This week at IFC News:
Our list of the top ten films for the year is up here, as are those of Matt Singer and Michael Atkinson.
We discuss them on the podcast and sum up some of the year’s trends.
And a few more best-ofs:
Aaron Hillis calls out his "five shamefully overlooked performances."
Nick Schager does his list of the five best directorial debuts.
And in this year of sequels and threequels and so on, R. Emmet Sweeney selects the five best retreads.
Michael Atkinson on "Once" in the DVD column:
Even before I’d seen "Once," the tiny Irish musical that could, it was apparent that those who had seen it and loved it â€” which was all of them â€” constituted a kind of epiphanic tribe, attempting unconfidently to communicate to the rest of us their magical experience. Once I saw it, I helplessly joined their frustrated company and word of mouth, handicapped by "just go" inexpressiveness, has kept the film in theaters for seven lovely months (so far, amounting to a roughly 100-to-one profit-to-budget ratio). Of course, John Carney’s modest movie can suffer as any movie could from the toxicity of hype surplus, which may be one of the reasons why articulation of "Once"’s pleasures has been so difficult. The other reasons, I suspect, have something to do with "Once"’s essential sincerity, unvarnished simplicity and basic movieness â€” why else have people been drawn to cinema since 1890, if not for the empathic connection for fellow humans and bearing witness to their expressive dramas?
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.