Film Journal – 2010

Unless specifically noted, all listings are completed first-time viewings.  Television shows are only noted in the month in which I finished a single, regularly viewed season.

* Indicates significant repeat viewing, usually for films not seen in over 10 years, or for more recent viewing experiences that significantly alter previous opinions.

Some entries are listed with a numbered rating on a scale from 0-10.

Entries listed in order seen:

January:

  • Being John Malkovich (USA, 1999) Spike Jonze
  • The Ballad of Jack and Rose (USA, 2005) Rebecca Miller
  • Bamboozled (USA, 2000) Spike Lee
  • Rebirth Of A Nation (2006) D.W. Griffith/DJ Spooky
  • Brakhage (Canada, 1998) Jim Shedden
  • Within Our Gates (USA, 1919) Oscar Micheaux
  • Body and Soul (USA, 1925) Oscar Micheaux
  • Memento (USA, 2000) Christopher Nolan
  • Hallelujah (USA, 1929) King Vidor

February

  • Adaptation (USA, 2002) Spike Jonze
  • Big Timers (USA, 1945) Bud Pollard

March

  • Putney Swope (USA, 1969) Robert Downey Sr.
  • Days of Heaven (USA, 1978) Terrence Malick
  • Memories of Murder (S. Korea, 2004) Bong Joon-ho
  • Super Fly (USA, 1972) Gordon Parks Jr.
  • Blacula (USA, 1972) William Crain
  • Killer of Sheep (USA, 1977) Charles Burnett
  • Daughters of the Dust (USA, 1992) Julie Dash
  • A Serious Man (USA, 2009) Joel & Ethan Coen

April

  • Menace II Society (USA, 1993) Albert & Allen Hughes
  • *Pinocchio (USA, 1940) Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen
  • Stroszek (Germany, 1977) Werner Herzog
  • Loves Of A Blonde (Czech Republic [Czechoslovakia], 1965) Milos Forman
  • The Ice Storm (USA, 1997) Ang Lee

May

  • The World (China, 2004) Jia Zhangke
  • Reservoir Dogs (USA, 1992) Quentin Tarantino
  • Brazil [Dir. Cut] (UK, 1985) Terry Gilliam
  • Punch-Drunk Love (USA, 2002) Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Angels With Dirty Faces (USA, 1938) Michael Curtiz
  • Robin Hood (USA, 2010) Ridley Scott
  • Bad Lieutenant (USA, 1992) Abel Ferrera
  • After Life (Japan, 1998) Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Stingray Sam (USA, 2009) Cory Mcabee
  • The Gleaners and I (France, 2000) Agnes Varda

June

  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (USA, 2006) Kirby Dick
  • The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (France, 2002) Agnes Varda
  • Bronson (UK, 2009) Nicholas Winding Refn
  • The Flowers of St. Francis (Italy, 1950) Roberto Rossellini
  • Citizen Kane (USA, 1941) Orson Welles
  • The Secret In Their Eyes (Argentina, 2010) Juan Carlos Campenella
  • *Toy Story (USA, 1995) John Lasseter
  • *Toy Story 2 (USA, 1999) John Lasseter
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (USA, 1944) John M. Stahl
  • Someone To Watch Over Me (USA, 1987) Ridley Scott

July

  • Toy Story 3 (USA, 2010) Lee Unkrich [8]
  • Ultraviolet (USA, 2006) Kurt Wimmer [4]
  • Romper Stomper (Australia, 1992) Geoffrey Wright [7]
  • Junebug (USA, 2005) Phil Morrison [8]
  • Vagabond (France, 1985) Agnes Varda [9]
  • One Hour Photo (USA, 2002) Mark Romanek [3]
  • In The Loop (UK, 2009) Armando Iannucci [6]
  • Death Proof (USA, 2007) Quentin Tarantino [5]
  • Inception (USA, 2010) Christopher Nolan [8]
  • Bringing Up Baby (USA, 1938) Howard Hawks [8]
  • Let The Right One In (Sweden, 2008) Tomas Alfredson [6]

August

  • Little Miss Sunshine (USA, 2006) Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris [6]
  • The Five Obstructions (Denmark, 2004) Jorgen Leth & Lars Von Trier [6]
  • Raising Arizona (USA, 1987) Joel and Ethan Coen [8]
  • Vertigo (USA, 1958) Alfred Hitchcock [9]
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (UK, 1984) Michael Radford [7]
  • Little Children (USA, 2006) Todd Field [7]
  • I Am Love (Italy, 2010) Luca Guadagnino [8]
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (USA, 2010) Edgar Wright [8]

September

  • Waiting For Happiness (Mauritania, 2002) Abderrahmane Sissako
  • “My Dad Is 100 Years Old” (Short, Canada, 2005) Guy Maddin
  • *Miami Vice (USA, 2006) Michael Mann
  • Taste of Cherry (Iran, 1997) Abbas Kiarostami
  • *Letters To Father Jacob (Finland, 2010) Klaus Härö
  • “Standard Gauge” (Short, USA, 1984) Morgan Fisher
  • The Social Network (USA, 2010) David Fincher

October

  • The White Meadows [VIFF] (Iran, 2010) Mohammed Rasoulof
  • How I Ended This Summer [VIFF]  (Russia, 2010) Aleksei Popogrebsky
  • Into Eternity [VIFF] (Finland, 2010) Michael Madsen
  • Beau Travail (France, 1999) Claire Denis
  • Surviving Life [VIFF] (Czech Republic, 2010) Jan Svankmajer
  • Bright Star (UK, 2009) Jane Campion
  • Of Gods and Men [VIFF] (France, 2010) Xavier Beauvois
  • Nights of Cabiria (Italy, 1957) Frederico Fellini
  • Memories of Underdevelopment (Cuba, 1968) Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Written On The Wind (USA, 1956) Douglas Sirk
  • Mad Men: Season 4 (USA, 2010) Matthew Weiner
  • Rubicon: Season 1 (USA, 2010) Henry Bromell & Jason Horwitch

November

  • Still Life (China, 2005) Jia Zhangke [7]
  • Superman: The Movie (USA, 1978) Richard Donner [7]
  • Defiance (USA, 2008) Edward Zwick [6]
  • Legends of the Fall (USA 1994) Edward Zwick [3]
  • Match Point (USA, 2005) Woody Allen
  • About Last Night… (USA, 1986) Edward Zwick [4]
  • The New World (USA, 2008 Ext. Cut)  Terrence Malick [10]

December

  • Alice In Wonderland (USA, 2010) Tim Burton [2]
  • Unstoppable (USA, 2010) Tony Scott [7]
  • Black Swan (USA, 2010) Darren Aranofsky [5]
  • Rope (USA, 1948) Alfred Hitchcock [6]
  • *It Happened One Night (USA, 1934) Frank Capra [9]
  • Sonny (USA, 2002) Nicolas Cage [5]
  • Election (China, 2005) Johnnie To [7]
  • Election 2 (China, 2006) Johnnie To [8]
  • Winter’s Bone (USA, 2010) Debra Granik [8]
  • Greenberg (USA, 2010) Noah Baumbach [7]
  • The Ghost Writer (UK, 2010) Roman Polanski [8]
  • After The Thin Man (USA, 1936) W.S. Van Dyke II [7]
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (USA, 2001) Steven Spielberg [7]
  • Another Thin Man (USA, 1939) W.S. Van Dyke II [7]
  • Head-On (Germany, 2004) Fatih Akin
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (USA, 2010) Michael Apted [5]
  • True Grit (USA, 2010) Joel & Ethan Coen [7]
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (USA, 2010) Frank Darabont

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