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Citizenfour

Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ film about Edward Snowden, the movie…

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Private Violence

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

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jim's ten best favorite movies of 2008: the movie

The best of 2008 in just under 8 minutes. Watch the movie, identify the images (all titles listed at the end). Some last only a few seconds, some for a minute or so. Coming soon: Shot-by-shot commentary (or, why I chose these particular shots for my tribute to the year's best favoritest.). And, of course, the second annual Exploding Head Awards!

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UPDATE: Here's the list of titles -- with genre assignments and home video availability:

1. "In Bruges" (comedy, gangster; on DVD) 2. "The Edge of Heaven" (multi-narrative drama; on DVD) 3. "A Christmas Tale" (comedy, family) 4. "Pineapple Express" (comedy, stoner/bromantic, crime, action, Ninja; on DVD/Blu-ray Jan. 6, 2009) 5. "Wendy and Lucy" (heartbreaker) 6. "Let the Right One In" (comedy, tweener love story, horror) 7. "Still Life" (comedy, romantic/industrial; on DVD) 8. "Chop Shop" (docudrama; on DVD) 9. "Shotgun Stories" (Southern Gothic; on DVD) 10. "The Fall" (comedy, Western/Eastern fantasy adventure; on DVD/Blu-ray) 11. "Che" (instructional documentary, with re-enactments)

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