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Title: Best Film
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 25, 2005, 08:53:13 PM
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Best Film: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

THE NOMINEES

The Aviator
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Sideways
Title: Best Film
Post by: Myxo on February 25, 2005, 09:34:25 PM
Terrible..

This movie has great production qualities, but it's not even close to Sideways, Million Dollar Baby or Aviator. I guess in the absence of PTA, this is the next best thing.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 25, 2005, 09:47:39 PM
I thought it was one of the best films of the year. That's just a statement though so who should give a shit. Not even an opinion...
Title: Best Film
Post by: ono on February 25, 2005, 09:49:42 PM
Haha, this was a film you didn't like at first, GT.

Put it this way.  Eternal Sunshine was the best film of the year in March.  But sadly, the year has nine months.  Seems like some people here pulled a reverse Academy thing and forgot that.
Title: Best Film
Post by: meatball on February 25, 2005, 09:50:53 PM
Xixax has lots of love to give.

Mostly to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

 :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Best Film
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 25, 2005, 10:00:38 PM
Quote from: ono mo cuishle
Haha, this was a film you didn't like at first, GT.


I know! Its weird how mind set sometimes can or can not clarify a film's purpose to you. I just didn't get involved the first time around but with a second viewing, a new head of thought on my shoulder, the film really hit me hard. My appreciation has lasted many viewings afterward and the only dissection I've been able to do is, "I fucking love this movie." I think that's objective enough for this one.

p.s. it does hold up aesthetically, too.
Title: Best Film
Post by: matt35mm on February 25, 2005, 11:30:44 PM
See, we nominate too early.  No one saw Million Dollar Baby and so it wasn't nominated.  And then not enough people saw it in time to make it a write-in vote.

But Eternal Sunshine is my personal choice for best movie of the year, so I'm good with this.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Kal on February 26, 2005, 12:14:50 AM
Quote from: matt35mm
See, we nominate too early.  No one saw Million Dollar Baby and so it wasn't nominated.  


I saw it in time and I agree it should be nominated... but I wouldnt vote for it as the BEST... I think overall The Aviator was a better film... and although I love Kauffman, Gondry, Carrey, Brion, etc... I dont think Eternal Sunshine is the best film of the year

I dunno... we didnt have a sure thing this year... so I guess its valid that any of these films can win... but I would put the Aviator and Sideways before Eternal Sunshine or MDB
Title: Best Film
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 26, 2005, 12:57:24 AM
If we can remember this movie, why can't we remember Dogville?

I know that Eternal Sunshine is a great movie, but for some reason I can't bring myself to love it. Maybe Kate Winslet's character still bothers me (though you can argue that her character is mostly created by Joel).
Title: Best Film
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 26, 2005, 01:13:51 AM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
If we can remember this movie, why can't we remember Dogville?


I never thought the film was widely praised around here. Many people that could have loved it didn't. I'm not a Von Trier fan, but he hasn't had an across the board hit since Breaking the Waves. If Breaking the Waves was this year, it would have been a serious contender.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 26, 2005, 01:17:46 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I never thought the film was widely praised around here.

Many European Xixaxers loved Dogville, but it opened over there a long long time ago.
Title: Best Film
Post by: xerxes on February 26, 2005, 03:13:51 AM
Quote from: ono mo cuishle
But sadly, the year has nine months.


call me crazy but i thought the year had 12 months
Title: Best Film
Post by: Redlum on February 26, 2005, 06:34:22 AM
Does anyone have any details of the write-ins?
Title: Best Film
Post by: modage on February 26, 2005, 10:46:56 AM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
If we can remember this movie, why can't we remember Dogville?

because this was the best movie of the year, and dogville wasnt very good.  :yabbse-wink:
Title: Best Film
Post by: Pubrick on February 26, 2005, 11:00:04 AM
Quote from: themodernage02
because this was the best movie of the year, and dogville wasnt very good.

hahaha, no wink necessary.
Title: Best Film
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 26, 2005, 12:33:52 PM
I think ESotSM won because it was easier to see.  It came out in March, but Sideways and Aviator came out later in the year, making them a little harder to see in time.
Title: Best Film
Post by: ono on February 26, 2005, 01:12:23 PM
Sideways has been out since October, though.  It was playing in arthouses for a long time and it had a wide release for about a month before these things were due.  The Aviator played in multiplexes mostly.  It was a wide release on Christmas Day.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Film Student on February 26, 2005, 01:39:20 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
If we can remember this movie, why can't we remember Dogville?


Agreed.

I chose to forego voting this year because A: I haven't seen enough of the movies nominated, and B: the ones I HAVE seen I felt were overrated.  If I had voted though, it would have been a write-in for Dogville.

Eternal Sunshine was good, even great, but Dogville IS far and away the best film (at least that I've seen) this year.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 26, 2005, 01:57:40 PM
God bless you, Film Student.

You were with me on Full Frontal too...
Title: Best Film
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 26, 2005, 02:02:50 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
God bless you, Film Student.

You were with me on Full Frontal too...


For what it's worth, I'm with you on Full Frontal.

That movie was severely underrated.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 26, 2005, 02:05:28 PM
What Walrus said.
Title: Best Film
Post by: Film Student on February 26, 2005, 04:36:57 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
God bless you, Film Student.

You were with me on Full Frontal too...


I'm glad there's someone out there with similar sensibilities.  We seem to agree most of the time.  I got your back, JB.