Archive for December, 2010




Film Comment‘s annual end-of-the-year survey of notable film critics, journalists, film section editors, and past and present contributors was released today with Oliver Assayas’ CARLOS, David Fincher’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK and Claire Denis’ WHITE MATERIAL taking the top spots among films released in 2010. Among films that made appearances at film festivals or special screenings worldwide, but haven’t received stateside distribution as of yet, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, Jean-Luc Godard’s FILM SOCIALISME and Lee Chang-dong’s POETRY received the top rankings.

Film Comment editor Gavin Smith said, “Film Comment’s annual end-of-the-year lists distills the viewpoints of most of the magazine’s staff and contributors as well as many of America’s most influential film critics, writers and minds into an inclusive survey of the year in film. And the addition of the unreleased films list offers a unique barometer for the coming year in film for cinephiles and film enthusiasts, as well.”

The complete lists of films and poll participants can be found and and in the January/February issue of Film Comment which hits newsstands January 10.



1. Carlos/ Director: Oliver Assayas

2. The Social Network /Director: David Fincher

3. White Material /Director: Claire Denis

4. The Ghost Writer/Director: Roman Polanski 5. A Prophet/Director: Jacques Audiard 6. Winter’s Bone / Director: Debra Granik                       

7. Inside Job/Director: Charles Ferguson

8. Wild Grass/Director: Alain Resnais

9. Everyone Else/ Director :Maren Ade                                             

10. Greenberg/ Diector: Noah Baumbach                                  

11. Mother  Director: Bong Joon-ho          

12. Toy Story 3  Director: Lee Unkrich      

13. Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl  Director: Manoel de Oliveira

14. Another Year  Director: Mike Leigh     

15. The Strange Case of Angelica Director: Manoel de Oliveira

16. The Kids Are All Right  Director: Lisa Cholodenko

17. Shutter Island  Director: Martin Scorsese

18. Around a Small Mountain  Director: Jacques Rivette    

19. Our Beloved Month of August  Director: Miguel Gomes

20. Ne change rien  Director: Pedro Costa


1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives/ Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

2. Film Socialisme/ Director: Jean-Luc Godard

3. Poetry / Director: Lee Chang-dong

4. Meek’s Cutoff/ Director: Kelly Reichardt

5. Aurora /Director: Cristi Puiu

6. Mysteries of Lisbon/Director: Raúl Ruiz

7. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu/Director: Andrei Ujica

8. The Four Times/Director: Michelangelo Frammartino

9. Certified Copy/Director: Abbas Kiarostami

10. Tuesday, After Christmas/Director: Radu Muntean

11. Oki’s Movie  Director: Hong Sang-soo      

12. Ruhr  Director: James Benning          

13. I Wish I Knew  Director: Jia Zhangke

14. My Joy  Director: Sergei Loznitsa       

15. Nostalgia for the Light  Director: Patricio Guzmán

16. Robinson in Ruins  Director: Patrick Keiller               

17. Black Venus  Director: Abdellatif Kechiche               

18. Of Gods and Men  Director: Xavier Beauvois             

19. Tabloid  Director: Errol Morris             

20. The Robber  Director: Benjamin Heisenberg

Asian pix chase Rotterdam Tigers

BRUSSELS — Asia makes the running in the first competish announcement from the Rotterdam Film Festival, which unspools Jan. 26 to Feb. 6.

An initial lineup of seven films, all debut or sophomore features, was announced Tuesday. The complete lineup of around 15 pics follows early in 2011.

South Korea provides Park Jung-bum’s “The Journals of Musan,” which won the top prize at the Marrakech Film Festival, and Yoon Sung-hyun’s “Bleak Night.” Pics shared the New Currents Award at Pusan in October.

From India there is “The Image Threads” by Vipin Vijay, from Sri Lanka “Flying Fish” by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara and from Thailand Sivaroj Kongsakul’s “Eternity.” Vijay’s short “Video Game” won a prize at Rotterdam in 2007.

Iran provides “Rainy Seasons” by Majid Barzegar, while the sole European entry so far is “Headshots,” a German-Austrian co-production by Texas-born first-timer Lawrence Tooley.

The Tiger jury will include Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, who will perform during the short and feature film prize presentations.

Other panelists include Argentinian multi-hyphenate Lucrecia Martel, helmers Andrei Ujica and Wisit Sasanatieng, and former fest director Sandra den Hamer.

Sasanatieng’s superhero movie “The Red Eagle” and Ujica’s found-footage docu “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” will screen during the fest.

Some 20 helmers who earned kudos in past Tiger competitions will be invited back to present new work in a one-off program, Return of the Tiger.

This will include Kelly Reichardt with “Meek’s Cutoff,” Hong Sang-Soo with “Oki’s Movie” and Patrick Keiller with “Robinson in Ruins”

Details were also unveiled of the Water Tiger Inn program, combining Chinese martial arts movies and a themed festival location. Selection will trace developments in the genre, from 1929 classic “Red Heroine” to 2010’s “Reign of Assassins” by Su Chao-pin and John Woo.


L.A. Film Critics Assn. Names ‘Social Network’ Best Picture

Winners also include Colin Firth for ‘The King’s Speech’ and Kim Hye-ja for ‘Mother.’

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has joined the growing chorus of support for The Social Network by naming it best picture of the year. The critics group, which met Sunday, also gave awards to the film’s screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

It also gave its directing nod to Network’s David Fincher, only in that case the award ended in a tie, with the prize also going to Olivier Assayas for Carlos, his portrait of international terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, which was the runner-up in the best picture category. [Related: Social Network named best picture by the N.Y. Films Critics Online and the Boston Society of Film Critics.]

Colin Firth took best actor honors for his tongue-tied monarch in The King’s Speech. (CarlosEdgar Ramirez was the runner-up.) Kim Hye-ja claimed best actress for her portrayal of a mother looking for her son’s killer in Mother, with Winter Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence named runner-up.

Jacki Weaver of the Australian crime tale Animal Kingdom has been named best supporting actress and Niels Arestrup of the French prison drama A Prophet has been named best supporting actor by the critics group.

Carlos did prevail as best foreign film, while Toy Story 3 was chosen best animated feature and Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home was singled out as best documentary.

A complete list of winners follows.

PICTURE: The Social Network

Runner-up: Carlos

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, Carlos, and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)

ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, Mother

Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network (tie)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Inception

Runner-up: Eve Stewart, The King’s Speech

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Runner-up: Roger Deakins, True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet

Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech


Runner-up: Mother

ANIMATION: Toy Story 3

Runner-up: The Illusionist

SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Runner-up: David Seidler, The King’s Speech


Runner-up: Exit Through the Gift Shop

NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture


LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno, and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of Metropolis




 The Japanese premiere of the first live-action “GANTZ” movie was held in Tokyo on Monday. Before the screening, it was announced that the film’s U.S. premiere has been decided, with plans for distribution to approximately 300 theaters across the country.

The film, based on Hiroya Oku‘s popular manga of the same name, stars Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama. It is the first of two planned movies, which are scheduled for wide release in Japan on January 29 and April 23, respectively.

The U.S. will get a wide release of the film first, starting on January 20. Specific details about theaters and dates have not yet been announced.  Source:

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