I hope everyone here had a happy holiday break! I had the chance to finally sit back, relax aimlessly for a few days, and take in some Netflix Watch Instantly films that I wouldn’t get to during the normal course of events. One such film was Sweetgrass, which guest Matt Singer discussed on a previous episode of the /Filmcast. As I watched, I was struck with the film’s breathtaking beauty, and I realized that there’ve been some great-looking films this past year.
Here are what I consider to be the 10 most beautiful films of 2010. There’s no grand unifying theory to this list, other than that these are movies I personally really enjoyed looking at for one reason or another. They are presented in no particular order.
Oh, and tune in on Tuesday night at 9 PM EST at slashfilm’s live page to hear us countdown our top 10 films of 2010!
[Please note: As this list is necessarily my opinion and I haven’t seen every single movie that’s come out this year (e.g. Enter the Void, I Am Love, etc.), my choices may differ from your own. Don’t be alarmed; this is natural and to be expected. Feel free to share your own choices in the comments, but please be civil about it.]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Each of Edgar Wright’s films is blessed with a razor-sharp sense of humor and a unique, quirky sensibility. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is also possessed of these traits, but Wright managed to bring Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book world to life with an unforgettable aesthetic too. Several movies have attempted to adapt the look of comic books to the big screen, but I can’t think of one that does so as seamlessly or successfully.
Sweetgrass – This film follows “the last modern day cowboys” as they lead hundreds of sheep through the treacherous Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains for one last time. A fascinating documentary on a lost way of American life that also serves as a testament to the beauty of nature and its creatures.
Last Train Home – As Sweetgrass passively observes its subjects, allowing their true nature to shine through, so director Lixin Fan uses his seemingly-invisible camera to observe the mass-migration of millions of Chinese laborers during Chinese New Year. This film is not as pretty as the other ones on this list, but its unflinching and miraculous portrayal of humanity in true aggregate creates some of the most spectacular visuals of any film this year.