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My 20 Best Films of 2010

My 20 Best Films of 2010

It’s finally comes down to the time to make a top ten list of the best films of 2010. In fact, my list has already been up on indieWIRE for a few days. But instead of reiterating it here, I’ve decided to blog against character and remove the numbers and let not just 10 but 20 films speak – alphabetically – for what was my year in cinematic spectatorship.

It seems that 3 weeks of compiling indieWIRE’s year-end poll, writing story after story about “Social Network” winning [insert critics award here], and making 50 different sets of two-months-in-advance Oscar predictions has really done a number on my opinion of how remarkably subjective and mind-numbing all of this list-making crap can feel. And this coming from a true queen of list making who has been bombarding indieWIRE readers with lists for the past few weeks (and there’s a still more to come!). So in an effort to reverse a bit of the damage, I’m simply going to list 20 films that I adored this past year, in part because it just seemed wrong to reduce it to 10 when there were really just too many films I wanted to include… I highly recommend catching them all.

My top 20:

Another Year (Mike Leigh)

Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)

Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)

Carlos (Olivier Assayas)

Daddy Longlegs (Josh & Ben Safdie)

fifteen more after the jump

Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos)

Everyone Else (Maren Ade)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)

The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)

I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)

The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)

Last Train Home (Lixin Fan)

Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg)

Mother (Bong Joon Ho)

The Oath (Laura Poitras)

Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)

Rabbit Hole (John Cameron Mitchell)

True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen)

White Material (Claire Denis)

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