The Toronto Film Festival today unveiled The Best Of The Decade: An Alternative View, a top ten movie list from the last decade. Coming out on top of the arthouse list was...Lucrecia Martel's 2017 festival favourite Zama, the dreamlike tale about a Spanish officer in Seventeenth century Asunción, Paraguay, awaiting his transfer to Buenos Aires.
TIFF asked film curators, historians, and archivists from Canada and around the world to choose the best films of the 2010s — any length, genre, or format. Looking at the list, it's fair to say that superhero movies weren't front of mind.
This is TIFF's third Best Of Decade poll. Previous winners were Victor Erice's The Quince Tree Sun Dream of Light and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes And A Century.
“Many of the films in the poll's top 10 address the perilous era we have just lived through, with such prescient works as Film Socialisme, Neighboring Sounds, and Sieranevada predicting various types of ecological, political, and social calamity,” said TIFF Senior Programmer James Quandt. “The film of the decade, Lucrecia Martel's astonishing Zama, transforms an existential novel into a fiercely political work that comments on both its racist, colonialist period setting and our own dire times.”
The Best of the Decade: An Alternative Viewcomprises:
1 Zama2017 dir. Lucrecia Martel
2 Toni Erdmann2016 dir. Maren Ade
3 Adieu au langage2014 dir. Jean-Luc Godard
4 Moonlight2016 dir. Barry Jenkins
5 Sieranevada2016 dir. Cristi Puiu
6 tie The Assassin2015 dir. HouHsiao-hsien Transit2018 dir. Christian Petzold
7 Film Socialisme2010 dir. Jean-Luc Godard
8 tie Holy Motors2012 dir. Leos Carax Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives2010 dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
9 tie The Master2012 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson Ida2013 dir. Paweł Pawlikowski Get Out2017 dir. Jordan Peele Neighboring Sounds2012 dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho Faces Places2017 dir. Agnès Varda and JR Vitalina Varela2019 dir. Pedro Costa
10 tie The Turin Horse2011 dir. Béla Tarr Burning2018 dir. Lee Chang-dong The Strange Case of Angelica2010 dir. Manoel de Oliveira
Jonah Hill teamed up with GQ magazine this week to offer up a handful of movie suggestions to help cinephiles around the world survive these isolating times of self-distancing. Hill's list is an impressive mix of serious auteur dramas and absurd escapist comedies; surely there's at least a couple titles here that will help liven up everyones self-distancing. First up is “Shampoo,” Hal Ashby's 1975 comedy about a hairdresser Warren Beatty come undone by his various clients and lovers. “It's hysterical and it's really satirical,” Hill says of the film, while noting it marked the era of comedies that no longer get made.
“It is a comedy, but in the '70s comedies were not genre-fied in the same way,” Hill says. “There were these great films that looked beautiful, made by great directors, where your A-level great filmmakers that made crazy dramas made “comedies” and they had great actors in them and were shot by the great DPs.”
Hill's list includes several directors he's had the opportunity to work with during his career. The actor earned an Oscar nomination for Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street” and recommends moviegoers check out his 1974 feminist drama “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore,” starring Ellen Burstyn. “Martin Scorsese gets the best performances out of women than any director,” Hill says. “He is the best director of female actors...Ellen Burstyn's performance is so next level.”
When selecting Paul Thomas Anderson's “The Master,” Hill says, “I think this is becoming my favorite film of all time.You have to put Paul Thomas Anderson at the top of the list of best filmmakers. He's gonna go down, like, Kubrick-level. His movies don't shake the world like they should.”
Hill has just as much praise for “Moonlight,” saying, “Barry Jenkins is literally the illest director to come out in decades. He's a fucking genius. If you look at the circumstances in which that film was made, the amount of money they had, and the stress he was under it's just a masterpiece.”
Check out Jonah Hill's list of 20 movies for self-distancing below. Head over to GQ magazine's website to read Hill's full explanations for his selections.
1. “Shampoo,” Hal Ashby 19752. “Being There,” Hal Ashby 19793. “CB4,” Tamra Davis 19934. “Carnal Knowledge,” Mike Nichols 19715. “The Birdcage” 19966. “Network” 19767. “My Vida Loca,” Allison Anders 19938. “Tommy Boy,” Peter Segal 19959. “Adaptation,” Spike Jonze10. “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins 201611. “Amadeus,” Milos Forman 198412. “Do The...
The raunchy gal-pal comedy “Girls Trip” was a box-office coup for Universal Pictures in 2017, collecting more than $140 million worldwide and spawning meme after meme — including that scene about the many unorthodox functions of a grapefruit. While an official sequel has yet to get the greenlight, with talks of a follow-up dating back to early 2019, Tiffany Haddish recently gave a status update on a possible second film to The Huffington Post from the comforts of quarantine.
Haddish said that she and her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith have been regularly keeping in touch about what shape “Girls Trip 2” could take. Haddish also added that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the script for the first film with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.
“Then it was like, 'Oh, you guys want too much money,'” said Haddish, who broke big after “Girls Trip,” which reportedly earned her an $80,000 payday.
The five actresses had a two-hour Zoom meeting, Haddish said, last week to discuss making the sequel, and said that starting Friday, they’ll meet again to begin chipping away at the script.
“We might decide not to even make it 'Girls Trip,'” Haddish said. “Maybe we'll do a different story just in case no one wants to make 'Girls Trip 2.'”
Haddish currently stars in the recently released Netflix series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” opposite Octavia Spencer, who plays the titular black hair care pioneer and mogul. While Netflix audiences binge that show during quarantine, Haddish said she’s doing plenty of marathon-watching of her own, including “Tiger King,” “Wild Wild Country,” “Locke & Key,” “I Love Lucy,” and “My Three Sons.”
Otherwise, she said, her shelter-in-place experience is just like everybody else’s. “I got Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; I've got cable. I have a room that I've got to clean out. I have so many bills that are a year old that I just paid online,” she told HuffPo.
Haddish is also starring in the latest film from Paul Schrader, “The Card Counter,” whose production went on hiatus amid the coronavirus outbreak that has put virtually all of Hollywood on pause. Regarding Haddish, the fast-rising star who's become a favorite of many an auteur, including Paul Thomas Anderson, Schrader said in a recent interview, “I love Tiffany. I've never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She's a firecracker. It's like talking to a live-wire connection. She's very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone's sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So...