It’s that time of year again, list-making is trending once more as we come to the end of 2010. Has it been a vintage year for cinema? Granted, some of the Oscar darlings such as Black Swan, The Kings Speech and 127 Hours have not been released here in Europe yet but that hasn’t stopped it from being a solid year for movies. I won’t go into plot synopses/details, just a quick review. Check out my personal picks as I count down (in reverse order) my 10 favourite movies to hit the silver screen this year…
Matthew Vaughan’s geek wish fulfillment movie was one of the best directed action movies of recent years. Chloe Moretz shines in her breakout role as hit girl but for me the highlight was the insanely violent action scenes and brilliant dialogue courtesy of Jane Goldman.
9. The Town
Ben Affleck’s sophomore effort lived up to his equally impressive debut, Gone Baby Gone. A top notch cast is assembled for a classic heist movie, including Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Jeremy Renner. Affleck uses Boston turf again in his movie. It helps everything feel more authentic. There have been calls for Affleck to move his next movie out of Boston, but when his movies are this good I don’t mind.
8. The Illusionist
A sweet little animated movie from acclaimed French director Sylvain Chomet, director of Belleville Rendezvous. This has to be the most beautiful looking movie this year. Each frame is painstakingly crafted, with scenes moving from France to Scotland.
7. Shutter Island
Scorsese & DiCaprio together again – what else fo you need? Amazingly crafted thriller from the legendary director. Martys still got it.
6. Exit Through the Gift Shop
This seems to be the year of the real/fake documentary, with this film, alongside Catfish and I’m still Here make an interesting trilogy of sorts. If you don’t know Banksy, he is a performance/graffiti artist and this ‘documentary’ sets out to find out more about the elusive artist. But it soon turns into a hilarious piss-take. For those into Banksy/Street are, this is a must.
5. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
The most literal adaptation of a comic book movie I’ve ever seen and a complete visceral thrill. Similar to Kick-Ass in that it slightly panders to the geek crowd but that’s ok right??
In the same year The Social Network gained all the attention, this ‘facebook movie’ is a documentary about a New York hipster dude and his relationship with his “facebook family”, as he calls them. But all is not as it seems..
Predatorial and sometimes ugly filmmaking but always gripping.
3. Toy Story 3
Pixar are Kings. Best trilogy ever?
Christopher Nolan returns from his monumental success with The Dark Knight with this ‘dream movie’. Nolan masterfully constructs overlapping dream worlds/reality that will keep you glued to your seat. DiCaprio is always worth watching and the same is true here. Solid support from Joseph Gordon Levitt and Nolan regular Michael Caine are a plus.
Now, let us all wait for Nolan’s low key follow up, The Dark Knight Rises..
1. The Social Network
Who would have thought the best movie of the year was the seemingly uninteresting story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to power. The Social Network is my pick for my favourite movie of 2010. Featuring the best score of 2010 by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and the best screenplay of 2010 by West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin with amazing direction by Fight Club maestro David Fincher and a cracking performance from Jesse Eisenberg as the venerable Zuckerberg. If you haven’t seen it, do so now.
Anyway, agree? Disagree? Tell us your favourite movies of 2010 and share.