Updates are slooow but I’m hoping it’s just a transitional busy time caused by our Spring of 2010 College classes. On top of that, I was paying my duties with the ACLM (Asociación de Críticos en Línea de Mexico), a fun and geeky film club (of about 20 film bloggers, film critics, film professors, cinephiles and whatnot), all in the hopes to recognize the best of Mexican cinema. This is our third year functioning, our previous top winners were Carlos Reygadas’ Stellet Licht and Ernesto Contreras’ Parpados Azules.

This year, the remarkably successful Sin Nombre leads the nominations with 15! Even though I don’t share the enthusiasm of some of my fellow friends, I can’t say the film isn’t good. Luckily, there are three other brilliant films nominated up for the Film of the Year merit, please check them out if you can: Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo, Los Bastardos & Los Herederos. You should know the nominees and lists are based upon Mexican release dates, it’s sad most of these films will never be shown outside Mexico. I usually justify this shameless self-promotion by writing about the artists nominated for Best Original Song, but we don’t even have that category this year, there was just not a lot to choose from. Joselo Rangel, Juana Molina, Ely Guerra and winner Devendra Banhart were recognized last year. Full list of nominees HERE.

Top 10. Mexican Films (in alphabetical order)
Backyard: El Traspatio. Carlos Carrera
Cinco Días Sin Nora. Mariana Chenillo
Desierto Adentro. Rodrigo Pla
Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo. Yulene Olaizola
Los Bastardos. Amat Escalante
Los Herederos. Eugenio Polgovsky
Los Que Se Quedan. Carlos Hagerman & Juan Carlos Rulfo.
Parque Vía. Enrique Rivero
Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo. Julián Hernández
Sin Nombre. Cary Fukunaga

Top 10. Foreign Films (in alphabetical order)
Auf der anderen Seite. Fatih Akin
District 9. Neill Blomkamp
Entre Les Murs. Laurent Cantet
Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wes Anderson
Happy-Go-Lucky. Mike Leigh
Kirschblüten. Doris Dörrie
Låt den rätte komma in. Tomas Alfredson
Milk. Gus Van Sant
Two Lovers. James Gray
Vals Im Bashir. Ari Folman