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Old July 24 2009, 07:34 PM   #99
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Re: Movies Seen in 2009

Here's an updated, compiled list

Star Trek [A]
Moon [B+]
Tropic Thunder [B]
Pixar Short Films Collection 1 [C+]
The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer [A]
Bitter Films Vol. 1 (Don Hertzfeldt) [A]
The Animation Show Vol. 1 [A]
The Animation Show Vol. 2 [C+]
The Animation Show Vol. 3 [A-]
Blue Velvet [B]
Corndog Man [C]
Beowulf [C-]
The King of Comedy [A-]
Smokin' Aces [C]
Rain Man [A]
Halloween [B]
Bender's Big Score [C+]
Hearts in Atlantis [C+]
Hellboy [A]
Children of Men [B]
LA Confidential [A]
Cinderella Man [B]
Idiocracy [B]
The Hidden [B+]
Edmond [C]
300 [B]
The Astronaut Farmer [C]
Seven Samurai [A]
The Number 23 [D]
Watership Down [B]
The Prestige [B]
Bee Movie [C]
Labyrinth of Darkness (Czech stop-motion animator Jiri Barta's short films) [A]
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers [B]
Strings (big-budget french fantasy puppet movie) [B+]

I've been on a bit of an animation kick lately. "Whos who of animation" type lists led me to pick up DVDs of Jan Svankmajer, the Quay brothers, and Jiri Barta, who are seen as hugely influential. If the phrase "surrealistic stop motion animation shorts" piques your interest at all, I can heartily recommend picking up their DVD anthologies or at least looking them up on the innertubes. Some truly bizarre and amazing work here. Jan Svankmajer I would describe as stark and political. Jiri Barta has more the soul of an entertainer, his movies are like mini-hollywood epics. The Quay Brothers have an uncanny technical proficiency, and the first three shorts on the disc are absolutely amazing, but some of their mid period films don't seem to have a point.
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