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The Movies You Have to See Before Making Your 2010 Top Ten List *UPDATED*

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We’ve got less than a month until top ten lists for 2010 are due. Which means we’ve got less than a month to catch up on all the films we missed. In an effort to make sure I don’t overlook anything in my own personal movie cramming session, I posted this message to Twitter earlier this afternoon:

Finish this sentence: “The movie you need to see before making your 2010 best-of list is ____________.”

The responses I got, from professional critics and amateur enthusiasts, created such an impressive list, that I thought it was worth sharing. Obviously there are holes, and the nature of my question to Twitter means massive hits like “Inception” didn’t get mentioned. But this is a good place to start catching up, and I’m more than willing to make this a living document. If there are movies you think deserve to be added, send me a message on Twitter.

I did not edit any of the suggested titles for taste; the only films that didn’t make the cut were the ones that don’t have 2010 release dates (like frequent but ineligible recommendation “Certified Copy”). I divided up the remaining suggestions by their release status; the link in each movie’s title will bring you to its official site where you can find out more information about how to track it down. And out of the 59 films that follow, I’ve only seen 24. Which means I have a lot of work to do these next couple of weeks.

Last updated: 11/17/2010, 2:40 PM
All movies suggested by readers via Twitter

Already Opened
Amer, directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
The American, directed by Anton Corbijn
Animal Kingdom, directed by David Michôd
Army of Crime, directed by Robert Guédiguian
Daddy Longlegs, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

Devil, directed by John Erick Dowdle
The Father of My Children, directed by Mia Hansen-Love
Lourdes, directed by Jessica Hausner
Ne Change Rien, directed by Pedro Costa
[REC] 2, directed by Jaume Balagueró
and Paco Plaza
Resident Evil: Afterlife, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Now Playing
127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle
Alamar, directed by Pedro Gonzales-Rubio
The Anchorage, directed by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström
Carlos, directed by Olivier Assayas (also available on demand)
Dogtooth, directed by Giorgos Lanthimos
Enter the Void, directed by Gaspar Noé (also available on demand)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, directed by Daniel Alfredson
Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy (also available on demand and through iTunes on November 23)
Four Lions, directed by Chris Morris
Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan
Jackass 3D, directed by Jeff Tremaine
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Works, directed by Ricki Stern
Lebanon, directed by Samuel Maoz
Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves
Our Beloved Month of August, directed by Miguel Gomes
The Social Network, directed by David Fincher
Tiny Furniture, directed by Lena Dunham (available on demand November 26)
A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop, directed by Zhang Yimou

Opening Soon
And Everything is Going Fine, directed by Steven Soderbergh, opens December 10.
Another Year, directed by Mike Leigh, opens December 29.
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, opens December 3.
Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance, opens December 31.
How Do You Know, directed by James L. Brooks, opens December 17.
The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, opens November 26.
Love and Other Drugs, directed by Edward Zwick, opens November 24.
Rabbit Hole, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, opens December 17
True Grit, directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, opens December 22.
White Material, directed by Claire Denis, opens November 19.

Now Available on DVD
A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard
Bluebeard, directed by Catherine Breillat (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
The Crazies, directed by Breck Eisner (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Eccentricities of a Blond-Haired Girl, directed by Manoel de Oliveira (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Everyone Else, directed by Maren Ade (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
The Exploding Girl, directed by Bradley Rust Gray (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski
The Girl Who Played With Fire, directed by Daniel Alfredson (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Greenberg, directed by Noah Baumbach
Holy Rollers, directed by Kevin Asch (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Mother, directed by Bong Joon-ho (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Please Give, directed by Nicole Holofcener
Red Riding, directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, and Anand Tucker (also avilable on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Restrepo, directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington (available on December 7)
The Runaways, directed by Floria Sigismondi
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, directed by Edgar Wright
Sweetgrass, directed by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (also available on Netflix Watch Instantly)
Wild Grass, directed by Alain Resnais
Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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