YEAR ENDING (2009)

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December (2009)

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) – Directed By Michael Haneke

“A vehemently inclement snapshot of momentous conspiratorial malevolence as reflected upon and obscured by the prism of the kind of epic inhuman atrocities that no amount of reflection can reconcile.” -d

 

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November (2009)

Antichrist – Directed By Lars Von Trier

“An altogether agonizing affair; a bizarro Oleanna, where the context of caustic language and its power to polarize is re-framed in the wake of pulverizing violence and unshakable imagery (not confined to animal viscera and genital mutilation).” -d

 

A Serious Man

October (2009)

 A Serious Man -Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

“Here, at their most subliminally corrosive, the Coens invite misinterpretation at every turn in much the same way religion does, by making prey of the meek and lost.” -d

 

Big Fan
Big Fan

September (2009)

Big Fan – Directed By Robert D. Siegel

“A blunt examination of identity in the tribal culture of the spectator sport, where chronic depression can lie dormant, comforted by vicarious victories while feeding off humiliating defeats to come.” -d

 

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August (2009)

Thirst (Bakjwi) – Directed By Park Chan-wook

“If not the best Vampire movie ever made, certainly the densest and most daringly genre damning.” -d

 

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July (2009)

The Hurt Locker- Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

“Tearing a page from the trenchant war treatise Generation Kill, Kathryn Bigelow steers clear of the pulpit and instead opts for the front lines, orchestrating a cacophony of chaotic, adrenaline fueled set pieces to acclimate the uninitiated to the psychology of addiction.” -d

 

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June (2009)

Summer Hours (L’heure d’été) – Directed by Olivier Assayas

“Eric Gautier’s astute, observational, yet elegantly unobtrusive camera delicately narrows its focus as familial bonds and fond memories attempt to reconcile the unsettling gloom that generational and cultural gaps foster.” -d

 

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May (2009)

The Limits Of Control – Directed By Jim Jarmusch

“Supply your own narration for this sedately paced and magnificently lensed travelogue into a cinematic shadow world, where the philosophical and the practical are indistinguishable; a landscape whose limitations can only be subverted by its creator.”-d

 

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April (2009)

Three Monkeys directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Stark lighting schemes drape Gökhan Tiryaki’s terse and intimate compositions creating a permeable atmospheric stasis that only Hatice Aslan’s raw, elemental and ultimately graceful portrayal of an emotionally maimed wife and mother can perforate.” -d

 

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March (2009)

TOKYO! directed by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Joon-ho Bong

 

“Three dramatically diverse and stylistically eclectic Tokyo set short films, two intensified by their standout leads Ayako Fujitani and Jean-François Balmer respectively and the other transmogrified by the meditative mastery of director Joon-ho Bong.” -d

 

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Feb (2009)

Coraline – Directed By Henry Selick

“A visually majestic and emotionally unpretentious, cinematic acid trip for the whole family.” -d

 

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Jan (2009)

GOMORRA – Directed By Matteo Garrone

“If it is to be classified as a Gangster Film rather than the front lines war reportage it more closely resembles, then fans of the Gangster genre beware; Matteo Garrone’s cold blooded, unflinching and unaffected Gomorra makes The Godfather look like The Sound Of Music.” -d