Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 25 Films of 2010


[Wild Grass]

Note: Due to being in several different countries this year, the release dates are all funky. In fact "Sarah's Key" will be released in the U.S.A. in 2011. Have hope and wait a little bit and hopefully you'll get to see all these films!
  1. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais) Saw twice. I have never been an Alain Resnais film, so it is with great surprise that his last two films have become instantaneous favorites of mine. The crazier this film got, the more I fell in love with it. A great success!
  2. White Material (Claire Denis) Again, I don't always get the hype surrounding Claire Denis despite the fact that 35 Rhums was great. But I think more people should make films about how possessions and money destroy people. This was just too good.
  3. Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Manoel de Oliveira) Now our beloved director is 102 years old. And he is making the best films of his career. This film was a little short, and frankly, I could have done with the characters being more eccentric. However, the ending was amazing and exactly what should have been delivered.
  4. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski) There are too many good things I could say about this movie. Amazing performances, especially from Olivia Williams and Eli Wallach. A very non-traditional ending. Amazing direction. Unfortunately, there was a chase scene that reminded me too much of the one in The Ninth Gate. However, overlooking this small detail, it was another masterpiece from Polanski.
  5. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese) It's kind of funny how much some people hate this movie. It was also a shame that the release date was pushed back to early 2010. It could have been a serious contender at the Oscars. It was not silly and had some great dramatic moments.
  6. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg) As a Clouzot fan, it's a dream that his lost film would turn up. The documentary-like style pulled the story along. Some restorations that show stills to account for the missing scenes really suck. I'm glad this was different and well-directed.
  7. Sarah's Key (Gilles Paquet-Brenner) Basically I cried and cried and cried. And the stupid critic who gave it two stars in Premiere should be fired and they should find a new career.
  8. Les invités de mon père/My Father's Guests (Anne Le Ny) The plot actually sounded dumb, but was extremely well-done and several unexpected things happened. It seemed really relevant. Whenever a story is focused on human emotion, it cannot go wrong.
  9. Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton) Saw twice. Had extremely low expectations due to really bad feedback from friends. Interesting circumstance: Saw on Easter Sunday in L.A. and an earthquake actually took place during the screening.
  10. The Tree (Julie Bertucelli) Another movie where I just cried and cried. Bertucelli is a burgeoning talent and this film just foretold that there are several more beautiful films to come from this director. Definitely unconventional and smart, another emotional film that will impact you, especially if you have lost someone and have reason to hang on to them.
  11. Gainsbourg, la vie heroique (Joann Sfar)
  12. Gainsbourg, l’homme qui aimait les femmes (2010)
  13. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois)
  14. Crime d'amour/Love Crime (Alain Corneau)
  15. Copacabana (Marc Fitoussi)
  16. Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat)
  17. Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)
  18. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  19. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)
  20. Heartbreaker (Pascal Chaumeil)
  21. Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  22. Restrepo (Sebastian Junger)
  23. Special Treatment (Jeanne Labrune)
  24. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
  25. The Clink of Ice (Bertrand Blier)

5 comments:

Cinema Punk said...

Hey Allison. Love the list. Happy to see Shutter Island on there. It's my number one pick for 2010.

Anonymous said...

2010, in my opinion, was a pretty weak year for film. Wild Grass, White Material, great choices, but have you seen Chomet's The Illusionist?

Matt said...

Good list. I didn't love the Denis, the Resnais or the D'Oliviera but I appreciated them. And I don't know if I would let a girlfriend go if she stole a diamond. Might make for an interesting relationship.

brussellsprout said...

Hi Allison! Thanks for the awesome blog. I've been looking around for some good films to rent, and I'm going to look over your blog for some ideas. Have you seen the Czech film "Zelary" from 2003 or so? It's one of my all-time favorites!

brussellsprout said...

Hey Allison, just wanted to let ya know, I write about films sometimes on my blog at www.brussellsprout.blogspot.com. Please check it out when you get a chance!