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The Best Films of 2010

I’ll go out on a limb and declare 2010 the best year for movies since I’ve been watching them, going back almost fifteen years. That has something to do with Netflix, through which I’ve accessed more foreign, independent, and documentary titles than ever before, but it’s more a credit to the work of great filmmakers.

2009 was the nadir. That year had no shortage of good films, and a few great ones, and I unreservedly stand by each I listed among the best, but there were few I felt unequivocally passionate about, few that held up against previous years’ offerings. I started to question myself, wondering if I’d lost some of the thrill of moviegoing. 2010 put that fear to rest.

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Dir. Spike Lee
(2010, Not Rated, 255 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Spike Lee’s If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise doesn’t have quite the impact of its predecessor, 2006’s When the Levees Broke, which is not only a masterpiece but an essential document of modern American history, but it’s just as important, or perhaps more so. Where Levees showed an urgent crisis in progress, God is Willing addresses more complex problems – bureaucratic, institutional, social, and economic challenges, some of them caused by Hurricane Katrina and the breach of the levees and others merely exacerbated by the catastrophe. Five years after the fact, the Gulf Coast region is still struggling, and Lee reinvests in the community with undiminished passion. He is a poet of moral outrage.

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