Top 10 Favorite Films of 2010
Wow! 2010 was one of the worst years for movies that I can remember. By the end of the summer I was worried I wouldn't even be able to assemble a list of 10. There were definitely not many movies I LOVED this year. There were a few but not many. So here's my Favorite Films list for the past year. This year I'm ranking them in order of how much I loved them. If you haven't seen these movies you can use this as a guide for renting films in 20011! Enjoy the list!
Disclaimer: I say this all the time but I just want to make sure everybody understands, this is my list of FAVORITE movies for the year. It in no way represents what I believe were the best films released in 2010.
Update: This movie, the best movie of the year and my Oscar pic for Best Picture of 2010, does not appear on either of the Entertainment Weekly movie reviewers top 10 lists. Please feel free to disregard all other reviewers opinions from here on out. We can assume they are all idiots who have no idea what they're talking about or they were too stupid to understand the film and are, as I said, idiots. Anyway, don't miss out on the best movie of 2010.
I wasn't sure it was going to happen but it did. Kick-Ass just got bumped off the top of my list for Best Movie of the Year. And looking ahead I'm pretty sure the year will end with Inception head and shoulders above the rest. Awesome doesn't even begin to describe it. It's so cool. I saw it in IMAX and that was totally worth the extra 3 bucks. It was huge and the score was deafening. I LOVED this movie so much. The story, while borrowing heavily from older movies like Brainstorm, Dark City and Existence, still was very original and gripping. This is the must see movie of the year. I command anyone reading this to go see it immediately. Your life will literally be meaningless if you don't see this movie. It's that good.
Update: My review below pretty much says all there is to say.
It's hard to talk about how much I LOVED Kick Ass without saying it was soooooo KICK ASS! Currently this is far and away my favorite movie of the year.
Here's why... I didn't really know much about it going into it. There was almost no TV ads where I live for the film and I don't think I even saw a trailer at the theater. I peeked at the review scores the night before I went and they seemed favorable so it seemed like a good bet. This was the 3rd movie I watched on Saturday after Clash and Hot Tub. So it was a super-cool surprise when the movie was awesome beyond belief!
First of all it's violent. VERY violent, like over the top Tarantino violence Kill Bill style. And you know I love that. In fact while I was watching it, I was thinking this is like a Michael Cera teen movie written by Quentin Tarantino. It's really funny but has a serious real-life kind of vibe too. It really is kind of like "what if a few normal people decided to try and be superheroes". The results can and would probably be disasterous.
I said before it's funny, and it is. Nicholas Cage is hilarious in pretty much every scene he's in. Plus his Dark Knight outfit and Adam West vocal delivery is awesome.
Next, and here's my favorite part of the movie. Nicholas Cage's daughter is Hit Girl. Hit Girl is awesome. She's the most bad ass 11 year old girl I've ever seen in a movie. Everything she does and says is so over the top shocking and violent I was practically standing in my seat cheering during every scene she's in. Especially the final battle. I can't wait for you too see that.
Also the film is very referential of comic, superhero and pop culture (Like a Tarantino movie again) and I love that.
Anyway, I thought this movie had a cool original story idea, it was very well executed and it was long enough to be both good and funny at the same time. Go see Kick Ass. Go now. NOW!
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World+
Update: This movie is so cool, watching it will actually make you 20-30% more hip.
Oh my God, this movie was so awesome! I LOVED IT! It's currently #3 of my top 3 movies of the year. Right behind Inception and Kick-Ass. It's directed by Edgar Wright (The guy who made Spaced, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead). I love everything he has done, so he's still on a roll. The only problem with the movie is that it's actually too cool. As a 39 year old, I'm not hip enough to really be a fan of Scott Pilgrim, and I never read the graphic novels, and I'm not a gamer, so there's probably a ton of cool stuff in the movie that I don't even know about. But what I saw was amazingly fun and that's all I really care about.
Update: Alien Invasion? Go right to the top of the list please. Thank you!
All the critics and the rest of the population of the planet got it wrong again with this one, Skyline was awesome! A cool Alien Invasion movie! Hells Yes! Sure it was a mash up of a bunch of other movies (The Matrix, Independence Day, The Mist, War of the Worlds, District 9, Cloverfield, etc.) but if you look at the list they stole from you pretty much see most of my favorite movies of the last 15 years. So lets see, they took ideas from all my favorite movies and combined them all into one kick-ass movie - Does Alan approve? Bigtime! It was like watching a custom movie that was specifically made for a target audience of me!
Update: I loved the fake trailer for this movie in Grindhouse a few years ago and I pretty much love everything Robert Rodriguez does so of course this movie was awesome. I also liked how they made fun of the whole "immigration issue."
I was super excited when I heard they were making this after seeing what I thought was a fake preview in Grindhouse. I LOVED Machete. It was basically Grindhouse Part 3. It had cool stars, over the top violence and lusciously unnecessary nudity. I wish Robert Rodriguez would make all my movies. He's one of those can-do-no-wrong directors.
Despicable Me +
Update: One word: minions. I would watch a movie full of those little yellow guys!
This movie was super cool and super funny. The minions were totally the best part of the film. They need their own spin off series like the Madagascar Penguins. This film really used some of the old school elements of 3D too. Especially the stuff in the final credits where they show you just how far 3D can go. This is still in theaters, so if you have a kid who hasn't seen it yet go now. If you don't have a kid go anyway, it's hot outside and it's a fun 3D movie!
Toy Story 3 +
Update: Yes, I teared up about 3 times watching this film. Pixar continues it's unbroken streak of perfect films.
I'm really glad I have kids so I have an excuse to go to all the kid movies this summer. And this might be the best kid movie summer ever. After all that I read and knowing this is Pixar I was expecting nothing short of excellence and it was delivered in abundance. I was a little worried that the third installment of Toy Story couldn't possibly live up to it's 2 predecessors, but it totally did and opened the door for more if they want tom make em. I'm not really surprised how hilarious and touching the film was. All the Toy Story films have been that way for me. The song about the girl in the second Toy Story movie makes me cry every time I see it. And this new one had about 3 or 4 of those moments. If anything is wrong with the Toy Story series it's this: it makes it nearly impossible when you get home to get rid of your kids old or broken toys, makes you tip toe around the ones that are currently being played with and encourages you to get the old ones out of the drawers so they can have fun too. I feel guilty now when I secretly throw away stupid cheap Happy Meal toys. Thanks a lot Toy Story!
Update: I really liked this movie. I probably would have given it 5+1 star but it was early in the year and I must have been holding back. It's a really great film.
I could write a 100 page paper on my thoughts regarding Shutter Island. There's a lot going on in this movie and nothing is what it seems. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going to talk about it now. Perhaps in my 2010 Best of list, I'll add my dissertation to this review. For now let me say that this is a GREAT movie. I loved every crazy second of it. Also, as a bonus, what Scorsese has done here is give us a new Stanley Kubrick movie. Everything about this films visuals and cinematography can be traced back to Kubrick. You should definitely see this movie and if you want to talk about it after you do, write me an email or something. I figured out some of the big questions early in the film but there are a few things I still can't explain and probably never will. Awesome movie. LOVED IT!
Let Me In
Update: I watched the original Swedish version recently and although it's essentially the same film, shot for shot, the American remake was actually better. A little bit faster paced.
Wow! I really really liked this movie. First off Hit Girl from Kick Ass is the little girl vampire. The violence is rated R. The story is a sweet pre-teen love story. NOT a crappy boring Twilight-type vampire love movie. This was a great film and pretty topical with the bullying story-line. I highly recommend it.
Update: The closest thing we got to a good zombie movie this year.
I really liked this movie. It had some scares, some gross-outs and great action throughout. In the original you saw the perspective of the military, but in this remake they left that out and I think that was for the better. It makes it all the more scary that the government is just rounding everybody up, after infecting them, and killing them all off with little or no explanation what-so-ever. This, in my opinion is how all the insane Republicans and Conservatives see Socialized Health Care. What a bunch of idiots.