The Death of Airplanes, Babies, Leftism, French Aristocrats, Ancient Mayans and, of course, Mr. Lazarescu

A year in cinema is only as good as the movies one gets to see. And this year I saw more movies than I have since 1996 (when I think I might have seen every movie that was released, including Sgt. Bilko, The Pallbearer, Celtic Pride and I'm Not Rappaport).

But here are the ones that made the top of my list ten years later, most of which are about death in one way or another...

1. United 93
2. The Proposition
3. Old Joy
4. L'Enfant
5. Battle in Heaven

Aside from its obvious distastefulness, this Italian or Spanish United 93 campaign is also sort of...awesome.


6. Miami Vice
7. 13 (Tzameti)
8. Marie Antoinette
9. Apocalypto
10. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

L'Enfant is one of the two films on my Top 10 that involves a cruel fate for a baby. The other is Battle in Heaven, in which a baby is (accidentally?) murdered, unseen. Apocalypto, on the other hand, delivers a more optimistic baby scenario.