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#41 Mitchell

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:44 AM

We'll just wait until I finalise a list and I guess we can argue the toss again at the time.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:45 AM

US release 2008 what though? Limited 28th December is a no if there's a wide release in January what about if there was just a limited release in August and no plans to release widely?

In the past, we've always assumed that it's better to give those films a chance to come out on DVD.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:50 AM

US release 2008 what though? Limited 28th December is a no if there's a wide release in January what about if there was just a limited release in August and no plans to release widely?

In the past, we've always assumed that it's better to give those films a chance to come out on DVD.


I don't want to go on about this (no really) but last year The Orphanage made the list without a wide US release and wasn't out on DVD until January 2008. Had it's eligibility been discussed last year, would it have been considered ineligible? Not that I'm bothered either way, just interested so I can plan what I do see in the next three weeks that means I don't have to annoy everyone like I'm sure I have done today already.
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#44 Damo Suzuki

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:00 AM

Consensus polling is never perfect. Just make your own list. If it gets counted or not-- who gives a shit?
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:01 AM

US release 2008 what though? Limited 28th December is a no if there's a wide release in January what about if there was just a limited release in August and no plans to release widely?

In the past, we've always assumed that it's better to give those films a chance to come out on DVD.


I don't want to go on about this (no really) but last year The Orphanage made the list without a wide US release and wasn't out on DVD until January 2008. Had it's eligibility been discussed last year, would it have been considered ineligible? Not that I'm bothered either way, just interested so I can plan what I do see in the next three weeks that means I don't have to annoy everyone like I'm sure I have done today already.

Pretty sure The Orphanage was released in Chicago, which means typically that it had been released in New York and LA in December, if not Novemeber...especially if the DVD release was January. That's a bad example. Wide release has never been the rule, rather if the film has been released in the major cities, including Chicago, since the majority of SOMBIES are from Chicago.
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#46 Rob Gordon

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:04 AM

Since I only see maybe 6 films a year at the theater I feel unqualified to vote in these. I see a good number of films but watch them on my home theater when they are released on DVD.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:10 AM

US release 2008 what though? Limited 28th December is a no if there's a wide release in January what about if there was just a limited release in August and no plans to release widely?

In the past, we've always assumed that it's better to give those films a chance to come out on DVD.


I don't want to go on about this (no really) but last year The Orphanage made the list without a wide US release and wasn't out on DVD until January 2008. Had it's eligibility been discussed last year, would it have been considered ineligible? Not that I'm bothered either way, just interested so I can plan what I do see in the next three weeks that means I don't have to annoy everyone like I'm sure I have done today already.

Pretty sure The Orphanage was released in Chicago, which means typically that it had been released in New York and LA in December, if not Novemeber...especially if the DVD release was January. That's a bad example. Wide release has never been the rule, rather if the film has been released in the major cities, including Chicago, since the majority of SOMBIES are from Chicago.


yes, saw Orphanage in theatre in Chicago last year, so made my list.

if I can see Bashir before the deadline somehow, will also make my list (if it's as good as trailers make it out to be.)
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:12 AM

Since I only see maybe 6 films a year at the theater I feel unqualified to vote in these. I see a good number of films but watch them on my home theater when they are released on DVD.


Why would DVD screening on home theatre disqualify a movie from making the list? Theatre popcorn?
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:14 AM

It's always been the same rule. People just find new ways to whine about it every year.
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#50 Rob Gordon

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:16 AM

Since I only see maybe 6 films a year at the theater I feel unqualified to vote in these. I see a good number of films but watch them on my home theater when they are released on DVD.


Why would DVD screening on home theatre disqualify a movie from making the list? Theatre popcorn?


Just that many of the contenders I'm sure would make my list for 2008 won't be released on DVD for some time. No excuses. You know I have no problem wasting my time on trivial matters.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:29 AM

Your 6 beats my 4 (all at home). Just do it.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:50 AM

Since I only see maybe 6 films a year at the theater I feel unqualified to vote in these. I see a good number of films but watch them on my home theater when they are released on DVD.


Why would DVD screening on home theatre disqualify a movie from making the list? Theatre popcorn?


Just that many of the contenders I'm sure would make my list for 2008 won't be released on DVD for some time. No excuses. You know I have no problem wasting my time on trivial matters.

Do it Rob. Any list is good...just give point scores to the few films you list, but before you do it, rent Baghead and American Teen, both out on DVD....and When Did You Last See Your Father while you're at it.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:58 AM

work-in-progress (still a few movies I need to see, still mulling things over) 1. Happy-Go-Lucky [dir. Mike Leigh] 2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămāni şi 2 zile) [Cristian Mungiu] 3. Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) [Jia Zhang-ke] 4. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage du ballon rouge) [Hou Hsiao-hsien] 5. Let The Right One In [Tomas Alfredson] 6. Paranoid Park [Gus Van Sant] 7. Wall•E [Andrew Stanton] 8. Wendy and Lucy [Kelly Reichardt] 9. Milk [Gus Van Sant] 10. Taxi to the Dark Side [Alex Gibney] (this should be eligible - didn't go beyond the film fest circuit in the U.S. until Jan. 2008) 11. The Dark Knight [Christopher Nolan] 12. Ballast [Lance Hammer] 13. Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) [Pipilotti Rist] (my "third-party candidate" vote)

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:01 PM

I've got a lot to catch up on. Downloaded Changeling, The Visitor, Wendy & Lucy and more...
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:12 PM

with an international message board, why should the movie have opened in Chicago to be eligible to be voted for? Just run the caveat that, if you haven't seen it because it didn't open in your area in that year, that you can vote for it next year?
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:24 PM

I will be voting for Waltz. I'm confident of this, though I have yet to, you know, see it.

I would like to blurb also. I always volunteer for SOMB best of lists and have never been given the chance. Wah wah wah.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:38 PM

I swear Taxi To The Darkside came out like 3 years ago. I remember seeing it 2007. WTF?
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:45 PM

I haven't seen too many new films this year, but these are really good to great. 1. Hunger (dir. Steve McQueen) - 10.0 2. El Cant dels ocells (Birdsong) (dir. Albert Serra) - 9.5 3. Asbe du-pa (A Two-legged Horse) (dir. Samira Makhmalbaf) - 9.0 4. Of Time and the City (dir. Terence Davies) - 9.0 5. The Wrestler (dir. Darren Aronofsky) - 8.5 6. Chris & Don. A Love Story. (dir. Tina Mascara and Guido Santi) - 8.5 7. Le Voyage du ballon rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien) - 7.5

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:55 PM

I swear Taxi To The Darkside came out like 3 years ago. I remember seeing it 2007. WTF?

damo's right:
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:56 PM

NOT FINAL 01. The Dark Knight 02. Revolutionary Road 03. The Wrestler 04. Wall - E I have to admit to not remembering much of anything else - but like I said, I got a slew of films I'm going to be watching here soon.
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