Top Films of the 2010s

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  1. The Social Network (2010)
  2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  4. A Separation (2011)
  5. Beginners (2010)
  6. Captain Phillips (2013)
  7. Holy Motors (2012)
  8. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  9. Moneyball (2011)
  10. Nebraska (2013)
  11. Another Year (2010)
  12. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
  13. Before Midnight (2013)
  14. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
  15. The Descendants (2011)

I am obviously quite behind reading your lists on Listology. Bad, L., bad!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

And yes, I've every plan now to see the three here I sadly haven't seen yet...

I like the other seven!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hope they hold up for you as well! I loved keeping tabs on your top ten, and thank you for getting me off my ass to see Biutiful. The mediocre critical reception nearly scared me away, but of course it's a fantastic film that for some reason caused many critics to ignore its artistry and just whine about how depressing it was. Their loss.

I'm rather baffled at the critical reaction to the movie, and I'm pretty glad I saw the film before I noticed it! I didn't even find the film all that bleak, and besides, I'm not sure that alone is a great criticism of such an obviously well-made film...

I loved it.

I actually have a borrowed screener of Blue Valentine (along with Rabbit Hole) at home, so hopefully I see it soon despite its absence from my city's cinemas...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You raise an interesting point. Honestly, I rarely think bleakness alone is a legitimate criticism of a film. Sure, if the bleakness is at odds with other aspects of the style, or if it's also blandly melodramatic, then by all means criticize those things. But often it means that the film intentionally made the viewer feel unsettled and he/she didn't like that feeling, even though that really just means the film is emotionally evocative. I think these viewers just need stronger stomachs. I loved Chinatown, Requiem for a Dream, Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, and, yes, Biutiful, bleakness and all. Maaaybe the only film I would permit such a criticism for is Irreversible, which may be the bleakest, most unsettling film I've ever seen.

To be fair, sometimes a viewer may feel a film is bleak as well as lacking in depth, and has a reaction along the lines of: "Why make me feel so terrible if the whole endeavor was so pointless?" This viewer may be more willing to excuse a film's slightness if it's more lighthearted. This, I suppose, might be a little more legitimate, but thinking this way constantly may pre-bias a viewer against bleak films.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rather bleak Blue Valentine and the somewhat less bleak Rabbit Hole!

I've seen movies (and read books) where the continuous wave of bad luck and ill fortune grew more and more silly and unlikely as it grew more dark and dire. That can really strain an artistic work's plausibility as much as continuous good fortune can. Believable bleakness though, such as in Biutiful or Chinatown (great example!) is no artistic fault on its own, I reckon.

It may not be much fun, but...

I am now hearing rumors that both Blue Valentine and Rabbit Hole are arriving in my city in the next few weeks. I think I'm losing the screeners very soon, and since I favor the big screen anyhows, this is great news.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs