Best of the Decade Marathon UpdateTouching The Void
Another film I haven't watched since its theatrical release. Let me stress that just because a film doesn't make my Top 100 doesn't mean it's not a really good film. I definitely recommend Touching The Void. Filmed with what must have been considerable difficulty, it's a gripping and exciting true adventure of a mountain climbing expedition that nearly turned fatal. Director Kevin MacDonald - who went on to helm The Last King of Scotland - filmed the mountain climbers telling their tale (along with a 3rd person who waited below for their return). He then intercuts this with a very cinematic recreation of events. Great approach, this is probably the most involved I've been in an activity I care little about. Perhaps that's why this won't be making my Top 100, it's just not a subject I have great interest in, even though the human interest factor couldn't be higher. Some decisions are made that just made my heart sink into my stomach. I hope I'm never put to such a test.INTERSTELLA 5555
One of the great undiscovered gems of the 00s. I understand why this film played in Cannes in '03 and why it never got a proper theatrical release. A feature length Japanese Anime adaptation of Daft Punk's Discovery is going to appeal to a very limited audience. Unfortunately, this banquet for the eyes and ears was meant to be experienced on the biggest, loudest possible screen. Even on a television, the effect is damn near hypnotic.
The film follows the track sequence of Discovery faithfully, telling the story of the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop band. There's no dialogue and minimal sound effects. This is not simply a lengthy music video, but a great sci-fi adventure that's also a satire on the way pop stars are processed for mass consumption. There's also a nice little love story in the mix. I don't think Discovery is a perfect CD, and the couple of weak tracks make for lesser film sequences, (including the lengthy finale) but overall this is bold, spirited and bracingly original. I can guarantee this will make my Top 100.
So the list stands at...
107. Interstella 5555 [but this will climb much higher]
108. Dirty Pretty Things
111. X2: X-Men United
Next on my list are a bunch of films I own, so I hope to view them in quick succession. Alphabetically, they are...
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
O Brother, Where Art Thou
School of Rock
After that, I finally break into my Top 100 with a fresh look at J.S.A.: Joint Security Area
the directorial debut of Park Chan-Wook.