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on 8 Nov 2010 10:05

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Best movies of 2010

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1. Mother (2009)
U.S. release date: March 12, 2010 (limited)

A Bong Joon-ho film is like someone with a poker face who can't stop smiling at the aces he's about to lay down. He's good and can usually conjure some touching human moments, but he takes a little too much pleasure in unfolding his sickeningly devious plots. Mother may be his first movie to break free of the poker hand and play freely. With it, the director proved that, although he has risen to the top of the current wave of South Korean ultra-violent directors (Park Chan-wook, Na Hong-jin), he's more than the sum of his virtuoso tricks and Grand Guignol setpieces (Park may have him bested there, anyway). Devious and disturbing though Mother may be, Bong was unwilling to sacrifice an equally painful examination of the deeper reasons people are driven to violence. In Mother, everyone had a reason to hurt someone else, from the world-weary cops investigating the local retarded boy (the one being accused of a bizarre murder) to the boy's mom, a sweet little neighborhood apothecary. Beyond its insidious central mystery, Mother was the carefully detailed picture of an average woman being driven to an extreme end. Everybody made sacrifices in deciding what is right; Bong would like to remind us that if we have children, our decision may already be made for us.
--from Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 25 films of 2010
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2. Black Swan (2010)

No one can accuse Darren Aronofsky of being a timid director, and with Black Swan, he delivered a hallucinatory melodrama while maintaining complete control of his craft. Natalie Portman starred as Nina, a dancer whose mind unraveled after she was given a starring role in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Portman was in every scene, and her commanding performance forced audiences to share her anxiety. We grew to care for Nina because those who were supposed to care for her, her director (Vincent Cassel) and mother (Barbara Hershey), couldn't see how their sinister defects casted a psychic toll on the young dancer. Despite strong performances, Black Swan was at its best when Aronofsky's bravado camerawork left a visceral impact. During dance rehearsals and performances, the camera penetrated the company as if it were a fellow member. The special effects, which were subtle and bold in equal measure, became an eye-popping metaphor for Nina's undeveloped sexuality, as well as her eroding sanity. And when Black Swan reached its climax, we were presented with the year's most hauntingly beautiful transformation. Even if Aronofsky's tight rein scarcely offered a moment to breathe, his arresting imagery left us gasping for more.
--from Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 25 films of 2010
See also: AgentLexi's review
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3. Toy Story 3 (2010)
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4. The King's Speech (2010)
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5. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
U.S. release date: Jan. 8, 2010

Tony: Where the hell are we?
Percy: Geographically speaking, in the Northern Hemisphere. Socially, on the margins. And narratively, with some way to go.

It's possible that a second viewing will change my thoughts on this film, but when I saw it in January it blew me away and I loved every moment of it. Granted, had Heath Ledger NOT died during its making the film might have turned out even better, but I felt like Gilliam rose to the challenge of finishing the film without Ledger & succeeded admirably (thanks of course to Depp, Law, and Farrell stepping in to help). So as tempting as it may be to judge a film based on what could have been, I prefer to judge it for what it is...and as it stands I was very pleased & impressed.
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6. American Masters The Doors: When You're Stra... (2009)
U.S. release date: April 9, 2010
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7. Marwencol (2010)
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8. The Extra Man (2010)

Currently streaming on Netflix
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9. Buried (2010)

Why I haven't seen this on more 2010 best of lists, I have no idea. I much prefer it over 127 Hours. Ryan Reynolds finally proves he can act (and does an excellent & impressive job), the heavy reliance on dialogue to tell the tale allows your imagination to actually work for a change, the suspense works and is sustained throughout, and...well, to say much more might spoil something. Go watch this now.
lotr23's review
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10. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

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11. The Social Network (2010)
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12. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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13. Four Lions (2010)
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14. Easy A (2010)
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15. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don't do that so much anymore.
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16. Howl (2010)

An excellent look at Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems from a few different angles. James Franco is amazing as Ginsberg, and recitations of the main poem are set to some of the most beautiful and amazing animation I've ever seen. I really enjoyed it & plan on watching it again, though I couldn't help but feel that people with no appreciation of poetry probably wouldn't make it through the entire film (their loss).
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17. Catfish (2010)
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18. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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19. True Grit (2010)

Xanadon't says...
It seems the Coen brothers make good movies the way I get up in the morning and take a pee. That is to say habitually, effortlessly, and often with no small amount of urgency and relish. As anyone that's been paying any kind of attention over the last couple decades knows, it's simply what they do. True Grit, of course, is no exception.

Now I've heard from various sources that this is a re-make of an older John Wayne film. And come to think of it, that sounds right. Guess what? I don't care. And neither should most anyone else. I'll admit I haven't seen the original, (both are adapted in one way or another from the original-original source material novel of the same name) but I suspect that anyone trying to compare the two is probably missing the point. By now most would agree that Joel and Ethan Coen have earned the right to breathe new life into whatever they deem fit. They're too passionate about their craft to committ any severe disservice, and too confident to avoid branding any project with their own personal stamp.

In fact, the only fault with True Grit is that it ended too quickly and perhaps maintained too sharp a focus. I suspect most audience members wouldn't have minded meandering through some peripheral (or even completely invented) story a bit; site-seeing a little longer through these gifted film-makers eyes.

(from his Jan 2011 list)
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20. The Town (2010)
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Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 1 20:38
Terrific. I'm glad that someone else actually saw MOTHER and gave it the commendation it deserves. If the film had gotten a wider distribution, I think Kim Hye-Ja would've easily been in contention for an Oscar nomination for her lead work here. Very glad that both BURIED and HOWL also sneaked into your list. :)

I think you'd like THE EXPLODING GIRL and LET ME IN. I also missed out on IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY and can't wait to see it. DOGTOOTH is, um... not for everyone. I mean, I think of myself as someone who likes "strange movies" in general, yet I have to admit DOGTOOTH was taking weirdness to pretty high levels (though that'll probably just make you want to see it even more, lol). I think I need to watch it a second time.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 2 4:11
Great looking list...impressive mix of films, and a few surprises thrown in which is always nice.

I WILL watch Mother by month's end, so expect to find my reaction in my February movie diary sometime. Buried is high on my list of films to see, Easy A is beginning to get my attention too. Good stuff, I'll be interested to see how it evolves as you catch up on other 2010 releases.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 2 6:53
Very good list, as usual. Well done!
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 6 4:38
Nice list.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 15 6:38
I approve - a good, balanced mix of the small and the big movies. Commendable that you get the chance to see so many of those "under the radar" flicks.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 6 18:12
Nice. Mother is really great. I think Winter's Bone was easily top 5 for that year, you should check it out.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 8 18:46
Ok thats it! I should really REALLY go and get the town! i mean wow i am that lazy! lol
I have seen 3 movies that you havnt seen yet!
get low, red and the illusionist!
get low: I honestly watched this movie for Robert duvell and it started good but then I don't know, I kind of got bored half way! I don't recommend this movie to anyone though! Not an interesting movie.
red: hmmm its formula movie, so watch it if you have nothing else to do! (I like women shooting guns so for me it was bit interesting in the end he he)
the illusionist: I was so so eager to watch this movie because it was from the same studio that produced tripplettes of belleville (if you havnt seen it, do do see) and nahhhh this one wasnt good enough! animation wise awesome, story wise, nahhh

he he wrote a lot! have fun:)
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 9 3:29
Very nice variety here, and you seem to have seen quite a few from 2010. I would, however recommend seeing The Loved Ones. I found it to be a very refreshing horror experience, with not a whole lot of "by-the-books" material, and I highly enjoyed it.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 9 8:54
Very nice list! I recommend watching Red.

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