Best of 2010 at the Halfway Point
Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:38 AM
It's a good time to post, I think, because the best film I've seen this year comes out on DVD this Tuesday.
I can't think of other titles that would qualify for a "best of" list. Lots of middling films, borderline recommendations pro or con. What am I missing? Let the listmaking begin!
Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:42 AM
Edited by Ryan H., 05 June 2010 - 11:47 AM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:53 AM
But I've managed to enjoy these so far. (My 2010 list refers to films that became available/accessible in Seattle in 2010.)
LOVED IT: The Secret of Kells, The Secret in Their Eyes, The Secret of the Grain (2006, but finally available in the U.S.)
LIKED IT: Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky; How to Train Your Dragon; Shutter Island; The White Ribbon; Police, Adjective; The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
WANTED TO LIKE, BUT COULDN'T: Revanche
FILMS I'VE LOVED THAT ARE YET TO BECOME AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC: Lucky Life
FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH THESE WINNERS FROM PAST YEARS: The Limits of Control; The Headless Woman; Julia; Yella
Edited by Overstreet, 05 June 2010 - 11:54 AM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:04 PM
2010 feels to me like it's going to need a much stronger second half to be a decent film year. But as always, some of it is going to depend on what counts as a 2010 film. 35 rhums made it on quite a few film lists last year, which I simply don't get. IMDB shows it was released to three U.S. film festivals in 2009. I saw it first chance I got, which was in January. A case could also be made for The White Ribbon and Broken Embraces.
Personal taste enters into it, too. I could see someone having Harry Brown on their list at this point in the year. It doesn't make my list because I believe its worldview is misleading and false -- otherwise I see it as a very strong film. A similar case could be made in this category for Fish Tank.
So, for me, I only feel nine are worthy of ranking at this point, and I've probably seen less than twenty:
A Film With Me In It
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The White Ribbon
Exit Through The Gift Shop
EDIT: I think I could count The Wind Journeys and Only When I Dance, too. Forgot about those wonderful Film Movement releases.
I'm hoping to make it to The Ghost Writer this weekend, and The Secret of Kells plays again later in the month...
Does Revanche count? That would make my list.
EDIT: I would like to point out that this is me talking, and not only is there a prankumentary on my list, there's also a comedy.
Edited by Persona, 05 June 2010 - 01:45 PM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:14 PM
Edited by Ryan H., 05 June 2010 - 12:15 PM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:23 PM
And what about Agora? The thread keeps popping up all the time, I only skim it when it does but it looks like some of our crowd have seen it. I saw a trailer for it before The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo last week.
And speaking of which, those two films are also scheduled for release this year: The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. This could be a year where an entire trilogy makes it into someone's Top Ten.
Edited by Persona, 05 June 2010 - 12:26 PM.
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Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:36 PM
I guess the Swedish films also had the edge of millions of books already sold, too.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 05:21 PM
You are a sick man Jeffrey, wanting to know everybody's secrets!
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Ok. How about Shutter Island.
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:41 AM
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways
William Hurt in The Yellow Handkerchief
Maybe Colin Farrell in Ondine, but it's too fresh right now for me to say.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:39 AM
1 - The Pacific (Miniseries)
2 - Boardwalk Empire (Season One) - and I've only seen the first two hours
3 - Robin Hood
4 - Shutter Island
5 - Inception
6 - Kick-Ass
7 - Let Me In
8 - Ondine
9 - Treme (Season One)
10 - Iron Man 2
Compared to everyone else, I suppose this isn't a very "cultured" list. And when it comes to voting, I'll have to take off the TV Shows (although I still personally consider a good TV Show to just be a 10-12 hour film). On the other hand, I want to but still haven't been able to see Get Low, Never Let Me Go, Toy Story 3, and Winter's Bone, all, from what I hear, could end up on the list. I also expect Hereafter, 127 Hours, The King's Speech, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Fighter, and True Grit to be contenders for the list. Based on the trailer, I'm tempted to just put True Grit as #1, but I'm trying to keep my expectations for it in check so that I don't find myself disliking it only because I expected too much. Make fun of my enjoying Robin Hood all you want, but I liked it twice as much as I did before on a second viewing.