Top 10 movies of the last 10 years / by Peter Taylor

Well it's been raining all week and films can be a saving grace when in lock-down against the natural forces. Also in lieu of being able to watch TV I do find myself returning to old favourites on DVD. Here is a list of the most profound and life-changing films I have seen in the last 10 years. They are films which still resonate with me and each one has deeply affected me in some way. They are the films you come out of the cinema either raving about, or muted in contemplation about what you've just scene. Some push cinema to new avenues of expression, while others capture disappearing landscapes and communities through exquisite simplicity. There are a few notable exceptions, namely 'Interstellar', which I found deeply moving as it captured my childhood fascination with space travel and made me fall in love with the sci-fi genre all over again. Also 'The Galapagos Affair' was great but the overall production was a little naff so it's relegated from the final ten. These are in no particular order as all are fantastic. 

1. Turin Horse

The Turin Horse Trailer of the movie directed by Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky. A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. The Turin Horse Trailer and more infos on www.cinemaguild.com/theatrical/turin_press.htm.

2. Hard to be a God

When legendary Russian auteur Aleksei German died in 2013, he left behind this extraordinary final film, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky's STALKER). HARD TO BE A GOD began percolating in German's consciousness in the mid-1960s, and would actively consume him for the last 15 years of his life.

3. Norte: The End of History

Philippine cinematic luminary Lav Diaz draws inspiration from Dostoevsky and iconic compatriot José Rizal in this mature and boldly literate and new drama, which is among the finest works to emerge from the Philippine New Wave.

4. Act of Killing

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love.

5. The White Meadows

Mohammad Rasoulof expertly weaves together poetry, mythology, metaphor, and the absurd to tell the fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island on salt-filled Lake Urmia to collect tears as people unburden their sorrows into glass jars. It is said that the tears become pearls as their sins are atoned for, but Rahmat's intentions remain an enigma.

6. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. Released on 2011 Directed by: Werner Herzog

7. Paradise: Love

Love, the first film in the PARADISE TRILOGY takes place on the beaches of Kenya. Known there as 'sugar mama's', European women seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian woman travels to the vacation utopia.

8. Sleep Furiously

Welsh town captured beautifully. A slice of a fading United Kingdom.

9. You the Living

Marriage sequence on Du Levande (You, the Living) by Roy Andersson

10. Le Quattro Volte

Inspired by Pythagoras's belief in four-fold transmigration - by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral - Michelangelo Frammartino's wondrous docu-essay traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of life in the southern Italian region of Calabria.