by Tony Dayoub
Last night's electrifying fuck-it-all performance by Ricky Gervais as host of the Golden Globes has prompted me to start closing the door on the cinema of 2010. This past year, I was fortunate enough to see most movies relatively early (still yet to see: Blue Valentine, Enter the Void, Four Lions, The Illusionist, Mother, A Prophet, Restrepo, Sweetgrass, Tiny Furniture). Last week, online mag Wide Screen published my top 23 films of the year; an odd number, yes, but this was a good year for movies. I encourage readers to check the article out, where my fellow writers (including editor Glenn Kenny, The New York Press' Simon Abrams, MTV's Kurt Loder, Self-Styled Siren Farran Smith Nehme, The Village Voice's Vadim Rizov, and feature writer Karl Rozemeyer) and I discuss the recurring myth that the past year was a bad one for cinema (as well as peer into what 2011 looks like from here).
After the jump, you'll find a preview of my list highlighting the top 10 entries. When possible, I link to my past reviews of each film. More thoughts on each movie can be found in the newest issue of Wide Screen.
8. Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky - Review here.
9. Agora, director Alejandro Amenábar - Review coming soon.
10. Solitary Man, directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien - Review here.
Most Overrated: The Kids Are All Right
Most Underrated: The American
Best Unreleased Film: We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay)
Breakthrough Actor of the Year: Andrew Garfield (Red Riding: 1974, The Social Network, Never Let Me Go)
Breakthrough Actress of the Year: Imogen Poots (Solitary Man, Centurion)
For earlier postings on the best films of the past decade, by individual year, click here.