Today indieWIRE announced a group of top ten lists submitted by industry friends and contributors to the site. Since I already listed my favorites from 2010, I decided to offer a separate list of titles that in another year could just as easily serve as my favorites. After the jump, the alternative list and trailers to accompany each entry.
A terrorist you can root for and hate at the same time -- such is the unique power of Olivier Assayas's masterpiece, which defies categorization as one movie by working on several levels at once. It deserves ongoing scrutiny and takes several viewings to fully appreciate, although it's also possible that its rewards are simply endless.
An epic study of grief and spiritual solace. Movies about faith are rarely this subtle.
Make it. Don't fake it. Harmony Korine certainly didn't.
Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig: If someone had suggested this team-up in 2007, it would have been in jest. The dream came true and worked marvelously well, and the Baumbach factor didn't hurt, either.
LET ME IN
Not so much a remake as a refinement. The same movie made slightly better with polished performances and a deeper sense of place. It got under my skin and stayed there, just like the first one. A good cover is a good cover, period.
Trapped in a coffin with a camera. Cinematic experiments don't usually adopt the language of mainstream entertainment, but this one did to highly enjoyable results. Memo to Hollywood: More, please. Unless that more was "Devil," I mean.
THE RED CHAPEL
A fiercely memorable indictment of North Korean society, "The Red Chapel" contains innumerable laughs that catch in your throat, and some that don't even get that far.
The Duplass brothers successfully take their mopey improv style to commercial heights without sacrificing the scrappy, homegrown feel that gives their movies such a delightful warmth. How the hell did they make Jonah Hill so...likable?
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE
Dr. Heiter: A movie monster for the ages.
The best special effects movie of the year was made on two laptops. How's that for a legacy, "Tron"?
...and few more:
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS
TOY STORY 3
IDIOTS AND ANGELS
LAST TRAIN HOME
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
LIFE DURING WARTIME