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So What were your favourites?

My list....

10 -Salt
9 - The Expendables
8 - Shutter Island
7 - The Other Guys
6 - The Ghost Writer
5 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
4 - Kick-A**
3 - The Social Network
2 - Inception
1 - True Grit


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10. Valhalla Rising

9. Tron Legacy

8. Predators

7. The Last Song

6. City Island

5. Shutter Island

4. Winter's Bone

3.  The Town.

2. Inception

1. Toy Story 3.


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Daybreakers, The Kids Are Alright, Secretariat, Karate Kid, True Grit



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I still have to see a few more movies before I can post my official top 10 but it currently includes True Grit, Inception and Toy Story 3 which will probably be in most people's lists. I'm thinking Enter the Void will probably be in my top 3, if not #1.

I won't be posting a bottom 10 this time around. I'm positive the worst movies I saw this year are not the worst that came out. I didn't see Sex in the City, the Nightmare remake or anything that looked absolutely atrocious, except for From Paris With Love, I'm Still Here and The Book of Eli. The rest ranged from lame to mediocre. Two of them will probably appear on a lot of the other top 10 lists.


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1 - The King's Speech (by a very long margin)

2 - Black Swan
3 - Social Network
4 - 127 Hours
5 - Skeletons
5 - Four Lions
6 - The Kids are All Right
7 - True Grit
8 - The Fighter
9 - Winter's Bone
10 - The Town

Honourable mentions:

Kick-A**
Catfish
Easy A
Exit Through the Gift Shop

No place in the top ten for Inception, upon a second viewing I realised how devoid of any emotional connection to single character it is. Maybe the Oscars should introduce a new category for Best Magician, Christopher Nolan would surely win that.




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No place in the top ten for Inception, upon a second viewing I realised how devoid of any emotional connection to single character it is. Maybe the Oscars should introduce a new category for Best Magician, Christopher Nolan would surely win that.


couldn't have said any better myself. Inception is extremly overrated. It's not even worthy of being nominated for any of the major catogieries. to bad, couse Nolan is a great director and he could've pulled something much better.
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No place in the top ten for Inception, upon a second viewing I realised how devoid of any emotional connection to single character it is. Maybe the Oscars should introduce a new category for Best Magician, Christopher Nolan would surely win that.


I can see the thinking on this.  However sometimes like any magician will tell you - It's not the trick itself, but the execution.

Anyway here is my top 8 - I didn't see ten movies this year...

8. Iron Man 2 - Nice Action flick that keeps you moving.  Though at the time I was getting pretty tired of comic-book movies, and KA2 pretty much trumped this for me.

7. Harry Potter 7 (Pt.1) I get made fun of a lot putting this here b/c the thinking is awards and that's simply not the case.  The series is worldly iconic, this film not so much like the other.  of course it's dark, but this is really a friendly romance  disguised as a fantasy novel.  I was surprise at Emma's performance, not that I thought she was bad in the others, its just in this one she got the emotional ride and she played it well.

6. Easy A - This was a warming comedy - that was actually one of the funnier ones. It didn't have a whole lot of them, but sadly it was one of the better comedies I've seen lately.  Emma Stone was good and for a typical "traditional" teen comedy it had some freshness to it.  

5. Flipped - Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on who you ask) I didn't grow up in the sixties.  This was based on a novel for kids.  I was worried that it was sappy and mushy and it wasn't completed void of it - it was a lot less than I expected. There's a difference between real sappy in sense of sweetness and overly sappy to the point it's almost too hard to watch. The characters were real enough and another fresh film in a genre that seems to be on the rise.

4. Narnia.  People stayed away from this movie because of the rumors I've heard that it has too much Christian overtones.  I don't know if has too much or they were just too much in front of you for some people.  Sure they're there, but I was able to watch it for what it is - a good fantasy flick that is a fun ride.  Quite funny too, and that kid that played Eustace - brilliantly annoying - wonderful performance.

3. Kick-A** - One of the surprises for me.  With such late notice after seeing a trailer about three hours before the midnight showing opening night I expected comedy and action and a little violence.  I got the comedy - I got the action - I got a lot of violence.  Normally I'm not a big fan of overly violent movies - just to be violent, but for some reason this just struck with me. I feel it's because it was unexpected and Nic Cage's Adam West impression won me over.  

2. Inception.  A master at deception Nolan is.  I liked this movie because it got me thinking and because my first ever script idea (still working on the screenplay for it) deals with dreams and death, but not so much on this scale.  Mine is more told in the poignant form of the older glamourwood movie town. But once again the visuals were breath taking.  If you have not seen this in IMAX you really should have.



1. True Grit.  I just wonder the pitch session and how "on board" the studio was when the Coen Brothers said they want to make a new version of True Grit.  The original where John Wayne received his only oscar. Regardless if it was deserved or Honorary he won an oscar. Attach an oscar to someone's name is a eternal legacy.  Just watch the previews " Starring... Academy Award winner (Name) for..."

I'm glad the studio greenlit it.  For one when you hear Coen Brothers and Western - for me there's a "Wait a western?"  Then I realize that while its the first Western set in the west it doesn't feel like the Coen Brother first western.  I mean The Big Lewbowski tumble weeds breezing along in the opening scene as Sam Elliott narrates.  But the Brothers did a remarkable job in keeping to novel and old westerns.  Anyone catch the homage scene to "The Great Train Robbery"?  

Hailee Steinfeld played Matti brilliantly.  Not sure she will win the oscar if she's nominate (Which I believe she will be nominated) It will of course depend of the competition. I'm hearing Natalie Portman as one of them.  I have not yet seen Black Swan (can't find a time I'm in a mood to see such a dark movie).  Bridges is great as Rooster Cogburn and Damon holds his own. Good casting, great story, awesome performances and nice blend of humor and drama.  I'll see this movie again and again.  


There are my top 8.  This year I really am going to try harder to see ten good/my best films.
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Hmmm.

In no particular order:

Inception
Scott Pilgrim
(500) Days of Summer (was this really 2010?)
Shutter Island
Kick-A**
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Town
Toy Story 3


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The Illusionist (French animation).
Last Train Home (great documentary about China's migrant workers).
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
Enter the Void
The Headless Woman
Dogtooth
Social Network
Toy Story 3



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2010 Top 10 in Alphabetical Order:

Animal Kingdom
Black Swan
Blue Valentine
Dogtooth
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Kids Are All Right
King's Speech
Mother (Korean)
Social Network
Winter's Bone

Honorable Mention:

Harry Brown
Rabbit Hole
Summer Wars

Fantastic year for movies.
Let's hope 2011 is even better!

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My personal favorites -

1. Black Swan
2. The Social Network
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
4. The Kids Are All Right
5. Inception
6. Rabbit Hole
7. 127 Hours
8. Frozen
9. Easy A
10. Hot Tub Time Machine

Honorable mention: Its Kind of a Funny Story, Blue Valentine, The Romantics



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I didn't watch enough movies to create a top 10 list.  But I did try watching Inception on DVD and didn't get past 45 minutes.  Visually, it's still stunning.  The idea is incredibly complex, and I still think the ending revealed an important truth about the whole story.  But other posters have it right - the movie is overrated, in part because too much of the movie is spent just explaining the premise.

I think Sorkin deserves Best Screenplay for Social Network.  A lot of people criticize it for not sticking to all of the true details of what happened with Facebook, but it was an enjoyable story told well despite breaking some of the rules.

And it's not mentioned much, but Salt was a good action flick.  Holds up well on repeated viewing and certainly its premise far less ridiculous than some of the movies on most people's Top 10.


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There were a lot of good movies this year! I actually had a hard time cracking this down to the ol top ten! But here it is, in no particular order:

1. The Romantics
2. Black Swan
3. The Social Network
4. The Town
5. Blue Valentine
6. Easy A
7. The Runaways
8. The Kids Are All Right
9. Frozen
10. All Good Things

Other honorable mentions: Somewhere, Going the Distance, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim, The Joneses


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Officially seen every film I felt I needed to see last year. So without further ado (more or less in order)...

1. Black Swan
2. I Love You, Phillip Morris
3. The Social Network
4. True Grit
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
6. Biutiful
7. Enter The Void
8. I Saw The Devil
9. Inception
10. Greenberg


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1.     The Social Network
2.     Toy Story 3
3.     Inception
4.     True Grit
5.     Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
6.     The Town
7.     Shutter Island
8.     Waking Sleeping Beauty
9.     Kick-A**
10.     The Last Exorcism

Worst Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Guilty Pleasure: Hot Tub Time Machine


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I didn't see all of the competitors but...

Black Swan is undoubtedly my favorite and my second is:

Toy Story Three

Congratulations to all of the artists involved!

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Quoted from Sandra Elstree.

I didn't see all of the competitors but...

Black Swan is undoubtedly my favorite and my second is:

Toy Story Three

Congratulations to all of the artists involved!

Sandra


I didn't see Black Swan till this year, but it was way above the rest of the years meagre offerings. Great film.

2010 was the worst year for film in history as far as I'm concerned. Had to go really obscure to find any quality at all....although to be fair a lot of the better ones weren't released in the UK till this year (Biutiful, True Grit etc).


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Four Lions was head and shoulders above the rest. There were a few other very very good films, however:

- Never Let Me Go
- Uncle Boonme...
- Kick A**
- Animal Kingdom
- Black Swan
- Social Network
- Shutter Island
- Biutiful
- Catfish
- Ghost Writer

I'd say it was a good year; and to paraphrase your verdict of my verdict last year, Rick (can't help myself): just because you didn't watch them, doesn't mean they weren't made. I love the smell of condescension in the morning.


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Quoted from Andrew
Four Lions was head and shoulders above the rest. There were a few other very very good films, however:

- Never Let Me Go
- Uncle Boonme...
- Kick A**
- Animal Kingdom
- Black Swan
- Social Network
- Shutter Island
- Biutiful
- Catfish
- Ghost Writer

I'd say it was a good year; and to paraphrase your verdict of my verdict last year, Rick (can't help myself): just because you didn't watch them, doesn't mean they weren't made. I love the smell of condescension in the morning.


Seen all the films you've mentioned.

It was a desperately poor year in all. I couldn't even make a list of ten out of all the films I saw and had to put films that I didn't even particularly rate (like the Social Network) in there due to the sheer absence of quality.

There's some people have picked that weren't released in the UK in 2010, so I couldn't include them. (Eg Biutiful). That would have made it in.

You tend to prefer dramas though, so I can understand why you enjoyed it so much.

I very rarely see a drama that grabs me fully. Always seem very thin in my opinion. Maybe just a question of the lack of time to develop character and explore a situation thematically in comparison to other media.


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Haha. Just yanking your chain, anyway. Yeah, I think the genre was definitely flavoured differently this year, and as you say, that largely accounts for the difference in opinion.

And it's a good point regards development in dramas, a very good point in fact. In lieu of that time, it does place a large emphasis on performance and just being lucky enough to get all the ingredients mixed properly.

Glad we agreed about Uncle, though, 'cos that's definitely a film to give a watch for any who have yet to do so.


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Have to agree with Rick that 2010 was a dreadful year for movies.

I didn't see nearly as many as I usually do, and the vast majority were on DVD for me, with many of them being DTV's.

Based on this, I also can't put together a top 10 list, cause IMO, there really weren't 10 movies that were good or great.

Actually, I think there were only about a handful that I even could say I really enjoyed and all have been panned, and Andrew would get a chuckle out of them.

So, for Andrew's sake, here are 3 that you won't find on any Top 10 List...anywhere...

Robin Hood
Knight and Day
Devil

HaHa...how's that?


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Oddly enough, Knight and Day appeared in Quentin Tarantino's top 10. Tarantino and Cruise together would be an irresistible combination. The work Tarantino teased from Pitt in IB was excellent. Given a superior actor - yet unfortunately much-maligned contemporary - I think this combination would finally give rise to Tom's Oscar.


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Yep, I agree with you for a change, AA.  Cruise and QT would be a match made in cinema Heaven.

I don't know if anyone should say Cruise's career needs a facelift, but QT sure invigorated Willis and Travolta's with PF.


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1. Black Swan by far the best film of 2010
(Not in order from now)
2. The Social Network
3. True Grit
4. Kick-A**
5. Inception
6. Shutter Island
7. 127 Hours
8. The Fighter
9. Toy Story 3
10. The Kings Speech

Really guys? I thought 2010 was one of the best years for films.
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And now for a list with more kung fu on it!

1. Black Swan
2. Never Let Me Go
3. True Legend
4. Knight and Day
5. Reign of Assassins
6. Devil
7. Little Big Soldier
8. Ghost Writer
9. Unstoppable
10. Unthinkable


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My top 2010

1. - 10. The Social Network
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