Top 10 Movies of 2010

by Eric Melin on December 28, 2010

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Even though theaters were focused on 3D and IMAX presentations this year to keep people coming to the theater, the best movies of 2010 aren’t necessarily big epic films—in fact they are kind of all over the map. Here’s my list of the Top 10 movies of 2010.

Runners up that just missed the cut: ‘Red Riding’ Trilogy, Never Let Me Go, Another Year, The King’s Speech, Animal Kingdom, Best Worst Movie, Winter’s Bone, Let Me In, Shutter Island, Inside Job, Catfish, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, The Killer Inside Me

scott_pilgrim_lightsaber cera10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

If there were a higher value placed on innovation and originality in the world, Edgar Wright’s kinetic slapstick comedy for a new generation “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” would be on every top 10 list of the best movie 2010. More than every other film this year, “Pilgrim” feels like it’s in its own world—one bristling with excitement. The flush of falling in love has never been rendered with so much energy before. On a technical level, the film struts its prowess through unique visual effects, wild art direction, and slam-bang editing. What makes it different from every other film out there is that all this technical wizardry doesn’t exist in an attempt to recreate reality, it exists to heighten it. For a generation raised on videogames and comic books, the larger than life magical realism of “Pilgrim” is the next logical step in movie storytelling. If only the third act wouldn’t have been such a letdown, it would be a lot higher on this list too.

True-Grit-2010-ghost-writer9. The Ghost Writer/True Grit (tie)

Roman Polanski and the Coen brothers are master storytellers and, although neither turned in classics on the par of say “Chinatown” or “Fargo” this year, their 2010 films turned decent novels into great movies. Olivia Williams is the cynical black heart at the center of “The Ghost Writer,” a mystery that delves deep into the behind-the-scenes machinations of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan). Ewan McGregor is the stand-in for the audience as the title character, but its Williams’ fascinating turn as his embittered wife and Polanski’s grim gray tones that keep the film rooted in its paranoia. “True Grit” is a post-modern take on a traditional Western, with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld all handling old-timey Biblical speech like the punchline to some sick joke. The Coens’ penchant for existentialism is fully there, right down to the last scene, which avoids getting sentimental even as it seems it was designed that way. Thanks to their clear vision, “True Grit” ends up being one of the most satisfying and funny Westerns in years.

Melissa-Leo-Christian-Bale-Fighter8. The Fighter

Leave it to director David O. Russell to take what could have been a typical underdog boxing story and turn it into a battle of grotesques. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams all take their turns being supportive and destructive for perennially down-on-his-luck boxer and wet blanket “Irish” Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg). And don’t even get me started on his sisters…yikes. (Is it exploitation or camp?) Russell is on fire here, doing as much as he can to stay away from familiarity. Cutting in the story of an HBO doc about Ward’s crack addicted brother (a wiry Bale, Oscar-bound) adds another level of toxicity to the movie, one that seems to elude all of its characters but one. Its Adams who becomes the voice of reason and who gets the courage to finally stand up to Mickey’s family, but even she begins to fall into the same traps. When the last half hour finally start clicking like a sports movie should, it’s kind of a welcome relief. But in anybody else’s hands, “The Fighter” could have been as generic as its name.

inception_cotillard_2010 window7. Inception

Christopher Nolan is nothing if not dazzling. He’s had plenty of big ideas (“The Prestige”), big set pieces (“The Dark Knight”), and big puzzles (“Memento”) in his short filmmaking career thus far. It just so happens that he can tell a smart, layered genre story better than almost anyone out there right now. “Inception” is about as clever as action movies can get. Nolan lays out the framework for one of the most elaborate heists in film history—and it all takes place in the mind. Unlike most dreamworld movies, though, it sets up its emotional stakes and follows its rules so that the action sequences thrill and the drama deepens as the plot gets more convoluted. Nolan is a classy guy, so his visual effects aren’t all CGI and thus have the sting of realism—even in dreams. But with multiple viewings, it’s the tragic romance of Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard that sticks with me. The fact that Nolan is able to make something like that stick in a mind-trip like “Inception” is nothing short of incredible.

Kim-Hye-ja-Mother-20106. Mother

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho has such a firm grasp on tone that “Mother,” a genre-defying dizzy of darkness and seemingly inappropriate comedy, never loses its way. It’s anchored by Kim Hye-ja, who in a towering performance, is able to convey resolute determination in the craziest of circumstances as she tries to clear her mentally handicapped son of an awful murder. Despite all the bizarre twists and turns (the script is very shrewd in what it reveals and when), she also manages to make the campiest and most overprotective Mom this side of “Mommie Dearest” seem sympathetic. Sometimes a movie makes you laugh at its sheer gall, but it’s rare that the same movie can make you laugh at it (and with it) and break your heart at the same time.

ryan-gosling-michelle-williams-blue-valentine5. Blue Valentine

Director Derek Cianfrance’s wrenching family drama is one of those unflinchingly honest movies that you have to see to believe, even if you may only want to see it once. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a young married couple with a daughter who are barely hanging on. The acting is so good it hardly feels like acting and the handheld camerawork and bare-bones cinema verite style make the movie seem even more realistic. The dissolution of their relationship is made all the more tragic because the story of their initial romance is told at the same time in flashbacks. You want honesty in film? Here it is. Real-life alienation isn’t pretty and it doesn’t contain easy explanations. This is an emotionally bruising movie full of a lot of hard truths, and by spotlighting key moments in the couple’s relationship without the aid of a big score or other easily-coded filmic devices, Cianfrance creates a pretty clear and tragic picture of these two very normal people.

Banksy-Exit-Through-The-Gift-Shop-20104. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Documentary or prank? Actually, it’s probably a little bit of both, which is no surprise considering it comes from the controversial graffiti artist known as Banksy. Much like his best-known pieces, it takes one work of art (the documentary form) and drops another one (an intersecting narrative of dubious quality) on top of it. When one takes over the other, it’s unclear what is real and what is not, but the point of the film—its ultimate truth—is brilliantly realized. The place where art and commerce collide has always been a difficult intersection, and this clever movie illuminates that while taking a turn that makes you question the validity of everything you’ve seen. Just when you think you have a handle on where this movie is going—trust me, you don’t. “Catfish” was a well-told documentary that seemed too perfect for its own good, but “Exit” feels like a work of art that relies implicitly on the audience being smart enough to ask questions. Ultimately, those questions are what makes the movie what it is.

3. Toy Story 3

I suppose it’s fitting that “Toy Story 3” comes in at number three, but it’s no coincidence. Simply put, Pixar are consistent kings of storytelling and this third movie in the “Toy Story” series is the most moving and poignant of them all. It has all the clever jokes and smart writing that all Pixar movies have, but it also mixes in a good dash of palpable danger that most kids’ movies are afraid to shoot for. Pixar doesn’t pander to their audience; they tell well-rounded stories for all ages. Everybody can relate to the difficulties of growing up and how hard it is to keep the friendships that mean so much to you, and those are the themes this series has been playing with for years. This sequel, directed by Lee Unkrich, is so good that I hope they don’t make a “Toy Story 4.” It really is the perfect ending to all the ideas laid out in the other two.

Black-Swan-mirror-portman2. Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky is on a roll. In 2008, he directed “The Wrestler,” the best movie of that year—and is back now with number two of 2010—a kind of companion piece to “The Wrestler” called “Black Swan.” Like Mickey Rourke before her, Natalie Portman lives for one thing and one thing only: Her art. As a young but experienced ballerina named Nina Sayers, she craves perfection on the stage and it affects everything she does on the stage. Things start to get really disturbing for her once she’s offered the lead in “Swan Lake,” and the obsession with perfection engulfs her. The movie chronicles in surreal fashion how Nina internalizes that struggle but when her hang-ups become external as well, “Black Swan” achieves a rare cinematic bliss. Portman is perfect; she plays naive, innocent,  haunted, and driven all at the same time. Melodrama has rarely felt so horrific (sometimes its also very campy), and even though it may seem difficult to sympathize with our heroine at first, by the time “Black Swan” has ended, it’s easier to sympathize with her struggle and her sacrifice. Succeed at all costs? That’s a motto both Randy the Ram and Nina Sayers can relate to.

social_network-andrew_garfield_jesse_eisenberg1. The Social Network

Who knew that writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher would make such a complicated, thrilling movie out of Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook”? “The Social Network” is the best movie of the year—it’s at once a celebration of big, ground-shifting ideas and an indictment of the poisonous culture that can surround those ideas.Jesse Eisenberg comes off with the calculated coldness of a guy with an incalculably huge chip on his shoulder, Andrew Garfield plays trusting and empathetic well, and Justin Timberlake has enough ‘cool’ for everyone in the movie, while all three punctuate how smart these guys are. The class warfare and social strata statements are layered right in with everything else, never once feeling preachy or obvious. When people look back at the last 10 years and how fundamentally the Internet has changed all of our lives, they are going to point to this movie and say: “This is what it was like to be there.” “The Social Network” is a briskly paced examination of what it truly means to be social (and anti-social) in this day and age, but it’s also full of all the in-fighting, inflated ego, unchecked ambition, and backstabbing that’s there in any good soap opera. What’s amazing about it is how effortless it all feels and how many hot-button issues it explores in just two hours.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Reed December 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

You totally cheated with the tie for 9th, but leaving in a 10th. This list goes to 11…

I’ve seen only one of the movies on this list. Sometimes it sucks living in South America, especially now that Blockbuster went out of business here. Maybe it’s time to resort to pirating.

Great list, Eric. You’ve whetted my appetite for all of these films, whenever they get here.

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2 Alan Rapp December 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

My list is still in flux, but I’ll agree with you on six of your choices (plus a couple of your honorable mentions) but there are a couple I haven’t seen and The Fighter was too uneven for me. I’m a little surprised to see Scott Pilgrim make the list, but kudos for the love for The Ghost Writer!

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3 Nathan December 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

Great list!

I have a lot of mixed feelings – mostly bad – for Mother. That said, I can’t say it’s a bad movie. I just didn’t like it. There was a moment where I anticipated the mom to emulate Of Mice and Men’s George and “take care” of the unsympathetic kid. Awful thoughts I know, but that’s the rabbit hole it took me down.

Also, I didn’t experience the dissonance during Banksy’s movie which means I possibly don’t have a handle on it. To me, the production was all Banksy. With the film, he’s like “Nice try, douche. My turn.” I felt a sort of shame for MBW. The wannabe who makes a million.

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4 Randall December 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone has a “10 best” list that includes 12 movies:

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/10-best-movies-of-2010-20101216/tie-for-11th-19691231

As for me, I’ve only seen two of your top ten and can’t muster much enthusiasm for seeing The Social Network, despite all the accolades. My moviegoing has really dropped off in the past couple of years.

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5 Eric Melin December 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Randall- Actually Travers has a Top 10 list with 10 films and 10 more tied for 11–waffler! The Social Network is invigorating. See it!

Nathan- I get what you’re saying about ‘Mother,’ but its was that untethered, anything-can-happen quality that I adore it for. If you want to have a spoiler-filled ‘Exit’ discussion, we can have it, but let me offer this piece right now: How much of it is real and how much is a prank?

Alan- Scott Pilgrim is on the list because i like thing about film that aren’t always narratively perfect. I respond to passion and vision and there’s a ton of that in ‘Pilgrim.’

Reed- Which one? Toy Story 3?

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6 Will December 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I know this may not count but what about Oliver Assayas’ “Carlos”? It had a limited theatrical release before being aired on IFC, but it was amazing! Edgar Ramirez brought the character of Carlos the Jackal to life, and Assayas really had a great grip on the action scenes. And no love for “Machete”?

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7 Dana December 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Love the list! I think “Kick-Ass” and “Machete” should have gotten honorable mentions because they are so fun!

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8 Xavier December 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I will definitely have to make more of an effort to see the social network now, I wasn’t too keen when it first came out it was everywhere and I just dismissed it as the facebook movie. Now its number one on your list, Roger Ebert’s and Peter Travers’ (who I don’t usually have much time for reading). Also with the National Board of Review Win I now have to see it.

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9 Cory December 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I saw True Grit last night and loved it. Eric, do you think Jeff Bridges deserves an Oscar nomination?

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10 Roseann Smith December 29, 2010 at 3:35 am

Great list! I have a lot of mixed feelings – mostly bad – for Mother. That said, I can’t say it’s a bad movie. I just didn’t like it. There was a moment where I anticipated the mom to emulate Of Mice and Men’s George and “take care” of the unsympathetic kid. Awful thoughts I know, but that’s the rabbit hole it took me down. Also, I didn’t experience the dissonance during Banksy’s movie which means I possibly don’t have a handle on it. To me, the production was all Banksy. With the film, he’s like “Nice try, douche. My turn.” I felt a sort of shame for MBW. The wannabe who makes a million.

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11 Reed December 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

No, haven’t caught TS3 yet as the wife needs to catch up with TS2. Plus, it only showed here in Spanish and I figured I wouldn’t get the jokes. The one I saw was Inception. Aside from Toy Story I don’t think any of the others have arrived here yet (or if they did, they were shortlived).

I second Xavier’s comments about The Facefilm. I figured I waste enough time on Facebook as it is, why would I go out of my way to do it? But as I said earlier, Eric, you’ve got me excited to see these.

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12 Nathan December 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

Eric- I experienced all of “Exit” as real. Hmm, doubting my sanity.

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13 James C December 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I’m undecided if this was a great year or not though as opposed to other years I felt like I saw much less than usual. Haven’t seen Mother, Exit Through The Gift Shop(want to), Blue Valentine(really want to).

Outside of being about 15 minutes too long like any of Edgar Wright’s flicks, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was possibly the most fun I had in theaters with the best use of humor through characters, dialogue, and visual display. The casting is spot on, the tech crew are on top of their game, and its the perfect refreshing take of the guy trying to win the girl. Creativity like should be more rewarded.

The Ghost Writer-Looking back on the year, genre related films like this can be so effective and I don’t know if it was a poor year, but in retrospect this flick, despite its early release, should certainly been more in the conversation. Perfect use of mood possibly more than any other flick this year. The performances are all strong, it has political commentary without hitting us over the head or feeling like a political thriller, and surprisingly like quite a few films this year it gets better within its second hour. Polanski’s a master.

True Grit-the family flick of the year. Well crafted to no surprise, hilarious, and also moving actually. Bridges is just effortless. Damon is one of the best understated and underappreciated actors working today. Steinfeld steals the show playing a role that requires wisdom beyond her actual years. Deakins photography is gorgeous, Burwell’s score is lovely traditional in the best way possible, and its another great and unique film from possibly the best American storytellers out there that tell great American stories.

The Fighter-David O. Russell did seem sadly uninterested by the last fight since the scene prior had the real interesting resolution. That scene was sort of going through the motions, but as a whole I really enjoyed the flick for its two parallels of the brothers, its grounded locations and authenticity, its complex characters, its performances, and its humor thanks to David O. Russell.

Inception-I can’t say enough good things about it. A story like this could have been all over the place, but Nolan shows cares, precision. He’s meticulous. Of course outside of his unique narrative, the film is well acted and technically brilliant with the set pieces, cinematography, score(well done), visual effects, and the editing(especially in the 2nd half, but also the first half keeping the exposition interesting). As you said the love story sticks out with Cobb allowing himself to forgive as opposed to Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island(no other flick has gotten better on repeated viewings than this one for me and for what its trying to say). Inception is a rare and somewhat moving thing. Few films of this scale really just knock ya out like this one all ending with generally visual storytelling and a unforgettable last image.

Toy Story 3-perfect swan song for the series. I do feel like while we are somewhat covering something we have before the previous one, this one certainly expands in size and also expands those ideas. The animation is gorgeous, and the ending is perfect. I mean just perfect.

Black Swan-An absurdly entertaining movie from beginning to end. The last 30 minutes is off the charts. Portman is brilliant and the rest of the cast is quite good as well, particularly the women playing different sides of Nina of who she is or what she could become. Kunis gives an interesting performance based merely on her intentions, and Hershey’s overprotective and resentful nature make her truly one of the most scary mothers. Ryder reminds me alot of like Portman, so spot on casting there. Top it off with Cassel perfectly cast as someone who is interested in Nina sexually, but is more so using her to get the best performance out of her because she will reflect the play and she uses him as well. No one is solely a victim in it. The attention to visual details, the score, and the way the story is beautifully told in a manner that is a character study, psychological thriller, and a horror makes a haunting, thrilling, and even darkly funny ride. You know where the flick is going and that is where alot of the fun comes into play.

The Social Network-best flick of the year for me. Too much to go on about, but I’ll chalk it up as the best kind of storytelling. Classic themes blended with youthful energy of a cast(Eisenberg in particular rocks it), a nice cold touch by Fincher who doesn’t interfere with Sorkin’s superb screenplay, and we get a well made studio effort, the best I’ve seen since perhaps No Country for Old Men.

Some of my favorites, no official top 10.
The Social Network
Black Swan
Inception
True Grit
Toy Story 3
Shutter Island
The Fighter
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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14 Eric Melin December 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

Will- Haven’t seen ‘Carlos,’ but am looking forward to all 5 1/2 hours of it on DVD soon!

Dana and Will- ‘Machete’ had its moments, but I don’t think its anywhere near the films on this list or runners up…same goes for ‘Kick-Ass,’ Dana–although that one may make a ‘bizarre’ list…

Xavier and Reed- It’s not about Facebook at all; it’s about people and culture, like any good movie!

Cory- Bridges was really effective, very different from the Duke, and really funny, so , sure, why not? Although there were a lot of great male performances this year like Eisenberg and Gosling.

Nathan- I think MBW is a Banksy/Fairey creation. Like Joaquin Phoenix, the hoax continues in real-life…

James C- Thanks for adding your own detailed thoughts. I loved reading them–great list, man!

If anyone else wants to do the same, I’d love to see all of your lists as well–cheers!

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15 Einar Morten January 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Good list, and great site!

I agree with some, disagree with others.
Scott Pilgrim shouldn’t be here, neither should Inception – they should have been replaced by Wall Street 2 and The Runaways. My first place goes to the Black Swan.

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16 Jimmy January 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Kick Ass
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Toy Story 3
Devil
Inception
Black Swan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Last Exorcism
Exit Through the Gift Shop

I feel like my list is deprived because I haven’t seen True Grit, The Fighter or The Social Network. I’m sure one of these will make it 10 after I see it. Until then these have been my favorite.

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17 wayne swab January 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

Eric, no mention of one of the best films I’ve seen all year:
The American.
Also The Town was pretty good as well. A couple of intense gunfights and a really good car chase. Affleck made his Heat.
And am I the only one who thought Inception was a long winded, drawn out mess?

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18 Eric Melin January 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Jimmy-

Thanks for the list! I need to see The Last Exorcism…and do I need to also see Devil?

Einar and Wayne-

The Runaways and The American were two films I really liked this year that just didn’t make the list!

I saw that you gave Inception the ‘gas face’ on the Scene-Stealers Facebook page, and I was wondering why, Wayne?

I know some people who were turned off by the last 45 minutes because the moment Nolan showed the van in slo-mo heading off the bridge, they were ready for it to end. What they got, in my opinion, was one of the most rapturous multiple time-frame montages in years (with the minor exception of the snowmobile chase). Did you have the opposite opinion?

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19 Jimmy January 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

Eric-

Last Exorcism- I liked the premise of it and how it was done. It was a good use of found footage, way better than the Blair Witch Project (which I didn’t like at all so that’s saying something). The ending was typical but also effed up so I liked it.

Devil- I know not a lot of people don’t like M. Night, I’m not one of them. I think it’s because people are tired of him faking people out. I like being faked out so I enjoyed this movie. It was a fun ride in the theater with an unexpected end. You may or may not like it but I did.

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20 wayne swab January 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Melin,
Inception was a kids’ movie. The final shootout reminded me of Return of the Jedi.
It got so repetitive at the end. I’m sleeping, now I’m sleeping harder, Now I’m sleeping faster and harder, Now I’m really asleep. And I forgot about the slowmo van going over the side, terribly self-indulgent; very Michael Cimino-esque.
If you want to see another ‘gas face’ go see Dreamscape. It’s better because it’s a third of the length, and Inception basically ripped off the storyline.
Inception was like the A team, neither movie would end. I finally had to rip it out of my dvd player.

Last exorcism was good and I really liked the ending.
Devil was ok. Entertaining but the ending could have been better.

And what’s up with the schitzophrentic type-box after posting? I took tests in school that were easier.

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21 kt edmiston January 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I can’t wait to see Blue Valentine! I’ve heard nothing but awesome reviews! Also, I’m surprised 127 Hours wasn’t on your list. I loved that movie! I was enthralled from beginning to end. It would definitely be higher on my list. With that said, some of my other favorite movie going experiences were The Social Network, Kick Ass, SPVTW, Winter’s Bone, and Easy A.

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22 jack duhamel January 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

these should have an 11 way tie for 1st

- Jack Duhamel

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23 Sue Lord January 13, 2011 at 8:03 am

Are you all insane? How could anyone think that True Grit was even a little entertaining. I love John Wayne westerns; however, my stepmother and I were bored to tears. I will admit that my father (whom I love dearly)loved this movie, but then his dimentia may be getting in the way.

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24 Sue Lord January 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

Are you all insane? I love John Wayne westerns; however, my stepmother and I were bored to tears watching True Grit. I will admit that my father (whom I love dearly) loved it like crazy, but then his dimentia may have flared up that day.

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25 dbmurray February 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I just watched _Winter’s Bone_, since I’ve been hearing a lot of Oscar buzz about the film. I’m on board for the Leading Actress nomination, and the Supporting Actor nomination, but Best Picture and Writing?? I don’t get why it was noticed in those areas.

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26 Eric Melin February 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Wayne- The last shootout scene reminded me of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! Admittedly, it was the one weak point of a very strong film, thematically and conceptually. It had an emotional heft to it as well, thanks to Cotillard and DiCaprio. I think you are being to hard on it. I saw Dreamscape in Junior High–nice callout!

KT- 127 Hours was really good, and its certainly really inspired and creative filmmaking, but it doesn’t have legs for me. I just don’t feel the need to see it again.

Sue- True Grit is marvelous entertainment. I’ve seen it 3 times in a month and it doesn’t get old. Great dialogue, beautiful visuals, a nice relationship that changes and grows, and a melancholy ending that gets me every time. The Wayne version is kind of a bore.

Dave- There’s an air of menace that hangs over the entire film that’s really potent. Also, I think the writing was so evocative — the setting and characters are very carefully written. It’s very assured all around!

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27 dbmurray February 8, 2011 at 12:08 am

Eric,
Yeah, the pervading menace mode was well rendered. I just thought the story stopped making any sort of sense when the brother who was scared for his life suddenly decided to not only take on the rednecks, but to take a 17-year old girl with him as well. I guess it could be explained away since he was on drugs.

There’s several top contenders I have yet to see, but my top picks for the best of the year include:
True Grit
Inception (though I felt a less complex version would have been better)
The Social Network
The Fighter
The Town

Best “guilty pleasure” films I enjoyed from 2010:
The Crazies, for grownups
Despicable Me, for kids (though I figure I’ll like Toy Story 3 more when I get around to seeing it)
Secretariat, for the whole family

The most unfairly disliked movie of 2010 was:
Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
It had some issues, but it wasn’t THAT bad.

All Style, no Substance movie of 2010 goes to:
Scott Pilgrim

“I really wish I had my $10 and 2 hours back” films of 2010:
Lottery Ticket
The Last Airbender
Letters To Juliet
Vampires Suck
Dinner For Schmucks

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28 Eric Melin February 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

Dave- You went to see Vampires Suck? A braver man than I, you are!
I liked The Crazies too, but I feel Scott Pilgrim did have substance Until it bungled the end…

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29 dbmurray February 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

RE: Vampires Suck
It was like a Kevin Murphy moment. I was traveling through Knoxville, TN and found this classic 1970s era theater (after first stopping by the multiplex and finding nothing I wanted to see). It was mid-September…too late for summer blockbusters and too early for Oscar bait. I’d already seen the other two or three movies that were playing, so yeah…it was horrible.

Good popcorn, though.

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