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My Top Ten Films of 2010

10. The A-Team

This is my guilty pleasure movie of the year.  It was exactly what it wanted to be: an all-out action fest with the craziest stunts and the zaniest personalities.  I was very surprised with how much I liked this movie.

Alright, now that I’ve lost all credibility, lets continue…

9. Daybreakers

Not many people saw this, and out of those who did, I don’t think many of them liked it.  I, however, loved it.  I thought it was a fantastic exploration of a world where vampires become the dominant species.  So many aspects of this world were neatly thought out and intrigued me the whole time.

8. How to Train Your Dragon

This was another big surprise for me.  Like Kung Fu Panda a couple of years back, Dreamworks manages to pull one over our eyes once again.  Usually Dreamworks is obsessed with pop culture references and funny one-liners in their animated films, but here they make a genuinely touching story set in a self-contained world which is rich, vibrant and a lot of fun.

7. Toy Story 3

To be honest, Toy Story and Dragon are pretty much tied.  I couldn’t decide which to put ahead of the other.  But The ending of Toy Story 3 packs such a whollop that I had to give it the edge.

6. The King’s Speech

A delightful movie with a great script and some great acting.  Sometimes its just nice to sit back and let the actors take charge.  It may not be innovative or highly unique, but not every film has to be.  Biopics are usually an actors’ films, and this is a good one.

5. 127 Hours

Danny Boyle does a great job here of keeping us interested in a movie focused around one guy who can’t move.  Franco does his part to engage us as well.  This is a really cool movie with a lot of energy, which is refreshing since you’d think that with the subject matter it would be dark and dreary.  But this is a wonderful tale of the determination of the human spirit.

4. Black Swan

A creepy tale of a ballerina striving for perfection.  As she prepares for her starring role in Swan Lake, her life is beginning to reflect the ballet, and she begins a descent into madness.  A great thriller whose final moments during opening night are outstanding.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

One of the best Potter films to date, giving us lots to look forward to this summer.  I was skeptical of  the split of book 7  into two different films, but after seeing all the detail left in here I’m really glad they did.

2. The Social Network

A movie where listening to the dialogue is almost like listening to music.  It has tempo, rhythm, and pops at just the right moments.  Fincher and Sorkin give us a great film about something that most people found laughable that they were making a movie about; Facebook.  But it works extremely well.

1. Inception

Not an original choice for my best of the year, but there is a reason I and so many others are picking it as their film of 2010.  Its premise is amazing and it has a great story to lead us through it.  There’s a lot of twists and turns here, but they exist naturally in the fabric of the storyline.  There’s also some amazing visual effects in a time when audiences suffer from CGI fatigue, as well as some very intense action sequences which are enhanced by the specific dream rules established in this film.

Inception reminds me of The Matrix in the way that it really got people excited and gives us hope that originality and cool ideas are not lost from Hollywood after all.

Sorry this was so late, but things are happening right now which prevent me from seeing a lot of movies.  its the end of April and I still have yet to see a 2011 movie.  But that’s life.  Anyways, at least I did not forget my Top Ten of the year altogether.


2 Responses to “My Top Ten Films of 2010”

  1. Good list, especially the top five. I haven’t seen ten, but everything else I have.

  2. For the record, now that I’ve seen True Grit, it would also be here. I’d probably have put it in at #9.

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