Looking Closer’s Favorite Films of 2010

Part One of my list of favorite movies of 2010 has been posted at Image’s Good Letters blog.

Part Two will be up on Tuesday morning.

My top 10 includes a few titles you’re probably sick of hearing about, and some titles I haven’t seen on other lists, but what can I say? I stick to recommending what moved and inspired me. Box office stats don’t affect my experience of a film, nor does Oscar buzz.

I was moved to tears by some big box office hits this year – movies that come with big corporate logos at the beginning and the end – and when I mention them, some critics will roll their eyes, horrified that I’d bother recommending such “products.” But I was also enthralled by some titles that most people haven’t even heard about, and that always makes a few folks grumble that I’m just trying be impressive. I’m not. I just found these films by the recommendation of friends who have shown tremendous discernment, or by noticing the involvement of artists whose work has inspired me in the past.

Judgmental folks will cast their judgments, but I have no reason to play games about this. I had a very difficult year… the most taxing and exhausting of my entire life. I needed great movies, beautiful music, and revelatory literature the way that a man crawling through the desert needs water, or the way a sailboat lost at sea by night needs clear starry skies and wind. God feeds me through great art, and I was ravenous.

On Monday and Tuesday morning, at ImageJournal.org, you’ll find a two-part article in which I list a few movies that I was supposed to like, but didn’t. You’ll also find my words of gratitude about the films that inspired me and sustained me through a year that felt like a steep uphill climb.

And I don’t want to waste your time with movies you don’t need.

Also: This is meant to be a conversation. Share your own list on my Facebook page.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.