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Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 in Films

And my 10 favorite films of 2008 are the following:

Three Monkeys (Uc Maymun)
by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan managed to make the unimaginable happen: topple his previous opuses "Uzak" and "Iklimler". His directing at its best.

by Kornél Mundruczó –

the shooting location meets the image meets the soundtrack meets the leading young actress are all made of win. Utterly beautiful.

There Will Be Blood
by Paul Thomas Anderson

a film like this one redefines the concept of 'classic'. Daniel Day Lewis stands out.

by Andrew Stanton - USA

it pierces your heart, no matter your age. And who wouldn't want to have Wall-E around him for a day or two? A new beginning for Pixar!

Gomorra / Gomorrah
by Matteo Garone – Italy

this was one the gems of what many saw as Italy's cinema year par excellence. Keeps you holding your breath until the denouement of each of its five Mafia stories.

The Class (Entre les Murs)
by Laurent Cantet

Cantet brought back the light to the long forgotten French Cinema. I'll quote the New York Times: "Mr. Cantet (...) has done that rarest of things in movies about children: He has allowed them to talk."

Waltz with Bashir / Valse avec Bachir
by Ari Folman –

Because Folman pushed the boundaries of animation and redefined the genre by tackling it in documentary style to relive what he saw during the Israeli invasion to Lebanon in 1982. The opening sequence is a killer.

by Marco Pontecorvo

Because real life and fiction can perfectly coexist in a film. A very touching tale on the street children of Bucharest.

by Sergey Dvortsevoy
– Kazakhstan

I still believe that every once in a while, you'll get amazing surprises like this little gem. Heartfelt performances in the Kazakh steppe!

Eye of the Sun (Ein Shams)
by Ibrahim El Batout –

you can feel when a director makes a film with his heart with as little means as possible. In terms of sincerity, the result cannot even compare to any multi-million Egyptian film in the recent couple of years. And you cannot but fall for the striking Shams.

Special Mention:

The One Man Village (Semaan Bel Day'a)
by Simon El Habre

Because you don't have to be a renowned filmmaker to make a personal story look universal through its striking image. And because such a striking image will make you a renowned filmmaker quite quickly.

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Blogger sarra said...

7ala 7ala 7ala, ghala ghala ghala, dabab dabab dabab.
Go ahead 3azizi.

12:30 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger roubish said...

Yalla, Metropolis is coming next!
Dabab, dabab, dabab ;)

5:44 PM, January 08, 2009  
Anonymous Simon said...

Thank Roubish for this "special mention", I appreciate it, specially coming from an critical cinephile like you :)

12:17 AM, January 13, 2009  
Blogger sarra said...

Still waiting for our Metro list...

12:01 PM, January 13, 2009  
Blogger sarra said...

Tawwalit il coming next 7obbi!!!

12:01 PM, January 13, 2009  
Blogger roubish said...

Dear Simon, I hope you keep your promises so that in 2010, Ayam Beirut will (hopefully) open with your first feature film! :)

As to you Sarra, "Patience is a virtue" (I'm not talking about the Patience you know :P)

12:14 PM, January 13, 2009  

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