Thursday, March 3, 2011

Richard Brody's intriguing Top 25, & great praise for 'Somewhere'

Originally posted on 11 Dec 2011:

The New Yorker's Richard Brody releases an intriguing 'Best of' List, with Shutter IslandThe Social Network & Sofia Coppolla's Somewhere as his Top 3.

His praise for Somewhere is particularly enticing:

One of the most radical films ever made in Hollywood, if the root of the cinema is the conjuring of inner life through outer particulars. The gap between the life lived and the life perceived—a quiet tragedy, Sartre-style—is traversed with the tender, near-weightless glide of a Ferrari on a freeway.

His list:

1. “Shutter Island” (Martin Scorsese)
2. “The Social Network” (David Fincher)
3. “Somewhere” (Sofia Coppola)
4. “Greenberg” (Noah Baumbach)
5. “Black Swan” (Darren Aronofsky)
6. “Around a Small Mountain” (Jacques Rivette)
7. “Daddy Longlegs” (Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie)
8. “The Strange Case of Angelica” (Manoel de Oliveira)
9. “Tiny Furniture” (Lena Dunham)
10. “Our Beloved Month of August” (Miguel Gomes)
12. “The Father of My Children” (Mia Hansen-Løve)
13. “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (Woody Allen)
14. “Hereafter” (Clint Eastwood)
15. “The Portuguese Nun” (Eugène Green)
16. “The Army of Crime” (Robert Guédiguian)
17. “Outside the Law” (Rachid Bouchareb)
18. “Audrey the Trainwreck” (Frank V. Ross)
19. “Boxing Gym” (Frederick Wiseman)
22. “Open Five” (Kentucker Audley)
23. “Get Him to the Greek” (Nicholas Stoller)
24. “Spring Fever” (Lou Ye)
25. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (Edgar Wright)

Read more here.

Somewhere trailer: