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Film Comment Year-End Best List

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 18, 2010 at 10:15AM

One good thing about year-end best lists from such places as Film Comment--posted below-- is that you can be reminded of the arcane fest films you missed, no matter if you've probably seen more movies than most. Already on my screener pile (thanks Fredell) is Claire Denis's White Material, which came in third on this list. Many of my ten bests rank high here, including Carlos, The Social Network, The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Inside Job and Toy Story 3. (I put A Prophet on my list last year.) And I put True Grit, The King's Speech, and Fish Tank on my ten-best as well.
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Thompson on Hollywood

One good thing about year-end best lists from such places as Film Comment--posted below-- is that you can be reminded of the arcane fest films you missed, no matter if you've probably seen more movies than most. Already on my screener pile (thanks Fredell) is Claire Denis's White Material, which came in third on this list. Many of my ten bests rank high here, including Carlos, The Social Network, The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Inside Job and Toy Story 3. (I put A Prophet on my list last year.) And I put True Grit, The King's Speech, and Fish Tank on my ten-best as well.

I admired Greenberg without ever wanting to sit through its tortures again. (I am a big fan of Noah Baumbach's Margot At The Wedding, which few liked.) Dogtooth is a brilliant exercise in taboo-breaking cinema; it inspires many walkouts. Don't expect this Greek entry for the Academy Awards to be nominated. I would love to see the insiders on the Academy doc committee nominate Exit through the Gift Shop even though Banksy is a total outsider.

I may have to watch Gasper Noe's Enter the Void; I loved Irreversible. Others to catch up with: Mother, The Oath, Boxing Gym, Secret Sunshine, Bluebeard, Vincere.


1. Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
2. The Social Network (David Fincher)
3. White Material (Claire Denis)
4. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
5. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
6. Winter's Bone (Debra Granik)
7. Inside Job (Charles Ferguson)
8. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais)
9. Everyone Else (Maren Ade)
10. Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)

11. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
12. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
13. Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Manoel de Oliveira)
14. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
15. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira)
16. The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)
17. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
18. Around a Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette)
19. Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes)
20. Ne change rien (Pedro Costa)

21. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
22. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
23. Sweetgrass (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash)
24. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
25. The Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
26. Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman)
27. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong)
28. Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat)
29. Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)
30. Inception (Christopher Nolan)

31. Alamar (Pedro González-Rubio)
32. The Oath (Laura Poitras)
33. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
34. World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
35. Animal Kingdom (David Michôd)
36. Vincere (Marco Bellocchio)
37. Daddy Longlegs (Ben and Joshua Safdie)
38. Lourdes (Jessica Hausner)
39. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
40. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)

41. Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)
42. True Grit (Joel and Ethan Coen)
43. Lebanon (Samuel Maoz)
44. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
45. I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra and John Requa)
46. Last Train Home (Lixin Fan)
47. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
48. Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont)
49. The Anchorage (Anders Edström and CW Winter)
50. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea)

UNRELEASED 2010
1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
2. Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
4. Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
5. Aurora (Cristi Puiu)
6. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz)
7. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu (Andrei Ujica)
8. The Four Times (Michelangelo Frammartino)
9. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Tuesday, After Christmas (Radu Muntean)

11. Oki's Movie (Hong Sang-soo)
12. Ruhr (James Benning)
13. I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke)
14. My Joy (Sergei Loznitsa)
15. Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán)
16. Robinson in Ruins (Patrick Keiller)
17. Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche)
18. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois)
19. Tabloid (Errol Morris)
20. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.