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Old 12-07-08, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Ronnie Dobbs
"Let The Right One In", "Recount", "Waltzing with Bashir". Three great movies unlisted.
Recount was an HBO movie. It probably didn't qualify, and he gave it 3 stars anyway.
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Originally Posted by Boba Fett
Iron Man and W. are a couple of shockers. I figured Iron Man would be forgotten by critics at the end of the year, and W. wasn't anything that special.
W. made Bush look like a boob and that is what is important.
Old 12-07-08, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by wm lopez
W. made Bush look like a boob and that is what is important.
Bush made Bush look like a "boob".
Old 12-08-08, 12:49 AM
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Ebert only puts four star movies in his best of the year list. Gran Torino, The Wrestler, Button will all get less than 4 stars. Maybe he didn't like them. He has his own opinion
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
Bush made Bush look like a "boob".
I hope Bush reunites and goes on tour.
Old 12-08-08, 08:03 AM
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A lot of the films on his list (i.e. all the ones he mentions he's taking to Ebertfest) are listed as 07 films. Granted, it's always hard to tell with those kinds of films that always seem to be on a festival circuit and never get properly released, but Chop Shop, The Band's Visit, The Fall, and Shotgun Stories have all been circulating festivals for at least a year, and I believe I was able to immediately rent all of them on Netflix.
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They go by US theatrical release, not festival showings, when considering what year a movie is part of.

The Bands Visit showed in New York and LA last year (for limited engagement showings) for a Best Foreign nomination, it wasn't formally released theatrically in the US until Feb 8th, 2008.

Chop Shop got its theatrical release on Feb 27th, 2008.

The Fall, while listed as a 2006 movie, wasn't released until May 28th, 2008.

Shotgun Stories was given its theatrical release on March 26th, 2008.

As such, Chop Shop, Shotgun Stories and The Fall are eligable for oscars this year.

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Originally Posted by wm lopez
W. made Bush look like a boob and that is what is important.
Actually, it made him a more sympathetic figure. Regardless, it's not one of the top 20 films I've seen this year.
Old 12-08-08, 01:28 PM
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BEST:
"The Dark Knight"
"The Fall"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"WALL-E"

GOOD but now award-worthy:
"Happy-Go-Lucky"
"Iron Man"
"W."

HAVEN'T SEEN:
"Ballast"
"The Band's Visit"
"Che"
"Chop Shop"
"Doubt"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Frozen River"
"Milk"
"Rachel Getting Married"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Shotgun Stories"
"Synecdoche, New York"
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If you have Netflix, you can view Chop Shop on the Watch Instantly service.
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Originally Posted by Gerry P.
If you have Netflix, you can view Chop Shop on the Watch Instantly service.
I saw that. Gonna watch it as soon as I finish The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (I think Netflix only streams English dubs, btw EDIT: nevermind, Breathless is in French. I guess they gave us DBaB because the actors re-recorded their own lines in English).

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Originally Posted by Brack
Make your own top 10 list, and call it a day.
I'm not really sure what you mean by that.
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OK, After watching Chop Shop on Netflix, I gotta say I agree with Ebert. A fantastic film. Reminds me a lot of Slumdog, though obviously on a much smaller scale and without the grandeur.
Old 12-08-08, 08:13 PM
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Ebert should just put out a top ten, he's been doing it since the 60's, and he is the most important movie critic around... he probably thinks it is silly just like the star system, but he shouldn't forget that it's also fun. Here's the link to his past top 10's:

http://www.innermind.com/misc/s_e_top.htm
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Originally Posted by CloverClover
Ebert should just put out a top ten, he's been doing it since the 60's, and he is the most important movie critic around... he probably thinks it is silly just like the star system, but he shouldn't forget that it's also fun. Here's the link to his past top 10's:

http://www.innermind.com/misc/s_e_top.htm
That is a cool list. Thanks for that.

Siskel had some interesting picks on his lists: Oh, God!; Time After Time; Blues Brothers; The Fly; Midnight Run; Die Hard 2; Wayne's World; Under Seige. These aren't movies I would normally expect to see in a prominent critic's top 10. Nothing against these movies in the least, they just seem atypical.

I didn't realize 'Pleasantville' was so well regarded. Top 3 for both of them that year. Great movie.
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Yeah, I remember when Pleasantville came out they made a huge deal on how it was one of the very few movies that used special effects to actually tell the story itself.
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no Pineapple Express?
no Step Brothers?
no Tropic Thunder?
no Foot Fist Way?
no Backdoor Burglars 3?
Old 12-18-08, 08:08 PM
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He just published a "complementary" top ten dedicated to foreign language films (and "In Bruges".)

A Christmas Tale
The Duchess of Langeais
The Edge of Heaven
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
A Girl Cut In Two
I've Loved You So Long
The Last Mistress
Let the Right One In
Tell No One
XXY

In Bruges
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
no Pineapple Express?
no Step Brothers?
no Tropic Thunder?
no Foot Fist Way?
no Backdoor Burglars 3?
No of course not!
Old 12-19-08, 02:02 PM
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Ebert's lists mean nothing to me anymore. His 2007 list had Juno over There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men. I don't think you can ever come back from that.
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
Ebert's lists mean nothing to me anymore. His 2007 list had Juno over There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men. I don't think you can ever come back from that.
He liked one film over others. This is a heretofore unprecedented occurrence.
Old 01-03-09, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
The Wrestler is conspicuously absent.
Originally Posted by Boba Fett
I don't think he's seen it yet, as I've yet to see a review. The same could be said for Gran Torino, since it's pretty much a given Ebert will give it 4-Stars and call it a masterpiece.
He had seen it.

From his review:

Originally Posted by Roger Ebert
Note: "The Wrestler" is one of the year's best films. It wasn't on my "best films" list for complicated and boring reasons.
Old 01-03-09, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
How so? The Wrestler, Che, Milk, Revolutionary Road and Doubt have barely been released yet, not to mention all of the other quality films like Slumdog, Let the Right One In, Frozen River and Frost/Nixon. This is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory.
After recently seeing The Wrestler, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire and Revolutionary Road, my opinion hasn't changed. 2008 was a bad year -- there were only about 2 or 3 great films.
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How does he know what I consider to be boring and complicated?
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