For the first time ever, we have a tie in the poll results:
- The Dark Knight Rises: 6 votes
- Moonrise Kingdom: 6 votes
- The Avengers: 4 votes
- The Intouchables: 2 votes
- The Hunger Games: 2 votes
- Beasts of the Southern Wild: 1 vote
- Brave: 1 vote
- Chronicle: 1 vote
- The Grey: 1 vote
- Prometheus: 1 vote
- The Raid: Redemption: 1 vote
- Ted: 1 vote
Wow. Love the diversity this time! So many good films were represented, and this was a pretty tight race throughout. It will be interesting to see how these results compare to the end of the year. The fall/winter lineup is looking pretty stacked, so we might not even see most of these make an appearance. Either way, it has been a fun year and it’s only going to get better.
This Week’s Poll: For the last couple weeks, the film world has been abuzz thanks to the latest results of the Sight and Sound critics’ poll. In a bit of a shocker, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was selected as the greatest film of all time, finally dethroning the legendary Citizen Kane. My question for you is, what do you consider the better film? Do you agree with this change?
I had a pretty quiet, but active, weekend. I still found time to catch a handful of movies, including a classic matinee in the theater: a new 35mm print screening of The French Connection. Here’s the rundown of what I saw:
Once Brothers: This ESPN 30 for 30 documentary is one of the best I have seen from the series. Really moving story about Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, former NBA stars and members of the Yugoslavian national team, whose friendship was soured thanks to the war between their home countries of Serbia and Croatia, respectively. Sadly, Petrovic died at age 28 before they could reconcile. Highly recommended. 8/10
O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Part of the 50 Movies Project. Will be writing about it soon.
Singin’ in the Rain: See above. Will save my thoughts for later, but I will say this: my girlfriend loved the hell out of it.
The French Connection: Loved it, and glad I saw it on the big screen. Everyone talks about the big car chase scene, but there’s a lot more to this. Just thrilling from beginning to end, and you can’t go wrong with pairing Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider together. 9/10
A Woman is a Woman: Second Godard film I have seen. Playful and silly, this is a peculiar effort that tries many different techniques. I wasn’t a fan of some of the weird music editing, but for the most part I enjoyed this. 7/10
Actually, I’m kind of surprised that I was able to fit in five movies this weekend. That’s more than I had seen all month. All in all, a good weekend with a lot less work than usual.
How about you guys? What did you see over the weekend? Did you hit the cinema?