terça-feira, dezembro 28, 2004

10 filmes do ano, talvez 

A escolha de filmes de 2004 do Sentinel - inglês.

"Most critics' choices for best movies of the year weren't the ones that drew the big crowds.

1) Sideways: Alexander Payne's blissful meditation on wine and love has been beloved by critics. Audiences, on the other hand, have responded with an overwhelming "um, OK." But the Lost in Translation syndrome doesn't detract from the drama's quiet, understated perfection, or the fact that it's arguably the funniest movie of the year.

2) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Another critically adored, low-key film that stars, of all people, Jim Carrey. The comedian gives the performance of his career in this loopy, surprisingly poignant tale of the inherent messiness of love.

3) The Incredibles: The combination of inspired writer-director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) and animation powerhouse Pixar (Finding Nemo) resulted in a stunningly sensitive, intelligent family drama that just happens to be a cartoon.

4) Before Sunset: Richard Linklater (School of Rock) returned to his indie roots with this sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise, and in the process somehow managed to make smarmy philanderer Ethan Hawke appealing again. But it's Julie Delpy who owns this gorgeous, bittersweet, pitch-perfect film.

5) Dogville: Danish director Lars von Trier really loathes a lot of aspects of America -- a country he has never visited -- and this devastating exercise in dramatic tension fleshes out just that. Long, stark, painful and absolutely brilliant.

6) Spanglish: In a performance that bears much in common with Carrey's in Eternal Sunshine, Adam Sandler proves that he's a good enough actor to become nearly invisible. James L. Brooks' under-appreciated romantic comedy is the rare movie with characters whose missteps you can accept, and whose integrity you can admire.

7) A Very Long Engagement: This reteaming of Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and star Audrey Tautou is possibly the grisliest quirky romance ever filmed. It's also a breathtaking love story that never wallows too long in its own sweetness.

8) Tarnation: Famously made for little more than $200, Jonathan Caouette's reckoning of his tormented family could be seen as a splintered music video, if only it weren't so inventive and so compelling.

9) The Door in the Floor: A careful study of grief and love, the best adaptation ever of a John Irving novel never found an audience. Unfortunately, neither did one of star Jeff Bridges' finest performances.

10) Garden State: After far too much hype and the currently weak season of Scrubs, Zach Braff's directorial debut didn't look quite as pretty as it did at the start of the summer. But give it some time, and this tender, innovative story of a numb young man's homecoming will regain its glow.

Honorable mentions: Bad Education, Baadasssss!, Kinsey, Finding Neverland, Vera Drake, Maria Full of Grace, Riding Giants, The Aviator, Shaun of the Dead."

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