The lower 56

Of the 82 movies on my “short” list, we could only pick the 26 listed below. Here’s why we didn’t choose the other 56:

My wife didn’t want to see them:

  • A Stone’s Throw
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Four Minutes
  • The Island
  • The Wake

They’re coming to theatres in the next couple of months:

  • A Good Year
  • All The King’s Men
  • Babel
  • Bobby
  • Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Catch a Fire
  • Cheech
  • For Your Consideration
  • Shortbus
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • The Fountain
  • The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
  • The Last Kiss
  • The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Schedule conflicts:

  • Amazing Grace
  • After the Wedding

We just didn’t end up choosing them:

  • 7 Ans
  • A Few Days Later…
  • Abeni
  • As the Shadow
  • Away From Her
  • Bamako
  • Black Book
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Cages
  • Cashback
  • Chacun sa nuit
  • Copying Beethoven
  • Dixie Chicks – Shut Up and Sing
  • Fido
  • Griffin & Phoenix
  • Jindabyne
  • Lake of Fire
  • London to Brighton
  • Love and Other Disasters
  • Out Of The Blue
  • Quelques jours en Septembre
  • Seraphim Falls
  • Severance
  • Shame
  • The Book of Revelation
  • The Dog Problem
  • The Last King of Scotland
  • The Last Winter
  • The Namesake
  • Thicker than Water
  • This is England
  • Un Crime
  • Un Dimanche à Kigali
  • When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts
  • Zidane: Un Portrait du XXIe Siècle

There were various reasons why we didn’t choose these. Some just lost out to our 26, some — like Away From Her and the Dixie Chicks documentary — were galas that we figured wouldn’t attract the director or any of the cast (which, knowing they’ll be in theatres soon, removes a lot of the attraction). Some — like When The Levees Broke — were just too long.

There were some very tough choices in there, like Cashback, Fido, Lake Of Fire, Out Of The Blue, and especially The Last King Of Scotland. Given all the buzz around that last one I’m afraid it’ll be the hit of the festival and I’ll have passed it up. But, that’s how it goes. Nothing to do now but enjoy the 13 we get and wait for the rest to be released.

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