Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Top 10 of 2010
Friday, 31 December 2010 15:54
InceptionOh, the weather outside truly is frightful, as we recover from wind, rain, sleet and snow brought on by Mother Nature who has decided she’s gonna’ kick our asses for Christmas. But the movies of 2010 have been delightful – a great year for actors and quality filmmaking. There were a few blockbusters thrown in the mix, but the focus this year has really been on solid scripts and performances. With so many award nominees only hitting maritime theatres this month, my perspective may be narrowed a bit – but here are some of my favorites from 2010!

InceptionInception

Yes, it had a big budget and huge special effects – but the real power of this psychological thriller is in the storytelling. Inception unfolds like a dream, telling the complex story of Leo DiCaprio and his fellow “extractors” as they invade the dreams of others. Creative, inventive and so much fun to watch!

 

Toy Story 3Toy Story 3

To kids it was simply a fun animated movie starring some of their favorite characters. To adults it was a heartbreaking reminder of the childhoods we’ve lost and the things we’ve left behind. This third installment to the Toy Story Franchise wrapped things up on a high note.

 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The WorldScott Pilgrim VS. The World

Definitely one of the most colorful and creative films of the year, Scott Pilgrim was a hypnotic plunge into comic-book art and video game narrative. It told a simple story with plenty of wit and visual “POW!” When this movie was over, my face hurt from smiling!

 

The TownThe Town

Ben Affleck proves he is a triple threat by co-writing, directing and starring in this drama that has it all, including romance, action, and a gripping story. Renner (The Hurt Locker) puts in another stellar performance.

 

The Social NetworkThe Social Network

More than just “that Facebook movie” – this film is entertaining enough to appeal to just about anyone. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg claims the work is mostly fiction, but however you look at it this is compelling entertainment.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

They grew up in front of our eyes, and now the kids from Hogwarts are giving us one hell of a swan song. This is the darkest film of the series, and one of the best in a series that will span a decade once the final installment is released in 2011.

 

Despicable MeDespicable Me

It came out of a no-name studio and took audiences by storm, proving that Disney and Pixar don’t have a monopoly on heart. Steve Carell gives us one of the most loveable villains ever, and the little “minions” provided tons of laughs.

 

The FighterThe Fighter

An inspiring, feel-good story tempered by gritty and realistic performances; The Fighter tells the story of boxing champ Micky Ward. But the real knockout is Christian Bale as Micky’s crack-addict brother.

 

Winters BoneWinters Bone

As chilling and haunting as its’ title, Winters Bone is a quietly unsettling movie about a teenage girls struggle to find the truth about her absent father while trying to keep her family from becoming homeless. Jennifer Lawrence is incredible as the strong, smart female lead.

 

Black SwanBlack Swan

Natalie Portman puts in an incredibly diverse performance as Nina, a ballet dancer striving for perfection through her starring role in Swan Lake. With the most beautiful cinematography I’ve seen all year, haunting visuals and a story that keeps you thinking long after the final scenes – Black Swan is one of the most memorable films of 2010.

 

Flops of 2010

What list would be complete without including some of the worst flops of the year?

The Last AirbenderThe Last Airbender

The absolute worst film of the year brought to you courtesy of M. Night Shyamalan. This movie featured an incomprehensible story, laughable acting and has solidified Shyamalan’s status a sure fire way to kill a potentially good film.

 

Jonah HexJonah Hex

Based on a DC comic book character, Jonah Hex was a dismal pseudo-Western about a nasty outlaw who can talk to the dead. He’s pursued by an even nastier outlaw who wants to build a super weapon. The fact that Jonah is good is outlined by the fact that he is kind to a prostitute, “played” by Meghan Fox.

 

KillersKillers

Painfully bad spy comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl as a couple trying to escape the hit-men who are after them. Heigl’s character is irritating and completely inept; as is this film.

See you at the movies in the New Year!