Posted: 01/13/2011


Jef Burnham’s Picks for 2010

by Jef Burnham

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Top 10
1. Summer Wars (Sama wozu)
2. The Social Network
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
4. Winter’s Bone
5. Life During Wartime
6. True Grit
7. The Ghost Writer
8. Frozen
9. Youth in Revolt
10. The Town

Honorable Mentions
Cemetery Junction
Harry Brown
Iron Man 2
[REC] 2
Shutter Island
Waking Sleeping Beauty

Most Overrated
Black Swan

Bottom 10 (alphabetically)
Alice in Wonderland
Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic
The Expendables
Grown Ups
Jonah Hex
The Tourist

Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases
1. America Lost and Found: The BBS Story [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]
2. Max Headroom: The Complete Series [Shout! Factory, DVD]
3. 8 1/2 [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]
4. Doctor Who: Series Five [BBC, Blu-ray]
5. Red Desert [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]
6. Eclipse Series 21: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties [Criterion Collection, DVD]
7. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX [Shout! Factory, DVD]
8. Days of Heaven [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]
9. Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 [Disney, 4-disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack]
10. Vengeance Trilogy [Tartan Video, Blu-ray]
11. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]
12. Alien 2: On Earth [Midnight Legacy, Blu-ray]
13. Sherlock: Season One [BBC, Blu-ray]
14. Life on Mars: The Complete Series (2005) [Acorn Media, DVD]
15. House [Criterion Collection, Blu-ray]

Honorable Mentions
Batman: Under the Red Hood [Warner Home Video, Blu-ray]
Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyer [Athena, DVD]
Legends of the Superheroes [Warner Archive, DVD]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volumes XVII & XVIII [Shout! Factory, DVD]
On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Sets 2 & 3 [Acorn Media, DVD]
The Phantom Tollbooth [Warner Archive, DVD]
Ponyo [Disney, Blu-ray]

Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of

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