Last November I held the “month of 121 shorts” and burned myself out, so I didn’t feel like watching many in 2010. Thirty made the list last year including runners-up, but I barely watched that many in total this year. Anyway, here are twelve that I loved.
1. 11’09″01 (2002)
Specifically, the two entries with children in them, by Samira Makhmalbaf and Idrissa Ouedraogo. They’re the only two that dared to treat the subject with lightness or humor, and their bravery paid off.
2. Day & Night (2010, Teddy Newton)
Remember that thing before Toy Story 3 with the visual concept that I loved but have trouble explaining? That one.
3. Cry For Bobo (2001, David Cairns)
Best clown movie ever.
5. Narcissus (1983, Norman McLaren)
6. Gauguin and Van Gogh (Alain Resnais)
7. Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
8. Talking Heads (1980, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Runners-up: Spike Jonze’s robot thing I’m Here, Lindsay Anderson’s diary Is That All There Is (if that counts as a short – I’m starting to reconsider) and, though I’d seen it before, Bert Haanstra’s awesome Zoo.