We are in that ultimate crunch before the year is out, and I finally have the time to get around to all the films I've been too busy for until now. I got through a solid five of them over the weekend, and I continue to move forward at a rate of a film each day. But that isn't holding everyone else back from publishing their own top ten lists ahead of the year's official cap-off date. Kris Tapley of In Contention is quite often the first to put forth his ordered list of films. I can't imagine it'll be long for Guy Lodge to follow suit, and then it's just a matter of time before we get to the now much larger crew of Film Misery. It's quite a bit more than simply enjoyable to trade thoughts with them from week to week. I'll be sure to keep you posted on when they do eventually crop up.
I remain on this side of the year until I'm confident I've seen just about everything that's worth coming around to. That does include films on the higher side of the awards season ("The Artist", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"), the lower side ("War Horse", "The Descendants"), those that simply exist outside of it ("Shame", "Young Adult", "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Weekend", "Tomboy", "Martha Marcy May Marlene", "A Separation"). That puts together a grand total of 11 films I've still to see, not to mention the ones I need to revisit. I will say that you'll get my annual list of the best male and female performances on the 30th and 31st, respectively. But it won't take as long a gasp as last year to get out my Top 15 of this year. Somehow, 10 just doesn't get too much past the surface. May end up jolting it to 20 by the time this year is officially out.