2010 was a fortunate year for the movie lovers. With such a diverse range of styles, budgets and themes of the movies that were released, the concept to draw a thread to connect them all together seems bizzare to me. However, for your consideration, Movies Era has come up with this list of Ten Best Movies of 2010.
Sofia Coppola returns to Lost in Translation territory with Somewhere. Another tale about a movie star in a hotel dealing with some serious issues. Stephen Dorf gives the performance of his career as an inspiring hollywood actor who’s lost his way and Elle Fanning as an utterly natural and convincing daughter who gives him an unexpected visit at his doorstep. It starts as a tale of departure and becomes one of the best family movie I’ve seen in recent years.
9. The Kids are All Right
This is the classic study of a 20 year romance with all the highs and lows and everything. This couples happens to be lesbian. Annette Bening is a oscar front runner and Julianne Moore is just as excellent. They make love, the fought about the kids, they argue about their work and they celebrate their love for one another in beautifully rendered scenes one after another. Mark Ruffalo strikes just the right nodes as the kid’s sperm father. He is charming, self-pleased guy who creates all matter of havoc within the family dynamic. This is richly satisfying film with a Academy Award level script and uniformly excellent performances. What a magnificient film!
8. True Grit
The Coen Brothers take on True Grit as a far superior film to the 1969 that won John Wayne the Oscar. Jeff Bridges is a worthy successor to star in the iconic role of the drunken master Rooster Cogburn and Mat Damon playes as a texas ranger named LaBoeuf. Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld nearly steals the movie as Mattie Ross. She’s the fourteen years old girl who hires the two lawmen to track down the killer of her father. The Coen Brothers transport us to the unforgiving wilderness of the Choctow nation just after the civil war and give us the story that’s harsh, violent and authentic which makes it to the eighth position on the list of Ten Best Movies of 2010.
7. 127 Hours
I know a lot of you are sighing for this movie, because you think it’s a film about a guy who cuts his arm off to save his own life but that’s like saying Its a Wonderful Life, it’s just about a guy who gets drunk and wrecks his car. Danny Boyle’s thrilling and inspirational film stars James Franco in a nomination worthy performance as the thrill seeking narcissist who comes to grip his past while trapped with his arm pinned. The grotesque arm-cutting scene is oviously heartbreaking but it takes up only 5 percent of this movie. You shouldn’t deny yourself the opportunity to experience this unforgetably exciting and deeply moving film.
6. Toy Story 3
At number six of Ten Best Movies of 2010, Toy Story 3. Like last year, instant animated classic like Up, Pixar’s toy story 3 gives us more heart and more insight than 95 percent of the live action films. It’s set a decade after the first two entries in the series, when Andy now about to go off to college and the toys facing an uncertain future. What follows is arousing, funny, thrilling adventure equally suited to the kids who weren’t even born when first toy story came out and adults who know pixar’s films only become more impressive with repeated viewings. If you’re not moved by the final scene in this movie check your pulse.
5. The Town
Set in the Boston neighborhood, the movie is directed by Ben Aflect and starring Ben Aflect himself, John Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Jeremy Renner in the main role. Aflect gives one of the best performances of his career as Douglas “Doug” MacRay. He’s the brain behind a four men crew that heists armored cars and banks. Some of the most memorable scenes in this movie is the intense, multi-layered exchanges between two characters. Aflect also knows how to stage some big picture heist scenes. The town is like a blue colour version of Michael Mann’s Heat which is one of my favourite movies. One of the best movies of 2010.
4. The King’s Speech
Collin Firth’s magnificient performance as King George VI is the centerpiece of the film. This is a lively funny, surprisingly moving tale of a man who would be king but couldn’t get through the sense without stammering and the middle class teacher who helped him breakthrough and became his best friend. This is a kind of film that has academy members drooling. The film received 12 Academy Award nominations, more than any other film, and won 4 awards on Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.
3. The Social Network
From its opening scene, it features a brilliant under graduate digging himself up deeper and deeper with his girlfriend. The Social Network movie is an electric, mesmerizing one. This is the movie based on the birth of facebook. Working from a great script by Aaron Sorkin, the brilliant director David Fincher delivers one of his most straight forward and one of his best movies. Loosely based on true events, The Social Network hops back and forth between the genesis of facebook at Harvard in 2003 and the court cases that put the facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg against his former classmates. The Social Network is one of the Best Movies of 2010 for its classic story of an outsider who achieved the American dream through inspiration and dedication.It’s also a difinitive look at our world that has been changed forever by a site that guides everyone into their own personal movie.
2. The Fighter
Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and in particular Christian Bale. All deserves serious awards consideration for their work in David O. Russel’s masterful film. I haven’t been this inspired by a boxing film since the original Rocky. Wahlberg plays the hard punching Micky Ward and Bale is mesmerizing as his old half-brother Dicky Eklund who’s training Micky who is not smoking crap and ruining his own life. Micky stars between family loyalties and one last shot over the title before it’s too late. Inspired by the true story, The Fighter is a working class tale of redemption. Certainly a deserving movie be on the second position of Ten Best Movies of 2010.
The best movie of 2010 is Inception. Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a movie for the ages. It’s an incredible rich, dense, multi-layered and beautifully rendered masterpiece. It’s one of the most beautiful, one of the most complex and challenging films I’ve ever seen. Leonardo DiCaprio has the ability and technology to penetrate into the dreams of other people, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. You’d better check the movie out youself to know about the critical details. The special effects are jaw dropping, the cinematography is gorgeous, the performance is uniformly excellent. The film won four Academy Awards and many other awards. A century from now, movie lovers will be debating this great film.