Let's face it. We all love top 10 lists, no matter how arbitrary they actually are. At their best, they name films that readers might not see (or have even heard of) otherwise. At their worst, which is more often, the lists barely vary from critic to critic and don't have any surprises. While we at Out 1 are still working on our own lists (which will hopefully be a version of lists at their best), one of my favorite sites, Reverse Shot, has just released theirs. Hopefully, this will give everyone their good top 10 fix until we put the final nail in that coffin with our own lists (coming at the end of the month). Reverse Shot always displays some of the sharpest film criticism found anywhere today. Likewise, their top 10 is one I am always extremely interested in. Thought I might as well point you in their direction and share the list. The list (copied below) can be seen with comments here.
1. The Flight of the Red Balloon
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. A Christmas Tale
4. Wendy and Lucy
5. Silent Light
7. Still Life
8. Paranoid Park
Our own top 10 lists will appear somewhere near the end of the month. Sorry for the delay, but many of our contributors are still waiting on certain films to be released in their markets. We'd rather wait and be closer to complete, rather than everyone wanting to edit their list two days after its published! Thanks for your patience!