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Das Weiße Band (The White Ribbon) by Michael Haneke

Top of the month October 2009: Das Weiße Band (The White Ribbon)

Grow up evil, children!

Why should you go see The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke, right now?

– Because of the sumptuous black & white and aesthetic photography.
– Because of the frightening children as if they were coming from an episode of The Twilight zone or Village of the Damned… without an once of fantastic.
– Because it’s one of the best screenplay pointing out the link between education and growth of terrorism of any kind, and the consequences that (may) follow.

Runners up :Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Phil Lord & Chris Miller and Funny People by Judd Apatow.
(not to mention Le Syndrome du Titanic by Nicolas Hulot & Jean-Albert Lièvre and Mademoiselle Chambon by Stéphane Brizé)

District 9 by Neill Blomkamp

Top of the month September 2009: District 9

Best prawn movie ever!

Why should you go see District 9 by Neill Blomkamp, right now?

– Because you will have empathy for christopher, a fully CGI character!
– Because for once this is a truly original sci-fi concept and it’s not happening in the USA!
– Because it’s a great reminder of the history of South Africa – apartheid (District Six) AND post-apartheid (Zimbabwean immigrants).

Runners up :Mary and Max by Adam Elliot and (500) Days of Summer by Marc Webb.
(not to mention The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow & L’Affaire Farewell by Christian Carion)

Un Prophete by Jacques Audiard

Top of the month August 2009: Un prophète

Social climbing in prison.

Why should you go see Un prophète by Jacques Audiard, right now?

– Because of the acting: Tahar ‘Malik‘ Rahim, THE revelation, present in (almost) all the scenes and Niels ‘Luciani‘ Arestrup, scariest Corsican ever! :]
– Because it’s the best film of director Jacques Audiard who already has a perfect filmography!
– Because it’s an instant classic (in the prison genre).

Runners up :Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino and Les Derniers jours du monde by Jean-Marie Larrieu & Arnaud Larrieu.
(not to mention The Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson & Staten Island by James De Monaco)

Up by Pixar

Top of the month July 2009: Up

Spirit of Adventure with Carl Fredricksen!

Why should you go see Up by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, right now?

– Because of the talking dogs, the funny bird and – SQUIRREL!!
– Because of the short « Partly Cloudy », craftsmen Pixar at its best.
– Because of the first ten minutes featuring a dialogue-free sequence of Carl and Ellie’s life.   Heartbreaking :°]

Runners up :Public Enemies by Michael ‘Heat’ Mann and The Reader by Stephen Daldry.

State of Play by Kevin Macdonald

Top of the month June 2009: State of Play

Print media won’t die!

Why should you go see State of Play by Kevin Macdonald, right now?

– Because it’s always good to watch a 70’s style political thriller movie in 2009.
– Because if you don’t know the original BBC mini-series directed by David Yates, what are you waiting for?
– Because of the great casting and brillant screenplay.

Runners up :Coraline by Henry Selick and The Hangover by Todd Phillips.
(not to mention Lascars by Albert Pereira Lazaro & Emmanuel Klotz and Terminator Salvation by McG)

Star Trek by J.J. »bad robot » Abrams

Top of the month May 2009: Star Trek

Reboot, live long and Prosper!

Why should you go see Star Trek by J.J. Abrams, right now?

– Because no need to be a trekkie to enjoy it, the eleventh Star Trek has been made for a wider audience.
– Because no old pyjamas in sight (well…)
– Because even if it’s not perfect… when was the last interesting Sci-Fi movie you have seen?

Runners up :Drag me to Hell by Sam Raimi and Millenium by Niels Arden Oplev.
(not to mention Looking for Eric by Ken Loach and The Boat That Rocked by Richard Curtis)

Ponyo on the cliff by the sea by Hayao Miyazaki

Top of the month April 2009: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the sea)

Cute goldfish? po-nyo po-nyo ponyo sakana no ko

Why should you go see Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki, right now?

– Because it’s a feel-good movie such as My Neighbor Totoro.
– Because of the magic of Studio Ghibli.
– Because it’s 100% CGI free, hand drawn and the animation of the ocean is particularly well done.

Runners up :In the Electric Mist by Bertrand Tavernier and Oss 117: rio ne repond plus by Michel Hazanavicius.

Watchmen by Zack Snyder

Top of the month March 2009: Watchmen

Who watches the Watchmen?

Why should you go see Watchmen by Zack Snyder, right now?

– Because after many failed attempts, director Snyder has accomplished a faithful adaptation of the brilliant comic book (by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons).
– Because if you’re not into superheroes, it’s for you.
– Because the end is nigh and everything is a joke.

Runners up :The International by Tom Tykwer and Welcome by Philippe Lioret.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher

Top of the month February 2009: We are all going to die.

Why should you go see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher, right now?

– Because surprisingly enough, even if the main plot is fantastic, everything seems strangely more realistic than Forest Gump (both films are written by Eric Roth and share a couple of similar narratives).
– Because of all the different Brad Pitt through time.
– Because you won’t look at a station clock in the same way anymore.

Runners up :Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood.

Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle

Top of the month January 2009: Slumdog Millionaire

Why should you go see Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle, right now?

– Because of the entertaining ride in Mumbai, Jai Hoooooo.
– Because of the soundtrack and the colourful photography.
– Because it’s Charles Dickens with curry sauce.

Runners up :Revolutionary Road by Sam Mendes and Che by Steven Soderbergh.