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The Best Films of 2009: #10-6

10. The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)

9. In the Loop (Armando Ianucci)

8. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)

7. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)

6. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)

I didn’t realize I hadn’t finished this list.  Here we have the first film by Wes Anderson that has completely won me over.  I think his baroque affectations are more suited to puppets than humans.  In the Loop and the Hurt Locker take an insightful look at the Iraq War with exquisite focus from two different angles.  The funniest film of the year and the most suspenseful film of the year both reveal unsettling truths about the conflict.  The Limits of Control and Summer Hours could have just as easily been one and two on this list.  I think each could legitimately lay claim to being the best film by their respective directors, which is saying something.  Perhaps some time in the future I will get the chance to write something more in depth on them.  More soon.


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