Movies I have seen this year:
Once – Buskers’ holiday.
The Savages, Married Life – Good actors wasting their time and mine.
No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Straight Time, 3:10 to Yuma, Gone Baby Gone, American Gangster – Good actors wasting their time and mine with gratuitous violence.
Interview, Sunshine, The Nines, Unconscious, Death at a Funeral, I’m Not There, Cassandra’s Dream, The American Friend – Weird and mysterious doings, sometimes funny, mostly just weird and mysterious.
The Bourne Ultimatum – Action for action’s sake.
The Man on the Flying Trapeze – W.C. Fields wings it.
Cave of the Yellow Dog, Into the Wild, The Tunnel, The Kite Runner, The Counterfeiters – Gripping reality.
A Little Princess, The Jane Austen Book Club – Enjoyable froth.
Michael Clayton – New Deal propaganda in the 21st century.
Becoming Jane, La Vie en Rose, The Whole Wide World, My Boy Jack – Well done biopics and period pieces.
Lust, Caution – Spicy Chinese fare.
Shadow of a Doubt – Overrated Hitchcock.
Safety Last, Girl Shy – Hilarious silent stuff.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Tomorrow – Southern soul.
Atonement, This Is England, The Search for John Gissing, Son of Rambow – Excellent Britflicks.
Resurrecting the Champ, The Bucket List, The Great Debaters – Feel-good American films — barely bearable.
Ballet Shoes, Before the Rains, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day — Better-than-bearable Britflicks (two feel-gooders, one soaper with scenery); those accents do make a difference.
Lars and the Real Girl, Charlie Bartlett – Middle-age/teen-age angst.
The Bank Job – The best caper movie since Snatch; Topkapi in London, and more realistic.
Charlie Wilson’s War – Mr. Smith goes to Kabul, with laughs.