Lina Lamont

"What do you think I am, dumb or something?"

That was then

What’s the point of having so much to say if you can’t produce a list at the end?


  1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1965) – the only old film on this list, and my most breathtaking cinematic experience of the year. Sergio Leone’s archetypcal spaghetti western (who came up with that pseudo-racist term??), all 2 3/4 hours of it, on the big screen at the Civic.  Some idiot chomped popcorn through the first hour of it.  And I still loved every minute of it.
  2. Animal Kingdom – Aussie crime drama at its best.  And it was the director’s first feature.  And the young protaganist’s first acting role.  And the best playing-against-type ever from Ben Mendelsohn.  I got it on DVD for Christmas.
  3. Inception – It was just really cool, really clever, and really exciting.
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop – I don’t even care whose joke was on whom – it was an exhilarating ride.  So good I saw it twice.
  5. This Way of Life – a subtle, heart-warming, surprising local documentary that ought to change the life, or at least the attitude, of everyone who sees it.
  6. The American – based on how I felt at the end (ie. elated by how wonderful the film was – not gutted at its conclusion), this has to rate as one of the best films of 2010.
  7. The Social Network – oh look, I’m on Facebook all the time.  I love David Fincher’s work.  Jesse Eisenberg is brilliant; Justin Timberlake is surprising.  The whole thing’s a blast.
  8. Un Prophete – the film I was most eager to see as 2010 began.  And a top experience at the film festival.  Few prison dramas deliver so much, so quietly.
  9. Monsters – I was quite simply terribly impressed by this first-time feature film from an undoubtedly brilliant young Brit who wrote, directed, shot and post-productioned a movie that beats most in its genre put out by the major Hollywood players.  I watch the name Gareth Edwards with bated breath.…-jurassic-park/
  10. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould – not so much an amazing film in cinematic terms, but a film that affected me enormously when I saw it.  The combination of brilliant pianist, troubled personal life and of course exquisite soundtrack gives this documentary all the trappings of the very best dramatic fiction.

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