The big short (2015)
Welcome to the world of subprime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, and credit default swaps. It is fast, slick, fragmented, male, talkative, rude, ironic, cynical, confusing, tongue-in-cheek – and deeply deplorable.
An equally fascinating and revolting look at a particularly shoddy financial phenomenon. In my book of bursting bubbles.
Downtrod man tries to redeem himself by rising to the occasion in the hour of deepest need. Gripping social realist fairytale about parents and children, independence and addiction, history and future.
Commendable, predictable, inevitable. Probably in my book of alcohol.
In 2010, after one year of blogging, I made this prediction:
»if I can keep up the tempo (which I seriously doubt) this little project of mine will be completed in 2016«
Close, but no cigar! I actually did keep up the tempo, but back then I didn’t know that my »little project« would expand to encompass all the different editions that has been published. Which is why I’m still not finished, even though my ninth year is now beginning.
Currently there are 37 movies remaining on my list, and they are getting increasingly difficult to track down. The last few ones will probably be more or less impossible to find, meaning I’ll probably not get to see all of them this year either. And even if I do, there’s always new upcoming editions to pine for…
Found half a dozen more from the danish, finnish, french and dutch localized editions. This is getting increasingly hard – not to mention expensive!
Amused myself with picking favourite filmmakers. Haven’t seen – nor liked – all of their respective movies, but at least enough to form a reasonably educated opinion.
Hasse Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Joel and Ethan Coen
Francis Ford Coppola
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman
Lars von Trier
The list contains more or less the usual suspects, I guess, with few (if any) surprising names. Mostly americans, and – embarrassingly but true – only one woman! Forced myself to come up with some more female directors, found these nine: Susanne Bier, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Claire Denis, Nora Ephron, Amy Heckerling, Agnes Jaouibey, and Lone Scherfig.
– How do you say no to God?
A convincing testimony to the importance of strong, free, professional press, with local investigative journalism looking its best.
Conventionally made, which in this case isn’t a problem since nothing but the truth (slightly dramatized, of course) is needed.
Gets you thinking about the amount of unknown atrocities that in all likelihood have taken place during more than 2000 years of catholicism (and other dogmatic religions). Probably in my book of truth revealed.
Bridge of spies (2015)
Paranoia, prejudice, propaganda. This is a morality play if ever there was one. Democracy with a capital D against the menacing Reds, plus idealism against realism on several levels. Delightfully oldfashioned in everything from tight-knit story, tense coldwar settings, and grand Hollywoodish treatment – yet with necessary contemporary touches and details on the sly.
Solid script, acting, and execution, keeping up most of the momentum despite the long running time. In my book of spies.