Amy: A Life in Movies

2006 – Memories of Matsuko

I absolutely adore Tetsuya Nakashima, and I think this is one if his best films, combining the most genres he could get into one epic movie that starts as if it were Gone with the Wind [plug: our 1939 Film Blogathon crash party~].

2007 – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This was just… you know, fascinating to see. Julian Schnabel managed to make this not boring, and visually interesting.

2008 – Let the Right One In

I’m sorry. I know Red chose this one too, but I cannot not pick this! This was my absolute favorite film of 2008, and I managed to watch it on the big screen more than three times (without counting the times I watched it on my own). LOL

This totally gave a boost to Swedish films, right? Scandinavia as a whole too?

2009 – District 9

I’d like to say it again: 2009 was a great year for sci-fi — yes, that’s including this, Moon and even Avatar, whether you hate it with a passion or not, LOL.

2010 – Aftershock

I don’t think I saw anything as emotional as this film was. Aftershock is, as a personal opinion, a nudge to us that the Chinese film market is waking up. I mean, in terms of blockbuster stuff (nothing arthouse, though I almost included City of Life and Death in 2009), I think this was more quality than I’ve ever seen on a Hollywood blockbuster.

Now, if only worldwide distributors wouldn’t be so scared of actually promoting a non-Hollywood blockbuster.

amy

YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

21 Responses

  1. Julili says:

    Oki, from 93 down, I was so there with u!

  2. Juan Barquin says:

    I may have been born in ’91 – which you chose the PERFECT movie for – but your ’89 was one of my favorite movies as a kid, even if it was terrifying.

    • amy says:

      @Juan Barquin, wasn’t it?

      It’s still terrifying as an adult! I hope someone releases this as a Blu edition (not a cheap edition, of course). It’d be so worth it.

  3. ahh this is so good. I’m working on mine now!

  4. Rodrigo says:

    Your 1987 pick pissed me off. I loved that film a lot and wanted to use it! But I tip my hat off to you. Great choice there.

    Surprised you didn’t went for Children Of Men or Pan’s Labyrinth for 2006, I know you loved those films to death.

    I would be very interested to see one day the films you chose for 2003 and 2005.

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, I have Belleville on DVD if you wanna check it out. I’ve been meaning to get Sophie Scholl forever, but I’m a cheap bitch – I don’t wanna spend $20 on it. LOL I spent $20 on a 3-disc special edition… I’ve been spoiled.

      I seriously thought that I was the only one knowing Toaster (and Nemo xD), so glad we’re not alone.

      And I do love Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth to death… but I also know a lot of people love them too. Plus, I do love LOVE Matsuko.

  5. Mirella Snape says:

    Those are great choices too… and was there a little boy or girl who didn’t want to become a paleontologist even for a little time after Jurassic Park?

    • amy says:

      @Mirella Snape, I think we all wanted to be… at a point in our lives, a dino-hunted paleontologist.

      Just like there’s a whole generation of teens that wanted to be a CSI. LOL

  6. Joel Burman says:

    Nice list Amy! I specially get curious about the little toaster movie, and boy you are younger than i thought! =) Its meant as a compliment…

    • amy says:

      @Joel Burman, I think a lot of people online fall on that “you are younger than I thought you were” – especially the film fans. LOL

      The Brave Little Toaster is a good one, you can definitely see those “sad” themes we often see and like from Pixar. I think you’ll probably like it, though it’s a bit weird to watch it when you’re a grown up.

  7. Elwood Jones says:

    1999 is always a difficult year to choose one movie for much like 1995, but as we both agree from previous comments on each others blogs, Cruel Intentions is a great film and somthing of a curiosity, seeing how it went from being a film everyone was talking about (certain scenes more than others) to a film which has now seemingly dropped off the radar. Still worth digging out even now.

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