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Wed, Jan 05, 2011
Before a new year of film screenings begin, our film/video staff looks back on their favorite films that played in Columbus during 2010. While The Social Network (included on one of the lists below) and Inception (included on none of the lists below) were the most acclaimed films in mainstream critical circles, one film was our staff's consensus choice for film of the year: Olivier Assayas' epic 5.5 hour Carlos. If you missed our November screening of the full-length version, hang in there. We plan to bring it back as one of the highlights of our Fall 2011 season.
Many of the best films to show in Columbus we're only able to show at the Wexner Center for one or two nights and aren't reviewed by local critics. Film magazines like Film Comment or Cinema Scope or Sight & Sound are great places to get the advance word on upcoming films. Those will tip you off as to what films on our schedule you might want to prioritize. (For example, White Material – showing at the Wex on January 21-22 is currently on the cover of Film Comment and Alamar - showing on January 27 – is ending up on countless top ten lists.) And becoming a fan of the Wexner Center Film/Video page on Facebook is a great way to get early information on upcoming screenings.
We'd love to hear what your favorite films of 2010 were, whether they were films you saw at the Wexner Center or elsewhere. Leave us a comment below and we'll randomly pick two people to win a pair of tickets to any upcoming regularly priced film screening!
Dave Filipi, Film/Video Director
Top 10 – Narrative:
Worst Film I Paid to See This Year: Knight and Day (James Mangold)
Nicest Studio Surprise: Day & Night (Teddy Newton) – the short before Toy Story 3
Top 10 – Documentaries:
Favorite Repertory Releases/Restorations (in alphabetical order):
It's no coincidence that all of these opened at the Wexner Center except for Breathless which screened as part of Wex @ Gateway.
Mike Olenick, Film/Video Studio Editor
In alphabetical order:
I also saw a few films that have yet to be released in Columbus that I hope make it here in the coming year, including: Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt), The Big Picture (Eric Lartigau), The Four Times (Michelangelo Frammartino), Coming Attractions (Peter Tscherkassky), Oki's Movie (Hong Sang-soo), The Housemaid (Sang-soo Im), and Potiche (François Ozon).
Chris Stults, Film/Video Associate Curator
The bad news is that 2010 wasn't a great year for films released commercially in the US. The good news is that 2011 will be a much better year. I've already seen four or five films scheduled to be released next year that would trump all but a few of the films on this year's list. That said, there were more good films released this year than this list of 20 would accommodate. And the shorts list is not a marginalized addendum. In my mind, those films are equal – if not superior – to the features listed below.
Best "new to me" screenings of 2010: La signora di tutti (Max Olphuls), The Movie Orgy (Joe Dante) and The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis).