Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00
Reviewed by Diane Carson
It's customary, even expected by studios, for film critics this time of year to submit a top 10, as arbitrary as that always feels. One fine film has great elements another doesn't quite achieve, but perhaps thematically another shines. Nevertheless, were I to head right back to the theatre to watch ten films this week, here's what I'd ask for in reverse order.

10. Sicko: As infuriating as Michael Moore can be, he asks the right questions and asks us to be accountable. Worth commendation are the documentaries analyzing the Iraq War from Iraqi citizens and troops' perspectives laying bare the true tragedy of this administration's lies and policies.

9. Lust, Caution: Ang Lee's somewhat tortured but nonetheless captivating and gorgeous story of intrigue in WWII Shanghai.

8. I'm Not There: Bravura filmmaking, not always coherent but Todd Haynes creates challenging and heady work.

7. Michael Clayton: For the sheer delight of watching a capitalist frenzy unfold with great performances (George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton) and riveting dialogue.

6. Into the Wild: Sean Penn's translation of Jon Krakauer's novel into a joyous and cautionary film. Chris McCandless seeks authenticity with the joy of youth and a tragic mistake.

5. The Great Debaters: For Denzel Washington's critique of racism and sexism in all its past and present guises.

4. There Will Be Blood: Epic and hypnotic as the film is, Daniel Day-Lewis' performance redefines charismatic screen presence.

3. No Country for Old Men: The Coen brothers terrifying and brilliant work. The performances by everyone-Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson-are breathtaking. The nerve wracking silences and sound effects should make every director rethink their sound track.

2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: director Julian Schnabel's imaginative translation of Jean-Dominique Bauby's novel into exhilarating cinema. Bauby's movement toward death celebrates life exuberantly as he discovers what really matters.

1. Away from Her: Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent in a heartbreaking story. Christie's Fiona Anderson knows she's slipping into dementia, commits herself to an institution, and husband Grant must readjust his life. It's an homage to love, loss, and the most crucial element of all: compassion.

So here's to the cinema of 2007 with high hopes for 2008.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


The Driftaways

Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. Don't Hide is full of high energy jams and groovey improves that gives them a good time vibe. Download their song "Don't Hide"…

Dad Jr: Get Down. Hard.

Sun June 29

KDHX Recommends

July
Thursday
31

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys KDHX presents Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at The Stage, July 31 at 8pm. Tickets available online.   Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a...


August
Saturday
02

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014 The Aching Hearts are the husband and wife duo of Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells (host of Steam-Powered Radio on 88.1 KDHX), who recently released the CD "Just a Habit." Join them and KDHX for a morning of classic, old-time...


August
Wednesday
06

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange KDHX presents Mandolin Orange as part of the Discovery Series on Wednesday August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina-based duo combines bluegrass, rock and country, providing a modern take on age-old styles. Tickets available...


Online Users

5 users and 8960 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook