ClickTheCity.com has released its list of ten best films that were screened in Manila last year. Its resident critic Philbert Dy noted that "2010 was kind of a strange year in film. Hollywood’s blockbuster output seemed lackluster, with only a few choice names crafting films worth remembering. It was a "relatively strong year for local output, each of the major festivals (including, shockingly, the MMFF) producing at least one film that will undoubtedly gain a place in the pantheon of great Filipino films." But even more exciting are the films that are truly independent, made without the guidance or the help of any of the local grant programs.
10. How to Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders)
9. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
7. Limbunan (Gutierrez Mangansakan II)
6. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
5. RPG: Metanoia (Louie Suarez)
4. Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Remton Zuasola)
3. The Social Network (David Fincher)
2. Senior Year (Jerrold Tarog)
1. Kano (Monster Jimenez)
Dy wrote a review of Limbunan in July. By including it in his list of the year's best, he explains:
"Limbunan moves gracefully. Just as gracefully as the women it portrays, who silently bear the ritualized oppression of culture and norms even as the rest of society moves forward. It is quietly powerful, painting a clear picture of a tradition without resorting to easy judgment."