1 – Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Between its countless hilarious one-liners, its badass fight scenes and its surprisingly insightful and touching look into modern relationships, this is certainly the most fun I’ve had at the movies all year. Some of the titles below might be more ambitious, profound or groundbreaking, but this is the flick that I know that I’ll be revisiting the most often over the years.
2 – Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void
A pure dose of visceral, visionary cinema, which will certainly make a lot of folks overdose, but will send others into a hallucinogenic trance they will never forget.
3- Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan
Flirts with the grace and discipline of ballet only to wilfully go off the rails and turn into a riveting mindfuck of a “lezzy wet dream”, in which Natalie Portman amazes absolutely.
4- Christopher Nolan’s Inception
Rarely do we see a picture that so deviously blurs the line between Hollywood blockbuster and art-house film than this utterly unique, unpredictable, mind-blowing visual experience.
5- Jacques Audiard’s Un Prophète
A wildly entertaining gangster movie, inhabited by a winning confidence that you don’t need to adopt a solemn tone and an austere style to make a great film.
6- David Fincher’s The Social Network
Full of snappy, rapid-fire dialogue delivered by an awesome young cast, plus extra sharp cinematography and an incredibly effective score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
7- Xavier Beauvois’ Des hommes et des dieux
A remarkable film in every way, solemn and thoughtful but never preachy or excessively dry, deeply spiritual but also firmly grounded into the characters’ humanity.
8- Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful
A visually masterful, immensely affecting film full of humanity, urgency and raw emotion, featuring one of Javier Bardem’s best performances ever, which is saying a lot.
9- John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole
Not the most dazzling, spectacular of pictures, but in a series of small moments and little touches, it gets to you, it really does.
10- David O. Russell’s The Fighter
Not so much a sports drama as a character study, and what great characters they are, as played by Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and others.