Here’s the list:
- The Social Network. The story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s extraordinary career rise. It will probably win the Academy Award for Best Picture—and it probably should.
- True Grit. My personal favorite in this list. Perhaps because I have two small daughters, the relationship between the old fatherly cowboy and the young girl brought me to tears by the end. And Jeff Bridges as the old cowboy deserves a Best Actor award.
- The Black Swan. Again, another really strong recent film. A balerina wrestles with her Dionysian energies as she strives for Apollonian perfection. Ayn Randians might like this film. (The Randian nod also applies to The Social Network).
- I Can See You. The best horror flick since Blair Witch. A must-see if you like the horror genre. I’m not sure why the film is so unsettling, and that’s one of the things that makes it so interesting. It was released in 2008, but I only just saw it, so it’s new to me.
- An Education. This film came out in 2009, but (again) I only just recently caught it on DVD. An Education is an innocence to experience tale set in England. A highly intelligent female on her way from prep school to Oxford learns some important life lessons (such as that men can be slugs). It’s better than I’m making it sound.
And I’ll add one nonrecent film to this list (just because I plug it whenever I think of it):
- Russian Ark. Filmed about a decade ago at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, it’s a single tracking shot that goes for 90 minutes. Russian Ark is the Metropolis of the early 21st century.
Okay, I’ve shared my list. Now share yours. If you saw a film that rocked your world this past year (even if it isn’t recent), feel free to share it in the comments below. Just make sure that what you share is really unusually good—not just conventionally “worth seeing.”