As of this month, I have been reviewing films here at the Shattered Lens for 3 years. In honor of that anniversary, I thought I’d post my picks for the 50 best films that have been released in the U.S. since 2010.
Without further ado, here’s the list!
- Black Swan (directed by Darren Aronofsky)
- Exit Through The Gift Shop (directed by Banksy)
- Hanna (directed by Joe Wright)
- Fish Tank (directed by Andrea Arnold)
- Higher Ground (directed by Vera Farmiga)
- Shame (directed by Steve McQueen)
- Anna Karenina (directed by Joe Wright)
- The Cabin In The Woods (directed by Drew Goddard)
- 127 Hours (directed by Danny Boyle)
- Somewhere (directed by Sofia Coppola)
- Life of Pi (directed by Ang Lee)
- Hugo (directed by Martin Scorsese)
- Inception (directed by Christopher Nolan)
- Animal Kingdom (directed by David Michod)
- Winter’s Bone (directed by Debra Granik)
- The Artist (directed by Michel Hazanavicius)
- The Guard (directed by John Michael McDonagh)
- Bernie (directed by Richard Linklater)
- The King’s Speech (directed by Tom Hooper)
- Bridesmaids (directed by Paul Feig)
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (directed by Thomas Alfredson)
- Django Unchained (directed by Quentin Tarantino)
- Never Let Me Go (directed by Mark Romanek)
- Toy Story 3 (directed by Lee Unkrich)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (directed by Niels Arden Oplev)
- Young Adult (directed by Jason Reitman)
- Sucker Punch (directed by Zack Snyder)
- The Master (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
- Incendies (directed by Denis Villeneuve)
- Melancholia (directed by Lars Von Trier)
- Super (directed by James Gunn)
- Silver Linings Playbook (directed by David O. Russell)
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (directed by Edgar Wright)
- The Last Exorcism (directed by Daniel Stamm)
- Skyfall (directed by Sam Mendes)
- Easy A (directed by Will Gluck)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 (directed by David Yates)
- The Avengers (directed by Joss Whedon)
- How To Train Your Dragon (directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBois)
- Win Win (directed by Thomas McCarthy)
- Les Miserables (directed by Tom Hooper)
- Take This Waltz (directed by Sarah Polley)
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (directed by Werner Herzog)
- Rust and Bone (directed by Jacques Audiard)
- Cosmopolis (directed by David Cronenberg)
- Ruby Sparks (directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valarie Faris)
- Brave (directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman)
- Martha Marcy May Marlene (directed by Sean Durkin)
- Jane Eyre (directed by Cary Fukunaga)
- Damsels in Distress (directed by Whit Stillman)
Ok, now that I’ve seen this list (quite a nice one at that) I think I must respond in kind. I’m sure Lisa Marie’s mentally daring me to do it right now.
I invite every contributor and reader of TSL to come with with their own list and post it either on the site or in the comments. 🙂
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Out of the 50 films listed, I’ve only seen 12 of them.
I didn’t care for “Black Swan” at all. Not exactly the best way to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney.
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”, I didn’t think was so spectacular. But it was still a reasonably interesting film.
“Somewhere” hasn’t stood up well in my memory–but at least when I saw it, I wasn’t in fits of agony, unlike when I saw “Marie Antoinette”. What stands out to me the most about “Somewhere” is Kid Coppola’s song selection. I swear she must make films for the sole purpose of sharing her iTunes collection with us (“Have you heard of this really cool group Phoenix? They’re like, really French and, like, totally cool!”). Maybe I would’ve liked the couple of films I’ve seen from her more if she had better taste in music. But basically, I think Sofia Coppola should stop making films and become a celebrity DJ. After all, DJ Coppola has a certain Eurohouse ring to it. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if DJ Coppola already makes celebrity DJ appearances, sharing her mostly shitty taste in music with millions of emo hipsters in small towns across America.
Another film that hasn’t stood up too well is “Inception”. In fact, I forgot a lot of it soon after exiting the theatre. Fun to look at for a minute or so, like a big Escher mindbender, but boy did it get old fast.
I haven’t really paid much attention to Australian cinema lately, mainly because a lot of the titles don’t intrigue me. I’m not surprised that “Animal Kingdom” made the list. Trust me, I went into this film with great trepidation, but it really impressed me, I went back to see it a second time. Great to know that Melbourne got represented in this one. So many times I see films made overseas, and I see the same old landmarks. It was really great to watch “Animal Kingdom” and say to myself “Hey, I know that place!”, or “Hey, I’m not too far from where all this is happening!”
I take it that you still have not seen “Samsara”!
Hard to believe that “The Messenger” was made all the way back in 2009 and therefore is ineligible for inclusion. I just ook such a woefully long time to reach Australia. It didn’t do very well at all at the box office, a real pity. It’s one of the last few really great “recent” films that I’ve seen at the cinema in the past few years.
I have not seen Samsara yet.
As for Somewhere, I saw a lot of myself in the character played by Elle Fanning and I related to her relationship with her father. That’s the main reason it appears in my top 50. 🙂
Let me just say that voting thumbs down on anything I write just encourages me to write even more. 🙂
There are certain, specific types of film fans who I just live to annoy. 🙂
If I could represent both up my thumbs I would, and they would both be “touching the ceiling” (sorry, that’s an inside joke from college). Anyway, I hope that *also* encourages you to keep writing.
This is a stellar list- I’ve really liked everything on here that I’ve seen (exactly half of them, well if you count the Potters as one).. and now I have many more to see still.
As you know, I’d amend it now to include Upstream Color – for me it would make around #8 on this list.
Keep it up!