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

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

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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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