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2009 Best

The Wire, Series 1-5 (USA, 2002-2007)
60+ hours of sinewy, provocative and mesmering tales of life in Baltimore today. Devoured over a fortnight or so, what can it be compared to? Perhaps the achievements of Louis Feuillade 90 or more years ago, in locating teeming, nuanced, ever-surprising drama right in the midst of utterly exact, quotidian reality. I assume that the primary forces were the key writers David Simon and Ed Burns but the contribution of every actor, writer, producer and director seemed exemplary. I am a convert.

Top Ten (Alphabetical order)

  • Blessed (Anna Kokinos, Australia, 2009)
  • Camino (Javier Fesser, Spain, 2008)
  • District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, USA/RSA/NZ, 2009)
  • The Exploding Girl (Bradley Rust Gray, USA, 2009)
  • Mother (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2009)
  • Paper Soldier (Alexei Gherman Jr, Russia, 2008)
  • Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2009)
  • 35 Rhums (Claire Denis, France, 2009)
  • W (Oliver Stone, USA, 2008)
  • Will Not Stop There/Nije Kraj (Vinko Bresan, Croatia/Serbia, 2008)

Best 'old' films seen for the first time in theatres or on DVD

  • La Denonciation (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, France, 1962)
  • Framed (Richard Wallace, USA, 1947)
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman,
  • Belgium/France, 1975)
  • Kokoro (Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1955)
  • Liliom (Frank Borzage, USA, 1930)
  • The Locket (John Brahm, USA, 1946)
  • La Pyramide Humaine (Jean Rouch, France, 1959)
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