I decided to stick with my top 3 from both the Rotten Tomatoes and Sydney Film Critics lists, so you'll find no surprises below:
3. Moon (Duncan Jones, UK)
Stylish, meditative and devastatingly simple, Duncan Jones’ stellar debut deserves a place in the canon of sci-films it so cleverly references. Sam Rockwell had better rock some awards nominations and kudos to the aptly named Kevin Spacey for giving his best performance in years.
2. Bright Star (Jane Campion, Australia)
The piece de resistance in what has been a breakthrough year for cinematographer Grieg Fraser (Last Ride, The Boys Are Back). It’s only fitting that Jane Campion garnered great performances and achingly beautiful images to pay tribute to John Keats’ superb poetry.
1. Up (Peter Docter, USA)In what has truly been a landmark year for animation (think Coraline, 9, Ponyo and yes Avatar) Pixar pulls it off again. Poignant, pointed, and hilariously funny, this motley crew of travellers (and their ridiculously talented animators) reignite the spirit of adventure.
Read what others had to say over at Trespass.
Up, look what I scored for Christmas from some generous and very knowing people. The Art of Up is chock full of beautiful images and descriptions of how those creative minds created yet another amazing Pixar world. It already has pride of place on my coffee table and may just about stop me raving about the brilliant Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibition I saw a couple of years ago at ACMI.
Well, what a perfect note on which to end 2009. Thanks for reading, commenting and generally indulging/enabling my cinephilia! I'm so grateful that I am able to write about an art form I adore, and I look forward to even more filmy fun in 2010!
Happy New Year blogosphere!!