As 2010 comes to an end, most sites are busy compiling top 10 lists ranking the best films of the year. While I always appreciate a good top 10 movie list, I've slowly come around to the opinion that at year's end, it's not just the discussion of entire films that dominates the talk around my holiday dinner table, but also the best scenes and/or moments that stuck in moviegoers' minds.
So, following in the tradition started by our list of the best movie moments of 2009, I'd once again like to submit to you, the readers, Screen Rant's top 10 movie moments of 2010.
This was an odd year in cinema. 2010 started off with moviegoers still caught up in the phenomenon of James Cameron's Avatar; people were wondering just how prolific the implementation of 3D would be in upcoming films, and Avatar's financial success had some questioning the future direction of cinema as a whole. The addition of murky-colored, pop-up book post-converted 3D to the mix (Alice In Wonderland, Clash of the Titans) may have fattened Hollywood's wallet, but did little to impress moviegoers.
There were some highly-anticipated films on the calender, but if you are a real movie geek, 2010 was truthfully more of a rest stop between 2009 and the years 2011-2012, which will be a time of geek Nirvana thanks to the biggest rollout of sci-fi and/or comic book movies ever (see: Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman: Man of Steel, Cowboys & Aliens, etc., etc., etc...).
Yet, 2010 also offered us some truly entertaining movies as well. Whether they were original works (Inception, Black Swan), adaptations (The Social Network, True Grit), 3D event films (TRON: Legacy, How to Train Your Dragon) or even sequels (Toy Story 3), 2010 had some truly great moments worth remembering.
There are parts of some films from the 2010 lineup that deserve mention, but not necessarily a spot on our list. This is primarily due to the fact that the items in question are general aspects of a film that impressed, rather than specific moments. Here are the aspects of certain movies that impressed us enough to warrant recognition:
The fight scenes in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Edgar Wright's adaptation of this comic book cult fave was refreshingly inventive and visually stunning, as evidenced by the wild and epic fight scenes between Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) and the evil exes of his geek-chic love-crush, Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). We couldn't pick a particular favorite out of the six-round battle royal (was it Lucas Lee, Matthew Patel, Todd Ingram, Roxy, Gideon Graves or the Katayanagi twins?) so instead, the battles of Scott Pilgrim top our honorable mention list.
The Grid battles of TRON: Legacy - The script was absolutely ridiculous and most of the movie involved characters sitting around spewing exposition that made no sense at all (ISOs? Identity disks? Clu is after what exactly?). However, TRON: Legacy did entertain whenever young Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) followed in his father Kevin's (Jeff Bridges) footsteps by competing in the gladiatorial games of The Grid, a digital world inside of a computer (...that's apparently not hooked up to the Internet). The disc wars and lightcycle battles were a thrill for aging nerds everywhere, who could finally see the Tron universe they knew and (sort of) loved given a sleek modern-day 3D makeover. But once the wore off, TRON: Legacy had little else to offer.
The total discomfort of Black Swan - Thanks to Darren Aronofsky, cinephiles now have a new game to play: Approach a friend and ask the question, "Wanna be really uncomfortable for about two hours?" and should they say yes (why wouldn't they?), simply pop in Black Swan and press play. Dancing, stretching, massages, nail clipping, finger peeling, seduction, masturbation, - all the things you love to do in life are transformed into cringe-worthy experiences thanks to the (genius?) of Aronofsky's vision. Consider our dreams of being ballet stars officially over.
The Winklevoss Twins - While we have an actual moment from The Social Network rated on our list, who didn't love a double-dose of actor Armie Hammer as snide aristocrats the Winklevoss Twins? In a year where CGI doubles continued to infiltrate cinema (see: TRON: Legacy) the Winklevi truly were a technical achievement - and wonderfully hilarious character(s), to boot.