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Best of 2010 at the Halfway Point

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It was kinda fun, and Penelope was fetching, but as it's only my second Almadovar film, I haven't yet figured out what the big deal is. The premise was cute, but the film felt overlong to me.

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FAVES 2010

as of Dec 20 2010

Animal Kingdom

Please Give

Me And Orson Welles

Nowhere Boy

Winter's Bone

Of Gods and Men

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Secret In Their Eyes

The White Ribbon

The American

Get Low

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What's your methodology there, Ron? The White Ribbon played the 2009 VIFF but had a theatrical release in 2010... while Of Gods and Men played the 2010 VIFF and will have a theatrical release in 2011. Yet you count them both as 2010 films?

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And Me and Orson Welles had no theatrical release at all in 2010 - just a DVD release. It played in limited release in 2009, but played beyond NY and LA.

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I've now seen 35 films that I'm calling official 2010 releases and hope to hit 40 before 1/1/11, when my year-end writing assignments are due. Scanning the list I see quite a few that could fight it out for slots 6-10 but I'm having trouble putting together a top 5 that I can be really excited about. Right now, it's looking like my #1 will be a film I saw in 2007!

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As of Dec. 30 my list stands as such.

1. INCEPTION [10]

2. SHUTTER ISLAND [9]

3. THE SOCIAL NETWORK [9]

4. CARLOS [9]

5. TRUE GRIT [9]

6. NORWEGIAN WOOD [9]

7. UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN REMEMBER HIS PAST LIVES [9]

8. BLACK SWAN [9]

9. THE KING'S SPEECH [8]

10. THE FIGHTER [8]

Honorable Mentions: THE GHOST WRITER [8], TOY STORY 3 [8], THE KID'S ARE ALL RIGHT [8], THE TOWN [8], HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1 [8], SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD [8]

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As of Dec. 30 my list stands as such.

1. INCEPTION [10]

2. SHUTTER ISLAND [9]

Wow! You do love some DiCaprio delusions!

I've now seen 35 films that I'm calling official 2010 releases and hope to hit 40 before 1/1/11, when my year-end writing assignments are due. Scanning the list I see quite a few that could fight it out for slots 6-10 but I'm having trouble putting together a top 5 that I can be really excited about. Right now, it's looking like my #1 will be a film I saw in 2007!

Hmmm. I *think* I know what film you're talking about. Is it one that has yet to be distributed?

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FWIW, I plan to finalize my own 2010 Top 10 after I see The King's Speech tomorrow night.

Movies I won't have seen by that time: Vincere, 35 Shots of Rum (on Ebert's 2010 list, but I'm thinking this was a 2009 release), The Way Back. Probably a few others.

But I've seen tons of movies and have no hesitance in putting together a top 10. The idea of ranking my enthusiasm for these films continues to sit not quite right with me, but taken as a whole, these lists can be useful markers of one's own taste, and a spur perhaps to others who might not keep up with films the way many of us do. I know several people here toil and sweat over their lists, revising them as they catch up with titles -- sometimes from years earlier. Myself, I get less and less picky about these lists. Have I changed my mind about my top choice from a past year? Sure. About several top choices from a past year? Probably. But I don't track them, keep the selections in a file, etc. Like most everything in my life, I get the "assignment" done and move on. Gotta start thinking about next year's list. Maybe my next viewing assignment, Season of the Witch, will qualify!

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I might expand on this in a blog post, but with that post not happening today, I'm not sure I'll ever get to it. So ...

1. Another Year

2. Let Me In

3. Mother

4. Alamar

5. The Fighter

6. The White Ribbon

7. Get Low

8. Winter's Bone

9. The Social Network

10. White Material

I griped all year long about how crappy the year was, and until a couple of weeks ago, I still thought it had been a terrible year for films. Looking over that list, I think I should probably take back those comments, but it's immensely frustrating to have the year so backloaded. The White Ribbon is probably a 2009 film, although I've put it here. Until The Social Network and Let Me In came out, the year felt bone-dry. I didn't see Mother until the end of the year, although it had a limited release early in the year. Can't recall if it played in D.C. at that time.

The end of the year has been very, very good to the overall assessment of 2010 film releases.

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Here are the lists I just submitted to Senses of Cinema. I've written a bit about them at my website.

Favorite North American Theatrical Releases of 2010

1. Milyang (Secret Sunshine, Lee Chang-dong, 2007)

2. Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Manoel de Oliveira, 2009)

3. Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat, 2009)

4. Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto (Our Beloved Month of August, Miguel Gomes, 2008)

5. Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman, 2010)

6. Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, 2009)

7. Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2009)

8. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

9. The Exploding Girl (Bradley Rust Gray, 2009)

10. 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain, Jacques Rivette, 2009)

Favorite New Films I Saw in 2010

1. Atlantiques (Mati Diop, 2009)

2. Film socialisme (Film Socialism, Jean-Luc Godard, 2010)

3. Promises Written in Water (Vincent Gallo, 2010)

4. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010)

5. RUHR (James Benning, 2009)

6. Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

7. Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Manoel de Oliveira, 2009)

8. Coming Attractions (Peter Tscherkassky, 2010)

9. Marti, dupa craciun (Tuesday, After Christmas, Radu Muntean, 2010)

10. My Joy (Sergei Loznitsa, 2010)

Favorite Discoveries of 2010

(one film per director, in alphabetical order)

* The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

* The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, 1956)

* The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)

* The Long Gray Line (John Ford, 1955)

* Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937)

* A Married Couple (Allan King, 1969)

* Les rendez-vous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1978)

* Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977)

* Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983)

* Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)

I owe five of my favorite discoveries to the A&F Top 100, so we must be doing something right.

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Favorite Discoveries of 2010

(one film per director, in alphabetical order)

* The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

* The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, 1956)

* The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)

* The Long Gray Line (John Ford, 1955)

* Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937)

* A Married Couple (Allan King, 1969)

* Les rendez-vous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1978)

* Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977)

* Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983)

* Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)

I owe five of my favorite discoveries to the A&F Top 100, so we must be doing something right.

I'm hoping we can get BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on the Top 100 this year.

Edited by Ryan H.

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My 2010 write-up and top 10/20

FWIW, Benchwarmer, I can now officially say this was a weaker movie year for me, by the standard I used last year: In 2009, my list of 10 runners-up was full of films that could just as easily have been in the top 10 list. I can't say that this year.

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My 2010 write-up and top 10/20

FWIW, Benchwarmer, I can now officially say this was a weaker movie year for me, by the standard I used last year: In 2009, my list of 10 runners-up was full of films that could just as easily have been in the top 10 list. I can't say that this year.

Also worth mentioning:

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

I thought I was the only person on the planet to see this.

I really, really appreciated this film, and it stands out at the end of the year. But kind of like your "Also Worth Mentioning," I may include it on a separate list of docs.

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Also worth mentioning:

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

I thought I was the only person on the planet to see this.

I really, really appreciated this film, and it stands out at the end of the year. But kind of like your "Also Worth Mentioning," I may include it on a separate list of docs.

You mean ... you haven't obsessively watched every indispensable webcast of "Reel Faith"? You didn't know we were partners in appreciating this film since whichever episode last summer I did my on-the-air review?

Ah, well. If the studio cancels us, I know who to blame.

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You mean ... you haven't obsessively watched every indispensable webcast of "Reel Faith"? You didn't know we were partners in appreciating this film since whichever episode last summer I did my on-the-air review?

Ah, well. If the studio cancels us, I know who to blame.

Huh. I was just thinking this week that someone from the boards needs to finally enter the YouTube arena.

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You mean ... you haven't obsessively watched every indispensable webcast of "Reel Faith"? You didn't know we were partners in appreciating this film since whichever episode last summer I did my on-the-air review?

Ah, well. If the studio cancels us, I know who to blame.

Huh. I was just thinking this week that someone from the boards needs to finally enter the YouTube arena.

Not us. We tried, but we got shut down on YouTube by studio robots that found the clips of the films in our episodes. We've got permission to use them on the air but apparently we can't get away with it on YouTube. And, unfortunately, our less-than-awesome website only hosts the most recent episode.

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SDG wrote:

: Not us. We tried, but we got shut down on YouTube by studio robots that found the clips of the films in our episodes.

FWIW, I thought I read somewhere that when YouTube shuts you down automatically, you get to un-hide your video, so that the studio's next step (if they decide you're not using the clips in good faith) has to be to more personal and particular than that.

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Here's a Link to how my final list turned out.

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