Movies to Watch in 2010

At the turnover of every year I like to comb my must-see list (4000 titles and growing) and make a shorter goal list of movies to watch in the next year. The list is no big deal – usually I’m over-ambitious and I don’t make it to a quarter of them, forget to even check it after April. This year, though, I’ve got a Project. I’ve been reading lots of best-of-decade lists and culling titles I haven’t seen, planning to watch those in 2010. After all, if a movie makes a respected critic’s yearly top-20 list it’s worth considering, but if it makes his DECADE top-20 list I’ve just gotta see that. So here are the 155 movies I feel I’ve gotta watch in 2010 (that’s three a week, unrealistic as ever). Maybe I’ll cross ’em off this list as we go.


Decade list:

11’09″01
Afterschool
All About Lily Chou Chou
All The Real Girls
As I Was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
Battle In Heaven
Beau travail
Best of Youth
Birth
Blissfully Yours
Bourne trilogy 1 2 3
Bus 174
Chuck & Buck
La Cienaga
Colossal Youth
Corpus Callosum
Darwin’s Nightmare
Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Divine Intervention
Domestic Violence
Esther Kahn
Eureka
La face cachee de la lune
Failed States (henry hills)
Fat Girl
Fengming: A Chinese Memoir / West of the Tracks
Five Dedicated to Ozu
Frontier of Dawn
Gerry
The GoodTimes Kid
Good Morning, Night
Half Moon (bahman ghobadi)
Headless Woman
Head-On
House of Mirth
I’m Going Home
In Praise of Love
In the City of Sylvia
Innocence (lucile hadzihalilovic)
The Intruder
Jonestown: Life and Death of People’s Temple
Kandahar
Kings and Queen
Lady and the Duke
Late Marriage
Let Each One Go Where He May
Lilya 4-Ever
M/Other
Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
Magic Mirror
Michelangelo Eye to Eye
Morvern Callar
Night and Day
Oasis
The Other Half (ying liang)
Ou git votre sourire enfoui? / Sicilia
Platform
The Queen
Raja
RR
Secret of the Grain
Silent Light
Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4pm
The Son (dardenne)
Songs from the Second Floor
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring
St. Ignatius Church Exposure: Lenten Light Conversions / Golden Gate Bridge Exposure: Poised for Parabolas (lynn marie kirby)
Star Spangled To Death
Syndromes and a Century
Tarnation
Tearoom (william e. jones)
Ten
This Is England
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Three Times
The Tracey Fragments
El Valley Centro
Waltz With Bashir
What Time Is It There?
When the Levees Broke
The White Ribbon


Unseen movies by favorite filmmakers:

Bunuel
Illusions Travel By Streetcar
Susana
El Bruto
Criminal Life of Archibaldo del Cruz

Gilliam
Tideland
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Herzog
Strozek
Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Kurosawa
Guard from the Underground
Serpent’s Path

Marker
The Owl’s Legacy
The Last Bolshevik

Resnais
La Vie est un roman
Love Unto Death

Rivette
Le Pont du Nord
Merry-Go-Round
Va Savior

Tashlin
Rock-a-Bye Baby
It’$ Only Money

Varda
Jacquot de Nantes
La Pointe Courte
Lions Love


Unseen DVDs:

Adventure in Sahara
Scandal Sheet
Elena and Her Men
The River
Lucky Star
They Had to See Paris
Young America
Song o’ My Heart
Liliom
Bad Girl
After Tomorrow
Four Devils
City Girl
Madame de…
Fanny & Alexander
The Navigator
Battling Butler
A King in New York
Sin of Harold Diddlebock


Brand new hotness

Mock Up on Mu
Mother
Nymph
Mary and Max
It Felt Like a Kiss
Film Ist: A Girl and a Gun
Liverpool
Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl
Guy Maddin’s new shorts


Old ones I’ve been excited to finally watch:

Battleship Potemkin
Queen Kelly
Make Way for Tomorrow
The Best Years of Our Lives
Brief Encounter
Johnny Guitar
The Naked Spur
The Apartment
Deanimated
Daisies
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
The Wind Will Carry Us
Actress


…and to rewatch:

The Nun
Fire Walk With Me
The Crimson Kimono
Underworld USA
The Steel Helmet
Fixed Bayonets
Spider
Point Blank
Vagabond
Yi Yi

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