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Stranger than fiction

Random quality link of the day: Rich Fairbairn speaking at Reading CU last week on Mark 14

We walked, talked, ate and watched Stranger than Fiction. It's basically a story about the two gret unavoidable things in life... as Benjamen Franklin noted: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." and Woody-Allen-lite it explores whether life is comedy or tragedy...

Mark Kermode said it was a kind of sub-Charlie Kaufman film. He was right, but if you patch together a few elements that make for a great Kaufman film you still get something better than most other films.

With a few weeks to the end of the year this my rough ten favourite films of the year. I know we've missed some really good films this year and there's still time to see others. On top of which there may some other worthy titles we've seen that aren't in this list yet... (e.g. I'm still not sure if I thought Brick was brilliant or just obscure..)

Little Miss Sunshine, Stranger than fiction, The Departed, V for Vendetta, Casino Royale, The Inside Man, Match Point, Goodnight and Goodluck, Syriana, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, A History of Violence

what have we mised?
what shouldn't be on this list?


  1. Have you seen The Prestige or Pan's Labyrinth? They're both very good, and will probably feature in my top 10 films of the year.

  2. Top three films of the year (non of which are on your list!)

    1. Pan's Labyrinth (just seen today and it was brilliant and the best of the year for me)
    2. Through a scanner darkly
    3. The Prestige

    [obviously I think Caleb has good taste]

    Casino Royale shouldn't be on your list - I thought it was awful. It was just all over the place. Departed and Pirates were good though (haven't seen the rest - sorry).

    This year is the first in which I've seen many films for a while, and all thanks to Orange Wednesdays and working in town. There were a lot of good ones too.

  3. Thats three new films to try then. Bond is silly I agree, once in a while a bit of sillyness is required.

  4. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of silliness, I really enjoyed Pirates despite the bad reviews (inc Kermode's). Casino Royale just had no decent plot, and was a bit bitty. Trouble is I don't get to go to the cinema with people who like silly films too....

  5. you watched Brick? You know my friend scored the music for that and his brother wrote and directed it?

    It's a genius film. I love it :)

  6. How bizarre, you're the second person I know who knows the person who scored Brick.


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