Toy Story 3. That is Quentin Tarantino’s first choice for the year 2010. I’m not quite sure if the animation feature truly deserved that spot. Granted this is a single director’s personal opinion, I hold his in high regard and I am a little disappointed to find Inception strikingly absent.
Having survived the year, I decided to compile a list of my own. Read on for my favourite movies of 2010.
10. The Ghost Writer
Hired to redact the memoirs of a former Prime Minister, a ghost writer uncovers secrets and lands himself in harm’s way. Roman Polanski delivers yet another stylish thriller, echoing the atmospheric nature of his previous works Rosemary’s Baby and The Ninth Gate.
Paranoia builds upon each unsettling revelation, crafting intensity with uncertainty and misdirection. Ewan McGregor is a stunning triumph as the nameless leading man, deftly navigating through the labyrinth of compelling mysteries.
9. Shutter Island (Review)
8. Black Swan (Review)
7. The Town
The Town takes a dive into the tremulous psyche of reluctant criminals, disadvantaged by societal class divides. With his latest slow-burn, Ben Affleck demonstrates utmost confidence in his art. He maintains a perfect record behind the cameras, ensuring that he will never go Gigli on us on the directing front.
As opposed to what its title suggests, Monsters holds a solid focus on humanity. Powerful emotions rise above the chaos, through the compelling dynamics between Adam (Scott McNairy) and Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able) in face of the unknown.
Elementary yet revelatory, the effective story proves sky-high budgets an unnecessary luxury. Gareth Edward’s directorial debut is minimalist, yet there is no gainsaying its impact.
5. Buried (Review)
4. Kick-Ass (Review)
3. 127 Hours
There are no words that come close to describing Aron Ralston’s painful ordeal. Trapped under a boulder alone for days, his incredible survival story epitomises the human spirit in an inspiring display of strength and courage. Director Danny Boyle’s adaptation is experiential and fitting. Also playing up credibility is James Franco, bringing to life the real-life hero.
2. The Social Network (Review)
1. Inception (Review)
So, there you have it, the top three in no particular order. There are some noteworthy films I have yet to see, but it is safe to say Grown Ups definitely qualify as the worst. Over to you, let me know how you enjoyed or detested your year in films.