5.19.2011

After 5.5 Months....Drumroll....My Top Ten of 2010

Whoo. This list took WAY too long. I blame the December films for taking too long to come out on DVD. I'm looking at you Blue Valentine. I still haven't caught up on everything (I still want to see Let Me In and It's Kind of a Funny Story,) but I'm tired of waiting and I can edit the list later if needs be. So without further ado....we'll start from the bottom and go up!

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. This is the best Harry Potter film in YEARS. The last two installments have just seemed so anti-climactic to me and while I still was a fan of the series, those films didn't make you care like this one did. The film was very action packed and exciting, and it definitely made me anticipate the final installment (whereas with all the others recently it's kind of felt "meh") It was also great to see a change from the usual Harry Potter. This is the first film not set at Hogwarts and the difference is refreshing. You can really feel the urgency in this one in the need to stop Voldemort, whereas the last were like "Oh Voldemort is on the loose, not much we can do..." Plus SPOILER ALERT: Dobby dies. How can you not be happy about that? But...I still hate Ginny.

Quote: Look away, I'm hideous!


9. Toy Story 3. I wasn't totally looking forward to this one last year. I prefer Pixar to make original films...even though I did really love Toy Story 2. I felt like this was a sequel forced on them by Disney and what story is there to tell at this point? Luckily, I was very surprised to see a very thoughtful end to this trilogy that had been made with a lot of care. It was absolute fun and just plain adorable. The Ken and Barbie love story was hilarious. And as someone who, when I was younger, loved the world of toys, the ending was very touching. Though....SPOILER ALERT. The attic would not have been a bad place to end up. Hello!? They'd just have to wait a few years to play again, and this time with Andy's children. How special would that be? Maybe he can get them back from that girl when she's older...Haha!

Quote: And this... well, this is where I live. It's got a disco, it's got a dune buggy, and a whole room just for trying on clothes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMpa5yBf5o

8. The Town. This is a story that on paper, seems like it has been done probably a thousand times. But what's great about the film is that the attention to the characters makes it feel fresh. Scenes that we may have seen before only as common heist tropes, are filled with a new suspense in their execution and again because of our attachment to the characters. I also really liked exploring the central relationship and all of its complications. Very well-made and entertaining film. Not sure I'm sold on the ending though.

Quote: These guards like to test you though. They wanna get hurt for ten dollars an hour, don't get in the way.


7. Shutter Island. I think this was definitely one of the most underrated films of the year. It was tense and thrilling. The acting was all very solid and it featured an incredible ending. Definitely worth multiple views. Great film. The less said about it though, the better. It's one not to be spoiled.

Quote: Why are you all wet, baby?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iaYLCiq5RM

6. 127 Hours. James Franco carries this film with an unforgettable performance and he definitely earned the oscar nod he got. I loved the editing of the film and the cinematography was also fantastic. This true story of one man's survival against all the odds was incredibly powerful and inspirational...probably the most positive emotional film of the year I'd say. But some of the most crucial scenes are the hardest to watch!

Quote: You know, I've been thinking. Everything is... just comes together. It's me. I chose this. I chose all this. This rock... this rock has been waiting for me my entire life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlhLOWTnVoQ

5. Black Swan. This was probably one of the darkest movies I've seen, but it is SO fascinating! And Natalie Portman gives a mindblowing performance. I just love movies that grab hold of your attention and then after it's done still make you think about it. Black Swan definitely did that. I seriously found myself thinking about it for days afterward. What is so amazing about the movie is that it constantly has you guessing what's real and what's not so that in the end we feel like we've gone almost as crazy as the main character! (Almost) I think it deserves multiple viewings, but I have yet to see it again.

Quote: I just want to be perfect.


4. Blue Valentine. When I first heard about this movie it recalled to me similar plot and structure to (500) Days of Summer so I was really excited about that. But, while they shared some similarities they were two very different films. What I loved most about this movie is what it shared with the former film. But though both were heartbreaking, I'd say that Blue Valentine would have been a broken heart that was then subsequently stomped on. There's not the whimsy and wonder of (500) Days, things feel too broken. But I love films that give honest examinations of relationships and show us two flawed characters who both share the blame, but neither are totally at fault. I like seeing relationships that feel real, both in how they were created and how they eventually crumble. It's also important to note that this isn't a film that really lays everything out, there's a lot that's under the surface that you've got to dig for. But it's so heartbreaking to see this relationship develop and you want to root for it, but you can see how ultimately it won't work. Loved the ending too. Very raw and real.

Quote: - In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane.
- I like how you can compliment and insult somebody at the same time, in equal measure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oiY7W7nDeE

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Well since I just wrote a blog a few weeks ago over my love of this film, it's probably not necessary for me to go on and on. But, it's hilarious, non-stop fun with great music and hilarious one-liners. Crazy fights and witty humor, what could be better? Plus, as I said, the editing is fantastic.

Quote: Because you'll be dust by Monday, because you'll be pulverized in two seconds; and the cleaning lady, she cleans up dust. She dusts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_RrNCqCIPE

2. The Social Network. This is a surprisingly, gripping film. From the first scene til the last I was captivated by Jesse Eisenberg's (though perhaps factually inaccurate) portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg. There's just so much going on here. Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake also give pretty impressive performances in a movie that really does define the age we live in. My mom mentioned how frenetic the pacing of the film is, almost recalling the website facebook itself. It's a powerful film and was definitely one of the best the year had to offer. Even if it wasn't the most truthful as depicting what really happened, it was certainly good storytelling.

Quote: You know, you really don't need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB95KLmpLR4

And the #1 Favorite Film of 2010


1. Inception. When I first saw this I was just blown away. It is one of the most original big blockbuster films (or any film really) I had seen in years. Every single element of the film is just solid. The cast, the action, the direction, cinematography, score....you name it, it was done right. For more praise of the film just go back to the blog that I wrote when it came out because my feelings haven't changed. I know it wasn't the type of film to win best picture, because the academy just doesn't work that way, but it truly is one of the best films to have come around in a long time and every time I watch it I gain even more appreciation for it. It's wonderful.

Quote: I'll tell you a riddle. You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66TuSJo4dZM

Honorable Mentions: Tangled, The King's Speech, Youth in Revolt, True Grit, The Figther, Rabbit Hole


5 comments:

Joey said...

I really liked The Rabbit Hole and felt that it was a most honest depiction of loss and how it affects relationships.

Watching The Social Network was like surfacing facebook. It was intriguing and almost voyeuristic in telling the story. These were my personal favorites.

I don't think I could watch The Black Swan.

And while I watched Scott Pilgrim, it was a little too out there for me; too much like playing a video game....if I ever played them.

Sarah said...

Well, I have officially seen zero of these movies. As a mom, it always takes me at least a year or two before I get a chance to watch certain movies. Your 2009 is my 2011. Get it? Anything that came out in 2009 is like a brand new movie to me when I finally get the chance to watch it on DVD.

So, in 2013, I'll be able to remark on these movies!

Emily said...

You saw Toy Story 3.

Kody said...

This is an interesting list but I would like to know your defense as to why King's Speech and True Grit didn't make the cut as they were my favorite two films of the year.

Emily said...

True Grit was because I felt the ending was weak. It almost made the list if it had a better ending that tied it up...but I just didn't dig it.

Kings Speech was very good. It was very well made and I did enjoy it quite a bit. It had some great performances for sure. I just didn't love it. I don't know why. I guess it was probably because I didn't feel it should have won best picture over social network and i was already biased. To me it was a well made and inspirational film, but not unique or groundbreaking. I felt like I'd seen it before.