The fourth part is from Acquisitions and Content Manager, Frances Harvey.
Top 5 of the year
Milk Sean Penn was a worthy winner of the Best Actor Academy Award. An important film, superbly made, with a faultless cast - particularly Emile Hirsch (and any scene where he is dancing).
Bright Star I apparently am wrong for not liking The Piano, but I loved everything about Bright Star. Visually stunning and heartbreaking, though second viewing was marred by a mouse in the cinema.
Delta Saw this after a long day in Cannes and it destroyed me. The last shot still haunts me.
Fish Tank I annoyingly missed the first fifteen minutes, but I can’t imagine that could undo the rest of the film. Just amazing.
Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze has made a film which makes me sad to not be discovering it as a child. It reminded me of how I felt when I saw Labyrinth for the first time. Magical.
and just off my top 5, my guilty pleasure of the year, Role Models I watched it once on the plane to New York, twice on the way back and since the DVD release it’s accompanied pretty much every hangover.
Favourite Soda Film
Home, fresh and exciting filmmaking. A stylish debut feature.
Top 5 Films of the Decade
Couldn’t limit it to 5, sorry.
Old Joy My first acquisition. A perfect portrayal of a fading friendship.
Last Resort My favourite Paddy Considine performance ever.
Etre et Avoir JoJo, cutest kid ever. And great lessons in photocopying.
Dancer in the Dark A relentless spiral of hell, but a musical.
Forest for the Trees More relentlessness, I mistakenly took someone who started a new job the following day.
Defining Film of the Decade
Donnie Darko Maybe just defining film of the beginning of the decade, but I’m stumped to think of a better one.