Our Favorite Movies of 2010

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

Mike Eisenberg

Black Swan

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Inception may be my favorite film of 2010, but Black Swan is the best. Darren Aronofsky’s thriller is a genre-merging work of art that features one of Hollywood’s brightest starlets turning in her best work since she was a young girl in The Professional. Every aspect of the film lived up to my own hype and gave me something to chew on for days after I left the theater.

Kick-Ass

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Few movies leave you completely surprised and ready for round two like Kick-Ass. It is full of adrenaline, humor and never-before-seen ass-kickery that deserved a place on the big screen. Chloe Moretz needed no introduction, but those who were unfamiliar with her work before Kick-Ass are now sure that she is one of most promising child actors in Hollywood today.

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Christopher Schrader

The Town

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Here’s indisputable proof that Gone Baby Gone was no fluke. Ben Affleck is a bona fide filmmaker and The Town is the real deal. While it has all the familiar trappings of a typical heist movie, it’s elevated by a smart script, solid performances, and Affleck’s confident direction.

Winter’s Bone

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One of the only films I saw this year that literally made my jaw drop several times. I knew almost nothing about the movie going into it and was completely blown away by Debra Granik’s direction and Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. This is a gut punch of a film that I was still thinking about for weeks after I’d seen it.

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Rob Frappier

Catfish

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This intriguing documentary, with its mysterious and “too crazy to be true” plot divided many critics, but I believe that no film to date has better captured the incredible power and influence of social media technology in our lives. In their film, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman do more than expose an intriguing mystery – they shine a light into the seedy underbelly of our Web-obsessed culture, where you can become anyone you want with few ramifications.

How to Train Your Dragon

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DreamWorks Animation’s superb film about a boy and his pet dragon was an unexpected surprise. Not only was the animation breathtaking – rivaling the riveting flight sequences of James Cameron’s Avatar – but the story was well-written and offered an engaging plot with characters that you actually cared about. For years, Disney/Pixar has dominated original animation in Hollywood. With How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks indisputably proved that it belongs in to conversation too.

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Benjamin Andrew Moore

Bay Rong (Clash)

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Despite the ridiculous, overly sentimental nature of the story and the fact that said story shamelessly rips off both Ronin and Kill Bill and seems to exist, at least in part, to sell some strange Vietnamese energy supplement called Enervon…despite all of that, I’ve rarely enjoyed myself more at a movie theater than I did at Clash.

Clash‘s martial arts scenes are so brutal and real and raw that you’ll be gasping and squealing with every landed punch, kick, headbutt, and MMA move, of which there are many. Watch any American action movie from the last few years, then watch this – the difference is palpable. And sad. Action scenes should hurt and make your teeth chatter like they do in Clash. Maybe one day, Hollywood.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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I was one of those guys who said, “Why are they splitting the seventh Harry Potter movie in half when a good forty percent of the book depicted Harry, Hermione, and Ron wandering around aimlessly in the wilderness?” How wrong I was.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 isn’t an action-adventure movie, but neither is it supposed to be. Rather, it’s an emotional journey. It’s about the characters more than anything else. It’s a survivor-horror movie where the protagonists manage to survive, just barely, because of the bonds and friendships they’ve made along the way.

[SPOILER ALERT]

I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried like a big, fat baby when Dobby the House Elf died in Harry Potter’s pale, ghastly, ghoul-like arms. Hell, I’m kind of proud.

[END SPOILER ALERT]

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Roth Cornet

The King’s Speech

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The Kings Speech is not the story of a man fighting for his throne in the face of invaders and spies. This is a man fighting to belong in a position that was never meant for him and that he never would have chosen. A man reconciling himself to his own limitations, both perceived and legitimate. A King with a speech impediment in a time of war, only able to offer one thing to his subjects – a comforting, unifying word.

The raw vulnerability of Colin Firth’s performance is mesmerizing; the humor, joy, and understated depth of feeling that exists in the relationships in the film is beautifully crafted; and the story offers a vision of humanity that is as perplexing and nonsensical as it is beautiful.

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That’s it for us. What was your favorite movie that hit theaters in 2010?

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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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