Our Favorite Movies of 2010

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 am,

Vic Holtreman – Owner/Editor-in-Chief

Flipped

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I’d never heard of the book “Flipped” by author Wendelin Van Draanen, but when I showed the trailer for the Rob Reiner-directed film to my daughter she exclaimed it was on of her favorite books. I was fortunate enough to see this wonderful little gem of a film about the coming of age of a young boy and girl – but sadly it never received a wide theatrical release. It was pitch-perfect in tone, story and the performances by the two lead actors Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll.

RED

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RED always looked like it was going to be a fun little action movie, but it surpassed my expectations by a mile. Bruce Willis was at his best here, even though he played a personality opposite of John McClane from the Die Hard series: Calm and cool, even in the most extreme situations. The film had a stellar, older cast, wonderful dialogue, humor and great action to boot. Of course it received bonus points from me (an older guy) for portraying a bunch of supposedly over the hill actors (including Helen Mirren) as total badasses.

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Kofi Outlaw – Senior Editor

Blue Valentine

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Blue Valentine proved that a romantic drama can still move us when it’s done in a raw, truthful manner that reflects the reality of modern romance. The performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prove they are two of the best actors of their generation. For more on this great film, read my full Blue Valentine review.

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Ben Kendrick – Editor

Monsters

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Gareth Edwards’ thoughtful look at love, desperation, and fear of the unknown in a gritty world following an alien “invasion” quickly wracked up comparisons to Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi drama, District 9. However, what makes Monsters a standout film of 2010 is that it successfully marries art-house indie drama with a fully-realized sci-fi landscape – proving that it doesn’t take headline actors, the studio system, or millions of dollars to make a compelling character-focused drama… featuring CGI aliens. Shot with only two principle actors and a skeleton crew, Monsters tells a quality human (and alien) story that isn’t dominated by the tropes of blockbuster aliens-invade-earth films.

Buried

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While not an award-season favorite, Buried is certainly one of the most ambitious films of the year, as the entire 95 minute runtime is confined to the inside of a dark wooden box. Ryan Reynolds succeeds in playing off of voices at the other end of a glowing cell phone and director Rodrigo Cortés keeps the tension high through these disembodied characters – without ever having to show viewers the greater conflict outside the box. Despite the confines of the set, Buried manages to tell an intriguing and intense story that quickly invests audiences in the main character, the fight for his life, and his heartbreaking lack of options.

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Ross Miller

Another Year

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While 2010 provided some thrilling blockbusters, Mike Leigh’s subtle, affecting, and keenly observed seasonal drama Another Year was one of THE best films of the year for me.Using the convenient narrative structure of the four seasons, it takes us through the lives of a group of family and friends and how their actions – or lack thereof – affect one another. The film’s impact is helped largely by the performances from the likes of Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and particularly Lesley Manville as a single alcoholic 40-something latching onto any sort of attention and love that’s thrown her way.

Do yourself a favor and seek out Leigh’s latest dramatic offering – I promise you won’t regret it.

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Paul Young

Ip Man

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Not many people have seen this action/period drama but those who have will tell you that Ip Man is quite possibly the best martial arts film to come out of Hong Kong in the past 10 years. Donnie Yen plays the title role of Ip Man, a Wing Chun master, living in 1940s China with his wife and son. Teaching the locals the ways of his Kung Fu, Ip Man is a pacifist, choosing only to fight when there is absolutely no other choice.

When Imperialist Japan invades and takes control of his village, Ip Man makes the decision to fight back – which leads to an intense battle of martial arts, pitting his Wing Chun against the Karate skills of a sadistic Japanese general. Beautifully shot, impressively choreographed and a compelling story all combine to make Ip Man my favorite movie of 2010.

Ca$h

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Stephen Millburn Anderson wrote and directed this indie crime-drama starring Sean Bean and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth in his first American made film ever (Star Trek was his first to be released but Ca$h was the first one he made). Bean plays twin brothers, one who commits crimes brashly and the other, Pyke Kubic, who does things smoothly and under the radar. When the spoils of a robbery commited by Pyke’s brother end up in the hands of Sam Phelan (Hemsworth) and his wife, Pyke enters their life to recover every last cent – and together, the trio takes a wild trip that reveals aspects of their inner selves that none of them knew existed.

Sean Bean, as always, is fantastic in Ca$h and is one of the main reasons, besides the interesting story, why this movie succeeds.

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TAGS: 127 hours, another year, black swan, blue valentine, buried, cash, catfish, clash, defendor, flipped, harry potter, how to train your dragon, inception, ip man, kick ass, monsters, red, scott pilgrim, the fighter, the king's speech, the social network, the town, toy story 3, true grit

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  1. Just when I thought it was another useless Best Of 2010 post by SR folks, you all surprised me. A mention of Ip Man. Nice.

    Other than that…

    One day, there will be a Best Of Direct To Video top ten.
    (Planet Hulk, for example)

    • My Fave Films of 2010 were:

      Toy Story 3
      The Town
      Inception
      Winter’s Bone
      The Last Song
      Shutter Island
      City Island
      Vahalla Rising
      Predators
      Tron Legacy

      Honored mentions:
      Ip Man, Kids Are Alright, Daybreakers, True Grit, The Runaways, Dinner for Schmucks and Easy A.

      Noteworthy DTV: Planet Hulk, Universal Soldier Regeneration, 30 Days Of Night Dark Days.

    • darren,

      “another useless Best of 2010 post by SR folks”

      Wow, really? WHY do you continue to read this site if it annoys you so much?

      The reaction to our end of the year posts has been extremely positive and has generated a ton of discussion.

      Vic

      • I’m losing count Vic. This post is near redundant (I still look it over in case I’m wrong and missed something) because of the previous posts in the past few days.

        But Vic…I didn’t say this was a complete waste of time.
        No. The waste of time was spent watching Kick Ass…

        • In addition, Vic. one or two posts from one or two authors does not mean I find fault with the site itself Big difference, Vic, by leaps and bounds.

          • darren,

            Wow, really? I think we’ve done FOUR list posts over the last few days, and we’ve tried to make them a bit interesting/unique.

            Go visit some other sites (*cough* Cinematical *cough*) and see how many end of year lists THEY’VE written up in the last week. 8)

            Vic

            • I think what Darren meant was that EVERYONE was doing a “Best of” or “Worst of” list post and between every site it tends to be a redundant list of the exact same movies…no outliers at all.

              We however have a wild and varied taste in films between all the writers on our site so it shocked him to see some movies no one else has mentioned :)

              Correct me if I’m wrong Darren but isn’t THAT what you meant?

  2. Thanks for putting FLIPPED on your list!

  3. My favorite was The King’s Speech. The only film I saw all year that packed the house and where the audience clapped at the end. I expect it to bring home 3 or 4 Oscars.

  4. Nice list! I liked just about all them. Glad Ip Man made the list but the best in ten years?? That’s quite a bold statement I thought Hero, True Legend, Painted Skin, and 7 Swords were all pretty awesome films too. I actually thought the second Ip was better than the first but that’s just my humble opinion…

    • Haven’t had a chance to watch the Ip Man 2 yet because it’s only released overseas I think. I could be wrong though I haven’t seen it available in Florida yet :)

      Yeah I realize it was a pretty bold statement but I felt safe in saying it. I’ve yet to meet anyone that has watched the film tell me they weren’t blown away by it.

      • I hear you Ip Man was awesome but I thought Hero was a much better film all around, and as far as fight scenes go Flashpoint was terrible but the fight scene at the end was one of the best i’ve ever seen period…(witch happened to be Donnie) but like i said that’s my humble opinion.

      • Ip Man 2 is available on yesasia.com for $17.

      • Ip Man was a great martial arts film! I used to watch martial arts films religiously, and this incredible movie reignited my passion.

        I have seen Ip Man 2, and it is also great! I saw it is getting a theatrical release in the US later this month, and I would highly recommend it. I would say some of the fight scenes surpass the original.

        • yeah right! the scene with Sammo and Donnie on the table was crazy!

  5. Black Swan and Harry Potter 7

  6. I only ever saw the first Harry Potter and Inception was pretty amazing but I’m not as much of a science fiction kind of movie goer so I don’ think I loved it like some did. I would pick Catfish, Black Swan and 127 Hours. I think I’d pick some others if I’d seen them, they are on my list now though, thank you.

  7. Wowwww I thinks I only like bad movies, cause i’d liked mosto of the bad list movies that the best movies of 2010, Is’t only me??

  8. Great list of films, great year for films, and I cannot wait for an even better year in the cinema next year!! My top 15 of 2010 is –

    1. Toy Story 3
    2. Kick-Ass
    3. Due Date
    4. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
    5. Inception
    6. How To Train Your Dragon
    7. Easy A
    8. Cemetery Junction
    9. The Social Network
    10. Catfish
    11. Up In The Air
    12. Buried
    13. The Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud
    14. The Town
    15. Shutter Island

    Other special mentions must also go to Despicable Me, Brothers, A Single Man, The Killer Inside Me, Going The Distance, Let Me In, Youth In Revolt, Chloe and Dinner For Schmucks!!

    Can’t wait to see The Fighter, Black Swan, The Kings Speech, 127 Hours and True Grit of the next few weeks aswel :-)

  9. Toy Story, Inception, Potter, and How to Train Your Dragon are where it’s at.

  10. 1. The King’s Speech
    2. Winter’s Bone
    3. Black Swan
    4. The Social Network
    5. Blue Valentine
    6. The Fighter
    7. True Grit
    8. The Kids Are All Right
    9. Inception
    10. 127 Hours

  11. Great list of movies. Seen a few and have to see the rest. But my favorite on the list is Inception!

  12. Meh! To each their own, but the only movies that I really liked in the year 2010 were “The Kids Are All Right”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Shutter Island” (although that was a little overrated, imo.), and “Billy The Kid”.

    I’m really not a big fan of “The Town”, because it was way too over the top in many ways, had a poor script, an immature romance between Doug and Claire, plus it conveys the message to me, personally, that anything goes as long as people get what they want, and that people don’t have to be held accountable for the actions and behaviors.

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