Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Favorite Movies of 2010

This is probably the least informed list of the year.  You'll be able to tell that by part of the selection I'm sure.  It's tougher to catch newer movies here in Moscow.

10.  Date Night

While the plot was problematic, I just love the chemistry and power that Steve Carell and Tina Fey possess together.

9.  Shutter Island

This film did an incredible job at bringing DiCaprio's confusion to life.

8.  How To Train Your Dragon

I was completely surprised at how good this movie was.  Totally didn't expect it.

7.  The Town

While I thought the big shootout at the end was slightly ridiculous, I really enjoyed the movie overall.  Great cast.  Affleck can really direct.

6.  127 Hours

James Franco and Danny Boyle both attracted me to this film and it didn't disappoint.

5.  Exit Through the Gift Shop

I was completely surprised by this movie.  The first quarter or half of this film I had no clue where it was going, but the second half riveted me.  Incredible movie.  What Grizzly Man should have been.

4.  Black Swan

I've noticed many critics complain that this movie was about as subtle as a sledgehammer.  They're mostly right, but that really didn't bother me.  A powerful movie-- where much like Shutter Island, by the end you're struggling with the line between what's real and what's in her head.

3.  The Social Network

You can call this the biggest surprise of the list.  When I heard that this movie was being made I was dumbfounded, to be honest (looking back I'm not sure why).  I didn't expect this movie to be as good as it was.  The modern creation of Facebook is a perfect backdrop for very pre-modern themes:  tragedy, greed, betrayal,-- and especially-- the desire and need to belong and be loved.

2.  Toy Story 3

An animated "kids" movie that deals with death and (again) belonging.  Near perfection.  It's Pixar.

1.  Inception

Orignal and entertaining.  I'm still blown away by almost every aspect of this film.  It's definitely imperfect, but its creativity and fantastic performances in so many areas make this my favorite film of 2010.