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Bo Smith Chosen as New Executive Director for the Denver Film Society!

Ty Burr posted on Movie Nation about the Museum of Fine Art's Bo Smith taking the position of the Denver Film Society's new Executive Director. This news is Chlotrudis-related for many reasons, not the least of which is the loss at the MFA of over 20 years of film curatorial experience in the form of Bo Smith. Ignoring its awkward and confusing way of scheduling films, the MFA is one of the few places where you can see international films that just wouldn't get any play in Boston otherwise. Certainly I have Bo to thank for my exposure to the amazing Tsai Ming-Liang, a director for which Chlotrudis and Smith share a deep appreciation. It was during a retrospective of that director's work that I saw WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? a film that has had a profound impact on the way I view international film.

While Bo never attended a Chlotrudis Award Ceremony, he was a supporter of our organization. One of our earliest and most successful collaborations with theatres featured a special sneak preview screening of ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) with director Zacharias Kunuk and producer Norman Cohn present. After the screening at the MFA, we teamed with the Canadian Consulate for a lovely reception. It was a special event that we could never have done without Bo's help.

In addition to this type of formal collaboration, the Museum of Fine Arts is home to many film festivals that we have collaborated with. In addition to the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Chlotrudis has collaborated with the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Boston French Film Festival, all of which are held partially or entirely at the MFA.

So the Denver Film Society is sure to be in capable hands, which is certainly a comfort to me personally. Why is that, you may ask? Well I happen to know that one of the people in the running for this job was my friend and fellow-Chlotrudis member, Denverite Shannon Daut. While I was very excited about the possibility that Shannon might be the Executive Director of the Denver Film Society , and the possibilities that would have allowed regarding potential Chlotrudis collaboration, I am happy to be able to let Shannon know that her city's Film Society is in good hands.

The Newbie's Top 10!

This Top 10 is from one of our newest members, Toni Pennacchia of Spoiler Alert Radio/MergingArts Productions.

Top Picks (there are still many great films that I have not seen):

Narrative Features:

  • The Orphanage
  • Persepolis
  • Just Like The Son
  • At Night (this is lower on the list only because it is a 40 minute short – it was nominated for the Oscar Live Action shorts and is in the vein of Lars Von Trier’s minimalist melodramatic films…)
  • Paprika
  • Man From Earth
  • The Lives of Others

Documentary Features:

Barbara's Top 10 of 2007

The Top 10s are coming fast and furious! Here's a Top 10 from Barbara Lonergan.

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. Away from Her
  4. Juno
  5. After the Wedding
  6. Letters from Iwo Jima
  7. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
  8. The Secret Life of Words
  9. Once
  10. Waitress

Tony's Top 10 Movies of 2007

This is the first year Tony Brighton has submitted his Top 10 films of the year. Let's take a look!

  1. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  2. Unconscious
  3. 12:08 East of Bucharest
  4. Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
  5. Fido
  6. Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple
  7. Protagonist
  8. God Grew Tired of Us
  9. Maxed Out
  10. Live-in Maid

Thom's Top Movies of 2007!

Thom Bowser, one of our west coast members out in San Francisco, sends an intriguing Top 10 led by an as yet unreleased Takashi Miike film.

  1. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
  2. Syndromes and a Century
  3. Atonement
  4. I'm Not There
  5. The Babysitters
  6. My Winnipeg
  7. No Country for Old Men
  8. Nothing is Private
  9. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
  10. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
  11. Paprika
  12. Gabrielle
  13. Hate (La Haine)
  14. Plauges & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

A Top 10 from Japan!

Tom recently relocated to Japan, but he's still watching movies! Here he submits his rather lengthy (I should talk) Top 10, broken down into various categories so that it resembles its own mini-awards ceremony.

Tom says, "Well, it looks like I did have to update my 2007 list after seeing some
stuff here that I didn't have time to see before leaving the states."

Best Not to make it to a U.S. screen

Rebuild of Evangelion:01 : You Are (Not) Alone

Best (Tie)

In the Shadow of the Moon

Best of the Rest

No Country for Old Men
Sweeny Todd
The Host
Linda Linda Linda (making this list for the third year)

The Rest of the Best

28 Weeks Later
Pan´s Labyrinth
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Hot Fuzz

Award for bringing the greatest voice talent of all time back into the fold


Best Movie No One Saw

The Golden Door

Biggest Disappointment - 3way tie

The Simpsons Movie
The Golden Compass

Movie that should have made the big screen instead of The Simpsons Movie

Bender's Big Score

Please stop using celebrity voices in movies (or the Shut Up Sean Penn Award)


Honorable Mention for Kicking Ass

Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz

Best of the Fests

I'm A Cyborg but that's OK
Super Theater Edition Keroro Gunso 2

Best Sig from a Movie

"It's like looking in a smelly mirror"

Scot's Reluctant Top 10!

Chlotrudis Technology and Song-and-Dance Man weighs in with his Top 10.

Scot says, "Okay, okay. I'm not really a list maker, but here are my top ten films of 2007 ... as it stands today."

  1. Protagonist
  2. Lars and the Real Girl
  3. Juno
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. I Don´t Want to Sleep Alone
  6. Margot at the Wedding
  7. Brand Upon the Brain
  8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  9. Linda, Linda, Linda
  10. Once

The New Member's Top 10!

Philip, one of our newest members, sends his Top 10 in despite the fact that he doesn't have the opportunity to see many films at the theatre!

Philip says, "Thanks Michael for the invite to post this and thanks to Bruce for nudging me to join my favorite film society. I've been lurking for a few years reading everyone's reviews not realizing I could join so easily.

"My list comes with a disclaimer. I'm finishing up a Master's program in Syracuse, NY and so between my time constraints, lack of money and having only one theater in town that shows good films, my list is mainly pieced together from Netflix rentals. I drove an hour to see The Bubble, every other film on the list I watched at home. There are many films I want to see from this past year so this is not a complete list, but 2007 is long gone and I have to let go of that."

Philip Bahr's Grad School Top 10 Best Films of 2007:

The Lives of Others
Away from Her
The Bubble
Stephanie Daley
Paris Je T'aime
The Year of the Dog
This is England
Broken English
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Red Without Blue

Marilyn's Top 10

Here's a Top 10 submission from our own Marilyn at the Movies...

Marilyn says, "Here is my top ten in no particular order taking into account there are still critically acclaimed films I have not seen. I reviewed the list of eligible films to help me and note that movies like PAN and JIMA are on the list and so I have listed them even though some may feel they belong to last year."

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Letters From Iwo Jima
The Lives of Others
No Country for Old Men
Pan's Labyrinth
The Savages
In the Valley of Elah

A Truly International Top 10 from Bruce

Our New York Board Member, and movie reviewer extraordinnaire, Bruce Kingsley, has a Top 10 that represents film from all over the world. Many of the films that are truly in his Top 10 for the year were films that he saw at film festivals and have not yet received theatrical distribution. He has removed these films from the list and only included films that have had theatrical runs.

  1. The Lives of Others, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany
  2. Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley, Canada
  3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, directed by Julian Schnabel, France
  4. Lars and the Real Girl, directed by Craig Gillespie, USA
  5. Protagonist, directed by Jessica Yu, USA
  6. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, directed by Ming-liang Tsai, Malaysia
  7. Charlie Wilson's War, directed by Mike Nichols, USA
  8. The Wayward Cloud, directed by Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan
  9. The Case of the Grinning Cat, directed by Chris Marker, France
  10. Killer of Sheep, directed by Charles Burnett, USA