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Completely agree with No. 1 (The Master) and a lot of this list in general, really
if we're doing that
kiss my tits
An absolute stunner so it is.
Quite disappointed that Shame didn't get a shout mind you.
Surprised to have seen quite a lot on the list.
I'm outta here
rather than the Russian film I think
These, Hobbes, Auster etc.
Stunning stuff it was. Might have been ghostwritten for Panaflex.
The Master was great, obvs....but best film..pah!
Tree of Life at 3? fuck that!
thus not eligible for this list
Forgot that existed. Can't believe that a film I have seen in the past five years could be so forgettable.
entire list invalid straight away
it is a bit of a guilty pleasure though.
Wasn't really that taken in by The Master, it just seemed like one of those ponderous occasionally clever films that didn't really affect me in anyway.
100 Edge of Tomorrow
98 You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
97 The Interrupters
96 Black Swan
95 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
94 Only Lovers Left Alive
93 A Field In England
92 The Skin I Live In
91 The Avengers
88 Toy Story 3
87 White Material
86 Exit Through The Gift Shop
85 Drug War
84 The Strange Little Cat
83 The Cabin In The Woods
82 Bird People
81 Mysteries Of Lisbon
80 The Past
78 The Kid With the Bike
77 Stray Dogs
76 The Color Wheel
72 National Gallery
71 Beyond the Hills
70 Secret Sunshine
68 Winter Sleep
67 Goodbye To Language 3D
66 "Oslo August 31st"
65 The Turin Horse
64 Blue Is The Warmest Color
62 A Dangerous Method
61 The Deep Blue Sea
60 The Raid: Redemption
59 Two Years At Sea
58 The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
56 The Father Of My Children
55 Neighboring Sounds
54 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
53 Room 237
49. House of Pleasures
48. The World's End
47. We Are the Best
46. A Touch of Sin
45. Upstream Color
44. Stranger by the Lake
43. Computer Chess
42. The Loneliest Planet
41. The Wolf of Wall Street
40. Gone Girl
39. Force Majeure
37. Magic Mike
36. 13 Assassins
35. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
34. The Grey
32. Martha Marcy May Marlene
31. Take Shelter
29. Leviathan [the GoPro fishing one, not the Russian movie]
28. 12 Years A Slave
25. The Immigrant
24. Zero Dark Thirty
23. Moonrise Kingdom
22. Everyone Else
21. Meek's Cutoff
20. Certified Copy
19. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
18. Winter's Bone
16. Two Days, One Night
15. Inside Llewyn Davis
13. Holy Motors
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. Before Midnight
9. The Social Network
8. Under The Skin
5. The Act of Killing
4. Frances Ha
3. The Tree Of Life
2. A Separation
1. The Master
Wolf of Wall Street
can't see interstellar...or Ida
I was surprised by Interstellar too though
Had such high hopes.
his best, in fact
But just an underwhelming film as a whole though, for me. Promised so much, but never felt like it had much in the way of substance to it to back up the style. Probably need to give it a second go, but preferred There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights tbh.
if you can be bothered: http://gorillafilmonline.com/features/film-theory/frustration-and-repression-the-psychology-of-the-master/
Would have to go back and rewatch to respond properly, but I'm not sure accepting that it's deliberately "a frustrating film about frustration" is likely to make me think any more of it.
as I think I said in the article (it was a while ago now) I get why people are frustrated with it and it's not necessarily an enjoyable experience or may not be enough for many viewers, but I think if you read in-between the stuff that does happen it does all add up. I did watch it like 3 times for this to be fair
Could definitely imagine a similar thing being made for The Master.
probably because I had a very similar experience with Room 237 and agree you could probably do equally mad readings/it's about obsession with narrative and detail
"I couldn’t help (and this is largely because of a certain subjective documentary I saw recently) but feel reminded slightly of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining."
they get it mixed up with the eddie izzard dvd
I think almost all of my favourites are on there:
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Stranger By The Lake
My favourites they've missed are Damsels In Distress and Spring Breakers. And I hated both Gravity and Beginners.
Good list in general though!
I loved it. Only seen it once though, may not be as good on a second watch.
went for a run immediately after watching it, to cleanse myself.
that that Llewyn Davis film wasn't very good.
I enjoyed reading the list though.
There are some annoyingly shit films high up in that list
The World's End/Skyfall/MI/The Grey being in it at all
good to see A Separation up there though
having seen it in the cinema knowing not very much about it in advance, there's not many films that leave such a lasting impression.
I don't think it's perfect by any means, but I do think it's a film that will endure and be studied for a lot longer than 90% of that list.
the grey was brilliant
Greenberg can cock off
let's leave this sorry mess behind
Every review I read of it seemed quite down on it
(they were selling it for £3 in Fopp). It was really brilliant, such a shame there was a distribution disaster with it. I think it was shown in one London cinema for like a week.
But then word of mouth picked up and a few other places started showing it - I've not watched the 3 hour DVD version though!
that's the only bit I thought they could have afforded to lose.
but yeah it wound up falling through the cracks really when it came to a decent release
Pitchfork's movie site The Dissolve (who swiped most of its staff from The AV Club when it launched) did their list recently too:
Boyhood (Dir: Richard Linklater, 2014)
Her (Dir: Spike Jonze, 2013)
The Social Network (Dir: David Fincher, 2010)
Certified Copy (Dir: Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
A Separation (Dir: Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
Under The Skin (Dir: Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2014)
Frances Ha (Dir: Noah Baumbach, 2013)
Holy Motors (Dir: Leos Carax, 2012)
Toy Story 3 (Dir: Lee Unkrich, 2010)
12 Years A Slave (Dir: Steve McQueen, 2013)
The Master (Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
The Tree Of Life (Dir: Terrence Malick, 2011)
The Act Of Killing (Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
Margaret (Dir: Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
Moonrise Kingdom (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2012)
Short Term 12 (Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton, 2013)
Selma (Dir: Ava DuVernay, 2014)
Meek’s Cutoff (Dir: Kelly Reichardt, 2010)
Before Midnight (Dir: Richard Linklater, 2013)
Take Shelter (Dir: Jeff Nichols, 2011)
Winter’s Bone (Dir: Debra Granik, 2010)
Exit Through The Gift Shop (Dir: Banksy, 2010)
Dogtooth (Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2010)
Stories We Tell (Dir: Sarah Polley, 2012)
Zero Dark Thirty (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
Whiplash (Dir: Damien Chazelle, 2014)
Goodbye To Language (Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Dir: Edgar Wright, 2010)
Force Majeure (Dir: Ruben Östlund, 2014)
Amour (Dir: Michael Haneke, 2012)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
This Is Not A Film (Dir: Jafar Panahi, 2011)
Leviathan (Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, 2012)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Dir: Martin Scorsese, 2013)
The Interrupters (Dir: Steve James, 2011)
Bridesmaids (Dir: Paul Feig, 2011)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Dir: Sean Durkin, 2011)
Coherence (Dir: James Ward Byrkit, 2014)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Dir: Jim Jarmusch, 2014)
Upstream Color (Dir: Shane Carruth, 2013)
Love Is Strange (Dir: Ira Sachs, 2014)
Guardians Of The Galaxy (Dir: James Gunn, 2014)
The Turin Horse (Dir: Béla Tarr, 2011)
Melancholia (Dir: Lars von Trier, 2011)
Inherent Vice (Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Wreck-It Ralph (Dir: Rick Moore, 2012)
Gravity (Dir: Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)
You're undoubtedly my second-favourite DiSer after Pietro.
glad they gave Short Term 12 a shout, that film was way better than it had any right to be
similar but good to see some different opinions
(which is to be expected, I suppose)
Which is still pretty good going.
35 of the top 50 are either American or English.
bit of an erratic list.
24 Zero Dark Thirty
fuck this list
Personally I'd have Zero Dark Thirty in my top ten.
Berberian Sound Studio
thanks for reminding me
Pretty sure both Dogtooth and Inception came out in 2009.
UK and others countries in 2010... Anyway, I think they're right in one thing: it's the best European film of recent years.
It tends to favour slow, austere, minimalist films that look a little bit like car adverts, and have Important Issues to address (with a handful of blockbusters thrown in there to show that the AVClub aren’t completely out-of-touch with the kids).
Off the top of my head, Blue Jasmine, Interstellar, No, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Calvary, Carnage, Lawless, Django Unchained, Hugo, Midnight In Paris and Cloud Atlas strike me as pretty glaring omissions. Other inclusions seem a bit… crazy (Greenberg? Martha Marcy May Marlene?).
Going by this list, there's a certain type of glacial, Nordic-looking indie film that AVClub writers seem to prefer though, right? I say that as someone who reads and enjoys a lot of AVClub stuff.
and then suggest Django Unchained
I don't get why. I remember hearing a basic synopsis (something like "non-linear narrative about a young girl escaping from a cult") before I saw it. I assumed that the film would flesh that idea out a bit, rather than stretch that flimsy premise across an entire film. Aside from one pretty intense murder scene, the entire film was pretty much what I'd pictured in my head, but about 5 times slower.
And there's lots to love about Django Unchained, you ninny.
it made me so angry I'm getting the rage just thinking about it
Cloud Atlas is flawed, sure. And ‘glaring omission’ was taking it a bit far. But I’ve honestly never seen a film quite like it.
I suppose your enjoyment depends on whether or not you’re willing to go with a very earnest film that treats the concept of reincarnation as a given, and features Hugh Grant as a post-apocalyptic warlord. Resist it, and it'll rub you up the wrong way. I went with it, and found it pretty moving.
it makes no sense
it is terribly acted
I hated everyone in it
they all looked stupid in every time zone
it's a bit racist
do I need to go on?
oh come on..
i do have a fair few on a drive waiting to be watched (tho that dont count i know!)
Bird People snuck on there tho! probably had some of the worst acting i've ever seen in a movie.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Wolf of Wall Street
Inside Llewyn Davis
Under The Skin
Were all really, really shit.
but erm, that's just like, some people's opinions, y'know?
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy on the other hand...
fuck it, it's nearly hometime
I was under the impression it was a generally well-liked film, but evidently DiS hates it.
but it has no place being as high as it is in these lists, IMO
1. The Master
2. Under The Skin
5. Frances Ha
7. Upstream Color
8. Short Term 12
9. Holy Motors
10. Gone Girl
11. Room 237
12. Neighboring Sounds
13. Black Swan
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Something like that anyway
would definitely make my top ten.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - meh.
Toy Story 3 - not as good as #2, but yeah, this was alright.
Skyfall - it's a Bond film. It is both as enjoyable and as shit as any other Bond film. Don't know why people would expect otherwise, really.
Inception - desperately wants to be cleverer than it is (and has of course managed to convince a load of Batman-loving 20-somethings that it is indeed a philosophical masterwork), it was watchable enough at the cinema but I'd rather never hear about it again.
Scott Pilgrim - actually really enjoyed this. Probably shouldn't be on a list of "best films", but the only one on the list I'd rewatch for sure.
Inside Llewyn Davis - on the list purely because it's the Coens, yeah? Forgettable pap.