Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top 10 of 2010


Happy New Year Blogosphere!

I hope you've all had bubbly and fun-filled New Years Eve celebrations! I'm still recovering from a night at The Rocks, sipping Chandon and reveling in Sydney's bombastic fireworks with some of my best friends. So while we wait to see what 2011 has to offer, let's look back at the cinematic best of 2010.

For a second year, the priceless Matt Ravier has polled Sydney film critics and compiled the best of Australia's theatrically released and unreleased movies. What took out the top spots? Head over to A Life in Film to find out.

And here my picks, with links to my reviews where possible, as well as a quick blurb rounding up the year (read: trying to cram in as many of my film favourites as possible).


BEST RELEASED

  1. Toy Story 3
  2. The Social Network
  3. Animal Kingdom
  4. The King’s Speech
  5. The Kids Are All Right
  6. Blue Valentine
  7. The White Ribbon
  8. Fish Tank
  9. Exit Through The Gift Shop
  10. Cairo Time

BEST UNRELEASED

  1. Black Swan
  2. Bill Cunningham New York
  3. Babies
  4. Hesher
  5. Howl
  6. Last Train Home
  7. How I Ended This Summer
  8. Cyrus
  9. Restrepo
  10. If I Want to Whistle I Whistle
As a critic who detests giving star ratings, ranking these lists is tantamount to torture. This year felt particularly anxiety inducing as a hefty number of films worked their magic on me. Considering Up trumped my list last year, it’s probably no surprise to see Pixar take line honours once again. I am however, quietly pleased to see a trio of female filmmakers make my list; with various iterations also including Debra Granik’s masterful Winter’s Bone and Sophia Coppola’s enchanting (and divisive!) Somewhere. So too Australian films, with the epic Animal Kingdom and exquisite The King’s Speech representing on a list that could also have included The Waiting City and special mention for Animal Logic’s mind-blowing efforts with Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. While across the Tasman, Taika Waititi’s charming Boy absolutely deserves consideration, but in the end, my pure love for Patricia Clarkson won out. Meet you in Cairo.

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