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The Inevitable List

The Inevitable List

It’s almost embarrassing to take stock of how many of the year’s most acclaimed films I haven’t seen yet, but for the most part I do have a legitimate excuse–with Florida Film Festival entry deadlines hitting in late November and mid-December, it’s enough just to keep my head above water let alone take the time to go out and see important, end-of-the-year “commercial” releases. But with Christmas just a couple of days away and the new year approaching, I feel compelled as always to take a shot at listing my 10 favorite films of the past 12 months. Granted, the pool I am choosing from is a smaller one than most, but for posterity’s sake here they are in no particular order other than alphabetical (keep in mind that films sometimes take a while to get down to Central Florida):

ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL
CORALINE (3-D)
DEPARTURES
DISTRICT 9
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
A SERIOUS MAN
STILL WALKING
UP (3-D)
UP IN THE AIR

A favorite “seen” list also inspires a favorite “must-see” list of titles I hope to catch up with sooner or later (hopefully sooner, with as many in 35mm in a theater as possible):

AVATAR
THE BEACHES OF AGNES
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
GOMORRAH
THE HURT LOCKER
THE MESSENGER
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
THE ROAD
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
ZOMBIELAND

I’m sure had I taken the opportunity to see any of these, my first list may have ended up quite different…but so it goes. Happy Holidays everyone!

–Matthew

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