Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Film Babble Blog Top 10 Movies Of 2010

Although there is still a slew of 2010 films I have yet to catch up on (films such as CARLOS, BLUE VALENTINE, SOMEWHERE, etc. have yet to come to my area) I decided to go ahead and make my list of the best of the year. Though in many ways a lackluster year, there were still a smattering of excellent films by film makers and actors at the top of their game. Here are my favorites:

1. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Dir. David Fincher)
 Time Magazine's 2010 Man of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg - computer nerd visionary or just an arrogant asshole who ripped off his best friends? Whether Zuckerberg (played here by Jesse Eisenberg) is really Man of the Year or not, this scrupulous Aaron Sorkin scripted comic drama is my movie of the year because of its snappy narrative take of the phenomenon of Facebook. Read my review here.
2. TOY STORY 3 (Dir. Lee Unkrich) Pixar holds the #2 spot on my top 10 for the third year in a row and that's fine by me. This funny, exciting, and genuinely touching trilogy topper is a supremely satisfying sequel and another entry in the annual Pixar blows every other animated movie away sweepstakes. Take that HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, DESPICABLE ME, MEGAMIND, and TANGLED! Though some of those films had their moments. Read my review here.

3. TRUE GRIT (Dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen)
 Enlisting "the Dude" to take on the role made famous by "the Duke", the Coen Brothers make a Western epic that does grand justice to the genre. Jeff Bridges along with an ace supporting cast including Hallie Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin handle the humor and powerful pathos of this material mightily. Read my review here.

4. INCEPTION (Christopher Nolan)

I called this film "an incredible mind bender of a movie" in my rave review last summer and still stand by that. I also wrote "what wins out is that this film threatens to burst out of the screen into real life - just like the most lucid dreams." Read the rest of my review here.

For my reviews of the rest of the movies on the list please click on the highlighted titles:

5. 127 HOURS (Dir. Danny Boyle)

6. BLACK SWAN (Dir. Darren Aronofsky)

7. THE KING'S SPEECH (Dir. Tom Hooper)


9. THE AMERICAN (Dir. Anton Corbijn)

10. THE GHOST WRITER (Dir. Roman Polanski)

I may make a revised list later if I get to a film from 2010 that warrants inclusion.

More later...


derek said...

nice list

KRBK-Nathan said...

I really enjoyed your list. I have my own top 15 at my blog You should check it out, could use a few more followers and comments. But I agree. Social Network was outstanding and this year was a bit lackluster.

Nic said...

i love this list! True Grit really surprised me this year, because i really didn't think it was going to be as good as it was. Also, The Social Network is a revolution in my eyes. Upon first seeing it, i was amazed and i agree with everything you said. Keep up the good work!

Michael Sandonato said...

Interesting choices in your list. I liked that you didn't exclude world cinema's and included Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop. I also appreciate the inclusion of The American. It was a well shot mise-en-scene that was criticised for its lack of action. I found the film to be more interesting because the lack of action gave the sense that the narrative was more important. The fact that there is no action is because the acting over emphasizes the purpose of the story. Its a wonderful art film that needs better recognition for its clever style. I don't quite know what it is about The Social Network, but its social commentary on the creation of the first great 21st century invention was riveting, especially with the style of the script, which you did give credit to. My only issue was with True Grit. As a remake, I made sure that I watched both versions. I enjoyed the cinematography but I feel it is only getting recognition because its a Western film thats released within a none western Hollywood.

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