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The Best Films of 2009: #20-11
March 11, 2010, 6:03 PM
Filed under: film

20. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog)

19. Humpday (Lynn Shelton)

18. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)

17. Frontier of Dawn (Phillipe Garrell)

16. Goodbye Solo (Ramin Bahrani)

15. Up (Pete Docter)

14. Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)

13. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)

12. Lorna’s Silence (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

11. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)

That I am so unsure about the ordering of these films is probably the surest sign that 2009 was a stronger year for film than it’s detractors would have you believe.   On first glance I feel Broken Embraces and Frontier of Dawn should be much higher.   The intrigue and meta-commentary of Almodovar’s noir potboiler make it so much fun and the palpable sadness, longing and angst of Garrell’s film is captivating.  But where am I to put them?  I’ve previously written about Bahrani’s film, though I think it is rather aptly placed.  I have some qualms about Up and Where the Wild Things Are, perhaps they could be lowered?  I certainly don’t want to move The Informant!, Lorna’s Silence or 35 Shots of Rum, as I believe none are out of place in a discussion of the very best films of the year.  Anyone of them could be much higher.


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