The TOP TEN of 2010 and a few Awards!
By Army 1601
Yes, this list is a tad late for a 2010 Best of List, but I felt I had to get my thoughts out, better late than never. So of course I havent seen every possible movie this year, like the King's Speech, so keep that in mind, but I have seen enough to judge this year in film. It might have been good enough to make this list, but I wasn't gonna hold it off longer. So let's take a good look back, for 2010 was a pretty awesome year at the movies. But before I do the generic (but sweet) top ten list, I'd like to honour a few movies for several things that were pulled off well.
And the award goes to....
While a bit mysterious, the start of Inception was such a brilliant introduction into how Nolan's world of the subconcious worked, and it sucked me in right from the start of this dream sequence. Part of a movie's success is to have your interest from the start, and that is part of the reason why Inception is so great.
BEST ENDING (SPOILER ALERT!)
And the winner is...
If the ending of a movie makes Adults cry because it touched them, its a no brainer that that movie had the best ending of 2010. Watching Andy leave behind his childhood for good reminded us all of that time when we had to give up, or for some, when they will have to give up. It also felt like the perfect ending to such a great trilogy, as it had the right level of emotion and gravity for a trilogy that resonates so well with almost any human alive.
And the Winner is....
I was very close to giving it to Inception for all the complexity, but in the end, Aaron Sorkin's top notch writing in this film worked so well. The snappy dialogue had me interested in every scene these fine actors were in, and made them that much more interesting.
And the Winner is....
Another close race between Social Network, Inception and this, (Just goes to show you how awesome music in movies were this year) but when seeing how the Daft Punk score fit so neatly into this movie and enhanced it so much, Daft Punk was the clear winner.
BEST ACTOR AND ACTRESS
JAMES FRANCO (127 Hours) and NATALIE PORTMAN (Black Swan)
It takes a lot to carry a movie on your back, just ask these 2 fine actors. We've been waiting for these two to line up the role of their life that would truly propel them into the stratosphere, and they finally did. Both captured the undivided attention of their audience with riveting performances. One showed us what the will to survive truly looks like, and inspired us with his crazy dilema, and the other showed us that ballet isn't all flowers and swans as she descended into madness when she got the role of her life. Props to these two for proving why actors rock.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS
CHRISTIAN BALE (The Fighter) And HAILEE STEINFELD (True Grit)
Both these actors did the impossible. Christian Bale went from being the big Batman to being a skinny crackhead, and Hailee Steinfeld remained an interesting and witty actor alongside a bad ass Jeff Bridges. Just for those things alone, these two actors deserve props, but on top of that, these two were owned their respective movies, as they managed to compel you with their awe inspiring performances.
NOW for the TOP TEN! (The Best Director Award
Kinda ties in with Number One, so I'll leave that one for now)
10. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 1
Our heroes are finally grown up, and have reached the final part of their epic journey. With great performances by the three main actors, some of the series greatest moments, and a riveting score, this one redeemed the series for the so-so Half Blood Prince and may also be the stepping stone for an even greater finale.
9. KICK ASS
The absolute best superhero movie of the year, Kick Ass (this has been said a million times but its TRUE) Kicks Ass! It was simply great for standing out from the superhero movies already in the pack, for doing what no movie in the genre had never done before, being ultra-violent, very funny, and having a 12 year old girl play mass murderer. For that Kick Ass, we salute you!
8. TRUE GRIT
One of the best westerns of modern cinema, the Coen Brothers truly pull it off with a visceral more "gritty" approach/ The two standouts like Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld have a great relationship to watch on screen as they track down a criminal in order to avenge Mattie's fathers death. It's absolute stunner is a must see for western fans and movie fans alike
7. BLACK SWAN
A movie could be so well done, that it often affects you in the most bizarre and interesting ways. Black Swan is one of the few movies to do that this year, as watching this, you felt like the main character, Nina Sayers, falling into madness as she ventured far into the persona of the Black Swan. Serious kudos goes to Aronofsky for bringing his style, and the questioning of human sanity into this one.
6. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
This one truly suprised me. While I'm no fan of Michael Cera, this Edgar Wright directed film was jaw droppingly gorgeous as it managed to put it's viewers into it's crazy over-top video game world. With solid performances from the cast, some well done fight choreography, spot on visual f-x, this remains one of Edgar Wright's best works and proof he is a force to be reckon with.
5. THE FIGHTER
A True Inspiring tale of Redemption for the ages, The Fighter shines as the well told story of the boxer Mickey Ward, and his half-brother, Dickey Ecklund, rise above their obstacles to become champions. Like I said before, Bale owns this movie with the BEST performance of his career. He's absolutely a wonder to watch as rises above the bitch that is crack addiction. A definite must-see for anyone wanting a feel good story.
4. 127 HOURS
Emotional, Inspiring, Gut-wrenching, and Visually dazzling, Boyle's 127 Hours is a true display of the will to survive when placed against all odds in truly gruesome situations. What might seem like a boring concept for some, a man being trapped in a confined place, is executed in a way that is compelling to watch as our hero, Aron Ralston, reflects on his life while in this hole. James Franco, as I have already said, is amazing to watch in this movie. While he doesn't have as much dialogue as you'd think, it's watching him, his emotions, his body language, that shows you he is one terrific actor.
5. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Apparently, all it took Mr. Zuckerberg here was a couple of beers and a breakup to make one of the most dominant social multimedia networking systems of our age that would go on to make billions, and make some enemies as well. The well scripted tale of the origins of Facebook is a triumph on all levels. The performances from the cast are top notch, the screenplay is well crafted, the score is awesome, and the list goes on. Most of all it has the success on relating to the audience, as many of the world log in to Zuckerberg's creation everyday, which makes this story all the more intriguing.
2. TOY STORY 3
The film with the most heart on the entire list, Toy Story 3 further proved animation is not just for kiddos, and in fact leaned towards people who already past their childhood as it plucked at their heartstrings til the credits rolled. No one will forget the ending, as you had to be a robot not to shed a tear at that. All the jokes, performances and animation were spot on, and come together to make a (would you believe it) EPIC masterpiece, that comes soooooo close to number 1!
In what was a tight race for number one, in the end, you gotta go with Inception. That's because your mind is not the scene of the crime, but the setting for one of the best movies in a while. With it's complexity, grand scale, and emotion, the storyline as unforgettable. The performances are top-notch, the score is EPIC, and an ending that still has many talking. As the most original concept to come out of a dying movie industry, Inception gets the top honour as my fave film of the year!
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SO WHAT WERE YOUR FAVES OF LAST YEAR? SOUND OFF IN THE COMMENTS!