(January 5, 2020 – Toronto, ON) On December 31, 2009, we published an article titled The Top 10 Canadian Films of the Decade. There was some discussion as to whether or not it was an “official” decade, but in late 2009 if you counted all the years that started with a 2 and a 0, you would end up with 10 by time you got to 2009. Here it is 10 years and 5 days later and it’s time again to look back over the previous decade and pick our Top 10 Canadian Films of the 2010s.
Regular contributors Maurie Alioff and Wyndham Wise prepared their own lists as did I. The only rule we used ten years ago was asking if the film was memorable. As I wrote back then, “Without consulting any previously published list, which 10 Canadian titles first come to mind when you think back over the past 10 years?”
Although we reference them in this article, my thinking was we should discard box office numbers and the number of awards won, and strictly determine our choices based on whether or not the film was memorable. If you can remember a film ten or nine or eight years later, that should be more important than anything else. For example, if Casablanca was on TCM this week, 78 years after it was released, no one would care if it made money or won any awards. There are people who can recite whole scenes, pages and pages of the screenplay for The Godfather. Its box office take and award count mean nothing compared to how it lives on in our memory. All of the films that made this final cut are highly memorable. They were also on at least two of the lists submitted. Many of them showed up on all the lists.