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#21 Anders

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:34 AM

I've missed a lot in the past couple years, and first half of this year, what with being in Thailand. But I caught a couple of films at TIFF for the first weekend that will possibly make the final list.

2010 so far:

(Shoo-ins/Excellent)

INCEPTION
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
NORWEGIAN WOOD

(Very good)

THE KING'S SPEECH
THE GHOST WRITER
THE KID'S ARE ALL RIGHT
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

(Probably won't be around when Jan. comes knockin')

NEVER LET ME GO
THE ILLUSIONIST (2010)

#22 Ryan H.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:16 PM

So far, my list looks like this:

1. I AM LOVE
2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
3. THE GHOST WRITER
4. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
5. INCEPTION
6. SHUTTER ISLAND
7. TOY STORY 3

We'll see how it looks at the end of the year. I have plenty of films to catch up on. I hope to see NORWEGIAN WOOD, BLACK SWAN, and TRUE GRIT make it. Maybe JACK GOES BOATING.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 02:25 PM

Add LEUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN REMEMBER HIS PAST LIVES) to the upper echelon of my list.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:37 PM

Compared to typical years, I've seen very few films in 2010. And many of the heavy hitters are on my calendar for the next several weeks.

Nevertheless, in ALPHABETICAL order, my top 15 of 2010* at this point:
  • Babies
  • Blue Valentine
  • Four Lions
  • I Am Love
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Shutter Island
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • The Secret of Kells
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Waste Land
  • Winter's Bone
*I'm qualifying this because, for me, 2010 movies are those that were available in the U.S. beyond NY and LA in 2010.

I'm guessing that only four or five of these titles will be in my updated 2010 Top 10 a month from now. Normally I want DVDs of my full top 10 list in my collection, but here, I'd only spend money on a few titles.

I'm tempted to include Sokurov's The Sun and Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain as 2010 films, since non-festival-going Americans didn't have a chance to see them until their 2010 DVD releases. If I decide to go that way, both will be near the top.

I'm also frustrated about Lee Isaac Chung's Lucky Life, which I saw early in the year, and would be near the top as well. But so far, no distributor. When will folks ever get to see this movie?

And while we're at it:

Movies I finally saw for the first time this year...

SIGN ME UP FOR THE CRITERION EDITIONS
(OR TELL CRITERION TO PRODUCE ONE RIGHT AWAY)

  • Close-up
  • F is for Fake
  • The Hit
  • La Jetee
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Secret of the Grain
  • The Sun

ALSO ENJOYED:
  • Yella
  • The Big Clock
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Invictus
  • The Headless Woman
DISAPPOINTED IN:
  • Revanche
  • Volver
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Sugar


Edited by Overstreet, 15 December 2010 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:49 PM

I'm delighted you enjoyed F FOR FAKE, Jeffrey. It's a fascinating film and one that rarely gets the respect it deserves.

What didn't you like about VOLVER?

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:06 PM

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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Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:40 AM

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

#28 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:58 AM

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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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:21 AM

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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Posted 27 December 2010 - 10:19 AM

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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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:58 PM

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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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:16 PM

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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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:45 PM

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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Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:49 PM

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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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:11 AM

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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Posted 02 January 2011 - 12:11 PM

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., 02 January 2011 - 12:11 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:56 AM

My Top Ten of 2010.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:23 AM

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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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:04 PM

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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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:41 PM


My 2010 write-up and top 10/20

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.