Basically a preperation for that most inane but predictable (and strangely enjoyable of activities) – The Top ten list. As I live in Ireland, a ‘2010’ film is one which was released here this year regardless of U.S or other release dates. I have excluded films that were released in 2009 but I didn’t get to see in Cinemas until January due to ‘events’ (This would include for example [i]The White Ribbon[/i]). I can’t quite recall when exactly [i]Up in the Air[/i] was released but I saw it in January so I will include it.
There are a few I missed this year that I’m annoyed about missing such as Alain Resnais’ [i]Wild Grass[/i], Marco Bellochio’s [i]Vincere[/i] and probably one or two others that I can’t quite recall right now.
Of all this list probably my favourite is either [i]Tetro[/i] (For all its flaws, beautiful and insane as they are – indeed it is a film which converted me away from being an FFC sceptic) or [i]Scott Pilgrim[/i] (Just because I was basically the ideal audience-type for that film). Not sure about ‘best’ (whatever that means). Tbh, there are only ten or so here which I really liked.
Worst was without a doubt Tim Burton’s profoundly asinine [i]Alice in Wonderful[/i] from which I left the cinema with steam coming though my ears. Second worst was either [i]Whatever works[/i] or [i]The Killer Inside Me[/i] both of which I found near unwatchable and practically dozed off while watching the latter. Most overrated: One of three – [i]Inception[/i] (obviously), [i]The Headless Woman[/i] (sorry, I just found it boring… perhaps someone will try and convince me of its merits) or [i]White Material[/i] (which was, to my mind, as shallow and silly as [i]Hotel Rwanda[/i] if not quite as offensive or as reductive of history).
And someone also explain to me how Werner Herzog’s [i]Bad Lieutenant[/i] is ‘ironic’ or ‘pastiche’ and not straight-to-DVD fodder because I think I missed it or didn’t ‘get it’ or whatever.
I would probably have gone to see more than this however there have been so many retrospectives and rereleases this year ([i]Letter from an Unknown Woman[/i], [i]The Leopard[/i], [i]Breathless[/i], [i]Alphaville[/i].. a Hitchcock season, a Woody Allen season, a Fritz Lang season to name a few… I’m not listing these) that my seeing of contemporary releases has been a bit more reduced than perhaps it could have been. However as I, a cinephile in training, got to see many of those films for the first time I can say that my cinematic experiences of 2010 have been so far very positive. However as I will be leaving Ireland soon for less comfortable shores I don’t know how much of the releases of the final 1/3rd I will get to see.
Not on the site: “His & Hers” (2009) (would be between ‘Whatever works’ and ‘Inception’ FYI). As I am taking this list down from a written one I forgot to continue compiling a while back I’m not sure whether it is complete or not. If it isn’t the film or two I’m forgetting can’t be that interesting.
Thoughts on these releases, anyone? Missed anything?Read less