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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Best of PSIFF fest 2012

Glad to Have Seen Them:

Apartment in Athens - 9
Shakespeare High -10
Pariah - 8.5
A Separation -10
Salmon Fishing... - 9
Unfinished Spaces - 8.5
Headhunters - 8.5
Sacrifice - 8.5
Love in the Medina - 8.5
super-secret sneak screening - 8.5
Jose and Pilar - 9.5
The Sound of My Voice - 8.0
Perfect Sense - 8.0
Postcard - 8.0
Le Havre - 8.5
Rose - 9.0
Asma’a - 8.5
The Kid With A Bike - 8.0
Blood of My Blood – 9.0
Abu, Son of Adam - 8.5
Three Quarter Moon - 8.5
Haywire - 8.5
Las Acacias - 8.0
The Girls In the band - 9.5
Simon and the Oaks -9.0
Almanya-Welcome to Germany - 8.5
Starbuck - 9.0


Flowers of War ... overblown & I hate Christian Bale, but loved the women and the action scenes - 7
Declaration of War ... over wrought, over acted, over narrated - 7
Elite Squad ... "Headhunters" was better, if you want a body count - 7
Man Without A Cell Phone…ho hum - 7.5
Thin Ice…predictable, tv fare - 7


Once Upon A Time In Anatolia - 6.0 (but, maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for such an existential piece)

Sorry to have missed them:

The Story of Film
Rumble of the Stones
Sonny Boy
The Snows of Kilamanjaro
Diana Vreeland
Cracks in the Shell
If I Were You
When the Night
In Darkness
Chronicle of My Mother
Monsieur Lazhar
In Darkness
Happy, Happy
The Turin Horse
Mulberry Child
Bert Stern: Original Madman
Bitter Seeds

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Most enjoyed Films of 2011 (so far)

with a large number of films yet to see, here are the films I most enjoyed this year:

Midnight In Paris
The Artist
My Week with Marilyn
Harry Potter 7
Louder Than A Bomb
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Debt
The Help
A Separation
Le Havre
Apartment In Athens
Shakespeare High
Jose and Pilar
The Guard
The Iron Lady

Honorable mention, close but no cigar:

Ides of March (ho hum)
Margin Call (ho hum, ho hum)
The Descendants (didn't move me)
The Tree Of Life (self-indulgent)
Hugo (loved the 3-D effects)
J. Edgar (a one-trick pony)
War Horse (epic, but manipulative...My Friend Flicka does trench warfare)

Yet to see:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
City of Life and Death