Film Log: January & February

As you can see below, most of these films are 2010 releases as I was trying to catch up to see the essential films of the year. Now that Oscar is over and my year-end lists are written, I can finally say goodbye to 2010. Anyway, here are the films that I've seen in the last two months.

6. 127 Hours
Rating: 4/5

7. I Am Love
Rating: 4/5

8. My Amnesia Girl
Rating: 3.5/5

9. Never Let Me Go
Rating: 4.5/5

10. True Grit
Rating: 4/5

11. Devil
Rating: 2/5

12. Exit Through the Gift Shop
Rating: 4/5

13. Cairo Time
Rating: 3.5/5

14. Applause
Rating: 3/5

15. Hereafter
Rating: 3/5

16. Presa
Rating: 2/5

17. The King's Speech
Rating: 3/5

18. Blue Valentine
Rating: 5/5

19. Temple Grandin
Rating: 3.5/5

20. Let Me In
Rating: 2/5

21. Love & Other Drugs
Rating: 3.5/5

22. Frankie & Alice
Rating: 3/5

23. Handumanan
Rating: 1/5

24. Hospital Boat
Rating: 3/5

25. Burlesque
Rating: 3.5/5

26. For Colored Girls
Rating: 3/5

27. Accident
Rating: 3.5/5

28. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Rating: 4/5

29. Symbol
Rating: 2/5

30. Amer
Rating: 4/5

31. Tangled
Rating: 3.5/5

32. The Ghost Writer
Rating: 4/5

33. Certified Copy
Rating: 3/5

34. Greenberg
Rating: 2/5

35. The Dreamers
Rating: 2/5

36. Sugar
Rating: 2/5

37. Food, Inc.
Rating: 4/5

38. Mysterious Skin
Rating: 4.5/5

39. The Departed
Rating: 4/5

Up next: Hayao Miyazaki. Sylvain Chomet. Pixar. Brave Little Toaster. Perfect Blue. You know what that means? March is Pixelated Popcorn's Animation Month.

Pixelated Popcorn’s Top 25 Foreign Films of 2010

Ranking films is like styling my hair in the morning. I keep on changing it every two minutes. This is not the ranking when I first made this list last month and I’m pretty sure this wouldn't be the ranking of 2010 films when I look back two years from now. But for the present time, this will do.

I wish I have the time to spare a few sentences for each film. Unfortunately, I’m out of time. In a week or so, this list would be completely irrelevant so let me get this out while I still can.

25. The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Director: J. Blakeson

24. The Ghost Writer

Director: Roman Polanski

23. How to Train Your Dragon

Director: Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders

22. The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

Director: Stephan Komandarev

21. Amer

Director: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani.

20. True Grit

Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

19. [REC] 2

Director: Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza

18. I Am Love

Director: Luca Guadagnino

17. 127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle

16. Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich

15. Ondine

Director: Neil Jordan

14. Buried

Director: Rodrigo Cortes

13. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Director: Banksy

12. Enter the Void

Director: Gaspar Noe

11. Animal Kingdom

Director: David Michod

10. White Material

Director: Claire Denis

9. Rabbit Hole

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Director: Edgar Wright

7. Never Let Me Go

Director: Mark Romanek

6. Shutter Island

Director: Martin Scorsese

5. Dogtooth

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos

4. Blue Valentine

Director: Derek Cianfrance

3. Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky

2. Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

1. The Social Network

Director: David Fincher

I try to avoid bad films as much as I can, but these are simply unavoidable. The worst part is that I have to pay to see four of them in the cinema.

Worst Foreign Films:

Eat Pray Love

Going the Distance

Charlie St. Cloud


When in Rome

You’ve seen the long list here. And now let me narrow it down to the top 12 acting performances.

Best Actress:

Natalie Portman

Black Swan

Runners-up (in order of preference):

Aggeliki Papoulia

Barbara Hershey
Black Swan

Nicole Kidman
Rabbit Hole

Emma Stone
Easy A

Do-Yeon Jeon

Secret Sunshine

Best Actor:

Jesse Eisenberg

The Social Network

Runners-up (in order of preference):

Ryan Gosling

Blue Valentine

Leonardo Dicaprio
Shutter Island

Andrew Garfield
The Social Network

Christian Bale
The Fighter

James Franco
127 Hours

Lastly, let me give you the top 10 films I’ve seen this year that are not from this year. Get it?

Best Films Not From This Year:

dir. Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza

2001: A Space Odyssey
dir. Stanley Kubrick

dir. Lars Von Trier

Fight Club
dir. David Fincher

Happy Together
dir. Wong Kar Wai

dir. Gaspar Noe

dir. Christoffer Boe

The Pianist
dir. Roman Polanski

The Squid and the Whale
dir. Noah Baumbach


dir. Duncan Tucker

Hopefully, I’ll have more time writing my list next year. And more importantly, I wish I’ll have more time watching films. It’s been a great year for films–so much better than the last year. This is Fidan of Pixelated Popcorn officially saying

adios to 2010.

More lists:

List of foreign films seen in 2010. click here

Pixelated Popcorn's Top 18 Foreign Films of 2009, click here

The Year in Pixels and Kernels: Top 20 Movies of 2008, click here


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