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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.