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Snorricam - Os 20+1+5 de Roger Ebert

por Catarina d´Oliveira, em 06.12.08

Todos os anos por esta altura somos inundados pelas listas. Listas de compras, listas de Natal...mas essas não interessam para o caso. Somos também invadidos pelas listas dos grandes críticos de cinema que, normalmente, discriminam os 10 melhores filmes do ano.


Roger Ebert deverá ser um nome familiar a todos; um dos maiores e mais célebres críticos de todos os tempos. Aquele que foi o primeiro crítico de cinema a receber uma estrela no passeio da fama de Hollywood! O senhor é grande.


Pois é...hoje Ebert resolveu quebrar as regras! Num bom sentido! Este ano a lista será de 20 filmes ( + 6) em vez de apenas 10.

 

Esta "revolta" tem uma razão muito simples e a meu ver mais que correcta: estas "listas" devem ser uma celebração, um reconhecimento do que se faz actualmente no cinema; nunca deverão transformar-se num processo rígido e automático que, muitas vezes, por pormenores de escassa importância ignoram ou discriminam negativamente bons filmes. Da minha parte, um entusiástico "fixe" com as duas mãos! Isto sim é louvar o cinema.

 


A lista segue a seguir, sem ordem hierárquica mas sim alfabética, e com alguns comentários do próprio Ebert.

 

Os 20 Grandes Filmes de 2008

 

Ballast

“The debut cast is deeply convincing, and writer-director Lance Hammer observes them with intense empathy. At the end, we think, yes, that is what would happen, and it would happen exactly like that.”

The Band's Visit

“A long night's journey marked with comedy, human nature, and bittersweet reality. Richly entertaining, with sympathetic performances by Sasson Gabai as the bandleader and Ronit Elkabetz as the owner of a local cafe.”


Che

“Benicio del Toro is persuasive as the fiercely ethical firebrand, in a film that includes unusual and unfamiliar chapters in Che's life. Steven Soderbergh's film is 257 minutes long, but far from boring.”

 

Chop Shop

“The great emerging American director Ramin Bahrani finds a story worthy of "City of God" in a no-man's land (…) Alejandro Polanco and Isamar Gonzales seem to live their roles, in a masterpiece that intimately knows its world, its people and their survival tactics.“

The Dark Knight

“The best of all the Batmans, Christopher Nolan's haunted film leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy (...) With a performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker that will surely win an Oscar

 

Doubt

Viola Davis, as the mother of the school's only black student, has one significant scene, but it is long, crucial and heartbreaking. Davis goes face to face with Streep with astonishing conviction and creates reasons for doubt that may be more important than deciding the truth.”

The Fall

Tarsem's film is a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free fall from reality into uncharted realms.”

Frost/Nixon

Ron Howard directs mercilessly”

 
Frozen River

Melissa Leo should be nominated for her performance. A spellbinding thriller, yes, but even more a portrait of economic struggle in desperate times.”

Happy-Go-Lucky

“Here's another nominee for best actress -- Sally Hawkins. Mike Leigh's uncanny ability to find drama in ordinary lives is used with genius. Not a feel-good movie. Not at all. But strangely inspiring.”

Iron Man

“Like "Spider-Man 2" and "The Dark Knight," another leap forward for the superhero movie. Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau reinvent Tony Stark.”

 
Milk

Sean Penn, one of our greatest actors, locks up an Oscar nomination with his performance as Harvey Milk.  One of the year's most moving films.”

Rachel Getting Married

“After seeing this film, people told me, "I wanted to attend that wedding" or "I wish I'd been there." It's that involving. His camera (Jonathan Demme) is so observant, we feel like a guest really does feel.”

The Reader

“The film addresses the moral confusion felt in those who came after the Holocaust but whose lives were painfully twisted by it.”

 

Revolutionary Road

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, in two of the best performances of the year.  Sam Mendes reads minds when words aren't enough, and has every detail right.”

Shotgun Stories

“You'll have to search for it, but worth it. It avoids the obvious and shows a deep understanding of the lives and minds of ordinary young people in a skirmish of the class war. The dialogue rings true, the camera is deeply observant.”

Slumdog Millionaire

“A film that finds exuberance despite the tragedy it also gives full weight to. The locations breathe with authenticity.”

Synecdoche, New York

“The year's most endlessly debated film. Much controversy about the identities and even genders of some of the characters, in a film that should never be seen unless you've already seen it at least once.”

W.

“To general surprise, Oliver Stone's biography of George W. Bush is empathetic and understanding. Josh Brolin gives a nuanced portrayal that seems based on the known facts, showing the president as subservient to Vice President Cheney and haunted by old demons.”

 

WALL-E

“The best science-fiction movie in years was an animated family film. Hugely entertaining, wonderfully well drawn, and, if you think about it, merciless in its critique of a global consumer culture that obsesses on intake and disregards the consequences of output.”

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Menção Especial


My Winnipeg

“Oddly enough, when it's over, you have a deeper and, in a crazy way, more "real" portrait of Winnipeg than a conventional doc might have provided--and certainly a far more entertaining one.”

 

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5 Documentários igualmente na 1ª posição

Encounters at the End of the World

“In a spellbinding film, Herzog finds a great deal of humor, astonishing underwater creatures, permanent occupants such as seals and penguins and the possibility of a bleak global future.”

I.O.U.S.A.

“A film to make sense of the current economic crisis. Not a partisan film. Experts of all political persuasions look at our bookkeeping and agree it is insane.”

Man on Wire

“On Aug. 7, 1974, a Frenchman named Philippe Petit, having smuggled two tons of equipment to the top of the towers of the World Trade Center, strung a wire between them, and walked back and forth eight times. The doc combines period footage and re-created scenes to explain how he did it, and mystically, why. We know he made it, so how does this film generate such suspense?”

Standard Operating Procedure

Errol Morris' scrutiny reveals what was really happening, and why, and how the photographs do not always show what they seem to.”


Trouble the Water

“A few days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, a young couple from the Ninth Ward bought a camcorder. As the rains began to fall, they began to film, even while trapped by rising waters inside their attic. Their astonishing footage, unlike any other, is incorporated by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin into a documentary.”

 

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De Filipe Coutinho a 07.12.2008 às 20:23

Ainda bem que ainda há críticos como o Roger Ebert. Por acaso indentifico-me muito com ele a nível de escolhas. Não estas, dos que vi pelo menos, mas também relativamente ao seu top 100.

Bj

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