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The Year in Review Reviewed

Tuesday 14 September 2010, 15:43

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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My Top and Bottom Five of the year's movie releases provoked a healthy torrent of suggestions from your own personal catalogues of the year's joys and horrors...

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    Comment number 1.

    re: Heartless

    I'd forgotten about this film so I've just added it to my rental list, however I feel bound to point out that ['a popular online DVD rental service'] list "Heartless" as a 2009 release... ;-)

    Speaking of another 2009 film, I recently saw the football casual-related period drama "Awaydays" on DVD and was frankly rather disappointed by it. To their credit, the filmmakers got the fashion, the atmosphere and the music spot on and there was at least a nod to the undercurrent of homo-eroticism usually absent from films about football violence.

    That doesn't however forgive the flat acting (regrettably reminiscent of 90's teen drama "Byker Grove" and all that implies), a scattergun narrative, messily shot fight sequences and a lead character so singularly unlikeable and whose motivations were so opaque as to be rendered totally incomprehensible. It doesn't really work as either a thoughtful Bildungsroman or as a visceral 'fight' movie.

    I suspect it's been a victim of some vicious over-editing and perhaps a longer cut might have made the film hang together better. Such a shame because I doubt anyone will approach the subject with the same level of thought (one just has to look at it's contemporary "The Firm") and hence still no closer to understanding why young men want to engage in this sort of behaviour.

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    Comment number 2.

    The Virginity Hit will take all 5 bottom places, and the bottom for the decade too. I weep for humanity with this film.

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    Comment number 3.

    I'll mention it again, Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans is not as "incidental" as you make it out to be. It is an impeccably constructed, superbly cast and strange film that is without doubt 'a Werner Herzog film'

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    Comment number 4.

    "Fromage à trois."

    I laughed.

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    Comment number 5.

    I saw Bad Lieutenant last night and I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it before. I hadn't seen a Herzog film before, but it seems fitting that he's just made a film with David Lynch because there were certainly elements of his films in there. Really bizarre film and I just could not believe how bad a lieutenant Bad Lieutenant was. This is exactly the kind of thing Nicolas Cage should do more of.


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