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Posted by: Matthew Turner 16/07/2010 @ 15:18
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Films seen so far this year: 255
Films seen this week: Inception, Mega Piranha, Rough Aunties, Two In The Wave, Inception (again, in IMAX), Rapt, Down Terrace, Get Him To The Greek (for what it's worth, I'd have given it a three star review), Splintered, Separado!, Enter the Void

Best Films Of 2010 (so far)
Rejoice, list-makers! We're officially halfway through the year (okay, so I should have done this post two weeks ago), which means it's time to dust off the Best Films of 2010 So Far lists. I'm actually glad I didn't do this post two weeks ago because I only saw one of the films on my list last night. Anyway, my list of the top ten films of 2010 so far is as follows:

1. Winter's Bone
2. Dogtooth (this was number one for ages but Winter's Bone has knocked it off the top spot)
3. Toy Story 3
4. A Prophet
5. Enter the Void
6. Inception
7. Whip It
8. How to Train Your Dragon
9. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
10. Bad Lieutenant (which seems to have dropped its Port Of Call New Orleans subtitle)

Special mentions are due to: Kick-Ass, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Shutter Island, Ponyo, The Road, Tetro, Mother (which might still make it into the final top ten, pending a rewatch), Cemetery Junction, Gentlemen Broncos and Youth in Revolt, though the latter two are more personal favourites and are unlikely to make too many top ten lists elsewhere. Obviously that list will change before the end of the year, especially with Scott Pilgrim coming out soon, but that's how it stands for now. The inclusion of two animated films in the top ten just shows what a good year it's been for animation but it would be three if Icon ever got around to giving Mary & Max a theatrical release.

Films I Am Dying To See: The Social Network
I held off from posting about the teaser trailer for David Fincher's The Social Network but now the full length trailer has finally been released I'm officially excited. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's best-selling book (“The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal”) by Aaron Sorkin, it stars Jesse Eisenberg and Spider-Man-to-be Andrew Garfield (rumour has it Garfield was cast as Spider-Man after Sony saw his work in Fincher's film) as Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. I'm a huge fan of My Good Friend Jesse Eisenberg and this looks like an interesting departure from his usual more likeable screen persona (I could be wrong, but the clips make it look like Andew Garfield is the likeable one of the two, plus Zuckerberg has no connection with the film, whereas Saverin collaborated on Mezrich's book). I love the use of a choral version of Radiohead's Creep for the trailer and hope it somehow finds its way into the film. The film opens here on October 15th (just before the LFF) and I can't wait. One question though – if Zeljko Ivanek's not in the cast, who's delivering the “Your best friend is suing you for 600 million dollars” line at the 2 minute mark?

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week, including two of the afore-mentioned best films of the year: Christopher Nolan's eagerly-awaited Inception and Toy Story 3 (or Cry Like A Baby 3, according to Cracked.com's If Movie Titles Were Honest. The third new entry is French farce The Concert, which I really liked but has picked up some severely negative reviews elsewhere. I should add that Bad Lieutenant, Greenberg and Skeletons are all about to disappear from cinemas so hurry up and catch them this week if you can.

Interview-wise there's nothing new this week, but you can still check out our exclusive interview with Shirley Henderson (for Life During Wartime) here, our exclusive interview with Black Death and Cherrybomb star Kimberley Nixon here and our press conference interviews with Eclipse stars Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and Alex Meraz (wolfpack Paul). There's also a brief YouTube clip here from the same conference, as well as some photos here.).

1. Toy Story 3
2. Inception
3. Bad Lieutenant
4. Heartbreaker
5. Skeletons
6. Greenberg
7. Leaving
8. Shrek Forever After
9. The Concert
10. London River



Short Film Of The Week: Pigeon: Impossible
I had a bit of a Blog Emergency this week when I discovered, at the last minute, that the DVD I'd wanted to make DVD of the Week (Shutter Island, DVD of the Week fans) had had its release date changed – it's now out on August 2nd so I'll review it then. I asked for short film recommendations on Twitter and was bombarded with recommendations, all of which I'll try and feature in future blogs. The first one I clicked on (thank you again, @Scannain_com) was Pigeon: Impossible, a delightful, Pixar-esque animated short about what happens when a bagel-hungry pigeon gets trapped inside a rookie secret agent's state-of-the-art, CIA-issue nuclear briefcase. Writer/director Lucas Martell doesn't seem to have many credits to his name yet (although, tellingly, he was an assistant on Sin City), but on the strength of this he could be a talent to watch. He has a great eye for making tiny details funny, for one thing – the shot at 3m00s, with the case slowly opening and the pigeon's beak poking out made me laugh out loud.

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