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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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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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