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#1 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 07:15 PM

As you may or may not be aware AC are updating their list of the best shot films and AC subscribers have been asked to vote for their 10 favs. from 1998 - 2008.

I doubt they'll mind us sharing our choices here. For what its worth I voted:

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Insider (1998)
Snow falling on Cedars (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Birth (2004)
Munich (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)

The Assassination of Jesse James missed out by a hair:-)

I noted with interest that all of the movies chosen were made without a D.I. !!! I think 1998/1999 was truly a mini golden age for cinematography.
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#2 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:25 AM

My votes:

"Eyes Wide Shut", Larry Smith, BSC. 35mm 1.85:1, no DI.

"City of God", C├ęsar Charlone, ABC. Super 16 & Super 35mm. DI.

"The Thin Red Line", John Toll, ASC. 35mm anamorphic, no DI.

"The Patriot", Caleb Deschanel, ASC. Super 35mm (and some 65mm for effects work), no DI.

"Children of Men", Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC. Super 1.85, DI.

"The New World", Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC. 35mm anamorphic (and maybe a few 65mm shots via DI).

"The Insider", Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC. Super 35mm, no DI.

"Road to Perdition", Conrad L. Hall, ASC. Super 35mm, no DI.

"There Will Be Blood", Robert Elswit, ASC. 35mm anamorphic, no DI.

"Zodiac", Harris Savides, ASC. Digital (Thomson Viper Filmstream), DI.

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"Private Ryan" (Kaminski), "In the Mood for Love" (Doyle), "Jesse James" or "No Country for Old Men" (Deakins), among others, were close.
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#3 Byron Karl

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:54 PM

I'd add Agnes Godard to the list of great '99 achievements, with Beau Travail.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 06:48 PM

Here's my list:

The Thin Red Line (1998)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Snow Falling On Cedars (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Amelie (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2000)
The Road to Perdition (2001)
The New World (2005)
The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)

Originally it was 15 long, then down to 11, I ultimately had to drop "2046", feeling it was sort of represented in a way by "In the Mood for Love". That leave 8 titles from 1998-2001, but only 2 after that.

On another day, I probably would have made room for "Dark Knight" (or "Batman Begins"), "2046", "No Country for Old Men", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "A Very Long Engagement", "The Aviator", a few others.
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 07:23 PM

I had a very rough time deciding. Regretfully "In the Mood for Love" had slipped my mind when I submitted it...and I can't say at this juncture which film it would replace

In no particular order:

The Thin Red Line
The Fountain
Snow Falling On Cedars
The Road to Perdition
The Assassination of Jesse James
Goya in Bordeaux
Brokeback Mountain
There Will Be Blood
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Saving Private Ryan
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#6 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:07 PM

Here are the ones that come to my mind, in no particular order:

Eyes Wide Shut
In The Mood For Love
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Assassination Of Jesse James
Girl With A Pearl Earring
No Country For Old Men
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Hero
Zhang Chi's The Shaft
Goodbye Dragon Inn
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#7 Joe Taylor

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 05:20 PM

And all of mine are period films, imagine that.

The Proposition
Thin Red Line
The Assassination of Jesse James (A golden year)
The Illusionist (How many saw thought?!)
The New World
No Country for Old Men (A golden year)
Oh, Brother where Art Though (I'm really partial to the almost color infrared look)
Girl with a Pearl Earring
There Will be Blood (A golden year)
Zodiac (A golden year)
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#8 Gus Sacks

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 05:57 PM

In my taste I had...

In the Mood for Love
The Assassination of Jesse James
There Will Be Blood
Children of Men
The New World
Memento
The Fall
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
American Beauty
Fight Club
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#9 Tom Jensen

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 06:30 PM

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Insider (1998)
Snow falling on Cedars (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Almost Famous (2000)
Amelie (2001)
Road to Perdition (2002)
The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
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#10 Richard Vialet

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:20 PM

For the poll I voted for:

Road To Perdition
Snow Falling on Cedars
Eyes Wide Shut
Babel
Punch-Drunk Love
The New World
2046
Far From Heaven
The Dark Knight
The Insider


Had to ultimately and sadly exclude:

Children of Men, American Beauty, The Thin Red Line, In The Mood For Love, Pan's Labyrinth, The Aviator, Passion of the Christ, There Will Be Blood, A Very Long Engagement
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#11 Tom Lowe

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:52 PM

1. The Thin Red Line
2. The New World
3. In The Mood for Love
4. Road to Perdition
5. 2046
6. The Fountain
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Children of Men
9. No Country for Old Men
10. Lust, Caution
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#12 Richard Vialet

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:46 AM

10. Lust, Caution


Wow...Lust, Caution! Great choice! Totally forgot about that one!
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#13 Henry Weidemann

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:30 AM

Well, it's a tough thing to chose for me since my list is endless :rolleyes:
anyway...



The Thin Red Line, John Toll
Road to Perdition, Conrad L. Hall
Collateral, Dion Beebe/Paul Cameron
In the Mood for Love, Christopher Doyle
The Assassination of Jesse James, Roger Deakins
Girl with a Pearl Earing, Eduardo Serra
Last Samurai, John Toll
The Cooler, Jim Whitaker
Master and Commander - The far Side of the World, Russell Boyd
Saving Private Ryan, Janusz Kaminski
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