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Top 10 movies of 2010

Brian D. Johnson picks his personal favourites from the year’s silver-screen releases


 
Top 10 movies of 2010

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1. Black Swan
Outlandish and electrifying, Darren Aronofsky’s ballet melodrama takes wild risks, leaping from high camp to horror, with a grand jeté of high tragedy. Remixing Hitchcock, Cronenberg and Polanski, the movie polarized audiences. But it surprised and exhilarated me like nothing else. Natalie Portman deserves the Oscar for her tour de force, and Mila Kunas could give Angelina Jolie lessons in vixenry.

2. The Social Network
Finally a movie captures the rhythms, the jackrabbit attention span, and the colonizing logic of Internet culture. Jesse Eisenberg is pure cold genius as the face of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Somehow writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher convert fact to fable without getting sued.

3. Winter’s Bone
Jennifer Lawrence shines in Debra Granik’s Ozark Gothic tale of an intrepid teenage girl who plunges into a hillbilly heart of darkness. With locations and characters that feel so authentic, yet mysterious, it creates its own genre: anthropological horror.

4. The King’s Speech
The Oscar pedigree of a feel-good film about royalty and disability now seems a given. But this slim tale of overcoming a stutter could have gone so horribly wrong. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are a treat in the year’s most unlikely buddy movie.

5. Toy Story 3
There is a special place in heaven reserved for sequels that are better than the originals. Very few have “3” in the title. Exciting, poignant, witty, profound—why can’t live action be this good?.

6. Hereafter
Clint Eastwood steps out of character to construct an intricate narrative mosaic that’s gorgeously shot and quietly moving. Matt Damon sees dead people; he’s so modest we believe him.

7. 127 hours
Reminding us he’s the wild man who made “Trainspotting,” Danny Boyle delivers the year’s most visceral thrill ride with the story of a hallucinating climber pinned by a boulder.

8. Never Le Me Go
Adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel, Mark Romanek directs vistas of exquisite desolation and perfect performances from Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

9. The Town
Ben Affleck proved he’s a helluva director with a down-and-dirty heist movie rich with detailed character work and emotional angst. Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall are superb.

10. Exit Through the Gift Shop
Banski, the clandestine king of street art, turns the camera on a crazy French videographer, and we still don’t know if this documentary is real or a hoax—or even who made it. A mind-blowing trip into the no man’s land between art and hype.


 

Top 10 movies of 2010

  1. Is it not Banksy? Rather than Banski? What does the author have against ski's?

  2. Exit Through the Gift Shop is a really unique and great film.

  3. May want to spell check

  4. Why is there a picture of The Fighter yet it is not on the list?

  5. My choice is the King's Speech. It begins with the fear of a prince, and ends with the courage of a king. And in between terrfic joy, drama and first class acting.

    • I agree, for the first time Colin Firth made me forget he is Mr. Darcy (the best Mr. Darcy by the way), amazing movie, amazing perfomances!!

      But "Never Let Me Go" is one of those movies when you realize that film making is an art, and the acting was so deep and heartfelt, I loved it!

      I think Macleans made a good choice, well Brian Johnson, made an excellent movie selection, I loved them all but my favorite were the two above!

  6. NICE

  7. I'm glad a few critics escaped the hype-storm surrounding Inception, an emotionally inert thriller without a touch of poetry despite its subject being dreams and the unconscious. The Town is a competent re-tread of an old vehicle.

  8. I agree about Exit Through The Gift Shop. One of the most interesting and stimulating documentaries I've seen, about a world most of us don't know much about. On the other hand . . . (sigh) . . . The Town . . . maybe it's because I went into it with such high expectations, given the critical praise that had been heaped on it . . . but I really don't understand the heaps of critical praise. It's a decent, reasonably enjoyable, well-done and acted heist flick. But there's absolutely nothing original or noteworthy about it. I'm still waiting to be convinced as to what is so great about it.