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New Year + 2010 Favorites
January 19, 2011, 4:03 am
Filed under: 2010, Lists

This year I have given myself the goal of watching 213 films before the year is up. I know this is nothing compared to this guy but sometimes homework and other things ruin movie time. I use the term “film” loosely in the sense that DVD, streams, and video files will count along with theater presentations and in the sense that short films and series will count (for example the thirteen episode anime Baccano! can be looked at as film cut into parts). Only things seen for the first time will count.

First film watched this year was Elevator to the Gallows which hopefully the title will not be indicative of the year ahead of me.

Some stuff I was able to see and really enjoyed from this year. I don’t count film festival premiers for year and only look for date of the film’s domestic release. If I counted stuff to make it’s US debut in 2010 I would put Bong Joon-ho’s Mother at the top.

1. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, US)

2. The Man from Nowhere (Lee Jeong-beom, South Korea)

3. Buried (Rodrigo Cortés, Spain)

4. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)

5. Golden Slumber (Nakamura Yoshihiro, Japan)

6. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (Imaishi Hiroyuki, Japan)

7. True Grit (Coen Bros., US)

8. Somos lo Que Hay (Jorge Michel Grau, Mexico)

9. Yuriko’s Aroma (Yoshida Kota, Japan)

10. Jack Goes Boating (Philip Seymour Hoffman, US)

11. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle, US)

12a. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, US)

12b. Tangled (Nathan Greno y Byron Howard, US)

13. Black Swan(Darren Aronofsky, US)/
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

Stuff I Really Wanted to See But Couldn’t Because of Horrible Foreign Exposure in Certain Parts of the United States or Maybe I Have it Downloaded and Either Have Not Gotten to It Yet or Lack of English Subtitles:
Kokuhaku (will probably top the list from what I’ve heard about it)
I Saw the Devil
Let the Bullets Fly
Echoes of the Rainbow
Last Train Home
Live Tape
The Housemaid
13 Assassins

Also Really Dug:
Outrage, Jackass 3D, Despicable Me, Kick-Ass, Greenberg, Secret Reunion, Exit Through the Gift Shop, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Loved Ones, La Pantera Negra, and finally the classy Mutant Girls Squad.

¡Hope for good future year!

UPDATE: Since the time of this post I have seen a great deal more 2010 films and would say that Ogigami Naoko’s Toilet and Nakashima Tatsuya’s Confessions would take the first and second spots while I Saw the Devil, 13 Assassins, Please Give, The Trip, Atami no Sousakan, and The Seaside Motel would have places on the list. (May/2/2011)


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