The Best Movies Of 2010
As the year is winding its way down, let's take a look at the best movies of 2010 (in my opinion). What were your favorite movies over this past year? Looking over my favorites doesn't equate out to the big money makers. You won't find Twilight:Eclipse on this list (mainly because I think they suck). To make this five best, I looked at the movies that I found entertaining. My criticism won't match what the professionals say...just what I like. Feel free to let people know what you really liked this past year!
I thought I would hate this movie. First off, I am usually turned off by kids films (sorry, Despicable Me won't be on this list, either), but the only relation this show has to a kids film is there are kids in this movie. The rest is all adult. This is the post-modern comic book movie. It ranks up there with the Watchmen in my book. The movie is about a teenage boy who wants to be a superhero. He teams up with Nicholas Cage (Big Daddy) and his 13-year old daughter, Hit Girl. There is plenty of gratuitous swearing and violence and the movie just, well...it Kicks Ass. I highly recommend this movie if you want to see a quality film with a lot of dark humor.
I went into this film looking for an exact remake of the John Wayne film of the same name. How wrong I was. Of course, there are similarities because the 1969 film, but this movie is based mainly on the novel by Charles Portis. If you are familiar with the classic John Wayne film or if this is all new to you, True Grit promises for a very entertaining story that is chock full of surprises. Directed by the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink, The Ladykillers).
The Social Network
This is the story of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. In actuality, this movie has some great acting and is simply not "that Facebook movie." It really does give some insight on how the huge phenomenon of Facebook came about and why we are all playing, doing business, and spending our lives poking people. I had to run out and get the book, "Accidental Billionaires" to read everything I missed in the movie!
This is the story of Aron Ralston. He was a mountain climber who got trapped under a boulder and had to cut his own arm off to survive. When I first heard about this happening back in 2003, I thought, this guy is really dumb. Brave. But dumb. Well, they ended up making a movie about his experience and it is every bit as amazing as the movie Alive (1993), where the Uruguayan rugby team had to survive crashing into the Andes mountains. This is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and stars James Franco (Spiderman, Flyboys). The amputation scene is a bit hard to swallow, so make sure you are done with your popcorn before that has to happen. It's really inspiring at the level this guy wanted to live, though. After watching what this guy went through, it amazes me why I have so much trouble getting up in the morning!
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part One
OK, I said no kids films on this list, but this really isn't a kid's show. I've been an addict to the books in this series and the movies, so I had to add it to this list. It is, by far, the darkest of all the movies and it is a two plus hour set up for the final film. There are some very sad scenes in it, some great cinematography, and the strongest acting the child-trio has produced to date. It will be a shame to see this movie series end this summer when the final installment comes out, but after seeing this film - I can't wait to see it, either! It's going to be great!