category for the best movies from the year prior to the year at hand that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see until after publication of the previous year’s list. I tried ignoring the problem by refusing to make a list at all. Read more »

24
Nov

Favorites Corner: Films of Billy Wilder

by HELEN GEIB, GEOFF GEIB and NIR SHALEV

An occasional feature where the writers compare their five favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema. A change in format for this edition because there was, predictably, considerable overlap: instead of three ranked top fives a combined chronological top eight.

Billy Wilder (1906-2002)

THE LIST

Double Indemnity (1944)
Geoff’s #1, Helen’s #1, Nir’s #5

(GEOFF) Barbara Stanwyck at her very best, playing a woman who is, in all fairness, a bit of a bad seed. The clever plan hatched by Stanwyck and genial sap Fred MacMurray to murder her husband naturally falls to pieces once Edward G. Robinson’s intuition enters the picture, but after so many viewings, it’s less the construct of the story/scheme that stays with me than the realization that each of these characters’ actions are based on a false premise. Read more »

19
Aug

The Ten Most Influential Directors

by NIR SHALEV

1) Sergei M. Eisenstein

Orson Welles once said that a film is completed in the editing suite. By that he didn’t mean editing is the final step in the filmmaking process, but rather that editing is the most important aspect and that a film is made and completed in its entirety in the editing suite. And when it comes to film editing, no one did it better, or had perfected it earlier than Eisenstein. He set the standard for editing techniques that are still being utilized today. Christopher Nolan wouldn’t have expository dialogue punctuated by montage-style editing if it wasn’t for Eisenstein’s revered Odessa Steps sequence from his early masterpiece Battleship Potemkin (1925). And we wouldn’t have Tarantino’s violent (although he never actually shows the violence) Pulp Fiction (1994), either. Then came Strike (1925), October (1928), Alexander Nevsky (1938), Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 and 2 (1944, 1958), etc., etc…. Read more »

30
Jun

Favorites Corner: Films of David Mamet

by HELEN GEIB, GEOFF GEIB and NIR SHALEV

An occasional feature where the writers compare their five favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema.

David Mamet (b. 1947)

HELEN’S TOP FIVE

5) The Untouchables (1987) (writer) Read more »