Saturday, January 8, 2011


Top Ten Films in 2010

Once again, it's time for me to compose my top ten best films in 2010.

During the entire calendar year of 2010, I watched 215 feature films. I was planning to watch 20% less films compared to the 208 feature films in 2009, but accidently, I watched more instead. Ops.

Again, my top ten films are selected from the films I saw in 2010, not based on when they are released in the theaters. Why? Because this seems the best way to define "a film in 2010." We are living in a small world now. If I fly to Beijing or New York to see a film that has not opened in San Francisco, does this film belongs to 2010 or 2011? Why should a film's year be based on the US release date?

Enough said.

Therefore, "Mother" (마더) is on my Top Ten Film in 2009, while it appears on many critics' top ten lists for 2010.

So, these are the top ten best films I saw in 2010.

  1. The Good, the Bad, the Weird (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 | South Korea 2008 | in Korean | 130 min. | My Review)

    The Good, the Bad, the Weird

  2. Solitary Man (USA 2009 | 90 min.)

    Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg in SOLITARY MAN

  3. Rabbit Hole (USA 2009 | 91 min. | My Review)


  4. Blue Valentine ( (USA 2010 | 120 min. | My Review)

    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in BLUE VALENTINE

  5. Inside Job (USA 2010 | 108 min.)

    Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner in the documentary INSIDE JOB

  6. The Man Who Will Come (L'uomo che verrà | Italy 2009 | in Italian | 115 min. | My Capsule)

    A scene from Giorgio Diritti's THE MAN WHO WILL COME

  7. Agora (Spain 2009 | 127 min. | My Review)

    Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella in AGORA

  8. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (UK 2009 | 100 min.)

    Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan in THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

  9. Aftershock (唐山大地震 | China 2010 | in Chinese | 135 min.)

    Xu Fan in AFTERSHOCK

  10. Undertow (Contracorriente | Peru/Colombia/France/Germany 2009 | in Spanish | 100 min. | My Capsule)


Until next year...


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