The UK film magazine Sight & Sound is a premiere selection of film discussion. Very hoity-toity stuff. They have released their ten best list compiled from over 60 top film critics all over the world-- including Amy Taubin (Film Comment) and Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times).
1. THE PROPHET (Jacques Audiard)- the Grand Prix winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as France's submission for this year's Foriegn Film race. Sony Pictures Classics is slated to release the film eary 2010.
2. THE HURT LOCKER (Kathryn Bigelow)- nice that an American film placed so high, as of know awards buzz is very strong for Bigelow's Iraq war chamber piece.
3. 35 SHOTS OF RUM (Claire Denis)- had a very limited release here in Los Angeles earlier this year...Denis has always been a critical favorite.
4. THE WHITE RIBBON (Michael Hanake)- this year top prize winner at Cannes as well as Germany's submission for Foreign Langauge Film; Sony Pictures Classics will release it later this month.
5. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Tomas Alfredson)- deemed eligible for Oscar consideration last year-- it was denied, aside from universal international fanfare-- I hear Hollywood is planning a remake to this Russian vampire coming of age story...be afraid!
6. UP (Pete Docter)- Pixar's latest treasure, soon could hopefully be only the second animated feature nominated for Best Picture, even it's only be default of 10 nominees.
7. WHITE MATERIAL (Claire Denis)- I said Denis was a critical favorite; I really need to see some these films, I hear Denis' 2000 film Beau Travail is a beaut...
8. BRIGHT STAR (Jane Campion)- Campion's comeback about poet John Keats will probably factor in somewhere in the Oscar race, but considering it's indifference box office and lack of buzz, where?
9. ANTICHRIST (Lars von Trier)- Given the hideous reviews that troublemaker von Trier received stateside for this, I'm surprised it made it here, but got to respect a man who seeks to turture his audience without mercy.
10. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)- that small film from the summer from that director guy nobody's heard of.