This year I started off much earlier plowing through all the movies that 2010 had to offer. I’ve watched the best of the best and undoubtedly the worst of the worst. Out of a planned 97, I made it through 70 of this year’s offerings, and here are the Top 10 of 2010:
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#10 – The Fighter – I suppose I’m a little bias since I served as an extra during some of the movie’s fight scenes, but The Fighter felt like a better “Rocky” than Rocky. Based on the true story of Lowell’s Mickey Ward, The Fighter is a true underdog story featuring amazing performances from the entire cast, especially Christian Bale in the role of Mickey’s brother, Dicky Eklund.
#9 – Tangled – The last of Disney’s fairy tale movies, Tangled is everything you’d expect from a classic Disney film and more. It’s funny, sarcastic, heart-warming, and not afraid to poke fun at itself or other movies in the genre.
#8 – Black Swan – Aronofsky’s take on the world of ballet is even more powerful than his previous look at the world of professional wrestling. Natalie Portman gives an Oscar-worthy performance in this mind-bending psychological thriller. (full review)
#7 – Kick-Ass – On the surface, Kick-Ass looked like just another superhero comedy spoof, but what it turned out to be was a much more honest look at what it might be like to throw on a suit and attempt to be a hero. This movie straddles the line between spoof and superhero fantasy, making it all the more intriguing. (full review)
#6 – Toy Story 3 – Completing the animated trilogy, Toy Story 3 does justice to the films that came before and completes the story in a very satisfying way. As always, Pixar succeeds in delivering a fantastic film that will appeal equally to both children and adults.
#5 – Batman: Under the Red Hood – The only straight-to-DVD release on the list, Batman: Under the Red Hood is an action-packed addition to the DC Universe Animated line and second only to Mask of the Phantasm. With a PG-13 rating, it pulls no punches as a fairly accurate adaptation of the story arc from the comics. This one will satisfy the hardcore fans. (full review)
#4 – The A-Team – Incredibly faithful to the characters and tone of the series, The A-Team is simply a good time from start to finish. Hilarious? Check. Over-the-top action sequences? Check. Insane Murdock? Check. I love it when a plan comes together.
#3 – Hot Tub Time Machine – The funniest movie I’ve seen in recent years, Hot Tub Time Machine is the true return of the classic R-rated comedy, delivering everything you would expect from a movie with the name Hot Tub Time Machine. It’s full of bad behavior, boobs, foul language, and yet still finds the time and place to have a heart. (full review)
#2 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Out of every movie on this list, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the one that I know I’ll be watching over and over again in upcoming years as I fell in love with it right away. It’s quirky, inventive, a feast for the eyes, and kicks all kinds of ass. Whether or not you’re a fan of the comic book series, you’ll no doubt enjoy this refreshing take on a romantic action comedy. (full review)
#1 – Inception – Christopher Nolan has done it again. With an incredible story, amazing ensemble cast, and ground-breaking visuals, Inception leads the pack as the greatest movie of 2010. This film is simply a masterpiece. In an age of prequels, sequels, and reboots, Inception dared to be original and succeeded on every level. I won’t give away any spoilers here, but I have no doubt the ending will be debated for years to come. (Listen to our debate from The Geek Generation podcast)
Honorable mentions that I would still recommend:
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Shutter Island (full review)
- She’s Out of My League
- The Joneses
- Iron Man 2 (full review)
- Despicable Me (full review)
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- The Town
- I Am Comic
Better Than Expected:
- Charlie St. Cloud
- Love and Other Drugs
- Jonah Hex
- Harry Brown
I EXPECTED Inception to win, before I even started number ten. Inception amazing visual effects are better than (the most recent) 2012. My friends found this hard to believe, but it is true. Second, it’s storyline could not be better, and Rob you are right, the ending will leave people arguing forever. I am disappointed I did not see this movie in 3D or IMAX, but this is my favorite movie of all time.