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BEST OF 2010 (RANKED)

by Sandy Connell
Four Lions (UK, dir. Chris Morris) After the dis-jointed, exploding-piñata-style shower of wildly varying films of note in 2009, 2010 seems to be blessed with comparative unity. From Four Lions to Carlos to Shutter Island to 13 Assassins to The Fighter to Black Death to True Grit to The Town, a macho vein runs through many of the year’s most notable releases. Each of these films satisfies in particular for their exploration of the conflict between macho ideas of the way manhood should be and the reality of dealing with the obstacles that stand in the way of an impossible ideal. In less virile theatres, at the Guadalajara film fest, Retratos… Read more


Four Lions (UK, dir. Chris Morris)

After the dis-jointed, exploding-piñata-style shower of wildly varying films of note in 2009, 2010 seems to be blessed with comparative unity. From Four Lions to Carlos to Shutter Island to 13 Assassins to The Fighter to Black Death to True Grit to The Town, a macho vein runs through many of the year’s most notable releases. Each of these films satisfies in particular for their exploration of the conflict between macho ideas of the way manhood should be and the reality of dealing with the obstacles that stand in the way of an impossible ideal.

In less virile theatres, at the Guadalajara film fest, Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras made a splash and ruffled many feathers with its irreverent, uncompromisingly plebeian depiction of Colombian society. Director Carlos Gaviria’s erratic but skillfully handled hand-brake turns from brutal dramatic tragedy into brutal satirical comedy and the compelling performances of lead actors, Paola Bandión Fischer and Julián Román, earn this illusive film a place on the must see list of Latin cinema.

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No.7 on the list Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras (Colombia, dir. Carlos Gaviria)

2010 Watchlist: 127 HOURSANIMAL KINGDOMTHE ARBORARCHIPELAGOBLUE VALENTINECAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMSCARANCHOCERTIFIED COPYESSENTIAL KILLING – I AM SLAVE – I SAW THE DEVILTHE ILLUSIONIST – IN A BETTER WORLDINSIDE JOB – OF GODS AND MENOUTRAGERESTREPOSENNASUBMARINEUNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVESVIVA RIVA!


13 Assassins (Japan, dir. Takashi Miike)

Honorable Mention: DAY & NIGHT (short) – EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOPTHE KING’S SPEECHON TOURSOMOS LO QUE HAYTRUE GRITWRECKEDYOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER


MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The cannibal household of SOMOS LO QUE HAY (Mexico, dir. Jorge Michel Grau)

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