Now that I’ve seen all the films from the past year that I had really hoped to, here is my Top 10 of 2010. There is no fancy scientific process behind this. I simply rank the films I liked the best.
- The Social Network
Factually accurate? Hells no. A stunning dissection of how people communicate now and how the world’s changed? Hells yes.
- The King’s Speech
I’m a mark for British royal history and totally dug this. Great performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.
The most visually-stunning, mind-boggling movie of the year. Very, very ambitious filmmaking.
- True Grit
A brilliant adaptation of the book and a tremendous Western.
- The Fighter
The story is fairly by-the-numbers sports, but the account of Micky Ward’s life is gripping.
- Toy Story 3
A cartoon made people cry. Because it was Pixar and the story was great.
- Winter’s Bone
It didn’t get the attention it deserved, but Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was fantastic.
- Love and Other Drugs
Likely the most underrated film of 2010. Underneath the sex jokes and nudity lay a wonderfully heart-felt core.
- The Town
Ben Affleck is suddenly a big-time director.
- Shutter Island
Scorsese screwing around for the fun of it results in a cool thriller.
Honorable Mentions: The Kids Are All Right, How To Train Your Dragon, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World