Cinema Psychologia's Top 10 Films of 2010

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It's almost that time of the year when I have to make a new top 10 list, so it's probably a good idea to store the old one somewhere. I actually have two separate top 10 lists, to reflect my crazy film fest year. There should be another post forthcoming on my pick for various Oscar categories for the year 2010.

Without further jibberish, here they are, with one-line comment each (for efficiency!):


Top 10 films released in 2010, excluding films shown only at film fests by year end
  1. L'illusionniste (The Illusionist; Chomet, 2010) ****1/2 Magical tribute to Jacques Tati's way of connecting through gestures and suspense of disbelief
  2. The ghost writer (Polanski, 2010) **** Stately pacing with an intelligent way of engaging the audience - one of Polanski's better films
  3. Exit through the gift shop (Banksy, 2010) **** Intriguing and humorous human interest story with a twist
  4. Inside job (Ferguson, 2010) **** Interesting political portrait damning of the corrupt ways the US system recycles its criminals
  5. The kids are all right (Cholodenko, 2010) **** A good-humoured story of a family's attempt to navigate the modern disconnect and confusion
  6. True grit (Coen, 2010) ***1/2 A fun, typical light-touch Coen fare
  7. The American (Corbijn, 2010) ***1/2 A well-made, patient thriller perfectly adapted to Clooney
  8. The King's speech (Hooper, 2010) ***1/2 A light affair with a notable cast
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Yates, 2010) ***1/2 Surprisingly chilling and lonely prelude to the final showdown
  10. The Social Network (Fincher, 2010) ***1/2 A conversational starter and a technically well made picture


Top 10 films released in 2010, including films shown at festivals (my general top 10 list, all things considered)
  1. Copie conforme (Certified copy; Kiarostami, 2011) ****1/2 Chamber cinema returns with a vengeance
  2. L'illusionniste (The Illusionist; Chomet, 2010) ****1/2
  3. Armadillo (Metz, 2010) ****1/2 Profound recount of what it's like to be in a war of no purpose, at the front line where no hero lives
  4. Schastye moe (My joy; Loznitsa, 2010) **** Depressing, pessimistic, shocking and surreal fairytale of a corrupt society in hell, where absolute power rapes absolutely
  5. Los ojos de Julia (Julia's eyes; Morales, 2010) **** Scary and romantic psychological horror bearing the good name of Guillermo del Toro as a producer gracefully
  6. Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives (Weerasethakul, 2011) **** One hell of a trance
  7. The ghost writer (Polanski, 2010) ****
  8. Poetry (Lee, 2010) **** A well-lived film of much optimism, in part due to the irrepressible central character's screen presence
  9. Exit through the gift shop (Banksy, 2010) ****
  10. Cold Fish (Sono, 2010) **** Cannibalistic lust for blood, human flesh, bones, and more blood in a bleak, disturbing account of a true serial killer story



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2 Response to Cinema Psychologia's Top 10 Films of 2010

Grizzly
September 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Woohoo! It's about time! :D

Embarrassingly, I still haven't seen all the 2010 movies I want to see before making a final list of my own.. I should get on that, I don't think there are that many more films I need to check out..

Haven't seen most on your festival list, sadly. I'll definitely make sure to have a look at Certified Copy though, I've been meaning to see that anyway so this endorsement should be the extra push I needed.

September 26, 2011 at 4:17 AM

There is one film I've yet to see that could still make the list: Dogtooth. I'm gonna have to rent that before seeing Alps!

 

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