Thursday, January 13, 2011

My favorite films of 2010

I've done this before, so here's my list of favorite films of 2010. I could not force myself to make an actual top 10, so below you will find them listed alphabetically.
A few films nevertheless stuck out this year, primarily A Single Man and Un Prophète. I put Herzog’s mesmerizingly awkward My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done in there as well, a far better film than his ho-hum Bad Lieutenant “re-imagining”. Other films that did not receive theatrical releases but really should have are Refn’s raw Viking-film Valhalla Rising and Matsumoto’s wonderfully insane Shinboru. From the runners-up, The American, How to Train Your Dragon , Winnebago Man and Winter's Bone came closest to the top ten.

My Favorite Films of 2010 (alphabetically):

Inception (Christopher Nolan, USA/UK, 2010)
Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, USA/UK, 2010)
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog, USA/Germany, 2009)
Un Prophète (Jacques Audiard, France/Italy, 2009)
Shinboru (Symbol, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan, 2009)
A Single Man (Tom Ford, USA, 2009)
The Social Network (David Fincher, USA, 2010)
Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, USA, 2010)
Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/UK, 2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze, USA/Germany, 2009)

Runners-up:
The American, Catfish, Enter the Void, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Four Lions, Greenberg, How To Train Your Dragon, De Leugen, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, A Serious Man, Winnebago Man, Winter’s Bone.

Guilty Pleasures:
Jack-Ass 3D, New Kids Turbo, Piranha 3D, Universal Soldier: Resurrection.

Film I wish I’d seen but still haven’t:
R U There, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Hadewijch, L’Illusioniste, Summer Wars, Trash Humpers, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Disclaimer: this list primarily consists of films released theatrically in the Netherlands or premiered on a Dutch film festival in 2010.