HTV’s best films of 2010-2019

No one who loved film in South Florida could have predicted ten years ago the arrival of several art house theaters. With the opening of O Cinema and Coral Gables Art Cinema and the transplanting of MIami Beach Cinematheque to bigger digs on Washington Avenue  (O took over MBC last August), and the reactivation of Tower Theater under the aegis of Miami-Dade College, cineastes have options. Those of us long in the tooth remember a time when we’d pray a David Cronenberg film would hold just one more weekend at AMC Cocowalk as the multiplex made room for the latest chapter of Lord of the Rings.

New talents emerged (Joanna Hogg). Old masters found new ways to startle (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Claire Denis, Jim Jarmusch), with a deep bow to Frederick Wiseman, maker of several long documentaries (including National Gallery, In Jackson Heights, Ex Libris, and Monrovia, Indiana) that, within the confines of realist cinema, examined communities in peril. We said goodbye to Chantal Akerman, responsible for teaching us a new way of seeing. When a Todd Haynes tested himself, he produced fascinating, fraught movies like Carol with which I tousled but still watched repeatedly. So did Steven Spielberg with Lincoln, a film of its moment, this one the reelection of Barack Obama and the retelling of the fiction of bipartisan comity. In the same way stars like Laura Dern, Robert Pattinson and his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, and Brad Pitt discovered how age allowed for a foundation settlement firm enough to test the interstices of craft and star power; Juliette Binoche, her years as a global star behind her, reinvented herself in picture after picture. Olivier Assayas wrote and directed several films — a couple of which Binoche was lead — in which I lost interest but gained American box office traction.

Below are the fifty best films I watched this decade. If I reviewed it during its original American release, click on the director(s). 2019, of course, hasn’t ended yet, it should go without saying.

1. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2011)
2. The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg, 2019)
3. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raul Ruiz, 2011)
4. Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018)
5. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong, 2011)
6. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2015)
7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2011)
8. Being 17 (André Téchiné, 2016)
9. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
10. Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2018)
11. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2010)
12. Weekend (Andrew Haigh, 2011)
13. A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2014)
14. Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)
15. Mother (Bong Joon-hoo, 2010)
16. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2014)
17. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2013)
18. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)<a
19. Love and Friendship (Whit Stillman, 2016)
20. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
21. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
22. Norte, The End of History (Lav Diaz, 2014)
23. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr, 2012)
24. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, 2017)
25. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs, 2014)
26. The Lost City of Z (James Gray, 2017)
27. Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner, 2015)
28. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
29. In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015)
30. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)
31. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014)
32. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
32. The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues, 2017)
33. In The Family (Patrick Wang, 2012)
34. The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki, 2017)
35. Ava (Sadaf Foroughi, 2018)
36. Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2015)
37. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo, 2017)
38. Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, 2010)
39. First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2018)
40. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
41. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
42. American Honey (Andrea Arnold, 2016)
43. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2011)
44. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, 2019)
45. No Home Movie (Chantal Ackerman, 2016)
46. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis, 2018)
47. Silence (Martin Scorsese, 2016)
48. Barbara (Christian Petzold, 2013)
49. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010)
50. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
51. Vitalina Varela (dir. Pedro Costa, 2020)
52. First Cow (dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2020)

One thought on “HTV’s best films of 2010-2019

  1. 2010: Incendies, Biutiful, Winter’s Bone, True Grit, Carlos
    2011: A Separation, Beginners, Martha Mary May Marlene, Win Win, Terri, Better This World, Monseiur Lazhar, Margaret
    2012: The Master, Not Fade Away, Lincoln, Frances Ha
    2013: Nebraska, The Great Beauty
    2014: Force Majeure, Selma, Clouds of Sils Maria, Leviathan, The Drop, The Homesman
    2015: The Revenant, Spotlight, Phoenix, Sicario
    2016: Aquarius, Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, Fences, Toni Erdmann
    2017: Okja, Sollers Point, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, Get Out, Beatriz at Dinner
    2018: Roma, Burning, Burning If Beale Street Could Talk, Kindergarten Teacher, Blackkklansman
    2019: five open spots

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