2 August 2010 9:59 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

In a screed in the Wall Street Journal on Friday entitled "The Worst Movie Year Ever?," Joe Queenan claims that "2010 very possibly is the worst year in the history of motion pictures." It's the type of tiresomely cranky piece that seems to be reliably run at least once a year by some outlet or another, and I'm not going to bother picking apart Queenan's argument or his evidence, because... well, why bother?

These days anyone can cherry pick from a release date calendar and make a solid-seeming case that a cinematic year is either amazing or terrible. Remember 2009, with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Up," "The Hurt Locker," "Two Lovers," "Still Walking"? What a great year in movies! Remember 2009, with "Old Dogs," "All About Steve," "I Hate Valentine's Day," "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell"? What a god-awful year in movies! And one decade's underappreciated gem can be the next's unquestioned »


- Alison Willmore

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