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Best of 2010

Twelve films seen in cinemas in diverse locations which confirmed the continued pleasures of going to the movies:

  • Boy (Taika Waititi, NZ, Sydney Film Festival)
  • Cold Fish (Siono Sion, Japan, Vancouver Film Festival)
  • End of Animal (Jo Sung-hee, South Korea, Vancouver Film Festival)
  • Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont, France, Sydney Film Festival)
  • Lebanon (Samuel Moaz, Israel, Sydney Film Festival)
  • Lola (Brillante Mendoza, The Phillipines, Sydney Film Festival)
  • The Other (Mehdi Rahmani, Iran, Asia-Pacific Screen Awards)
  • Poetry (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea, Asia-Pacific Screen Awards)
  • A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, France, Verona)
  • The Social Network (David Fincher, USA, Randwick Ritz)
  • Thomas Mao (Zhu Wen, China, Vancouver Film Festival)
  • Uncle Boonmee (Apichatpong Weerasthakeul, Thailand, Sydney Film Festival)

And then there were the following films seen, or reseen after many years, on DVD or TV:

  • American Madness (Frank Capra)
  • Asphalt (Joe May)
  • L’Atalante (Jean Vigo)
  • A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
  • A Day Out (Stephen Frears)
  • Eagle Vs Shark (Taika Waititi)
  • Gardens of Autumn, (Otar Iosseliani)
  • Goodbye Solo (Rahmin Bahrani)
  • He Ran All the Way (John Berry)
  • Kinatay (Brillante Mendoza)
  • Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
  • Mikael (Jamshid Bahmani)
  • Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Quai des Orfevres (H-G Clouzot)
  • Quand Tu Liras Cette Lettre (Jean-Pierre Melville)
  • Queen of Hearts (Thorold Dickinson)
  • A Question of Attribution (John Schlesinger)
  • Satantango (Bela Tarr)
  • Spione (Fritz Lang)
  • Temptation Harbour (Lance Comfort) and
  • Vincere (Marco Bellocchio).

In particular the Vigo, which you can find on an excellent locally released double disc entitled “The Films of Jean Vigo” and which includes A Propos de Nice, Taris, Roi de l’eau and Zero de Conduite, is even more magnificent since its further restoration in 2001.

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