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17 January 2005



This list goes to eleven:

1) The next to last shot (if memory serves) in "Gozu" of three toothbrushes nestled together. This tender image is a small revelation and casts the entire film in a different light. Miraculous and probably just a lark on Miike's part.

2) The way Uma looks at David Carradine from across a campfire in "Kill Bill 2." They convinced me that they were in love.

3) The haunting apple truck sequence in "Dogville."

4) The opening sequence of "Enduring Love." Probably the most hallucinatory scene in any movie this year.

5) The extradordinary opening 10 minutes of "Dawn of the Dead."

6) Dubya saying "Won't get fooled again" in the punchline to Michael Moore's "F911."

7) New Yorkers on a subway standing between Peter Parker and Doc Ock in "Spiderman 2." Genuinely moving popcorn optimism.

8) The moment when I realized Isabella Rosselini's beer-filled prosthetic glass legs represented the Twin Towers shattering in "Saddest Music in the World." Audacious and subservive and touching.

9) The moment where a young woman with cerebral palsy breaks free from her affliction in the first shift into magical realism in "Oasis." Very few scenes actually take my breath away. This was one.

10) The final fade to black in "Before Sunset."

11) Don Cheadle's heartbreaking attempts to tie a necktie in "Hotel Rwanda." I'm not a fan of this movie, but Cheadle's bit of physical acting here is extraordinary.


I hate to correct the Cinetrix, but I believe I expressed neither optimism nor pessimism about Ian McShane's chances. In fact, I had a sneaking suspicion he might win.

That said, I was disappointed that he didn't take the opportunity to refer to the sponsors as "those Hollywood Foreign Press cocksuckers." Guess you can't have everything.

Two moments: one from a movie I saw this afternoon, one from a movie that's keeping me busy at the keyboard:

-- Cate, as Kate, in The Aviator, overheard as a scene drifts away: "Jane Eyre has been selling popcorn for a hundred years." That will come in handy.

-- Peter Wight, as D.I. Webster, in the most subtle and powerful supporting performance of 2004: "Let's say about twenty years." This choice of words, during the interrogation of Vera Drake, beautifully captures the way that his character uncomfortably negotiates the private and the public, in a film that's all about the collision between the private and the public.

"Years," in both cases. Not sure what to make of that.


blooperreel and i share a lot of tastes! i had already starting writing about the Cheadle necktie when i read his (her)list.and it's true, the beginning of Enduring Love -- the whole hot-air balloon sequence, the first 15 minutes or so -- had a mood that was unforgettable. it's too bad the movie went so rapidly and steeply downhill after that. by the end, it was essentially a gay British version of Fatal Attraction.


Blooperreel -- for nos. 1 and 9 you deserve to be knighted. Thanks for reminding me of those.

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