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Cinematography: Best Shots of 2010, First Look at Malick's Untitled Film

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 23, 2011 at 9:39AM

Kris Tapley's Top Ten Shots of the year (parts one and two) is always something to look forward to. 2010's selection may not top the spectacular 2007 picks, but it's not always about the single image, Tapley explains: "...great cinematography isn’t (and shouldn’t be) dependent on singular frames or visual moments, but the overall canvas and mise-en-scene delivered from beginning to end. I have a lot of fun digging into the visual vocabulary of a year in film and, to say the least, discussing that vocabulary with the craftsmen and women involved, so who can complain? I hope you enjoy."
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Thompson on Hollywood

Kris Tapley's Top Ten Shots of the year (parts one and two) is always something to look forward to. 2010's selection may not top the spectacular 2007 picks, but it's not always about the single image, Tapley explains:

"...great cinematography isn’t (and shouldn’t be) dependent on singular frames or visual moments, but the overall canvas and mise-en-scene delivered from beginning to end. I have a lot of fun digging into the visual vocabulary of a year in film and, to say the least, discussing that vocabulary with the craftsmen and women involved, so who can complain? I hope you enjoy."

We select two of Tapley's ten shots (above and below). One we can expect to see among the Best Shots of 2011 is Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, and later on, his new untitled film starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams (which released a first photo, below). Here's Tapley's complete list of films and their DPs:

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10. “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES”
Director of Photography: Félix Monti
9. “THE KING’S SPEECH”
Director of Photography: Danny Cohen
8. “SHUTTER ISLAND”
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
7. “THE GHOST WRITER”
Director of Photography: Pawel Edelman
6. “CAIRO TIME”
Director of Photography: Luc Montpellier
5. “BLACK SWAN”
Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique
4. “TRUE GRIT”
Director of Photograph: Roger Deakins
3. “I AM LOVE”
Director of Photography: Yorick Le Saux
2. “ENTER THE VOID”
Director of Photography: Benoît Debie
1. “INCEPTION”
Director of Photography: Wally Pfister

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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.