Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Halftime Report

The first half of 2010 has had its ups and downs. While the summer has been pretty bleak so far, there has been a few gems released this year if you know where to look. Unfortunately, a lot of the very best films have yet to be released, and still more have yet to find a distributor. The good news is that, while the wide releases have almost uniformly failed to impress, the limited releases are still going strong. There may be six more months to go in the year but here are the ten best films that have been released in the first half of 2010.

1
Lourdes

(Jessica Hausner, Austria)
2
No One Knows About Persian Cats

(Bahman Ghobadi, Iran)3
Dogtooth
(Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)4
Bluebeard
(Catherine Breillat, France)5
The Ghost Writer
(Roman Polanski, France)6
Toy Story 3
(Lee Unkrich, USA)
7
Mother
(Bong Joon-ho, South Korea)8
Terribly Happy
(Henrik Ruben Genz, Denmark)9
Red Riding: 1974
(Julian Jerrold, UK)10
Wild Grass
(Alain Resnais, France)

Best unreleased films - Letters to Father Jacob (Klaus Haro, Finland), Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland, Romania), The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria), Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Tamra Davis, USA), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan, China)

1 comment:

Sam Juliano said...

LOURDES, RED RIDING HOOD (1974), TOY STORY 3 and BLUEBEARD are choices I can enthusiastically embrace, and TERRIBLY HAPPY is another very good one. I hope to see the Resnais film this week.

These are others that are strong contenders for my half-point Top 10--in no particular order:

Un Prophete
Mademoiselle Chambon
Vincere
How to Train Your Dragon
Father of My Children
Eyes Wide Open
Welcome
Shutter Island