The Top Ten lists begin…

My first Top Ten list of 2008 went up as part of MSN Entertainment’s “Year in Review” poll. Due to deadlines, it was put together a week ago, before I had the opportunity to see some of the late 2008 films. But it’s a list I can stand by.

You can find my list – and those of all the MSN writers participating in the “Year in Review” poll – at MSN here.

All the participants also contributed an essay on one of the films in the compilation list. Here is mine: A Christmas Tale.

The title may sound generic, but Arnaud Desplechin’s mercurial “A Christmas Tale” spikes the punch of the familiar heartwarming family drama: It’s a turbulent journey into the emotional maelstrom of a fractured French clan during the Christmas holidays.

You’ll be reading more about this one from me as the lists continue.

Mathieu Amalric takes one for the family
Mathieu Amalric throws himself into "A Christmas Tale"

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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