Best DVDs Viewed in 2010

Nick & Norah’s infinite playlist (Michael Cera; d. Peter Sollett)
Persepolis (w. Marjane Satrapi)
The visitor (Richard Jenkins; d. Tom McCarthy)
Away from her (Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent; d. Sarah Polley)
Sweetie (d. Jane Campion)
Eyes wide shut (d. Stanley Kubrick)
Waitress (Keri Russell; d. Adrienne Shelly)
Burn after reading (George Clooney, Frances McDormand; d. Joel & Ethan Coen)
The last picture show (1971) (d. Peter Bogdanovich)
Hunger (Michael Fassbender; d. Steve McQueen)
Clerks (d. Kevin Smith)
Fast, cheap & out of control (d. Errol Morris)
Moon (Sam Rockwell; d. Duncan Jones)
Requiem for a dream (d. Darren Aronofsky)
Cherry blossoms (d. Doris Dörrie)
Control (Samantha Morton, Sam Riley; d. Anton Corbijn)
Winged migration (co-d. Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats)
Conversation(s) with other women (Aaron Eckhart, Helena Bonham Carter)
Adventureland (Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart)
Georgy girl (1966) (Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave)
The cave of the yellow dog (d. Byambasuren Davaa)
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor)
Hairspray (Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta)
Office space (d. Mike Judge)
The good thief (Nick Nolte; d. Neil Jordan)
Eraserhead (1977) (d. David Lynch)
Salesman (1969) (d. David Maysles, Albert Maysles)
The class (d. Laurent Cantet)
The wrestler (Mickey Rourke, Marissa Tomei; d. Darren Aronofsky)
A way of life (Brenda Blethyn; d. Amma Assante)
Towelhead (Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello; d. Alan Ball)
Anvil! the story of Anvil (d. Sacha Gervasi)
The messenger (Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton)
Waltz with Bashir (d. Ari Folman)
Grey Gardens (d. David Maysles, Albert Maysles)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel, Kristen Bell)
The diving bell & the butterfly (d. Julian Schnabel)
To die for (1995) (Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix)
Coffee and cigarettes (d. Jim Jarmusch)
Shine a light (the Rolling Stones; d. Martin Scorcese)
Greenberg (Ben Stiller; d. Noah Baumbach)
The duchess (Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes)
A single man (Colin Firth, Julianne Moore; d. Tom Ford)
The cove (d. Louie Psihoyos)
Up in the air (George Clooney; d. Jason Reitman)
Where the wild things are (d. Spike Jonze)
Ghost town (Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni)
Whip It! (Ellen Page; d. Drew Barrymore)
The secret of Kells (d. Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey)
Flirting with disaster (1996) (Ben Stiller, Téa Leoni; d. David O. Russell)
Babies (d. Thomas Balmès)


6 Responses to “Best DVDs Viewed in 2010”

  1. January 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hi nice page layout. A page of your “best ” film picks of all time? Or do you mean just the best you’ve seen in one year? Anyway if you mean these are your favourite films, one notes no Hollywood stuff, no westerns. What about the work of John Ford, Howard Hawks & some William Wyler & Pekinpah. Don’t like American movies?

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      No, Jan, merely the best of what I viewed on DVD in 2010. Hence the preponderance of recent movies, since my wife, Sybil, prefers those and what we watch is ultimately a complex negotiation between her and me (though I do all the choosing & ordering from the public library, often based on NYT reviews). I posted this list here and on Facebook as an assortment of viewing suggestions — i.e., the kind of scope available from your local public library (assuming you live in a large urban centre). I posted an ’09 list, too, though didn’t have this blog at the time so it was only on Facebook. I’ll make a point of transferring it here. BTW, I liked Peckinpah when I was a teenager and he was still putting out films like The Wild Bunch. That dates me. And I watched Straw Dogs recently (’09?). L.

    • January 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

      By the way, Jan, I’m able to do this list fairly easily because my public library (Greater Victoria PL, in British Columbia) allows borrowers to retain a list of borrowed items in their library records (i.e., you just check a box, and it compiles the list for you).
      So, come December, all I have to do is pull that list up electronically and go through it, giving each DVD a yea or a nay. Nice to have a record of the worthwhile things I’ve seen.

  2. January 10, 2011 at 3:27 am

    And there are U.S. directors in that list — Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Martin Scorcese, Jason Reitman, Jim Jarmusch, Julian Schnabel, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Mike Judge, Errol Morris, Peter Bogdanovich, Stanley Kubrick — though more recent ones than Ford, Hawks, etc.

  3. January 10, 2011 at 3:41 am

    RE: American directors — the list also includes Tom Ford, Greg Mottola, Adam Shankman, Gabrielle Zevin, the late Adrienne Shelly, the Maysle brothers, and the Coen brothers.

  4. January 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

    …and Alan Ball, Peter Sollett, Noah Baumbach, Kevin Smith, Mike Nichols and Gus Van Sant (and likely others).

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