Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hunger tops Sight and Sound's Top 10 2008 List


Is this the best that BIFA could do? Microscopic pictures of their winners holding their prize? Hello, WTH? (Photos: Michael, Steve McQueen, and Sean Bobbitt)

I created a new blog roll that features, Fassbender Friendly blogs that speak highly of Michael Fassbender and his role in Hunger. So to start off, I added In Contention which is a blog maintained by Guy based in London, and Film Experience maintained by Nate from New York, he's also a friend on Facebook. So check out their blogs as everytime they are updated, it will be automatically updated on the blog roll too.
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Meanwhile, at In Contention, because of Guy, I was able to learn that the highly praised industry magazine, Sight & Sound, has made their Top 10 Best of 2008 list, and Hunger tops it as their favorite movie. The list has not been added to their site yet - http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/ but this information can be found in the January 2009 magazine just out on the newstand. I will check it out myself when I visit the bookstore later. I always enjoy browsing through this magazine, but I must admit, it seems like one needs an IQ of 150 or higher to really appreciate it - that's how sophisticated it is. LOL!

Here's the Top 10 for 2008:

1.“Hunger” (Steve McQueen)
2. “There Will Be Blood” (Paul Thomas Anderson)
3. “WALL-E” (Andrew Stanton)
4. “Gomorrah” (Matteo Garrone)
=5. “A Christmas Tale” (Arnaud Desplechin)
=5. “The Class” (Laurent Cantet)7
. “Of Time and the City” (Terence Davies)
8. “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Mike Leigh)
=9. “The Headless Woman” (Lucrecia Martel)
=9. “Let the Right One In” (Tomas Alfredson)
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And check out their 2007 list, as comparison:

1 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
2 Inland Empire (David Lynch) (my brain died watching this film)
3 Zodiac (David Fincher)
= 4 I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)
The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
6 Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas)
= 7 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
No Country for Old Men (Ethan and Joel Coen)
Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg)


See? Cerebral films for deep minds.

Additionally, this is what Guy says about Sight & Sound's list:

Sight & Sound’s annual Top Ten is, for my money, one of the most intelligent and respectable of all critics’ lists, and this year’s is no exception. Revealed in the magazine’s just-out January 2009 issue, the list is drawn from a poll of 50 international critics, including such heavyweights as Kenneth Turan, Amy Taubin, Armond White and Peter Bradshaw, and the results (for me, at least) are hard to argue with.The list rather bluntly highlights the less-than-stellar year American cinema has had, with only one 2008 U.S. picture (”WALL-E”) making the cut. (The inclusion of “There Will Be Blood” stems from UK release date differences, which might also account for the low profile of some current year-end contenders.) But it’s a rich and exciting collection of films, however you look at it.

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