Obligatory end-of-film-festival top 5 list

Well, the 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival has officially come and gone. It was an incredible (and incredibly exhausting) five days. I attended ten full screenings, while also ducking in and out of a few others (thanks for the press pass, Isthmus!). My thoughts on everything I saw are a bit of a jumbled mess at the moment, but I’m pretty sure that this list reflects the films that left the most indelible impressions on me. Forgive my failure to elaborate on these picks; my opinions of “Daddy Longlegs” and the Phil Solomon shorts can be found here and in my Isthmus article. Definitely jump at the opportunity to see any of these five should it present itself.

1. “Daddy Longlegs” (2009)

2. “Rehearsals for Retirement”/“Last Days in a Lonely Place”/“Still Raining, Still Dreaming” (2007-2009)

3. “Seventeen” (1983)

4. “Harmony and Me” (2009)

5. “Collateral” (2004)

Thanks to Manohla Dargis, David Bordwell, J.J. Murphy, John Powers, Bob Byington, and Alyssa and Athena Lobit for giving me the time of day at one point or another during the festival. Thanks again to Isthmus for hooking me up on Saturday. Thanks to the volunteers who never questioned my press credentials. Thanks to the friends who kept me company at screenings and social functions alike. And last but not least, thanks to y’all for giving this blog so much traffic throughout the festivities. Onward!

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