This was a damn good year for movies. There weren’t a lot of good movies, but there were a handful of great ones. It was truly a quality not quantity year. Especially my top six, which are all fantastic and films I will continue to watch over and over again. But let’s cut the crap and get into it…My Top 10 Movies of 2010.
10) The Kids Are All Right
-Great acting all around here, but most notably Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Dramedies are hard to do, but this blends the two elements perfectly. What I really love about this movie is the ending. The very last scene really hits hard. You get some intense shouting matches, and the tension between Bening and Ruffalo is truly the meat of the film.
9) I Love You Phillip Morris
-What’s amazing is this is based on a true story. Jim Carrey is such a damn good actor, and I hope someday he gets an Oscar. The movie starts out a little slow, but gets progressively better as Carrey plays Steven Russell, a gay con-man who is just nuts. His schemes get crazier and crazier, but they also get funnier and funnier. But at the heart of this insane character there is a lot of drama playing out. Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris is also up to par with Carrey’s acting.
8 – The Fighter
-The only reason this movie is on the list is because of Christian Bale who gives the best performance of the year as a drug addicted former boxer, Dickie Eklund. Bale is so good in this movie. He’s so good, poor Mark Wahlberg melts away when they’re on screen together. The scene towards the end where Dickie has to give Mickey Ward a pump up speech is delivered so well, I was shaking in the theater. Also, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are great too, but this is all about Bale, Bale, Bale.
-If you had to describe Kick-Ass in one word it would be “fun.” Everyone talks about Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl, who is spectacular, but Nicolas Cage’s one scene where he gets to fight as his alter ego, “Big Daddy,” was so bad ass, I can’t even put it into words. The movie goes on a little long and gets a too crazy at the end, but the best part about Kick-Ass is that it’s about five genres of film happening at once and they all work seamlessly.
6) Hot Tub Time Machine
-Let me tell you something; I haven’t laughed this hard at a movie in years. I’m a negative nelly when it comes to comedies today. I’m not a Steve Carell fan. I don’t like the Judd Apatow gang. Comedies to me are no where near where they were in the 80’s and 90’s. But for one glorious day, Hot Tub Time Machine really did take me back in time to the good ole days. It’s just a bunch of regular guys with hysterical dialogue. It didn’t need a Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis gimmick. The foursome of John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and especially Rob Corddry just trusted the script and delivered with great comic timing. I’m saddened no one cared or saw this movie. The Hangover may be a better constructed story, but most of its jokes relied on shock value. Hot Tub Time Machine consistently made me laugh for ninety minutes.
5) Black Swan
-For years I didn’t know if Natalie Portman was a good actress. She’s terrible in the Star Wars Prequels and even in V for Vendetta, I felt she was the weak link. But now I know…OMFG. Her acting at the end of this movie was frightening. Darren Aronofsky is one of the best directors in Hollywood today. He just unloads the most maddening and depressing images like they’re on sale at Wal-Mart. Mila Kunis is great also, but it’s Aronofsky and Portman who will have you reflecting on this one for days.
4) Toy Story 3
-This is Pixar’s best movie by far. I’ve never cried over a movie, but this toy opus really tested my resolve. It’s clever, funny and bitter sweet at the end. The other two Toy Story movies look like Caddyshack 2 by comparison. (Spoilers Next) The scene where the toys go through the garbage furnace was some of the most intense suspense I’ve ever experienced in a theater.
3) The Social Network
-I get so turned off by Aaron Sorkin’s pretentious and fast talking dialogue, but now I’m his biggest fan after the Social Network. There are about 95 unbelievable speeches and monologues in this movie. And I’ve never been a big David Fincher fan either, but now I can’t wait to see what he does next. What’s so fascinating about his direction is that he had me siding with the biggest jackass of all time. But Jesse Eisenberg is so funny and direct when playing Mark Zuckerberg that I just had to root for him. But the man who steals the show is Justin Timberlake. Forget your music career Justin, go act more. He should be nominated for an Oscar, but he won’t. Bottom-line: this movie kicks ass and has great replay value.
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
-Don’t be fooled by its elaborate special effects and big budget…this is a character driven piece, and it’s a damn good one. Much like 2009’s Star Trek, there is so much flashiness surrounding everything, but you still care more about the characters rather than what’s around them. This is high on my list because there are so many great scenes that I can’t even decipher which ones are my favorites. I could go with Ron opening the horcrux, or maybe the terrifying Voldemort scene at Malfoy Manner where he basically makes twenty Dark Wizards crap their pants. Or how about the opening montage where Hermione erases her parents memories to protect them. That’s some serious stuff. And the three main actors just aren’t getting enough credit. They are spectacular. This movie is well over 2 hours long, but it flies by for me. I love this film.
-When I read that there was a sci-fi movie in the works directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it was destined to be number one on my list. How much fun is it to talk about this movie? I could talk about it for days. This film is flawless. It’s original, it’s got great characters, the story is off the charts, and not to mention it may have the greatest fight in the history of cinema. It will be a crime if Hans Zimmer’s score doesn’t win an Oscar for Best Score. I really have nothing else to say about Inception that hasn’t already been said…it truly is the king of 2010 movies.