As the award season heated up this previous weekend, somnology with the Director’s Guild Awards and the Screen Actor Guild’s awards, I’ve been mulling over what I would consider my list of top 10 movies of 2010. This is the first year that I’ve decided to draw up my favorite 9 of 2010, as I always have a lot of difficulty deciding depending on my mood. (why nine? I couldn’t come up with ten!) Surprisingly, I found 2010 to be a terrific year in film, thanks to the latter part of the year, and not due to the incredibly lackluster whimper of a summer. As I’ve said before, I don’t profess to be a critic of any kind (especially given my preferences for light comedies), but here is my rundown of my favorite top 9 films of 2010 (in no particular order):
- Inception: I’ve seen this movie get trashed as of late all over the Oscar boards on IMDB, and I can’t seem to understand all the hate. I think it’s one of the most original films this past year, given the original screenplay and the premise. And, considering the fact that 4 of the top films being nominated for an Oscar are all docu-based (127 Hours, The King’s Speech, The Fighter, The Social Network), I would consider this to be an amazing accomplishment. Hans Zimmer captured the movie perfectly with the use of the horns, and the score and the movie stayed with me for days after.
- Kick-Ass: Completely under-rated yet controversial, I thought Kick-Ass was great fun and offered a different look in the superhero genre. Chloe Moretz stole the movie as “Hit-Girl”, though being at the center of the controversy (read: young girl committing acts of violence as led by her superhero crime fighting dad). It was a dark comedy that was definitely enjoyed by me and my group of friends.
- How to Train Your Dragon: How can you not fall in love with a dragon that tries to copy everything you do? After seeing this movie, I wanted to get my own Toothless, and really wished I was some sort of Viking so I could get my dragon. The score also stayed in my mind for days with its sweeping melodies of riding in the sky and the moments of friendship between Toothless and Hiccup.
- The King’s Speech: I’ve been a bit lazy to put up my review of The King’s Speech, but simply put, I loved the film. I have liked everything Colin Firth has ever been in – he immediately adds a certain class to a film, whether it be a romantic comedy or a drama, and here, with undeniable chemistry with Geoffrey Rush as his tutor, puts forth one of his best performances, along with last year’s A Single Man. When your mom asks you whether “he stutters in this too?” after putting on Pride and Prejudice for her to show her younger Colin Firth, you know that the actor has succeeded.
- The Black Swan: I was never a fan of Natalie Portman until I saw this movie. Not that I disliked her, I just didn’t find her to be all that special. Well, she stole the film for me. I love ballet, I like Aronofsky, I love Tchaikovsky, and I love thrillers. Put those elements together, and you have a pretty unique film. It took me a couple of days to finally decide that I truly loved the film.
- Remember Me: This one was a big rotten tomato for most critics, and I can certainly see the faults they give it, but I don’t care. I loved it. It made a fan out of me when it came to Robert Pattinson’s acting (this, coming from someone who cannot CANNOT stand Twilight) and I thought the ending brought emotional impact and a realness to the situation that many people had just originally thought in numbers and of a day.
- The Ghost Writer: This small movie came and went, but for some reason, it stayed with me after I had seen it. The cinematography in the film was just wonderful, and it was nice to see Olivia Williams and Ewan McGregor play against each other. The ending was unsurprising yet shocking at the same time and the atmosphere of the film was perfectly set up by Roman Polanski. It’s too bad this little movie was seen by such a small amount of people, because it really deserves more eyes.
- Easy A: I love these little kinds of gems of movies. It’s no great extraordinary directorial defeat, but Easy A was smart, sassy, and incredibly well acted by Emma Stone. I’ve already watched the movie several times, and it’s a movie that, especially in the beginning, tickles my funny bone. If you appreciate comedies, this is the one to watch this year.
- Tangled: I was delighted to see Disney find that spark and magic it used to have with their old animated hits like “Aladdin”, “Mulan”, “The Little Mermaid” with a little help from Alan Menken and absolutely amazing voices from Zachary Levi (best known for his role as Chuck in… “Chuck”) and singer/actress Mandy Moore in their retelling of one of my favorite fairytales Rapunzel. The songs, the colors, and the story pulled together a magical and funny story, albeit awfully cute. I liked both this and “How to Train Your Dragon” better than Pixar’s Toy Story 3 in 2010, but all three animated movies were certainly wonderful. It was nice to see each studio really step up to the plate.
So… which ones were your favorites this year?