Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Top Ten Movies of the Summer

With August coming to a close and most schools back in session, the 2010 summer movie season is officially over. So it's time to look back on what seemed like a particularly dull season at the ten best films of the summer.

Bear in mind I'm counting ALL films released during the summer months, not just typical Hollywood "summer" movies.

1
LEBANON
(Samuel Maoz, Israel)A powerful story of the madness of war as seen through the eyes of a frightened young tank crew in Israel's first Lebanon conflict.

2
DOGTOOTH

(Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)Yorgos Lanthimos' hauntingly surreal Greek allegory plays out like The Village as directed by Michael Haneke.

3
ALAMAR
(Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico)A warm hearted tale of a father's love for his son played out through tender vignettes as the two spend one last day out together before the son moves half a world away.

4
TOY STORY 3

(Lee Unkrich, USA)Pixar hits it out of the park again in this nostalgic ode to childhood and growing up.

5
WINNEBAGO MAN

(Ben Steinbauer, USA)
A hilarious and thought provoking examination of our culture of instant internet fame through a man who became the unwitting subject of a viral video sensation.

6
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
(Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg, USA)Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg go beneath the plastic surgery to discover the real Joan Rivers, and the result is disarmingly moving.

7
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD
(Tamra Davis, USA)A vibrant documentary about one of the towering figures of modern art that is a lively work of art all its own.

8
WILD GRASS
(Alain Resnais, France)
French New Wave master Alain Resnais proves he still has what it takes in this beguilingly odd romance.

9

LIFE DURING WARTIME
(Todd Solondz, USA)Todd Solondz returns to the characters he introduced in Happiness with this scalding portrait of forgiveness and regret amidst a cast of deeply wounded characters.

10
SOUTH OF THE BORDER

(Oliver Stone, USA)Ever the firebrand, Oliver Stone travels to South America to get the real picture of Venezuela's controversial socialist president, Hugo Chavez, and traces the roots of the new leftist movement that is sweeping the continent.

And, well, just because, here are my top ten mainstream summer releases. Bear in mind several of these are only 2.5 star films, if that gives you any idea what kind of summer this was.
  1. Toy Story 3
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  3. Inception
  4. Predators
  5. Iron Man 2
  6. The A-Team
  7. Kick-Ass
  8. Salt
  9. Piranha 3D
  10. Knight & Day

5 comments:

Daniel Getahun said...

Nicely varied list, Matthew. I wish they were the 10 movies I'd seen this summer. Alas, a few of them have passed me by and others are on the way. Definitely Lebanon, Winnebago, and Basquiat deserve my attention when they come over the next few weeks. Alamar was a huge hit at our festival in April but dang it if I missed three chances to see it.

Danny King said...

I am still dying to see "Dogtooth."

I'm surprised to see that you're on the "Piranha is a decent B-movie" bandwagon. It wasn't enough fun for me.

Sam Juliano said...

I absolutely love JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, JOAN RIVERS and TOY STORY 3 of this distinguished lot.

Castor said...

Check out Restrepo if you haven't already. I think it would be in your top 10 if you see it :)

Matthew Lucas said...

I really loved PIRANHA 3D. I thought it was a blast. People complaining that it doesn't have enough suspense are missing the point completely. It's an exploitation film. And Aja has a deliciously dark sense of humor.