Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Firebug Productions
Well the new year has begun, the first day is almost over here and pretty soon we'll be into the normal routine and thinking about the year ahead. However there are still quite a few Stalker's Top Ten's to get through, and Firebug returns with another of his excellent lists for us.
This one is both reflective and something to look forward to, for it's the best films that Firebug has seen at Film Festivals which haven't yet seen general release, so they're ones for you to look out for.
It's a good list, so without further ado, it's over to Firebug once again for the best Film Festival films he's seen this year.
There are some movies that I have seen this year that are absolutely fantastic but I haven't included in my top ten because they aren't general release movies but ones I have seen at film festivals. The two major festivals this year were the World Cinema Showcase and the International Film Festival and these are my top movies from both in no particular order.
4 Months 3 Week And 2 Days ( (4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile)
Harrowing account of a girl trying to get an abortion in 80s Romania when it's illegal. Great acting from the lead actress.
The majority of critics worldwide denounced this movie but I for one loved it. I can understand why people don't like it because of the multiple story lines and the massive amount of information that we are given but I really thought it was just fantastic. Best scene: Justin Timberlake lip syncing along to All These Things I've Done by The Killers.
In The Shadow Of The Moon (Filmstalker review)
Emotional retelling of the first missions to the moon using a lot of previously never seen film and photographs. The funniest part of this movie comes right at the end when an astronaut gives his take on the conspiracy that says the moon landings were faked.
Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) (Filmstalker review)
Fantastic French thriller that will have you guessing right until the very end.
Very very funny black comedy starring Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell as two hit men on the lam. Very politically incorrect but so hilarious and the best lines come from Farrell and his musings on Bruges and midgets among other things.
Stranded: I've Come From A Plane That Crashed On The Mountains
One of the greatest documentary's I've ever seen about the plane that crashed in the Andes in 1972. Told by the survivors themselves and directed by a childhood friend of theirs. Going into this movie I knew what had happened and what they resorted to, to survive but what I didn't know was how long they actually spent there before being rescued. One of the greatest tales of survival I've ever heard of.
It may be a very short movie at only 75 minutes but that's all the time [Rec] needs to absolutely scare the proverbial out of you. Bloody, gory, chilling and above all else scary. If you don't mind horror movies I couldn't recommend this movie more.
Taxi To The Dark Side (Filmstalker review)
There were several movies on at the festivals this year that dealt with the War on Terror and this was by far the best. A truly disturbing look at the goings on in Abu Grahib prison that will leaving you feeling disgusted. Features many photos and movies taken by the Army Military Police acting as guards and told in their own words.
Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) (Filmstalker review)
A Brazilian action movie similar to the brilliant City Of God. Brutally violent story of the Police special forces squad in the slums of Rio de Janerio as we follow the story of one young officer and his hope of finding someone to replace him so he can take of his pregnant wife. Ugly and unrelenting, this is one movie that you won't easily forget.
Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)
A wonderful little love story about a 12 year old boy who befriends a 12 year old girl living in his apartment building. The thing is though, the girl is a vampire. This is easily my favourite of all the movies I saw at the festivals this year. It is both an enduring love story between the two young characters and also a violent bloody vampire movie. Plots like these don't usually go hand in hand but this one works so well because of the two young actors who do a great job. If you ever get the chance to see this movie you won't be disappointed.
The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
The 2nd of 3 Spanish films I saw at the IFF this year (the first being [Rec]). The Orphanage is also a horror movie but this one scares the audience without blood and gore. Again a very chilling and scary movie that I recommend very highly.
Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) (Filmstalker review)
The third of the Spanish movies I watched this year. Time travel is always a tricky subject to deal with because of all the paradoxes involved and Timecrimes is a pretty confusing movie by the end of it but also a very satisfying one. You could spend hours pondering all the goings on in the movie and still have no real idea of what exactly happened in the movie so I find its easier not to think about the plot but rather just think about what a great movie it is.
That's a great list of films there Firebug, and I feel I have to explain something to the readers because I'm sure a few of you will be thinking that some of these films have had limited releases and one or two are a little older than 2008. Well Firebug resides in a far flung area of the world and is subject to a different release schedule than the UK, mainland Europe or America.
Plus, whether they've been released or not, they are much over looked films that really need to be seen more of, and it's a damn fine list of great films that aren't conforming to the standard top tens you'll be reading elsewhere. Firebug, I'm liking it. This is a list that features some of the best examples of Hollywood beating cinema.
If you want to look at the other lists that have been sent in, then just head to the Stalker's Top Ten section.
Or maybe you want to submit your own list? Well that's easy just send your list to Stalker's Top Tens.