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This one is a classic. Not only is the Amazon logo smiling but there’s also an arrow starting at the “a” and ending on the “z”. That’s right, Amazon has everything from A to Z.
It seems that sweet makers have a knack for including hidden images in their logos. This one may be hard to spot at first but we’ll give you a hint: Toblerone was started in the city of Bern, Switzerland which is famously associated with bears. Now, look closely at Matterhorn Mountain and see what you find.
3. Sony Vaio:
It’s one of the most popular Sony sub-brands and like all of the other logos on this page it also has some hidden secrets. The “V” and the “A” are actually forming an analog signal while the “I” and the “O” are supposed to represent the binary digits 1 and 0.
4. The Pittsburgh Zoo
The white space in this logo pops out a whole lot more than in some of the others so it shouldn’t be that hard to spot the monkey and lion staring each other down.
5. Northwest Airlines:
The old Northwest Airlines logo is something of a masterpiece with the “N” and “W” both being constructed from the same image. Thats not all though, if you look close enough you’ll also notice that there’s a compass in there. Guess which direction it’s pointing?
7. Fed Ex:
The name of the French international hypermarket chain translates to “intersection” in English. If you look closely enough you will notice that the big “C” in the white space is actually constructed out of two arrows pointing in opposite directions. How appropriate.
9. Big Ten Conference:
Although at the time of this writing there are 12 schools in the Big 10 (Nebraska-Lincoln was added this year), when this logo was created following Penn State’s addition in 1990 there were 11. Because the conference didn’t want to change its name it went for something a bit more subtle…logo magic.
15. American Pie: The Reunion
Neither Spy Kids 4 nor Scream 4 performed as expected in 2011, and that’s inevitably going to leave Hollywood types feeling just a bit wary about belated sequels. What complicates matters still further with American Pie is the small matter of four, pretty crappy straight-to-DVD sequels that have blighted the last decade.
American Pie: The Reunion, though, is looking more promising.
Bringing in the directors of the first two Harold & Kumar movies, pretty much the full cast from the first film is back this time around, and that already seems like a wise move. Furthermore, there’s a beefed up role for Eugene Levy, as Jim’s dad. He’s the reason our ticket was sold some time ago.
It’s got promise, this one. If it works, though, here’s hoping that more straight-to-DVD sequels don’t follow…
14. World Warz
Max Brooks’ ephemeral horror novel, based on disparate accounts of a zombie apocalypse, will be a difficult film to accurately convert into a blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, director Marc Forster’s having a go at it, and his World War Z will be among the most expensive undead-based movies yet made, with a budget of $125 million. And if reviews of the script are anything to go by, it’s a great adaptation, too, with Ain’t It Cool describing it as a “genre-defining piece of work”.
Anyone fearing a warmed-over retread of George Romero’s movies can also rest assured that World War Z will be rather different from the zombie movies we’ve seen in the past. Forster has compared it to Watergate thriller, All The President’s Men, while others have said it’s like Children Of Men and The Bourne Identity.We’re not quite sure how all that ties together, but those comparisons alone have us itching to see just how good this film is.
13. Total Recall
We’ve always been willing to keep an open mind about Len Wiseman’s Total Recall,even though some have argued that the world doesn’t need another rendering of Paul Verhoeven’s bloodthirsty 1990 classic. So far, though, Total Recall 2012 doesn’t sound like a mere retread of the previous one – instead, it appears to be an alternate reading of Philip K Dick’s brief source story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, albeit with certain elements of Verhoeven’s movie thrown into the mix.
Colin Farrell stars as factory worker Doug Quaid, a Phildickian everyman figure rather than the Olympian hero Schwarzenegger provided, who begins to suspect that he may once have been a spy. Although this version of Total Recall remains firmly on terra firma, certain characters from the 1990 film remain, such as a rebel leader called Kuato (this time played by Bill Nighy) a mysterious lady of the night called Melina (with Jessica Biel replacing Rachel Ticotin) and a corporate villain called Vilos Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston, standing in for Ronny Cox).
The result, then, could be a sort of futuristic version of The Bourne Identity, with wide-eyed recollections of the past interspersed with lots of chases and fighting. With a great cast and some decent writers on its credits (Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback and James Vanderbilt), Total Recall may prove to be one next year’s most unexpectedly great sci-fi films.
12. The Hunger Games
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where competitiors in a televised bloodsport fight to the death, it’s easy to see why Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels have been picked up for a big-screen adaptation. Enthusiastically told and enormously successful, the books have a similar teen demographic to Stephanie Meyer’sTwilight series, and Lionsgate will no doubt be hoping that the first of its film versions will be as popular with audiences.
There’s some great talent at work on the film, too, with Pleasantville and Seabiscuitdirector Gary Ross at the helm, and a cast including Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in its two lead roles, backed up by Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland.
Lionsgate certainly has faith in The Hunger Games’ chances, since a sequels’s already scheduled, and if Ross can capture the same energy as the book’s second half, the film should provide the perfect opening chapter in what could be a trilogy of films.
Hasn’t this one been a long time coming?
Since the end credits rolled on the 1995 movie adaptation of Judge Dredd (whether you liked it or not) it feels like we’ve been waiting for someone to come in and do it all properly. This new movie take on Dredd, with a helmeted-Karl Urban in the title role, has the potential to match our hopes.
There have, however, been tales of trouble behind the scenes, which have been refuted. The story ran that director Pete Travis wasn’t involved in the edit, and that writer Alex Garland had stepped in to finish the movie. How much truth there is in all of that is unclear. What is more certain is that Dredd is in the hands of people who really care about it (in fairness, the director of the Stallone take, Danny Cannon, was a massive fan too, but just didn’t have the power at that stage to get his vision across).
It’s on a tight budget, certainly, but Urban looks like fine casting. And we hope it marks the start of a few more big screen visits to Mega City One.
The last couple of years have seen a number of alien invasion movies infest our screens, and to date, it’s been the low-budget ones that have proved the most satisfying. Could director Peter Berg deliver an expensive invasion flick that delivers plenty of character as well as explosive set-pieces? That’s certainy what we’re hoping.
Certainly, the idea of setting an alien invasion film at sea’s a relatively fresh one, and there’s a great cast, including Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, and, erm, Rihanna as various officers, commanders and rear admirals.
There’s every possibility, given that Battleship’s based on the well-known guessing game of the same name, that this’ll be another landfill summer blockbuster made for the sole purpose of shifting merchandise. But we’re eternal optimists, and we also love invasion movies, so who knows? With Berg at the helm (Friday Night Lights, anyone?), Battleship may provide us with a big surprise next summer.
9. The Avengers
An already seemingly taken-for-granted part of the 2012 movie blockbuster landscape, The Avengers has sure-fire hit stamped right across it. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and more, all in the same film? What could go wrong?
We’d wager that no director of a blockbuster right now has a tougher job than Joss Whedon, who has to juggle lots of major characters, put across a threat worthy of uniting them, and leave room in the film for lots of personalities to make a mark. After all, this isn’t your traditional ensemble film, where characters can easily interweave with one another. The Avengers sees characters we’re used to seeing front and centre now working side by side.
Still, early signs are that Whedon is up to the job. The trailer that’s been released is strong, even if it makes the film look more of an Iron Man sequel than The Avengers, and we’ve met few people who won’t be in the queue to buy a ticket as a result. They are in the minority, though.
We have absolutely no doubt that Whedon will take the ingredients here and make a fun couple of hours at the movies. The test? Can he make a genuinely strong blockbuster, one that fully hangs together? It’s a good question, and time will tell the answer.
No pressure, but Marvel’s movie strategy now seems to hang on this one film…
8. Django Unchained
Genre-hopping Quentin Tarantino tackles a full-on western next, and as you’d expect, he’s got a stellar cast on board. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz and Don Johnson are amongst the ensemble this time. Kevin Costner was also due to feature, but has since had to pull out due to other commitments.
Tarantino has, as always, penned the script, and Django Unchained - which arrives at the very end of 2012 – is the story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter, played by Jamie Foxx, who attempts to free his wife. Things do not go to plan.
Tarantino is giving himself a little more time to lock a final cut than he did with his last movie, Inglourious Basterds (whose schedule was part-dictacted by Tarantino’s desire to screen the film at Cannes), and that space should allow him to fashion one of 2012’s must-see movies. Here’s hoping.
7. Wreck-It Ralph
The distribution side of Disney is releasing three major animated films next year, each of which looks strong in its own right. The one we’ve left off this list is Pixar’sBrave, which we think will be strong, but it’s so under wraps, it’s hard to get too enthused just yet (the trailer didn’t do it too many favours, either).
It’s Wreck-It Ralph, then, that might emerge as the CG-animated film of choice for next year. The basic outline is lovely: an old, 8-bit computer game character finds himself in the modern world. Visually, straight away, that opens up an abundance of possibilities, and also, it’s Disney trying something just a little different. And it’s a bold move to wrap an entire mainstream animated feature around videogame characters.
If there’s one thing tempering our enthusiasm, it would be that this might end up being a fairly routine adventure in very different clothes. However, we suspect there’s something quite brilliant at work here. Rich Moore is making his feature directorial debut here, but his background – The Simpsons, Futurama, The Critic – certainly suggests that tonally, Wreck-It Ralph might just have the goods to marry up to its inspired concept.
The film isn’t due out until the very end of December. That’s the only downside so far…
6. John Carter
This lavish adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp sci-fi heroes may be released in a crowded year for genre movies, but we’ve every hope that John Carter can compete with the best of them. Burroughs’ Barsoom books may not have the pre-installed global audience that, say, a high-profile Marvel or DC comic hero might have behind it (though they undoubtedly have a devoted following), but they’re the perfect jumping-off point for an exciting action fantasy that’s perfect for the big screen.
The other reason we’re looking forward to John Carter, though, is because Andrew Stanton’s directing it. He’s already proven his abilities as a storyteller in such Pixar movies as Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and the amount of CG effects work in John Carter should make this movie the perfect entry point into the very different world of live-action filmmaking.
The 20-minute preview we saw in November did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm, and there’s every chance that John Carter will provide a heady mix of drama and remarkable visual effects.
5. The Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists!
You wait five years for an Aardman movie to arrive, and then two turn up within six months of each other. We really enjoyed CG-feature Arthur Christmas, but it’s Aardman’s first stop-frame animated movie since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit that is already shaping up as the family movie to beat in 2012.
Everything we’ve seen of the film thus far demonstrates a lavish attention to detail, a steadfast sense of character, and a style and wit that few of 2012’s releases look set to be able to hold a torch too. It helps that the expertise of Peter Lord – creator of Morph, director of Chicken Run – is calling the shots on the film, but there’s more to The Pirates than that.
This is a massively ambitious production, about a Pirate Captain who’s trying to win a Pirate Of The Year competition despite the fact that he’s generally a bit rubbish. This lays a platform for Aardman to not only showcase its unparalleled craft, but to put together a funny, warm family adventure (it’s already looking like one of 2012′s funniest).
It might not prove to be the biggest animated hit of 2012 (it doesn’t help that the film has a different title on each side of the channel), but its competition will have a job on their hands to beat it for sheer quality. We can’t wait.
Incidentally, it’s also the only film on the 2012 roster that uses the voice talent of Brian Blessed that we’re aware of. Shame on every other film.
4. The Hobbits
It’s almost surreal that The Hobbit movies are finally happening. First, Peter Jackson and New Line were at loggerheads. Then MGM’s bank balance cost the films another year or so. Then, Guillermo del Toro dropped out. And finally - finally- Peter Jackson got cameras rolling on the two films earlier this year.
The first of them, An Unexpected Journey, makes it into cinemas at the end of 2012, nine years after the release of Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. It’s testament to how many interesting films are heading our way in 2012 that this ranks fourth in the list, but don’t let that fool you: The Hobbit is a flat-out must see from where we’re sitting.
To have Peter Jackson back in Middle Earth is proof that there is some justice in the world. That’s he recruited so many of the talented people who brought Lord Of The Rings to the screen could also provide a vital constistency. The even better news? There’s another Hobbit film the year after. Expect that similarly high up 2013’s list…
Anyone who saw the spectacular Children Of Men will know that any film Alfonso Cuarón directs is worth consideration, and, if anything, his sci-fi thriller Gravitysounds even more ambitious than his previous feature.
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as a pair of astronauts fighting for survival in a crippled space station, it’s been said by those involved that Cuarón’s brought all his skills to bear on this apparently simple story, with the opening 20 minutes reportedly shot in one long, unbroken take. Cuarón’s friend Guillermo Del Toro’s already spoken of his enthusiasm for the film, having told MTV Movies that it’ll push “a new boundary in filmmaking.”
Other than these scant facts, there’s not a lot more we can really say aboutGravity, other than that it’s in 3D, and that Clooney and Bullock are the only two actors in it. What we can say, though, is that Children Of Men was a meditative and intelligent sci-fi film with moments of incredible intensity, and we’d be extremely surprised if Gravity was any different. We can’t wait.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan is making what’s almost certain to be his last ever Batman movie, while also looking to prove that it’s possible to make a comic book threequel that doesn’t dip in quality. He’s got his regular cast back – Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine – and recruited Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway too, in a film that promises to close this chapter of Bruce Wayne’s story.
The film has been shot very much in the open, with the Internet creaking under the weight of set videos and photos from observers. And inevitably, it’s led to a cauldron of hype that’s almost impossible to live up to.
Yet Nolan might. The Dark Knight built terrifically well on the excellent Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight Rises is set to try a few different things again. The stories to date have been ambitious, the execution excellent, and Nolan’s Batman movies will be resident in top ten comic book movie lists for many years to come.The Dark Knight Rises? It has the potential to top them all. May Nolan not be away from comic book movies for long…
There are so many reasons to look forward to Prometheus, but we’ll whittle them down to just a few for brevity’s sake.
First, it marks a return to sci-fi for Ridley Scott, and second, it shares “the same DNA” as 1979’s Alien. Add to that a great cast (including the ubiquitous Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba) and the writing talents of Damon Lindelof, and you have at least the possibility of a fantastic sci-fi film.
Some have pointed out that Scott’s creative bulb has dimmed somewhat of late, but we’re hoping that the visual possibilities the sci-fi genre offers (and let’s face it, Scott’s primarily an image maker rather than a director of actors) will result in the return to form we’re all anticipating.
We’re actually heartened, too, that Prometheus’ makers have played down the film’s links to Alien, because it gives Scott the opportunity to make something other than a modern retread of the original’s haunted-house-in-space. What we appear to be looking at is a kind of first-contact sci-fi flick, along the lines of Arthur C Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End or 2001: A Space Odyssey, albeit with an extremely nasty (and presumably acid-spitting) sting in its tail.
Like so many of next year’s highly anticipated films, from American Pie: The Reunion to The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus could disappoint us all. But then again, the talented people involved could exceed our expectations, and bring us a film that shares Alien’s brilliance as well as its DNA.
Looking forward for your feedback and inputs on this list… and your participation will be highly appreciated.
When people speak of a “fear of failure,” they are really describing a hazy free-floating malaise and feeling of worry or discontent which induces lethargy and explains lack of effort. This malaise protects us from the anxiety that comes with freedom and taking risks. We tranquilize our lives by limiting the amount of anxiety that we experience by not trying anything new or different that might fail. Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else or producing something else. You have not failed; you have produced some other result. The two most important questions to ask are: “What have I learned?” and “What have I done?” Failure is only a word that human beings use to judge a given situation. Instead of fearing failure, we should learn that failures, mistakes and errors are the way we learn and the way we grow. Many of the world’s greatest successes have learned how to fail their way to success. Some of the more famous are:
1. Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He attended a trade school for one year and was finally admitted to the University. He was the only one of his graduating class unable to get a teaching position because no professor would recommend him. One professor labeled him as the laziest dog they ever had in the university. The only job he was able to get was an entry-level position in a government patent office.
2. Robert Goddard: Goddard today is hailed for his research and experimentation with liquid-fueled rockets, but during his lifetime his ideas were often rejected and mocked by his scientific peers who thought they were outrageous and impossible. The New York Times once reported that Goddard seemed to lack a high school student’s basic understanding of rocketry. Today rockets and space travel don’t seem far-fetched at all, due largely in part to the work of this scientist who worked against the feelings of the time.
3. Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you’re not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn’t stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed businesses, went bankrupt twice and was defeated in 26 campaigns he made for public office.
4. J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels, she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
5. Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney had many personal failures. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept trying and learning, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
6. Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it. He learned not to fear rejection and persevered.
7. Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. One day, an assistant asked him why he didn’t give up. After all, he failed over a thousand times. Edison replied that he had not failed once. He had discovered over 1000 things that don’t work.
8. Ludwig van Beethoven: In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. In fact, his music teacher told his parents he was too stupid to be a music composer.
9. Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
10. Stephen King: The first book by this author, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest is history, with King now having hundreds of books published and the distinction of being one of the best-selling authors of all time.
11. Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem destined for success after dropping out of Harvard. He started a business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea for a business failed miserably, Gates did not despair and give up. Instead he learned much from the failure and later created the global empire that is Microsoft.
12. Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five times. He was advised by countless people not to get into the manufacturing of automobiles because he had neither the capital or know how.
13. F. W. Woolworth: Some may not know this name today, but Woolworth was once one of the biggest names in department stores in the U.S. Before starting his own business, young Woolworth worked at a dry goods store and was not allowed to wait on customers because his boss said he lacked the sense needed to do so. Woolworth also had many ideas of how to market dry goods – all of which were rejected by his boss. His marketing ideas became the foundation of his phenomenal retail success with his own stores.
14. Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. The rice cooker was the object of scorn and laughter by the business community. This did not discourage Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
15. Orville and Wilbur Wright: These brothers battled depression and family illness before starting the bicycle shop that would lead them to experimenting with flight. They were competing against the best engineering and scientific minds in America at the time, who were all well financed and supported by the government and capital investors to make the first airplane. After numerous attempts at creating flying machines, several years of hard work, and tons of failed prototypes, the brothers finally created a plane that could get airborne and stay there.
16. Vincent Van Gogh: During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he plugged on with painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they bring in hundreds of millions of dollars each.
17. Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Not handsome. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
18. Steven Spielberg: While today Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
19. Charles Darwin: Chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy, Darwin himself once wrote that his father and teachers considered him rather below the common standard of intellect. When Charles Darwin first presented his research on evolution, it was met with little enthusiasm. He continued to work on his theory of evolution when all of his colleagues called him a fool and what he was doing “a fool’s experiment.”
20. Michelangelo: The artist genius of the ages is Michelangelo. His competitor’s once tried to set him up for failure or force him to forgo a commission because of the possibility of failure. Michelangelo’s competitors persuaded Junius II to assign to him a relatively obscure and difficult project. It was to fresco the ceiling of a private chapel. The chapel had already been copiously decorated with frescoes by many talented artists. Michelangelo would be commissioned to decorate the tunnel-vaulted ceiling. In this way, his rivals thought they would divert his energies from sculpture, in which they realized he was supreme. This, they argued, would make things hopeless for him, since he had no experience in fresco, he would certainly, they believed, do amateurish work as a painter. Without doubt, they thought, he would be compared unfavorably with Raphael, and even if the work were a success, being forced to do it would make him angry with the Pope, and thus one way or another they would succeed in their purpose of getting rid of him.
1. DRIVE (Nicholas Winding Refn)
2. A SEPARATION (Asghar Farhadi)
3. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
4. THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev)
5. MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)
5. MONEYBALL (Bennett Miller)
7. MELANCHOLIA (Lars Von Trier)
8. HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (Bertrand Bonello)
9. THE KID WITH A BIKE (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
10. THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi)
Honorable Mention: None Yet
1. BLACK SWAN (Darren Aronofsky)
2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher)
3. SHUTTER ISLAND (Martin Scorsese)
4. 13 ASSASSINS (Takashi Miike)
5. HOW DO YOU KNOW (James L. Brooks)
6. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Cholodenko)
7. TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS (Radu Muntean)
8. GREENBERG (Noah Baumbach)
9. BEGINNERS (Mike Mills)
10. COLD WEATHER (Aaron Katz)
Honorable Mention: None
Notable Shorts: None
Most Overrated: BIUTIFUL (Iñárritu)
1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
2. WILD GRASS (Alain Resnais)
3. ANTICHRIST (Lars Von Trier)
4. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
5. DISORDER (Weikai Huang)
6. ENTER THE VOID (Gaspar Noé)
7. ADVENTURELAND (Greg Mottola)
8. THE EXPLODING GIRL (Bradley Rust Gray)
9. POLICE, ADJECTIVE (Corneliu Porumboiu)
10. TETRO (Francis Ford Coppola)
Honorable Mentions: THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (Herzog); EXTRACT (Judge)
Notable Shorts: LUST FOR LIFE (Brown & Chappell); PHANTOMS OF NABUA (Weerasethakul)
Most Overrated: AN EDUCATION (Scherfig); LEBANON (Samuel Maoz); A SERIOUS MAN (Coen)
1. A CHRISTMAS TALE (Arnaud Desplechin)
2. HUNGER (Steve McQueen)
3. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen)
4. JULIA (Erick Zonca)
5. BURN AFTER READING (Joel & Ethan Coen)
6. WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt)
7. TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
8. GRAN TORINO (Clint Eastwood)
9. STELLA (Sylvie Verheyde)
10. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (Charlie Kaufman)
Honorable Mention: CHANGELING (Eastwood); MILK (Van Sant)
Notable Shorts: None
Most Overrated: FROST/NIXON (Howard); RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Demme); SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Boyle); WALL·E (Stanton)
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
3. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Joel and Ethan Coen)
4. IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (José Luis Guerín)
5. ZODIAC (David Fincher)
6. I’M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes)
7. FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke)
8. STUCK (Stuart Gordon)
9. ALL IS FORGIVEN (Mia Hansen-Løve)
10. [REC] (Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza)
Honorable Mention: FROWNLAND (Bronstein); HOT FUZZ (Wright); INTO THE WILD (Penn); MY WINNIPEG (Maddin); SNOW ANGELS (Green); WE OWN THE NIGHT (Gray); YOU, THE LIVING (Andersson)
Notable Shorts: HOTEL CHEVALIER (Anderson)
Most Overrated: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (Lumet); THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Akin); THE VISITOR (McCarthy)
1. THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese)
2. PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Alain Resnais)
3. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (Tom Tykwer)
4. THE RIGHT OF THE WEAKEST (Lucas Belvaux)
5. OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi)
6. A SCANNER DARKLY (Richard Linklater)
7. PRIVATE PROPERTY (Joachim Lafosse)
8. BUG (William Friedkin)
9. HALF NELSON (Ryan Fleck)
10. THE MAN OF MY LIFE (Zabou Breitman)
Honorable Mention: None
Notable Shorts: DESTRICTED: IMPALED (Clark), MARIE ANTONIETTE TEASER (Coppola)
Most Overrated: BLOOD DIAMOND (Zwick); CARS (Lasseter); THE FALL (Singh); LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Dayton & Faris); ONCE (Carney)
1. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)
2. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg)
3. CACHE (Michael Haneke)
4. BRICK (Rian Johnson)
5. I AM A SEX ADDICT (Caveh Zahedi)
6. MATCH POINT (Woody Allen)
7. GRIZZLY MAN (Werner Herzog)
8. THE CHILD (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
9. KISS KISS, BANG BANG (Shane Black)
10. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach)
Honorable Mention: BUBBLE (Soderbergh); MANDERLAY (Von Trier); ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (July); NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN (Scorsese); OLD BOY (Park)
Notable Shorts: THE DENIAL TWIST (Gondry); EVA 2 (Noe); ONLY (Fincher)
Most Overrated: THE CONSTANT GARDENER (Meirelles); MUNICH (Spielberg); THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA (Jones)
1. KINGS & QUEEN (Arnaud Desplechin)
2. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
3. TRIPLE AGENT (Eric Rohmer)
4. KEANE (Lodge Kerrigan)
5. MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood)
6. KILL BILL, VOL 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
7. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
8. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
9. RED LIGHTS (Cedric Kahn)
10. VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh)
Honorable Mention: THE AVIATOR (Scorsese); DIG! (Timoner); I HEART HUCKABEES (Russell); THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Anderson)
Notable Shorts: ALL IN ALL (Skårild); THE BOX (Miike); CASHBACK (Ellis); FLOAT ON (Mills); JOAN OF ARC OF THE NIGHTBUS (Mundruczó); THE MATCH (Ferrara); Y-CONTROL (Jonze)
Most Overrated: CRASH (Haggis); FINDING NEVERLAND (Forster); THE INCREDIBLES (Bird); KINSEY (Condon); SUPER SIZE ME (Spurlock)
1. DOGVILLE (Lars Von Trier)
2. KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
3. ALL THE REAL GIRLS (David Gordon Green)
4. GOZU (Takashi Miike)
5. SARABAND (Ingmar Bergman)
6. THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (Jorgen Leth and Lars Von Trier)
7. THE COMPANY (Robert Altman)
8. DOWN WITH LOVE (Peyton Reed)
9. COWARDS BEND THE KNEE (Guy Maddin)
10. TIME OF THE WOLF (Michael Haneke)
Honorable Mention: ANYTHING ELSE (Allen); BAD SANTA (Zwigoff); BUS 174 (Padilha); CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (Jarecki); COLD MOUNTAIN (Minghella); THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (Malkovich); HAUTE TENSION (Aja); THE HUNTED (Friedkin); THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (Linklater)
Notable Shorts: HURT (Romanek); LIVE FROM SHIVA’S DANCE FLOOR (Linklater)
Most Overrated: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (Jackson); A MIGHTY WIND (Guest); SEABISCUIT (Ross); SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER…AND SPRING (Kim); TARNATION (Caouette)
1. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. ADAPTATION (Spike Jonze)
3. 25TH HOUR (Spike Lee)
4. GERRY (Gus Van Sant)
5. TRILOGY: ON THE RUN / AN AMAZING COUPLE / AFTER LIFE (Lucas Belvaux)
6. DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY (Guy Maddin)
7. SPIDER-MAN (Sam Raimi)
8. FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes)
9. KEN PARK (Larry Clark)
10. ANA AND THE OTHERS (Celina Murga)
Honorable Mention: ALL OR NOTHING (Leigh); DECASIA: THE STATE OF DECAY (Morrison); 8 WOMEN (Ozon); FEMME FATALE (De Palma); GANGS OF NEW YORK (Scorsese); GRAVEYARD OF HONOR (Miike); IRREVERSIBLE (Noe); LAUREL CANYON (Cholodenko); THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (Leconte); MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING (Lestrade); THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS (Rudolph); SECRET THINGS (Brisseau); SEX IS COMEDY (Breillat); SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki); SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (Park)
Notable Shorts: COME INTO MY WORLD (Gondry); DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND (Gondry); DO YOU REALIZE?? (Pellington); STAR GUITAR (Gondry)
Most Overrated: THE HOURS (Daldry); THE SON (Dardenne); WHALE RIDER (Caro)
1. WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater)
2. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch)
3. IN THE BEDROOM (Todd Field)
4. LATE MARRIAGE (Dover Kosashvili)
5. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Alfonso Cuaron)
6. AMELIE (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
7. ROBERTO SUCCO (Cedric Kahn)
8. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson)
9. FAT GIRL (Catherine Breillat)
10. GHOST WORLD (Terry Zwigoff)
Honorable Mention: BULLY (Clark); MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (Scorsese); THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (Coen); OCEANS 11 (Soderbergh)
Notable Shorts: FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL (Gondry); THE FOLLOW (Wong); HUA YANG DE NIAN HUA (Wong); IMITATION OF LIFE (Jennings); KNIVES OUT (Gondry); LOVESONG (Brakhage); PYRAMID SONG (Shynola); WEAPON OF CHOICE (Jonze)
Most Overrated: A BEAUTIFUL MIND (Howard); LANTANA (Lawrence); MOULIN ROUGE! (Luhrmann)
1. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Longeran)
2. WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES (Béla Tarr)
3. MEMENTO (Christopher Nolan)
4. UNTITLED (ALMOST FAMOUS) (Cameron Crowe)
5. HIGH FIDELITY (Stephen Frears)
6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar Wai)
7. TRAFFIC (Steven Soderbergh)
8. DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier)
9. SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (Roy Andersson)
10. GEORGE WASHINGTON (David Gordon Green)
Honorable Mention: AMERICAN PSYCHO (Harron); CODE UNKNOWN (Haneke); ESTHER KAHN (Desplechin); THE NINTH GATE (Polanski); NURSE BETTY (LaBute); THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (Tykwer); REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Aronofsky); STATE AND MAIN (Mamet); THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Coppola); WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS (Ozon); THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE (Leconte); WONDER BOYS (Hanson); YI YI (Yang)
Notable Shorts: AL GORE DOCUMENTARY (Jonze); THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Maddin); LIMP (Anderson); PAPER BAG (Anderson); PLAYGROUND LOVE (Coppola); WHAT’S UP FATLIP? (Jonze)
Most Overrated: O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU (Coen)