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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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Kim-Hye-ja, in 'Mother'

Dir. Bong Joon-ho
(2010, Not Rated, 128 min)
★ ★ ★ ½

As opening shots go, Mother has a great one. Kim Hye-ja, as the title character, walks through a field towards the camera, and as the opening credits run alongside her, she begins an awkward non-sequitur of a dance — comical, strange, and delightful in its effect. We wonder what, if anything, it means. Will we come back to this field, and if so, what will transpire there? The answer to the first question is yes; the answer to the second I won’t reveal … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.