This will be the third year in a row I undertake my “Guess My Top Ten for the End of the Year”. I usually have absolutely no success, with most of the films not being released, or at least me not seeing them. This year is little different, though I am still excited to see some. One or two will even pop up on my list for this year. So, let’s begin by looking back. I’ll provide thoughts on films I have and have not seen.
Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)
NOT SEEN: Still something I desperately want to see, I’m kicking myself for missing it in theatres TWICE!
The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh)
SEEN: Nowhere near as good as I would have hoped, The Girlfriend Experience was still an interesting film. It has a lot of interesting ideas, and I did like Sasha Grey… then again, the role is tailor made for her. Still worth my time.
Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
NOT SEEN: Pretty obvious why I missed this one… will be on my list for this year.
The Road (John Hillcoat)
NOT SEEN: Still high on my anticipation list, the mixed reviews were a little discouraging, but the word of mouth among people I trust is still fairly high. Will get to this sooner rather than later.
Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
SEEN: A beautiful movie, though it didn’t quite resonate as strongly as I would have hoped, I still greatly admire it’s passion and original approach to familiar material.
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
SEEN: I underestimated this one, though in my defense, it was a guarded kind of expectation that it would either be amazing or a terrible flop. The highest ranked film on the list to make my REAL list.
Up (Pete Docter)
SEEN: One of Pixar’s best, I don’t think I could have ever guessed how incredible the opening montage would have been. It would be interesting to see Pixar continue to tackle challenging material in that way.
Coco Avant Chanel (Anne Fontaine)
NOT SEEN: Not too hyped about this one, I just pegged it as an underdog last year, and was fairly wrong… might catch it eventually.
Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
SEEN: I liked this far more than most, love the digital filmmaking and the sort of non-linear/episodic storytelling.
Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)
NOT SEEN: The trailer was enough to make me not want to see it. I might catch it eventually, but it doesn’t look good at all.
Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
SEEN: Had to wait until 2010, but it came. Ultimately disappointing.
Whatever Works (Woody Allen)
SEEN: Enjoyable enough, still a very minor Woody Allen film as far as I’m concerned.
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
SEEN: Did not enjoy, despite some okay moments.
Nine (Rob Marshall)
NOT SEEN: Yea, it didn’t take much to convince me that this was a disaster.
Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)
SEEN: Terrible, and unfortunately a huge disappointment. I wanted this to be good.
Okay, now for my Top Ten of 2010 and five back-ups for possible non-releases and movies failed to see. There are a few films I’ve left off that are listed as 2010, because they’re in pre-production or are foreign, usually both.
True Grit (Coens)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
Black Swan (Daren Aronofsky)
Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
Chloe (Atom Egoyan)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
Centurion (Neil Marshall)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)
Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)
The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)
Jonah Hex (Jimmy Hayward)
Suspiria (David Gordon Green)
Might add pictures, but most of them are pretty sparse