SFFCC Members’ Best of 2010
December 26th, 2010 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2010 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

“Hereafter”
“Somewhere”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Vincere”
“White Material”
“Black Swan”
“True Grit”
“The Social Network”
“I Am Love”
“Boxing Gym”

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added 12/27/2010

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

“Blue Valentine”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“Inception”
“Rabbit Hole”
“The King’s Speech”
“Dogtooth”
“Marwencol”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Lebanon”

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added 12/27/2010

Cheryl Eddy (SF Bay Guardian)

“Winter’s Bone”
“Fish Tank”
“Black Swan”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”
“The Two Escobars”
“The Tillman Story”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
“Toy Story 3”

added 01/17/2011

Michael Fox (SF360, SF Weekly)

“Life During Wartime”
“Ajami”
“White Material”
“The White Meadows”
“The Tillman Story”
“Lebanon”
“Carlos”
“Inside Job”
“Anton Chekhov’s The Duel”
“The Killer Inside Me”

added 01/17/2011

Pam Grady (BoxOffice.com)

“Animal Kingdom”
“Marwencol”
“127 Hours”
“The Trotsky”
“Brighton Rock”
“True Grit”
“Triage”
“Soul Kitchen”
“Undertow”
“Kick-Ass”

added 01/02/2011

Michael Guillén (The Evening Class)

“Altiplano”
“The Milk of Sorrow”
“Mysteries of Lisbon”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“Black Swan”
“Animal Kingdom”
“A Useful Life”
“Guest”
“The Silence”
“Undertow”

added 01/17/2011

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

Winter’s Bone”
“Toy Story 3”
“The Social Network”
“Blue Valentine”
“The Town”
“True Grit”
“Mother”
“The Tillman Story”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
Honorable mentions: “Kick-Ass,” “The King’s Speech,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Buried,” “Tiny Furniture,” “Marwencol” and “Piranha 3-D”

added 01/17/2011

Dennis Harvey (SF360, SF Bay Guardian)

“Fish Tank”
“The Tillman Story”
“The Killer Inside Me”
“City Island”
“OSS 177: Lost in Rio”
“I Spit on Your Grave”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Let It Rain”
“Babies”
“Life During Wartime”

added 01/17/2011

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Blue Valentine”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Mademoiselle Chambon”
“The King’s Speech”
“Hereafter”
“Toy Story 3”
“The Social Network”
“Black Swan”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Runaways”

added 01/02/2011

Omar P.L. Moore (The Popcorn Reel)

“Animal Kingdom”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
“The Social Network”
“The Square”
“Fish Tank”
“Another Year”
“Somewhere”
“Black Swan”
“I’m Here” / “Day & Night” (short films)

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Randy Myers (San Jose Mercury News)

“Animal Kingdom”
“127 Hours”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Rabbit Hole”
“Black Swan”
“Inside Job ”
“Toy Story 3”
“The Social Network”
“Another Year”

added 01/02/2011

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

“Black Swan”
“Blue Valentine”
“Stone”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Rabbit Hole”
“Toy Story 3”
“The Social Network”
“The Illusionist”
“Creation”
One of the best movies I’ve ever seen (but also one of the most unwatchable): “Lebanon”

added 12/27/2010

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

“The Square”
“Animal Kingdom”
“The Social Network”
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”
  + “The Girl Who Played With Fire”
  + “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest”
“Carlos”
“14-18: The Noise and the Fury”
“Mother”
“Winter’s Bone”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“True Grit”

added 01/02/2011

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo (BoxOffice.com)

“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“I Love You, Phillip Morris”
“Red, White and Blue”
“Biker Fox”
“Audrey the Trainwreck”
“Lover of Hate”
“Jackass 3D”
“Four Lions”
“Flooding with Love for the Kid”
“The Last Exorcism”

added 01/02/2011

Richard von Busack (San Jose Metro)

“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“Blue Valentine”
“True Grit”
“Fish Tank”
“Exit Through The Gift Shop”
“The Tillman Story”
“I Am Love”
“Inception”
“Catfish”
Runners-Up: “Carlos,” “Winter’s Bone,” “The Kids Are All Right”

added 01/02/2011

Jan Wahl (KRON TV)

“The King’s Speech”
“Made in Dagenham”
“The Social Network”
“Inside Job”
“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
“The Fighter”
“City Island”
“The Runaways”
“Hereafter”
“Coco Chanel and Igor Stanvinski”

added 01/02/2011

2010 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2010 by SFFCC

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named “The Social Network” the Best Picture of 2010, while its writer Aaron Sorkin took the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay. In a tie vote, “The Social Network” helmer David Fincher shares the Best Director award with Darren Aronofsky, director of “Black Swan.”

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC), which includes twenty-nine Bay Area film critics, also honored “The King’s Speech” star Colin Firth in the Best Actor category (Firth repeats in this category, following his SFFCC Best Actor win for “A Single Man” last year). Best Actress honors go to Michelle Williams of “Blue Valentine,” as half of a married couple whose love faces the test of time. Two noir-ish turns nabbed supporting awards: John Hawkes as Best Supporting Actor for “Winter’s Bone” and Jacki Weaver as Best Supporting Actress for “Animal Kingdom.”

Best Original Screenplay went to David Seidler for “The King’s Speech,” a British historical drama detailing the role of speech therapy in launching King George VI’s reign. Best Cinematography honors went to Matthew Libatique for his colorfully dynamic photography of “Black Swan.”

For Best Documentary, the San Francisco critics picked “The Tillman Story”—a Bay Area tragedy thrown onto a national stage as Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s family fought for the truth about his combat death. Best Foreign Language Film went to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s offbeat thriller “Mother” (“Madeo”), and “Toy Story 3” was named Best Animated Feature.

The group presented its Marlon Riggs Award, honoring a Bay Area filmmaker or individual who represents courage and innovation in the world of cinema, to Elliot Lavine, a teacher, exhibitor, and repertory curator who has brought fresh attention to neglected films.

The full list of winners for the 2010 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards follows.

Best Picture
“The Social Network”

Best Director
TIE: Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
TIE: David Fincher for “The Social Network”

Best Original Screenplay
David Seidler for “The King’s Speech”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network”

Best Actor
Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”

Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”

Best Animated Feature
“Toy Story 3”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Mother”

Best Documentary
“The Tillman Story”

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique for “Black Swan”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Elliot Lavine, in recognition of his two decades of film programming, his revival of rare archival and independent titles, and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir and pre-Production Code features

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