Marshall Fine has posted a top-ten half-time assessment of 2010 films. I throughly agree with his putting Greenberg, The Ghost Writer and Toy Story 3 on the list. But we part company after these. Not in a Grand Canyon sense — more like we’re standing on opposite sides of a creek.
I liked When You’re Strange as far as it went, but it wasn’t anything to jump up and down about. (Never saw the Johnny Depp-narrated version.) I gave Conor McPherson‘s The Eclipse a 7 — nice mood, gripping vibe at times, horrible emphasis on Aidan Quinn‘s boorish-and-boozy-Irish-writer character. I hated most of The Red Riding Trilogy (particularly the first one, 1984, with Andrew Garfield), in large part because I couldn’t understand half of it. I never got to see Exit Through The Gift Shop — nolo contendere.
Shutter Island is way too obvious and emphatic — a feverish, ultra-labored atmospheric dream by way of thunder, lightning, heaving seas, jagged rocks and round sweaty faces. Winter’s Bone is about Jennifer Lawrence‘s lead performance — the film is grungy and draggy and vaguely depressing with too many middle-aged beard-os in plaid shirts sucking down cigarettes. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an airport-lounge movie — plot, clue, plot, clue, plot, clue, plot, clue, plot, clue.
My best of the year so far are Lee Unkrich‘s Toy Story 3, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Biutiful (Cannes), Doug Liman‘s Fair Game (Cannes), Olivier Assayas‘ Carlos (Cannes), Aaron Schneider‘s Get Low, Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg, Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer and Philipp Stolzl‘s North Face. I presume I’ll be putting Chris Nolan‘s Inception to this list fairly soon.
The best docs are Charles Ferguson‘s Inside Job (Cannes); Amir Bar Lev‘s The Tillman Story; Alex Gibney‘s Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film; Kate Davis and David Heilbroner‘s Stonewall Uprising; Vikram Jayanti‘s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector; and Don Argott‘s Art of the Steal.