The Best Films of 2010 - #11
Exit Through The Gift Shop - Directed by Banksy Equal parts provocateur and auteur, Banksy’s street-art documentary stole a lot of the “is it real?” limelight from the likes of I’m Still Here and Catfish. Hoax or not (definitely a hoax, in my mind), Banksy’s film is more than just the exploitation cinema some have painted it to be. By turning the camera on his own...
The Best Films of 2010 - #12
Winter’s Bone - Directed by Debra Granik Not only is Granik’s film one of the most tense and expertly constructed films of the year, it features some of the finest performances of 2010. Jennifer Lawrence is superb as Ree Dolly, the daughter of a known (and possibly dead) drug dealer, who left her and the family with very little to live on. As Ree navigates the foreign, vast terrain...
The Best Films of 2010 - #13
Greenberg - Directed by Noah Baumbach Stiller’s Greenberg is an awkward, snobby, socially deficient shell of a man looking to pick his life up and start all over again. When he “house-sits” for his brother and his family when they are on vacation, he ends up falling for his brother’s assistant Florence Marr (played with more fantastic awkwardness by Great Gerwig). What...
The Best Films of 2010 - #14
The Killer Inside Me - Directed by MIchael Winterbottom After some very solid performances in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Casey Affleck really knocks it out of the park as the sadistic, power-hungry sheriff from Jim Thompson’s notorious pulp novel. Asked to run prostitute Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba) out of town, Lou Ford (Affleck) finds...
Best Films of 2010 - #15
Inception - Directed by Christopher Nolan No film was more anticipated in 2010 than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight follow-up, built around its promising, mind-bending trailer. Luckily for us, Nolan delivered the goods. Inception is a statement on the possibilities of cinema and at the same time, one hell of a heist movie. Stellar performances from Leonardo Dicaprio, Ken Watanabe and...