OK – so I am 2 1/2 months late with this list, but better late than never, right? It took me a long time to actually get caught up on everything I missed from last year. While there are still plenty of movies that I need to see (especially some highly-rated documentaries), I finally feel satisfied enough to compile a list. Starting with number ten…
10) 127 Hours
Danny Boyle + AR Rahman + James Franco = one hell of a combination. This could have been a disaster in the wrong hands, but this survival story worked out rather well.
09) Exit Through the Gift Shop
Who would have thought a documentary about street art would be so good? The fact that no one knows for sure if this was a hoax or legit makes the film all the more better. But, seriously, who the hell is Banksy??
08) The King’s Speech
I had no interest in seeing this beforehand, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were phenomenal in this movie, and it rose to great heights when they were on screen together. I disagree with the Oscar win, but there’s no denying that this was good.
07) True Grit
Another strong effort from the Coens, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld is likely destined for great things. Loved the dark humor and snappy dialogue.
06) Winter’s Bone
Such a bleak portrait of life in the Ozarks. John Hawkes provided one of the more memorable characters of 2010 in “Teardrop” and Jennifer Lawrence shined in the lead role. Makes me want to read the book.
05) Toy Story 3
I finally caught up on the trilogy just recently, and while I would have a hard time ranking the movies, I loved how Pixar closed it out with TS3. Fun story, and I even dug the new toys.
04) The Fighter
More of a family drama than a sports movie, although it excels at being both, The Fighter succeeds mostly in part due to its magnificent acting. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams and even Mark Wahlberg were all game for this one, and it made for a very memorable experience.
This may be the biggest example of a “love it or hate it” movie from last year. I loved Buried, and I found it to be one of the best thrillers to come out in recent years. It’s hard to believe that a movie about a man stuck in a box could be the most exciting movie of the year, but director Rodrigo Cortés made it happen.
02) Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky is probably my favorite director working today, and Black Swan is up there among his best work. Natalie Portman absolutely deserved her Oscar for this one. It’s a shame that the general population remembers this only for its “lesbian” scene…
01) The Social Network
Another example of a movie that should not have been half as good as it was. Seriously, this is a movie about Facebook! Seemingly not the most interesting subject matter, yet all of the pieces aligned to create a modern-day masterpiece. Just an excellent movie, and my personal pick for the Best Picture of 2010.
– Can’t say enough about Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams in this movie.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
– Lots of video game-style fun.
The Kids Are All Right
– Equal parts funny and sad, but always entertaining.