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On this last week of 2010, Year of the Franco, enjoy a trip down memory lane with SML. We’ve compiled some of our favorite films and posts of the year. Remember that movie? And that festival? Oh, how we laughed/cried/rolled our eyes! Anyhoo, here they are, in alphabetical order by editor. See you in 2011, and don’t forget to shake that thing!
Ebertfest: 12th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival series
“Be Yourself” (A Woman Under the Influence)
Two Oscar Contenders Are the Bread for a Delicious Despair Sandwich (Rabbit Hole, The Fighter)
The Beat Generation in Court (Howl)
Movies Under the Stars…Great Summer Fun! (Star Trek )
We’ll Eat You Up We Love You So (Where the Wild Things Are)
Inspired by totally weird lists (with no crossovers? How very convenient, boys…) compiled by A.O. (stop calling me “Tony”) Scott and goofy dad Michael Phillips, here are Kimberly’s top ten movies of the decade. Even she doesn’t understand how this all shook out. And hey! She totally cheated and listed more than ten! A cheap metaphor for a holy mess of a decade. In alphabetical order:
*BEFORE SUNSET (2004) – A melancholy revisiting of the characters created by Julie Delpy (her hilarious 2 Days in Paris just missed this list), Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater in 1995′s Before Sunrise, with an ending so achingly perfect…it leaves you thrillingly depressed, hopeful, and crossing your fingers for another installment in 2014.
*BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) – Well, DUH. If this isn’t in your top ten list you are a monster and don’t deserve love, let alone a timeless, star-crossed love that dare not speak its name.
*CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) – We have discussed that I can never watch this one again—of all the postapocalyptic movies I have been terrorized by, this one struck me as an absolutely realistic portrait of civilization lost to chaos. Last weekend I flipped past Showtime (as per usual) and saw a glimpse of this scene—like something out of a fucking nightmare. Read more »
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (DVD/1989) For some time during my teenage years, I believe I was a gigantic a-hole. Though my family is far too kind to confirm this, I have many memories of them asking me to join them for outings and deeming myself far too cool (ie, lazy) to join them. One such evening came in 1989, when they decided to see a movie together—a rare event. I remember deciding to stay home in a spontaneous fit of annoyance, then watching them shrug and head out (without even begging me to join them! Not a single tear!). I went through the many stages of teen grief: disbelief, self-righteousness, self-pity, hunger, and finally, stinging regret. Anyhoo, eventually they returned, The Little Mermaid (ew) having sold out, with tickets for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Having entered the stage of relief/gratitude, I graced them with my presence. Good choices all around! Read more »