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Guy Maddin

GUY MADDIN

1. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) This movie harpoons me! The director of Crumb adopts Daniel Clowes’s comic book, limning out the hopelessly trapped characters making do in hopeless times—without being mean-spirited. Exquisite agony!

2. The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur) OK, this silent came out in 1918, but it screened around this year (and it’s on VHS, from Grapevine Video). Maeterlinck’s children’s play is as cruel and strange as anything by Hans Christian Andersen. Happily full of beautiful early homages to Méliès.

3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg) The year’s longest love letter to mother. The avalanche of real feeling pushed me through Spielberg’s obnoxious surfaces clear into a place of true desolation, a place without popcorn or Twizzlers.

4. Hey, Happy! (Noam Gonick) Blake Edwards’s The Party transplanted to the Winnipeg rave scene. Equal parts crystal meth and

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