The World Cup of Films 2009


  1. jimbotender
  2. Dimitris

The first attempt of organizing a multi-cultural event in the Auteurs site (newly formed as MUBI) where the competition was similar to the football event which is held every 4 years, this year being in South Africa.

The list follows the linear of 3 vs 3 films aka "games", from the group stages till the final results with the respective teams / countries / regions.

Winner: China
2nd Place: India
3rd Place: Africa / Japan

Missing from Flixster:

Un Soir, Un Train - Andre Delvaux
The Ritual - Girish Kasaravalli
Courage for Every Day - Evald Schorm
Daybreak - Yu Sun

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1
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
2
Ucho (The Ear) 1990,  Unrated)
3
Stagecoach 1939,  Unrated)
4
Alice (Neco z Alenky) 1988,  Unrated)
5
Le Procès (The Trial) 1963,  Unrated)
6
Postava k Podpírání (Joseph Kilian) 1963,  Unrated)
7
De Man die zijn haar kort liet knippen 1966,  Unrated)
8
Mysterious Object at Noon 2000,  Unrated)
9
Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (The Meetings of Anna) 1978,  Unrated)
10
Thuong nho dong que (Nostalgia for Countryland) 1996,  Unrated)
11
Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) 1962,  Unrated)
12
Insiang 2007,  Unrated)
13
La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) 1950,  Unrated)
La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game)
The "game" is translated as hypocrisy.May I offer my point of view just for the sake of it?I am allowed to do as I please,even so...where is my moral credibility so as my point to be justified,amongst the superficial points of our everyday lives?And who's to say that poets tell the truth?It depends on the "poets" and their class division,right?
14
Chorok mulkogi (Green Fish) 1997,  Unrated)
15
Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) 1969,  Unrated)
Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete)
Glorious,improvisatory and the impeccable Belmondo in a surreal state of adjustment.Nothing is oblivious according to the chaotic screenplay and there lies the whole charm of it.
16
Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinaire 2004,  Unrated)
17
Pickpocket 1959,  Unrated)
18
Goryeo jang 1963,  Unrated)
Goryeo jang
Effective,disturbing,heavily sentimental but never without a flesh of humanity in spite of the major fragility out of all characters of the drama.Ki-young doesn't give a shit when he's portraying a demolished by famine ancient society where corruption and pledge simultaneously interweave the excellent finale.
19
Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) 1967,  Unrated)
Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)
The division bell is ringing too fast for the weak and meek.Reds,Whites,colors are futile.It's the physical and mental torture that fastens your seat.Whatever occurred in historical manners,this vice-versa irony is entrancing and utterly disturbing,since cruelty isn't measured in uniforms and consequences.
20
Vigil 1984,  Unrated)
21
Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl) 1985,  R)
22
An Angel at My Table 1990,  R)
23
Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) 1994,  Unrated)
Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)
I can't describe it.It's an opus equivalent to what philosophy and opera really mean to anyone who's a fervent supporter of all types of arts.No mental delights,no gloominess,this is an attack to the senses by a long shot!
Whoever is against natural formations,better stay away...the hours and the times,literally.
24
The Quiet Earth 1985,  R)
25
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) 1954,  Unrated)
26
Brothers (Brødre) 2004,  R)
27
Zangiku monogatari (The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums) 1939,  Unrated)
28
En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story) 2001,  Unrated)
29
Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) 1995,  Unrated)
30
Epidemic 1987,  Unrated)
Epidemic
Apocalyptic manifesto,the last 20 minutes are what our subculture today should have been: decadent in a vicious square of thoughts.And here is the wizard's illumination,a plot where what's seen isn't less real than what's felt.
31
Veneno para las hadas (Poison for the Fairies) (The Evil Fairies) 1986,  Unrated)
32
Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli) 1988,  Unrated)
Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)
Sadness and solitude.Can't spread any optimistic message if one erases the finale which is a huge diversion from most Angelopoulos' films.The little girl is a blast as with the visual silence of a film like that.
33
El Compadre Mendoza 1933,  Unrated)
34
Valurile Dunarii (The Danube Waves) 1959,  Unrated)
35
The Place Without Limits 1977,  Unrated)
36
W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma) 1971,  NC-17)
37
L'Avventura (The Adventure) 1960,  Unrated)
L'Avventura (The Adventure)
And what is the brink of life anyway?So what if a close friend disappears as if the earth swallowed him(or her in our case)?The signs of the weather,of earth,of the future mean nothing,present is the intellectual stimulation we all must utilize to prove our existence.Needless to say it's a requirement to move on whether a misfortune or a laughter approach us,it is continuity!Antonioni's first part is the evidence...
38
Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) 1985,  PG)
39
Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) 1953,  Unrated)
40
A Touch of Zen 1969,  Unrated)
41
I Vitelloni 1953,  Unrated)
42
Zui yao yuan de ju li (The Most Distant Course) 2007,  Unrated)
Zui yao yuan de ju li (The Most Distant Course)
I shall applaud Lin,and a thousand more cheers if he continues to preserve this aromatic stigma like in this picture.Jia Siao-guo as the nerve-cracking psychologist and Lunmei Kwai as the feminine free spirit fill the screen with superb warmth,parts of the road trip triangle,immobilized by time and yet in search of this love,this flame,a "something" to root for.
43
Antares 2004,  R)
44
El Topo 1971,  Unrated)
45
The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) 1989,  NC-17)
46
El Chacal de Nahueltoro (Jackal of Nahueltoro) 1970,  Unrated)
47
Fast Film 2004,  Unrated)
48
La Buena vida 2008,  Unrated)
49
Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) 1979,  R)
50
The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) 1973,  Unrated)
51
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927,  Unrated)
52
Blood Wedding(Bodas de sangre ) 1981,  Unrated)
53
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) 1998,  R)
54
Belle de Jour 1967,  R)
55
Terra em Transe (Anguished Land)(Land Entranced) 1966,  Unrated)
Terra em Transe (Anguished Land)(Land Entranced)
Rocha the anarchist...well,partially.The Autran-Lewgoy-Filho trio of compulsive reactions is more than enough for the disbelievers to continue watching an operatic motion picture way ahead of its time.Sure,it's a flashback but what a flashback that was!!!
56
Spider 2002,  R)
57
Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father) 2001,  Unrated)
58
Calendar 1993,  R)
Calendar
The optical purposes of a study on architecture and the historical treatise of a long-forsaken land.We come full circle the moment all seasons approach their climax,Egoyan's static camera focuses in the buildings and their caressing stature instead of the human beings.A contrast which fits Egoyan's overtones and the oozing atmosphere that encompasses this exceptional film.
59
Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (Pixote) (Pixote, the Law of the Weakest) 1981,  R)
60
Léolo 1993,  PG)
61
A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) 1946,  PG)
62
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) 1955,  Unrated)
63
King and Country 1964,  Unrated)
64
The Golden Line (Subarnarekha) 2011,  Unrated)
65
The Innocents 1961,  Unrated)
66
Nishant 1975,  Unrated)
67
Monanieba (Repentance) 1987,  PG)
68
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982,  PG)
69
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv) 1966,  Unrated)
70
Shine 1996,  PG-13)
Shine
Hicks' attempt to seal morbid childhood is a success and a brilliant equilibrium to the present salvation.Helfgott's true story marches as one of those small diamonds from Australian cinema and as a clean-cut biography where you don't always notice (Rush needs no introductions) the "paraplegic" in our case a mentally disturbed pianist.It is in fact a very emotional father-son drama.
71
Iko shashvi mgalobeli (Lived Once a Song-Thrush) (Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird) 1970,  Unrated)
72
Strictly Ballroom 1992,  PG)
73
Stalker 1979,  Unrated)
74
Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) 1961,  Unrated)
Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
Magnifico Bergman,a splendid anatomy of the human remorse and parental arrogance.God isn't a disbeliever rather the entity on our heroine's interior expedition.The Oscars awarded it foreign language film.So what?The best should have been the ultimate prize,but you see,it's a joke,language restrictions I suppose...
75
The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) 2003,  Unrated)
76
All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons) 1995,  Unrated)
77
Ivan Groznyy (Ivan the Terrible, Part One) 1944,  Unrated)
78
The Emigrants 1971,  PG)
79
Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) 1994,  G)
Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees)
Expressive and staggeringly touching.The process of film-making and the various interactions by the members/crew,job and personal issues altogether.A brilliant finale,worthwhile as one of 90's magnificent finales.
80
El Viaje (The Voyage) (The Journey) 1992,  R)
81
The Color of Paradise 2000,  PG)
82
Un Lugar en el Mundo (A Place in the World) 1992,  PG)
83
The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) 1995,  Unrated)
84
Autumn Sun 1999,  PG)
85
To Live (Huozhe) 1994,  R)
86
Tango 1982,  PG)
87
Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) 2000,  Unrated)
88
Tess 1979,  PG)
89
Chungking Express 1994,  PG-13)
90
Kanal (Canal) (They Loved Life) 1961,  Unrated)
91
Uzak (Distant) 2004,  Unrated)
92
Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) 1958,  Unrated)
93
Dry Summer (Susuz yaz) 1964,  Unrated)
94
Hyènes (Hyenas) 1992,  Unrated)
95
Autumn (Sonbahar) 2008,  Unrated)
96
Mandabi 1968,  Unrated)
97
The Night of the Hunter 1955,  PG)
98
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 1975,  Unrated)
99
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964,  PG)
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
It's a comedy film,right?Well,not really,unless you can point out that conference rooms and Seller's character alterations and satirical quotes are comedic.So it's a satire...and my slice of eccentricity in it.
100
Le Bonheur (Happiness) 1965,  Unrated)
101
Faces 1968,  R)
102
Malpertuis: The Legend of Doom House 1972,  Unrated)
103
Marketa Lazarová 1967,  Unrated)
104
Cyclo 1995,  Unrated)
105
Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) 1964,  Unrated)
106
Bao gio cho den thang muoi (When the Tenth Month Comes) (The Love Doesn't Come Back) 1984,  Unrated)
107
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970,  Unrated)
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
There is no place like home Valerie.....
The assassination of a blossoming violet.Also known as the savage youth and how to embrace your dreams evading hell.
108
Vive l'Amour 1994,  Unrated)
109
Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) 1946,  Unrated)
Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête)
All fairytales are derivatives of the guilt-innocence syndrome of the children's notion of the world.Beast is the vicious but kind-hearted soul thus Belle becomes the penultimate saint in Cocteau's mind.A Saint without wings,nonetheless a spirit of the most divine emotions a child would love to have as a protector.And of what of us,adults?An adventure in the forest is all that's left for us...but what an adventure!
110
Father (Apa) 1967,  PG-13)
111
A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) 1964,  Unrated)
112
Körhinta (Merry-Go-Round) 1956,  Unrated)
113
La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) 1937,  Unrated)
114
Adoption 1975,  Unrated)
115
Failan 2001,  Unrated)
116
Dead Alive (Braindead) 1992,  R)
Dead Alive (Braindead)
"I kick arse for the Lord!" and the miracle happened!Probably the Jackson epitome of indestructible goriness and slumbering...nastiness,ha!A rolling-thunder baby or a foul-mouthed zombie-killer?Take your pick you heathens,viruses are old-school,welcome to the real deal of mass sickness!!!
117
Chihwaseon 2002,  Unrated)
Chihwaseon
Up until recently,a number of films dedicated to the lives and times of exceptional painters,fine artists in a broader scope started emerging out of nowhere.Ladies,gents,I present you the unanimous masterpiece of them all,forget Pollocks and Fridas,Sung-up,a humongous legend in the Joseon dynasty in Korea,a fabulous poetic journey by the hands of an elderly Im Kwon-taek and yet profoundly young,Min-sik proves he is an Actor.
118
Goodbye Pork Pie 1981,  R)
119
Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) 2003,  Unrated)
120
Once Were Warriors 1994,  R)
121
My Neighbor Totoro 1988,  G)
122
Prisoner 13 (El Prisonero Trece) 1933,  Unrated)
123
The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) 1952,  G)
124
La fórmula secreta (The Secret Formula) 1965,  Unrated)
125
Tôkyô boshoku (Tokyo Twilight) 1957,  NC-17)
126
The Paper Man (El hombre de papel) 1963,  R)
127
Ordet (The Word) 1955,  Unrated)
128
Forest of the Hanged (Padurea spânzuratilor) 1964,  Unrated)
129
Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) 2006,  R)
Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding)
Brilliant melodrama from Bier,a renovator of touching scenes,roaring upheavals inside the souls of close interrelations.The core of this film lies to the characters,primarily speaking because Bier is calmly emphasizing on the hushes and inner voices.A pity for this creator deserves more than a Hollywood career.
130
Mikres Afrodites (Young Aphrodites) 1963,  Unrated)
Mikres Afrodites (Young Aphrodites)
If everyone reads the Hellenistic period classic "Daphnis and Chloe",they will discover the extremely powerful sighs and emotional silences this movie brings,same premise as the book.A wonderful Greek film,a definite must amongst a glamorous and kitsch era in our then film production,sensational cinematography and pagan signs.
131
Reconstruction 2003,  PG-13)
Reconstruction
Fragrant stimulation.A top notch film of 2004,a great film production,a charming gem of reflecting views and the magic of cinema inside out.Where the truth lies,the darkness' consequence dies.
132
Surogat 1961,  Unrated)
133
Last Tango in Paris 1972,  R)
Last Tango in Paris
Sexual,provoking,masochistic,
luscious,breathtaking,like biting the most delicious fruit and realizing temptation worthed the undeniable stir of your body.Bertolucci uses psychological symbols,eroticism is the main course and bohemianism = life.
134
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine 2005,  Unrated)
135
Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger) 1961,  Unrated)
136
Copy Shop 2001,  Unrated)
137
The Leopard 1963,  PG)
138
To the Happy Few 2003,  Unrated)
139
Kong shan ling yu (Raining in the Mountain) 1979,  Unrated)
140
Santa sangre (Holy Blood) 1989,  R)
Santa sangre (Holy Blood)
Punishment,self-inflictive testament.Man in the face of his destiny..crumbled and torn apart.The trauma Jodorowsky implies is what will expiate us finally and leads us to personal catharsis.Wonderfully crafted film,exceptional tricks by the steady-cam,it often feels as if you're in another dimension and these unearthly events appear normal indeed.
141
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001,  PG-13)
142
La Tierra Prometida (The Promised Land) 1972,  Unrated)
143
A Brighter Summer Day 1991,  Unrated)
144
Largo viaje (A Long Journey) 1968,  Unrated)
145
Ninotchka 1939,  R)
146
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2002,  R)
Cidade de Deus (City of God)
Wonderful and a bewildering thunderbolt to the senses.What separates Cidade from other 2003 releases is the narrative theme: apparently,Meirelles thought it would be useful to rip off Los Olvidados....this outcome however becomes a superb exploration of the Brazilian slums,like a forgotten cousin of Pixote!
147
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas 1931,  Unrated)
148
Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985,  R)
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Babenco's jack pot in Hollywood was the death of his Oscar career.So what?Against the norms of studio decisions,Babenco controlled a subject truly remarkable and whoever thinks love and passion was a revolution in Brokeback Mountain,this is the real deal,the deserted souls.A fragmentary relationship gives the opportunity to Julia and Hurt to deliver exceptional interpretation of two incarcerated figures.What is fantasy constitutes the unacceptable and yet..so enticingly lustful.A memorable 80's film,different in structure and depth.
149
Wings of Desire 1987,  PG-13)
150
Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman) 1971,  Unrated)
151
All About My Mother 1999,  R)
152
The Sweet Hereafter 1997,  R)
153
El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) 1962,  Unrated)
154
The Heart of the World 2000,  PG)
155
El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun) 1992,  Unrated)
El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)
The complacent portrait of Lopez dwells in the silence and state of fine art retaining the elaborate "auteur" detail which makes Erice's study of conversation,nature,intoxicating feeling such a beloved textbook on time's benefits.Perhaps the simple stuff and as naive as it sounds,just watch those two old men reiterating the past,their affections and the still images of youth.
156
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner 2002,  R)
157
Of Time and the City 2008,  Unrated)
158
Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) 1969,  Unrated)
159
Accident 1967,  Unrated)
160
Zemlya (Earth) (Soil) 1930,  Unrated)
161
The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981,  R)
162
Natvris khe (The Tree of Desire) (The Wishing Tree) 1976,  Unrated)
163
Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder) 1973,  Unrated)
164
The Last Wave 1977,  PG)
165
The Terrorist 1999,  Unrated)
166
Black Robe 1991,  R)
167
Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine) 1980,  Unrated)
168
Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002,  PG)
169
Offret (The Sacrifice) 1986,  PG)
170
The Wind Will Carry Us 1999,  Unrated)
171
A Zori Zdes Tikhie (The Dawns Here Are Quiet) 1972,  Unrated)
172
The Apple (Sib) 1998,  Unrated)
173
Mother and Son 2000,  Unrated)
174
The Cyclist (Bicycleran)(Docharkheh Savar) 1998,  Unrated)
175
Together (Tillsammans) 2000,  R)
176
Sur (The South) 1988,  R)
177
Du Levande (You, The Living) 2007,  Unrated)
178
Invasion 1969,  Unrated)
179
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) 1957,  Unrated)
180
Veronico Cruz (The Debt) (La deuda interna) 1988,  Unrated)
181
Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) 1997,  Unrated)
182
Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) 2008,  Unrated)
183
Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) 1948,  Unrated)
184
Anayurt Oteli (Motherland Hotel) 1987,  Unrated)
185
The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng) 1993,  Unrated)
186
Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007,  G)
187
Deep End 1970,  R)
188
Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) 2002,  Unrated)
189
Europa Europa 1991,  R)
190
Yeelen (Brightness) 1987,  R)
191
Danton 1983,  PG)
192
Wanderers of the Desert (El Haimoune) 1984,  Unrated)
193
The Grapes of Wrath 1940,  Unrated)
194
Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat) 2006,  Unrated)
195
The Lady from Shanghai 1948,  Unrated)
196
Himala 1983,  Unrated)
197
Mean Streets 1973,  R)
Mean Streets
Grand depiction of the underdogs in New York of the 70's,a must-see for Scorsese's multi-faceted career,he literally comes up like a knowledgeable school-student and in the end,not only he's a fast learner,his gunslinger skills have risen in a spectacular level after some years from his debut with Keitel once again.
198
Rebels of the Neon God 1992,  R)
199
Valley of the Bees 1968,  Unrated)
200
Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero) 1991,  PG-13)
201
Mucedníci Lásky (Martyrs of Love) 1967,  Unrated)
202
La Promesse (The Promise) 1996,  Unrated)
203
The End of August at the Hotel Ozone 1967,  Unrated)
204
Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) 1951,  Unrated)
205
The Piano 1993,  R)
The Piano
Remarkable,breathtaking and a perfect chill towards female nobility.Yes,a shaking stir will come from her mouth and Hunter is a poem herself.Campion delivers her magnum opus and I keep my silence until I hear encores once more.
206
Jules and Jim 1962,  Unrated)
207
Heavenly Creatures 1994,  R)
208
Le Cercle Rouge 1970,  R)
209
Phantom Of The Opera 1925,  Unrated)
210
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003,  R)
211
Werckmeister Harmóniák 2000,  Unrated)
212
Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) 2003,  Unrated)
213
The Round-Up (Szegenylegenyek) 1966,  Unrated)
214
Oasis 2013,  Unrated)
215
Szerelmesfilm (A Film About Love) (Lovefilm) 1970,  Unrated)
216
Sansho the Bailiff 1954,  Unrated)
Sansho the Bailiff
Holy cow,what a true work of art.Stiff,relentless in its grueling painting of the lives controlled by a ruthless leader.Tyranny as a weapon against free speech,not just freedom as a whole.Crime and punishment is how it goes.Where heaven and hell commit a tormenting piano sonata.
217
Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) 1994,  Unrated)
218
High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell) 1962,  Unrated)
219
Montenegro 1981,  R)
220
Minato no nihon musume (Japanese Girls at the Harbor) 1933,  Unrated)
221
Reconstruction 1970,  Unrated)
222
The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) 1928,  Unrated)
223
Profundo carmesí (Deep Crimson) 1996,  Unrated)
224
Breaking the Waves 1996,  R)
Breaking the Waves
An elegy of a passionate,disproportionate nonetheless relationship,it's not that a divine creature could have controlled the subsequent actions of Bess,Von Trier IS the maestro who doesn't takes sides for all that matters.he preferably speaks through an alarm clock,the one which vitalizes our inner strength and where religion is (arguably) the "foreigner".
225
Hasta El Viento Tiene Miedo 1967,  Unrated)
226
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (The Witches) (Haxan) 1929,  Unrated)
227
Salon Mexico (Mujer Mala) 1948,  Unrated)
228
Amarcord 1974,  R)
229
Machuca 2004,  Unrated)
230
The Dreamers 2003,  NC-17)
231
Comédie de l'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) 2000,  Unrated)
232
L'Eclisse 1962,  Unrated)
L'Eclisse
Antonioni masterfully juxtaposes the drastic male and the imperfect female,Vitti transforming in a black/white wraith,choking in the decreasing moods of New Italy.And yet,why can't there be a fitting hole for the cloistered emotions,the hapless devotions?Is it dreariness or more unanswered questions...?
233
La Luna en el Espejo (The Moon in the Mirror) 1990,  Unrated)
234
Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) 1998,  Unrated)
235
Outer Space 2002,  Unrated)
236
Yi Yi 2000,  Unrated)
237
Revanche 2008,  Unrated)
238
The Valiant Ones 1974,  Unrated)
239
Cache (Hidden) 2005,  R)
240
Abschied von Gestern - (Anita G.) (Yesterday Girl) 1999,  Unrated)
241
Dead Ringers 1988,  R)
242
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) 1922,  Unrated)
243
Careful 1993,  R)
244
To Be or Not to Be 1947,  PG)
245
Wavelength 1967,  Unrated)
246
Cría Cuervos (Cria!) (Raise Ravens) 1976,  PG)
247
Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) 1964,  PG-13)
248
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1928,  Unrated)
249
Carandiru 2003,  R)
250
Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) 2001,  R)
Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo)
Which is which?The primary insight is Paz Vega.A wild,carnivorous cheetah,providing a passionate,frivolous dash in a jolly film with hints of melodramatic strings about love's torments.How does fate sound in Spanish?
251
Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) 1963,  Unrated)
252
The Pumpkin Eater 1964,  Unrated)
253
Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975,  PG)
Picnic at Hanging Rock
For what it's worth,ghost stories are at their best when the monumental hour of illusion takes place in the minds of the victims.Not exactly a feminist work of art but the eeriness of the girls and the trembling musical notes assist Weir to film in a surprisingly warm scenery his treatise on questionable events,the mythology behind them and how nature is arguably both a friend and a foe to the living creatures.
254
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (Morgan!) 1966,  Unrated)
255
My Brilliant Career 1979,  G)
256
Contraband 1940,  Unrated)
257
'Breaker' Morant 1980,  PG)
258
The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City) 1972,  Unrated)
259
Pirosmani 1969,  Unrated)
260
Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star) 2013,  Unrated)
261
Lebedyne ozero-zona (Swan Lake: The Zone) 1990,  Unrated)
262
Elippathayam (Rat-Trap) 1981,  Unrated)
263
Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) 1984,  Unrated)
264
Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky) 1938,  Unrated)
Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)
Illustrious portrait of a heroic Russian figure demented by a dutiful force in a spiritual defense.The film may display images of pious behavior but haste not,this is an epic drama and the people are who matter most,not ideologies.Magnificent score by Prokofiev.
265
La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación (The Hour of the Furnaces) 1971,  Unrated)
266
Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) 1929,  Unrated)
267
The Aerial (La Antena) 2007,  Unrated)
268
Russian Ark 2002,  G)
Russian Ark
One-shot and that's it....the course of the rich and wealthy empire of pre-communist Russia unfolds before us,nostalgic sequences towards the cultural landscape of the era,the museum as the pole of connection between distant seasons and timelines.And our host commenting and mingling with the people around him.Aspiring.
269
El Faro (The Lighthouse) 1998,  Unrated)
270
Show Me Love (Fucking Amal) 1998,  Unrated)
Show Me Love (Fucking Amal)
Realism,frivolous beauty and a caressing miracle in the routine of a Swedish small town,where the context of lesbianism is treated in utmost subtlety and openness.Moodysson is aware of his raw themes (remember Lilja 4-Ever) and I should cry out art-house cinema forever!
271
Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) 1997,  Unrated)
272
Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) 1962,  Unrated)
Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light)
Coming into the second bleakness of the trilogy,a clarification and a distant remorse,Gunnar Bjornstrand gives acting lessons and the limits of breakthrough and Deity create a fruitful bond of knowledge.Well,and unsurpassed atheism.
273
The Circle (Dayereh) 2000,  R)
The Circle (Dayereh)
Undoubtedly,it's one of the top 10 films of 2000.Justification knows no boundaries and female,psychological suffering is excellently displayed on this film.Real drama,nothing fake to cover the truth.Panahi eluding his road to "sacrilegious perdition" contrary to the customs of Iran,we can say with certainty it's a universal journey.A journey disastrous through the looking glass of a handful of women.
274
Mitt Liv som Hund (My Life as a Dog) 1985,  PG-13)
275
House Is Black 1963,  Unrated)
276
Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan) 1990,  Unrated)
277
Ceddo (Outsiders) 1977,  Unrated)
278
Shen nu, (The Goddess) 1934,  Unrated)
279
Finye 1982,  Unrated)
280
Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) 1987,  Unrated)
281
Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul 2008,  Unrated)
282
Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) 1994,  R)
283
Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) 2006,  Unrated)
284
Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water) 1962,  Unrated)
Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water)
A unique debut,spooky in its simplicity and...mental excitement.The inner scope on this unconventional trio is more than just a picture.The only Polish feature film of Polanski.Three thumbs up!
285
Head-On (Gegen die Wand) 2004,  R)
286
Pan Tadeusz (The Last Foray in Lithuania) 1999,  Unrated)
287
Yol (The Way) 1982,  PG)
288
Appointment In Bray (Rendez-vous à Bray) 1971,  Unrated)
289
Malu tianshi (Street Angel) 1937,  Unrated)
290
All Night Long 1982,  Unrated)
291
Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief) 1986,  Unrated)
292
Aaltra 2004,  Unrated)
293
Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) 2006,  Unrated)
294
Zerkalo (The Mirror) 1974,  Unrated)
Zerkalo (The Mirror)
Gargoyles vs Harpies,or in the Tarkovsky syndrome "let's direct a film containing a stiffed embrace of Russian historical texts,nurtures,sanctimonies,scribbles which will make some point to everyone who decides to watch it".
Seriously,Terekhova alone is a feast for the cine-eyes,even so...the aesthetic feverishness is as endless as it gets,letting the viewers to figure out the grains of philosophical salt.
295
Napló gyermekeimnek (Diary for My Children) 1984,  Unrated)
296
Burnt by the Sun 1994,  R)
297
Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall) 1984,  Unrated)
298
Skazka skazok 1984,  Unrated)
299
A Tanú (The Witness) 1969,  Unrated)
300
Kurutta Kajitsu (crazed Fruit) 1956,  Unrated)
301
Gamlet (Hamlet) 1964,  PG-13)
302
Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) 1953,  G)
303
Menq (We) 1969,  Unrated)
304
Harakiri 1963,  Unrated)
Harakiri
Perfection like a Rembrandt or a Modigliani painting.There's no exaggeration,an overlooked by some masterpiece,impaling the modern society in half like the samurai's lonely aptitude.Disgrace is the formula of the weak.The loyalty however is what makes us sally and oppose abstract rulers.
305
Arsenal 1928,  PG)
306
El Sur (The South) 1983,  Unrated)
307
La Strada (The Road) 1954,  PG)
308
Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) 1950,  Unrated)
Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)
Aggressive,iconic,mesmerizing in every frame.Bunuel's depiction of the grim social life of a bunch of street smarts and other lost souls is hallucinating.A staggering finale for a maleficent future prediction.
309
Umberto D. 1952,  Unrated)
310
Arrebato (Rapture) 1979,  Unrated)
Arrebato (Rapture)
Rapture in a lazy afternoon could be an alternate title.Poncela meditates in a stoned phase next to the apathetic Roth and both give sublime performances opposite the spooky More whose character's cinematic obsession characterizes this masterful nightmare and welcomes us to explore the web of rarely defined mentalities of our environment.That and Zulueta's meticulous attempt to underline the pansexual signals,particularly those of More's figure which provides a skeptic perspective to the film's thriller nature.
311
Salo (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) 1975,  NC-17)
312
Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster) 1993,  Unrated)
313
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) 1972,  R)
314
Kong bu fen zi (The Terrorizer) (The Terrorist) 1986,  Unrated)
315
Rotation 1949,  Unrated)
316
Ming dai zhui zhu (Mirror Image) 2001,  Unrated)
317
M 1931,  Unrated)
318
Kharij (The Case Is Closed) 1982,  Unrated)
319
Dansen med Regitze (Memories of a Marriage)(Waltzing Regitze) 1990,  Unrated)
320
Charulata 1964,  Unrated)
321
Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)(Day of Anger) 1943,  Unrated)
322
Sult (Hunger) 1966,  Unrated)
323
Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) 1974,  R)
324
Crimson Gold 2003,  Unrated)
325
Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) 1986,  R)
326
Close-up 1990,  R)
327
Muriel ou Le Temps d'un Retour (The Time of Return) 1963,  Unrated)
328
Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) 1996,  Unrated)
329
Daratt 2006,  Unrated)
330
The White Dove 1960,  Unrated)
331
Moolaadé 2004,  Unrated)
332
Al-Mummia (The Night of Counting the Years) 1970,  Unrated)
333
Seduction (Erotikon) 1929,  Unrated)
334
Komissar (The Commissar) 1988,  Unrated)
335
Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) 1991,  PG)
336
9 dney odnogo goda (Nine Days of One Year) 1962,  Unrated)
337
City of Life and Death 2010,  R)
City of Life and Death
One might raise the hand and question the authenticity of the director's responsibility for executing a precise account of horrifying events,or the sympathy he showed towards Hideo Nakaizumi's role of the Japanese private or maybe giving Gao Yuanyuan her most mature performance to date.Maybe nothing will happen at all and the film will exhume under the roaring blockbusters.Whatever the result will be,Lu Chuan's crescendo is here to stay.
Jancso's The Red and the White in pre-WWII Nanking.
338
Mother 1926,  Unrated)
339
Ningen no joken I (The Human Condition I) (No Greater Love) 1958,  Unrated)
340
Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) 1948,  Unrated)
341
Late Spring 1949,  G)
342
Blow-Up 1966,  Unrated)
343
Ugetsu monogatari 1953,  Unrated)
344
Il conformista (The Conformist) 1970,  R)
345
Paris, Texas 1983,  R)
346
Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) 1967,  Unrated)
347
Fitzcarraldo 1982,  PG)
348
Bhumika: The Role 1977,  Unrated)
349
The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) 1979,  R)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
A doomed marriage,hence a classic leading lady.Oh you Fassbinder,executive persona.
350
Ek Din Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls the Dawn) (One Day Like Another) 1979,  Unrated)
351
Gabbeh 1996,  Unrated)
352
Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite vendeuse de soleil) 2000,  Unrated)
353
Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) 2000,  Unrated)
Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)
Fascinating,profound in whatever way possible.The three portraits of 3 female generations are penetrative,society's dignity mingles in a boiling pot.Come and see the 21st century of travesty.Meshkini delivered a stupendous piece of art,one of those films thus a couple will dare to watch because it's "unknown".
354
The Nightingale's Prayer 1959,  Unrated)
355
Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) 1987,  Unrated)
356
Black Girl 1966,  Unrated)
357
Dushi fengguang 1935,  Unrated)
358
Yama no oto (Sound of the Mountain) 1954,  Unrated)
359
Wutai jiemei (Stage Sisters) 1964,  Unrated)
360
Ame agaru (When the Rain Lifts) (After the Rain) 1990,  Unrated)
361
Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) 2000,  PG)
362
Humanity and Paper Balloons (Ninjo kami fusen) 1937,  Unrated)
363
Ekti Nadir Naam (The Name of a River) 2002,  Unrated)
364
Faraw! 2007,  Unrated)
365
The Middleman (Jana Aranya) 1975,  Unrated)
366
Yaaba 1989,  Unrated)
367
Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) (Argument and a Story) 1974,  Unrated)
368
Silences of the Palace (Saimt el Qusur) 1994,  Unrated)
369
Xiao Wanyi (Little Toys) 1933,  Unrated)
370
Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest) 1970,  Unrated)
371
Yuen Ling-yuk (Centre Stage)(The Actress)(The New China Woman) 1992,  Unrated)
372
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (Seventh Horse of the Sun) 2001,  Unrated)
373
Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks 2012,  Unrated)
374
Agraharathil Kazhuthai (Donkey in a Brahmin Village) 1978,  Unrated)
375
Courage For Every Day (Kazdy Den Odvahu) 1964,  Unrated)
376
The Ritual (Ghatashraddha) 1979,  Unrated)
377
Daybreak (Tianming) 1933,  Unrated)
378
One Night... A Train (un Soir, Un Train) 1968,  Unrated)

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  1. kennardjon
    kennardjon posted 4 years ago

    Good one. I've still got quite a few left to see, but I'm getting there. Is there going to be a 'World cup of films 2010'?