Nicolas Rapold’s Top 10
Run it through the Assayasizer: the rock-star hubris and oblivion of a somewhat incompetent terrorist, amidst the passing of eras in geopolitics.
#2 Everyone Else
Maren Ade’s extraordinary dramatization of the drift, the shift in the weather system that develops between two people in a relationship when something’s afoot but no one knows yet where or how far it will go.
#3 The Father of My Children
Mia Hansen-Love’s act of candid discretion in portraying a depressive producer, the pursuit of artistic goals, and the aftermath of a family left behind.
#4 The Oath
Laura Poitras: “It’s a bit of a mindfuck, but he is.” Genuinely, persuasively, and intelligently ambiguous look at former Bin Laden associate Abu Jandal.
#5 Oki’s Movie
Hong Sang-soo’s daisy-chained stories play out affairs of the heart in and around a film school, mortifyingly funny but also unexpectedly cutting to the quick.
James Benning’s first HD feature is a series of superb compositions with well-wrought sound that foster an exquisitely heightened awareness.
#7 The Robber
“An intelligently shot study in self-control and calculated release,” is what I thought of director Benjamin Heisenberg’s film, and still do.
#8 Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese’s slow boat to crazy, an island that’s one of his most potent visions of the self trapped, impregnable, and exposed all at once.
#9 The Social Network
The control-freak fantasies of a shut-out master coder make for fast, catchy entertainment in the hands of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin.
#10 Poto and Cabengo/Routine Pleasures
Rep pick! Jean-Pierre Gorin’s two terrific essay films on twin girls suspected of having an idolect, and model-train hobbyists.