Posted September 6, 2010 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features

FilmJuice's Top Films 2010

With the Raindance Film Festival upon us, FJ takes a look at our favourite films that were released, so far, this year. I

FilmJuice takes a look at our favourite films that were released, so far, this year. If you haven’t seen it already, get the DVD or Blu-Ray, we implore you! Here’s why:

Drama: A Prophet

Frances’ entry for the Oscars and winner of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix award, there has also been much excitement about the critically acclaimed film A Prophet. Directed by Jacques Audiard, it is a disturbing and cynical portrayal about self-preservation in the hellhole of prison.

Foreign: Dogtooth

When a young person wants to rebel against the powers that be there are
any number of routes they take. Drink, drugs and loud music are popular
outlets. What would happen then, if three teenage siblings are kept in a
house, isolated from society, with only themselves and a Frank Sinatra
vinyl for company? The outcome is predictably violent, frustrating and at times heartbreaking. Yorgos Lanthimos’ film caused a riot at Cannes, earning the Un Certain Regard award.

Arthouse: The Maid

Dark Chilean comedy, by director and co-writer Sebastian Silva. After more than 20 years of working as a live-in maid, in the same middle-class household, Raquel (Saavedra)
believes that she is very much part of the Valdez family; but as the
opening scene of the film attests, she’s just the gal who washes the
dishes, sweeps the floor and all other manner of rubber-gloved chores.

Comedy: The Other Guys

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize — only things don’t quite go as planned. Adam McKay’s film is a laugh from start to finish.

UK Gangster: Down Terrace

It’s the same
genre, but this time, Ben Wheatly’s deadpan crime-comedy Down Terrace, comes
with a worthy script, sensible (and audible) dialogue and actors who can
actually act. Even first time actor Bob Hill holds his own amongst the UK’s favourite comedy thesps. No endless ‘ferking ‘ells’, shiny suits and gratuitous nudity to
distract from the banality of the usual fodder. And it’s about time.

Romance: I Am Love

The romantic drama genre is one that is often overlooked in favour of
rom-coms with predictable plots and stereotypical characters. I Am Love is a hark back to sweeping romances of the golden era of cinema. Films like Casablanca (1942) and Brief Encounter
(1945) are rarely produced in modern cinema and yet when done well they
can rekindle film’s love affair with love itself. It is an appropriate
title then that perfectly captures the essence of romance in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love.

Technology: Avatar

James Cameron is a game changer, he always has been. A look back at his career highlights and we see that he never shirks a challenge but embraces it, confronts it and ultimately shows Hollywood where the direction of cinematic technology is heading. With Aliens he took a sequel further than most thought possible. Terminator proved that there was a role that only Schwarzenegger could play. In Terminator 2 he demonstrated how to use CGI to heighten the action to seamless levels. He then sunk the Titanic to such harrowing effect that it became the biggest grossing film of all time. That was until Avatar.

Action: Inception

that director Christopher Nolan’s last movie was Batman adventure The Dark
Knight, a movie which broke every box office record going upon its release, it
is not so surprising that Inception has become one of the most anticipated
films to be released this year. The only question was, could Inception
live up to everyone’s expectations? The answer, quite incredibly, is that it
actually surpasses them.

Revamped: Metropolis

One of the most exceptional and influential film in cinematic history, influencing the likes of Star Wars, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey and even The Matrix series, the Fritz Lang film was technically groundbreaking at the time, it is a visual masterpiece, infused with Expressionistic imagery.

Animation: Mary & Max (not out until 2 Oct, but worthy of a mention)

The opening night selection of the Sundance Film Festival, film from Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam Elliot. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, it tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. A journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life’s surprises.

Marcia Degia - Publisher

Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.