Endlich wird Sean Penns Meisterwerk Into the Wild geehrt, welches beim Golden Globe sträflich übergangen wurde. Man kann allerdings davon ausgehen, dass die Oscarjury nicht den selben Fehler machen wird. Die Liste aus Orlando ist dennoch nicht representativ für den Oscar. Der Favorit No Country for Old Men nur auf Rang 4? Kein Sweeney Todd? Wo ist der heiße Mitfavorit There Will Be Blood? Hier auf jedenfall die Top 10 Liste der besten Filme des Jahres vom Orlando Sentinel:

1) Into the Wild -- A bravura lead performance, lovely supporting performances, committed, passionate and sure-handed directing by Sean Penn all bent on telling a moving, inspiring story of living off the grid on a journey of self-discovery in the American wilderness. Glorious.

2) Once -- An Irish street busker's musical that cost about $65 U.S. and yet magically captures new love aborning through songs that will break your heart. The most realistic musical ever is also the best musical in ages. It leaves you longing for what might have been, much like that love "that got away." Perfect.

3) Atonement -- A modern romance with all the resonance, comic snap and tragic longing of the great screen romances. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy are perfectly cast as the leads, Joe Wright grows into being an epic director.

4) No Country for Old Men -- Javier Bardem is pure, amoral evil, Josh Brolin is the fast-learning good ol'boy who has just crossed the line. The deputy strangling scene is as harrowing as anything I've seen this year, and the chilling references to earlier Coen Brothers classics are fun to spot. But the old men, in surrporting roles, give this the aftertaste of a classic. Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Corbin, Butch and Butch's old uncle, out to pasture.

5) Zodiac -- A crime mystery benefiting from a dazzling, showy turn by Robert Downey Jr. as a reporter, and the usual solid, ultra realistic work from Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo, all on the trail of an infamous serial killer. David Fincher's best movie ever.

6) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- Quite unlike most any movie I've seen this year, or in recent years, a first-person internal-monologue account of life trapped in a stroke-paralyzed body. It's not the acting that makes this, it's the writing and the artistic, perfectly-executed direction by Julian Schnabel.

7) Juno -- Snappy, sassy, sweet, good-hearted and touching, this is the first indie film to make a serious Sunshine run at Oscar glory.


8) Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
-- The best of the many, many, almost too-many Iraq War docs is this one, using a variety of styles of filmmaking, from dramatic recreations to narrated documentary footage to animation to capture the boots-on-the-ground experience of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on active duty soldiers writings of combat. Riveting.


9) The Kite Runner -- A child has a mistake that he bears in shame for decades, only to seek atonement as a still-guilty adult, set against the backdrop of Afghanistan, before and after the Taliban. As vivid a picture of Islamo0fascism as you'd ever hope to see.


10) Hairspray --
I pity anybody who didn't let themselves enjoy this one. Bubbly in all the right ways. I even enjoyed John Travolta as Edna Turnblad.


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