You should go to Los Angeles at least once, and preferably more than once, just to visit the screen. And you should watch movies, too, and especially movies that make the screen. So I’m compiling a list of the ten best films of this year — in no particular order.
Some of them are about movies and movies, like Martin Scorsese’s film. Others are about Hollywood, like Darren Aronofsky’s. But I’ve deliberately ignored shows like Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire. There’s plenty of good TV. For the entertainment industry to continue pumping out crappy movies, that’s got to be bad for the bottom line, and we can’t expect that to be good for movies, even if it’s good for the bottom line of other media. If we want better movies, it’s got to start with better movies.
So, just for fun — and because Hollywood wants us to like it — here are the ten best movies of the year so far, either by the numbers, or because they make you love the movies, or because they make you love Los Angeles.
Ten Best Films of 2010
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
Ten Best Movies of 2009
Revolution (Alejandro Gomaroy)
Little Miss Sunshine (Dave Morris)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (David Fincher)
The Kids Are Alright (Richard Linklater)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Steven Spielberg)
Twilight (Robert Redford)
Seven (James Cameron)