The Top 10 Films of 2010 That You Never Heard Of
Ten films from beyond the norm, each one making 2010 that much more memorable. Here's hoping this list inspires you to seek out the weird and the wild, beginning with a cartoon that is as far from kiddie fodder as possible...
Outsider films are, dare it be said, a dying breed. Thanks to updates in technology, new and novel means of distribution, and the bandwagon like call to arms that is the Internet, even the most reclusive cinematic "genius" is bound to be discovered (and if the biz has anything to say about it, exploited). This doesn't mean that every movie made sees the light of an everyday release, but it does make it harder and harder to stay in the background. Websites strive on uncovering the unique and unsung, and as such, banking on the uniqueness to raise their always struggling profiles. It's the same here at Short Ends and Leader. After 12 months of sifting through the celluloid remnants, offering up a compendium of ten heretofore unknown treats is difficult, if not impossible. Still, in the annual spirit of such a discussion, we will give it a well-considered whirl.
Of course, as with any year end acknowledgment, a few consideration parameters have to be laid down. First and foremost, it’s important to note that the films themselves do not have to be made in, or originally released during 2010 proper. After all, some outsider cinema takes years in legal or logistical limbo before making it out via some manner of viewable state. In addition, there is no need for an Oscar like NY to LA preview schedule. As long as the film made it out on some format during this year (originally or in an update) we allowed it. Finally, we don’t discriminate against those who self distribute. As long as it passed over our critical transom, we considered it, no matter how it first got there. About the only consistent element is worth - if the movie wasn’t something really special, we just didn’t add it to our final overview.
There will be quibbles here and there (the unusual amount of documentaries on this list says something about the genre - and the lack of media attention to same) and, one imagines, a wealth of undeclared gems that deserved our attention. But as a blog built on balance, trying to champion both the mainstream and the atypical, we can't cover everything. We try, but it's unfeasible. Still, here's hoping this list inspires you to seek out the weird and the wild, beginning with a cartoon that is as far from kiddie fodder as possible: