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Print the Legend has caught a belated case of listomania. Here now are my 10 favorite films from 2010. I’m writing this without having seen several of the year’s major contenders: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, I Am Love, Winter’s Bone, or 127 Hours. So this list could change in the coming weeks. By the end of 2010, however, these were the titles I most admired from the year.

10: The Ghost Writer

Let’s get this out of the way: 2010 wasn’t a banner year for the movies. Unlike, say, 2007, a year cinephiles will romanticize for decades to come, 2010 held few cinematic stunners. One of them, The Ghost Writer, felt as though it were beamed in from another age entirely. Roman Polanksi directs this Bush-era picture as a sedate, ’70s thriller with a Hitchcockian hand.¬†The Ghost Writer brims with tantalizing subtext: some political (it echoes the real-life story of David Kelly), some cinematic (allusions to past filmic greats abound), and some autobiographical¬†(Polanski edited this claustrophobic film while under house arrest). It also closes with one of the year’s great shots, an image that makes me smile just thinking about it. (more…)

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