With the 20th annual Chlotrudis Awards only three months away, members of the independent film society have selected their Top 20 Movies About Movies to continue the countdown. Movie buffs love films about movies, and Chlotrudis members are no exception. Billy Wilder's classic 1950 film, SUNSET BLVD., about a hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity tops the Chlotrudis list of the Best Movies About Movies, edging out Tim Burton's ED WOOD, a sweet look at the B-Movie director starring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau. All in all 142 films made the long list, and Chlotrudis has recorded the top 50. | Read more »
Every year at this time, the members of the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film publish a new list detailing their members favorite films in a certain category. Past categories have included such topics as Best Scary Films of all time, Best Remakes and Sequels, Funniest Films of All Time, Foreign Language Films and Documentaries to name a few. You can find all of these lists by checking out Our Favorite Films section of the website. | Read more »
A DREAMY YEAR-END LIST, AS ‘IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE’ HEADS CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 100 FILMS OF THE DECADE (ish)
For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. | Read more »
Can you believe we're a decade into the new Century already? Ten years ago, as part of the coming of the new millennium, Chlotrudis members selected their 200 for 2000 -- the Society's picks for the best 200 films of the 1900s. Now it's 2010, and we're going to update that list by adding our top films from the last decade. Chlotrudis members are encouraged to send in their personal Top 50 films released between 2000 and 2010, ranked in order. Shortly after the New Year, we will post the combined list here.
In the meantime, what do you think the top film will be? Feel free to make your guesses in the comments section. Any film released between 2000 and 2010 is eligible!
SKY’S THE LIMIT AS ‘SUNSET’ AND ‘HEAVEN’ WIN PLACE OF HONOR IN CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 50 SEQUELS, TOP 50 REMAKES LISTS
While everyone else looked back to sum up the decade’s trends and fads, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) came up with its own twist on ‘everything old is new again’, compiling for its annual year-end Top Film List, the top 50 film remakes AND the top 50 film sequels. Its 100+ membership put at the head of the Top Sequels Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET, while Todd Hanynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN topped the Remakes list. This year’s selection brought out the most spirited and contentious discussions ever, as members compiled their top faves. At times the conversation waxed philosophical as people struggled with the age-old questions ‘when is a remake a reboot, not a remake’, ‘is a prequel a sequel’, and ‘is a third installment a sequel to the original or a sequel to the sequel?’. In the end, CSIF resisted codifying guidelines, and hope the lists spur on your own impassioned debates.
Check out or Top 50 Sequels and Top 50 Remakes of all time!
Recently a new Chlotrudis member, Philip, posed a question on the Chlotrudis discussion list for a friend who wanted to know if there were any films focusing on geography, either documentary or narrative. He is pursuing his graduate degree in Geography and Geographic Information Systems. Aside from the Stellar Cartography scenes in the Star Trek TNG films, Philip couldn't think of anything off-hand, but when posed with this challenge, Chlotrudis members came back with several suggestions. We thought it might be nice to provide the list for any curiosity seekers who might wonder the same thing. Here they are... films about geography!
- Berlin: Die Symphonie der Großstadt (Berlin: Symphony of a City) (doc; Walter Ruttmann)
- David Thompson: the Great Mapmaker (narrative short; Bernard Devlin)
- Encounters at the End of the World (doc; Werner Herzog)
- Fata Morgana (narrative; Werner Herzog)
- Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners & I) (doc; Agnes Varda)
- An Inconvenient Truth (doc; Davis Guggenheim)
- Keep the River on your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale (doc; David and Laurie Shapiro)
- La Soufriere (doc/short; Werner Herzog)
- Lektionen in Finsternis (Lessons in Darkness) (doc; Werner Herzog)
- Manhatta (doc/short; Charles Sheeler/Paul Strand)
- Chelovek s kino-apparatom (The Man with the Movie Camera) (doc; Dziga Vertov)
- Map of the Human Heart (narrative; Vincent Ward)
- The Mapmaker (narrative; Johnny Gogan)
- Manufactured Landscapes (doc; Jennifer Baichwal)
- My Winnipeg (doc/narrative; Guy Maddin)
- Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (doc; Chris Metzler; Jeff Springer)
- À propos de Nice (doc/short; Jean Vigo)
- Regen (doc/short; Mannus Franken/Joris Ivens)
- Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (doc; Thomas Riedelsheimer)
- Tuvalu (narrative; Veit Helmer)
- Winged Migration (doc; Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats)
Can you think of anymore? Add to this list by posting in the comments.
I made a much more detailed, rambling post on my blog, but here's the gist:
1. There Will Be Blood
2. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
3. Away From Her
4. I'm Not There
5. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
7. Day Night Day Night
8. The Host
9. No Country For Old Men
10. Brand Upon the Brain!
Honorable Mentions: Autism the Musical, Climates, The Golden Door, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, In The Shadow of the Moon, Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, Linda Linda Linda, The Lives of Others, Red Road
Best Festival Films (w/out US distribution): Audience of One, The Banishment, Monkey Warfare
Best Chlotrudis non-eligible: Ratatouille, Sweeney Todd, Superbad, Zodiac
Every year around this time, Chlotrudis members report in on their Top 10's (or whatever) of the previous year. We're a little behind the press because our Nominating Committee meeting is usually the third week of January, and members try very hard to see as many films from the previous year as possible, so they hold off on their top films until they feel they've seen everything they can.
Member Peg Aloi is the first to send in her Top 10, so here it is!
Peg's Top Ten List for 2007 (not necessarily in order)
- THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (Ken Loach's most ambitious and stunning film to date.)
- PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (Gorgeous, disturbing, epic literary adaptation from Tom Tykwer)
- ATONEMENT (Joe Wright's sumptuous adaptation Ian McEwan's smoldering love story. Drop-dead beautiful cinematography, wonderful editing and fine acting)
- THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY aka LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (Julian Schnabel creates half-formed visionscapes of color and light to tell the story of a jet-setting French magazine editor who suffers "locked-in syndrome" after a stroke; ostensibly a world-view via one eye-lid's movement, this film can irrevocably alter any viewer's perception of life, movement, fear, love, memory and regret.)
- LADY CHATTERLEY aka LADY CHATTERLEY ET L'HOMME DES BOIS (A satisfyingly erotic adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel, first made for French television by Pascale Ferran: authentic, rustic, arousing.)
- LA VIE EN ROSE aka LA MÔME (Marion Cotillard is white-hot and astonishing as the hard-living, self-destructive singing sensation Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's beautifully-rendered biopic.)
- I'M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes' five-chambered non-linear fantasy is huge, lush and eminently watchable, with a playfully surreal approach to what is being called a biopic but is more accurately a wishful memoir: my favorite Dylan is the Richard Gere Dylan.)
- GLASTONBURY (Julian Temple directs this freewheeling documentary about England's famous long-running music festival. It’s not England's Woodstock, it's England's attempt to consistently capture a time of passionate, angry innocence.)
- FACTORY GIRL (George Hickenlooper directs Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, and her performance is luminous and raw. As a biopic it is sometimes cock-eyed and treacly, but worthwhile, especially considering Guy Pearce's portrayal as the best Andy Warhol ever.)
- HOT FUZZ (Every corny cop movie ever made is referenced in this hilarious, brilliant action-horror flick. I can't wait to see what the team of Pegg, Frost and Wright does next, because it isn't likely another genre-based parody will work three times running.)
THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT aka CHATS PERCHÉS(Chris Marker's sweet, funny, quirky documentary, about a painted cat who pops up in neighborhood graffiti and on posters at protest rallies, is a quietly triumphant paean to the underdog, or in this case, undercat.
AFTER THE WEDDING aka EFTER BRÖLLOPE (Director Susanne Bier draws excellent performances from Mads Mikkelsen and Rolf Lassgård; this drama of family secrets and revelations is a roller-coaster of emotion that is thoughtful, depressing and, ultimately, uplifting.)
28 WEEKS LATER (No one expected a sequel to match the intensity and originality of Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's original, but this one works surprisingly well, successfully combining British and American cultural -isms to paint a scarily realistic picture of post-plague, martial-law-ruled London.