Uncle Boonmee

The B&J 2010 Film Festival

On the podcast Brendan and I have asserted before that in order to properly judge a year of films, you have to let it percolate for five years. I mean, a knee-jerk clamoring for movies that are clearly not great by any stretch of the imagination is a problem for the Oscars. I’m looking at you Crash, The King’s Speech, Argo, Birdman.

So since the Oscars are upon us at the end of the month, we decided to look back on films from 2010. You can look back at the winners of the Oscars for that year and see just how unmemorable most of the movies are. The King’s Speech? We can and will do better than that.

Brendan and I will list five (or so) movies that we really loved from that year. I already know there is going to be at least one disagreement, so that should be fun.

But in preparing for this endeavor, I made a list of movies that I have to watch (or rewatch as the case may be.)

Inception
Social Network
Fighter
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Tiny Furniture
Rabbit Hole
Life During Wartime
The Kids Are All Right
Dogtooth
Easy A
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Trash Humpers
Winter’s Bone
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Blue Valentine
Biutiful
Kaboom
Heartbeats
Film Socialisme
The Housemaid
Howl

Am I missing some hidden gem? Something vital?

It should also be noted that this list of 21 films is not meant as an endorsement by me. There are a couple up there I really didn’t like.