With all that in mind, here are my top 11 of '10 - listed in alphabetical order.
Honourable mention goes to the terrific short film The Legend of Beaver Dam.
Meek's Cutoff (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
It was like Darby was saying, "Hey, guys, look, I'm immortal." Then John Lennon died. "Oh, wait. You're not." X was leaving on our first U.S. tour. Everywhere we went we heard "Imagine" or a Beatles song. Every truck stop, every diner, that's all anyone was talking about. It was really annoying. Of course I listened to the Beatles--I'm an American. When you're a little girl and you hear the Beatles for the first time, you're transformed forever. But my focus was on my friend. Not to put down John Lennon, but someone we loved had died.
Adato, A. (2000, December 3). Crash and Burn. Los Angeles Times.