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Tarantino, Tim Burton & the Top 10 LA Weekly Film Stories of 2010

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Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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Behold: possibly the internet's only 2010 Year in Film wrap up with no mention of The Social Network in sight. Our top ten most viewed Film stories of the year cover some perennial hot-on-the-interwebs subjects--sex, drugs and Roman Polanski--as well as a few less-likely to hit Google Trends (Who knew Noah Baumbach was such a traffic magnet that three stories including his name would make our Top 10?)

So, counting down from 10 to 1....

10. "How to Hallucinate Without Drugs"

By Karina Longworth

September 23, 2010

We're sure the popularity of this review of the new Gaspar Noe film Enter the Void has everything to do with the Irreversible director's fanbase, and nothing to do with its servicey title, nor with the phrase, "impregnate his sister and suck on her tits":

Enter the Void may, in the end, be an extremely elaborate formal exercise about every man's desire to crawl back into the womb, turned up a loud notch visually and adapted into every brother's apparently latent compulsion to both impregnate his sister and suck on her tits. But, dude, I could stare at this movie for days and not get tired of the sensation.

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9. "Driving Mr. Greenberg"

By Karina Longworth

March 11, 2010

In this interview, the director of Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg discussed learning to drive at age 40, mentoring the mumblecore generation, and the sick allure of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl:

"Those characters are always presented as saviors, but the reality is, they're getting some neurotic, perverse fulfillment, or lack of fulfillment, by getting involved with this asshole," Baumbach notes. And for a man caught in a real-life Florence's web, "those women are generally much more interesting because they're depressed and fucked up."

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8. "Movie Reviews: After the Cup, Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City"

By Various Authors

May 27, 2010

Since this story compiled a number of short film reviews at one URL, it's hard to pinpoint the big draw, but if we'd have to guess, we'd give credit to Ella Taylor's blistering takedown of Sex and the City 2:

Sarah Jessica Parker is now 45 years old, and, frankly, I cannot stomach another moment of the simpering, mincing, hair-tossing, eyelash-batting little-girl shtick she's been pulling ever since L.A. Story.

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7. "Sundance's Rebel Yell"

By Karina Longworth

February 5, 2010

This dispatch from the Sundance Film Festival includes first looks at some of the year's biggest indie hits--The Kids Are All Right, Cyrus, Blue Valentine--and also chronicles the event's effort to rise out of the ashes of the recession:

This year, free stuff was generally harder to come by. But while the Main Street party scene suddenly slowed midweek, theater crowds stayed steady (a screening of buzzy social-media doc Catfish on the festival's second Thursday filled every seat, with dozens of wait-listers turned away). In the festival's final days, films began to sell, which was a surprise. After endless "hard times" hype, every sale announcement had the aura of a tiny miracle.

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