Time Out names the 100 best British films

Posted by · 6:38 pm · February 8th, 2011

Earlier today, I praised the Evening Standard Awards for drawing people’s attention to forms and flavors of contemporary British film beyond the dressy heritage cinema that so many associate with the country. This morning, London’s Time Out magazine posted a fascinating feature that does much the same for the past: a wide-ranging list of the […]

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Watching and waiting: Guy’s best and worst of 2010

Posted by · 10:00 am · January 5th, 2011

What kind of year was 2010 at the movies? You tell me. It’s virtually impossible to find one yardstick to measure 365 days of cinema for a collective audience whose interests seem ever more segregated. If your film interests are covered largely by the multiplex, chances are 2010 was an unusually unrewarding year for you, […]

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Another word on ‘Another Year’

Posted by · 6:12 am · December 31st, 2010

I’m linking to this Top 20 Films of 2010 list on In Review Online for several reasons. Because I really like the site. Because I really like the list. Because I’m one of the writers they polled to create the list. Because their number one is perfect. And because they were kind enough to invite […]

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Sight & Sound names ‘Social Network’ best of 2010

Posted by · 8:38 am · November 28th, 2010

It’s been five years since an American film topped the annual poll of venerable British film mag Sight & Sound, and even longer since a major studio picture took the honor. So congratulations are in order to “The Social Network,” which received the most votes across the selection of 85 international critics invited to submit […]

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Guardian does the ‘all-time greatest’ meme

Posted by · 6:05 pm · October 21st, 2010

Ah, lists. The gift that keeps giving — particularly in the world of film blogging, where they provide snappy short-form content, invite numerous comments and generate multiple hits when spread across a zillion pages. Last year’s flood of end-of-decade countdowns surely satisfied even the most ardent list fanatic for a good few months, but with […]

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Ranking Oscar’s 43 features

Posted by · 1:21 pm · March 6th, 2010

Last year I did this just for fun, so I thought I’d give it another whirl.  My ranking of the 43 features nominated for an Oscar this year.  (Interesting to note, last year it was 36 films.  I wonder if it’s always pretty close to 40.) Feel free to offer up your list of whatever […]

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The top 10 shots of 2009: part two

Posted by · 12:46 pm · February 17th, 2010

In case you missed the first part of our look at the best shots of 2009, go ahead and catch up here.  Before getting into the top five, however, I’d like to spotlight a few examples that almost made the cut but just missed. First and foremost, “Inglourious Basterds” is obviously a favorite around these […]

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The top 10 shots of 2009: part one

Posted by · 12:49 pm · February 16th, 2010

Assembling the assets for my annual take on the best single shots of the year was more of a chore this time around than ever.  Perhaps one need only look to a lackluster list of Oscar nominees in the Best Cinematography category to gauge just how underwhelming much of the work behind the camera was […]

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LAFCA picks the top 10 films of the decade

Posted by · 11:20 am · January 12th, 2010

You can never have too many of these, right?  Right? Right? 1. “Mulholland Drive” 2. “There Will Be Blood” 3. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” 4. “Brokeback Mountain” 5. (tie) “No Country for Old Men” and “Zodiac” 6. “Yi Yi” 7. (tie) “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “The Lord of the […]

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Cahiers, Sight & Sound offer decade lists

Posted by · 4:21 pm · January 9th, 2010

The recent barrage of end-of-decade collectives has probably been enough to sate the appetite of even the keenest listoholic — but having consciously avoided most such lists while I worked on my own, I’m still wallowing in them. So I can’t resist mentioning out the lists of two of the world’s leading film magazines — […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guilds, lists and disqualifications

Posted by · 4:49 am · January 9th, 2010

• In a big week for precursor announcements, the DGA nominations were the biggest — and least surprising. • The PGA, meanwhile, found room for all three of the year’s hot sci-fi titles in its nominee slate. • “The Hurt Locker” triumphed at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the first film in 12 […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #1-10

Posted by · 1:29 pm · January 6th, 2010

And then there were ten. Before I wrap up the list that I’ve trickled out over the last five days, I suppose I should write a few words on the decade that was. I entered the 2000s as a 16 year-old boy in Johannesburg who thought he knew a lot about movies. I left it […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #11-20

Posted by · 6:51 pm · January 5th, 2010

Okay, so I wasn’t expecting “Wolf Creek” to be the most popular inclusion — though in putting it out there, I was glad to see the number of fellow cheerleaders I have for that one. Such sharing is the principal joy of doing such lists. I doubt that any titles in today’s group of ten […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #21-30

Posted by · 7:01 pm · January 4th, 2010

A little late, but we’re at the halfway mark now, and I must say I couldn’t be more delighted and flattered by your warm response to the list so far. I mentioned in my intro to the first installment that I’d prefer you to view this as a loose playlist than as a rigid ordered […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #31-40

Posted by · 5:00 pm · January 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, I began my countdown of my 50 favorite — do note that last word, I hesitate to say “best” — films of the 2000s. Today, we creep up another ten rungs on the ladder. I wrote this in my introduction to the list yesterday, but it bears repeating: don’t read too much into the […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #41-50

Posted by · 3:48 pm · January 2nd, 2010

Here we go. I’ll reserve a more complete intro for the final part on Wednesday, but a quick word on the compilation of the list that will unfold over the next five days. When, several months ago, I began the long, occasionally maddening but not altogether unpleasant process of sifting out the best films of […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Avatar’ leads, ‘Nine’ falls, more lists

Posted by · 6:53 pm · January 1st, 2010

There was no wrap last Friday, what with Christmas capping a dead calm news week. So here are the highlights of the last fortnight: • Off the Carpet returned from its Christmas vacation to survey the current state of the race — advantage “Avatar.” • The Long Shot considered the varying fortunes of the quartet […]

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Forever delayed

Posted by · 4:24 pm · January 1st, 2010

Some of you have asked when my own “Best of the Decade” list will land. (Needless to say, it’s flattering to know that my ramblings are actually anticipated in some quarters!) Well, fear not — it’s on its way. I have planned a Top 50 in five parts, the first installment of which will go […]

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