Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Over at In Review Online, my top ten movies of 2010.

Unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, you probably haven't seen everything cinema had to offer in 2010. I know I haven't—Chicago gets most U.S. theatrical releases eventually, but, like the rest of the country, some of them spill over to the next calendar year. That's one reason I traditionally wait to unroll my best-of list till about the last week of January. I just need time to see everything.

This year, though, in accordance with InRo's accelerated year-end roll-out, I got down to business early. The general argument is that these retrospectives tend to outlive their allure around the time the ball drops in Time's Square. (Out with the old, in with the new, all that noise.) So, for the first time in my half-decade of composing silly, ranked rundowns of the year's finest, I've cut to the chase.

Pardon the conspicuous absences here—I'll get around to The Fighter, True Grit, Blue Valentine, Four Lions, and a couple dozen others when I have the time to do so. (Of that group, only the terrorist comedy seems likely to make a dent in my sturdy list of favorites anyway.) Cinephilia is a work in progress—whether I write this thing in February or Travers it out in November, I'm still going to have some blindspots. This ten spot is as "official" as any I could offer.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Link of the Day: THE WARRIOR'S WAY (2010)

For Time Out Chicago, a few choice words on The Warrior's Way. Coming (relatively) soon to this space, not necessarily in this order: Alternating Currents #2 and my annual Year In Review.