At the movies: What were your favorite films of 2010?
I write about TV for a living, and I'm a dad, and when you intersect those two particular sets, in the overlap lives a guy who doesn't go to the movies very often anymore. But every now and then on the old blog I would write up a movie if I got to see it while it was still in theaters (as I did in these parts for "Inception"). And over this slow TV period at the end of December/start of January, it's always fun to ask about the best movies everybody's seen in the past year.
Between the handful of times I went to a theater, random screenings at events like Comic-Con, and things I've seen on DVD, I'm probably into the double digits on notable 2010 releases, including some of the big Oscar contenders like "Black Swan" (memorably strange), "The Fighter" (great supporting performances, but not a great movie), "The Social Network" (entertaining and well-crafted but a bit hollow) and "Winter's Bone" (tremendous atmosphere and a great breakout performance by Jennifer Lawrence). I also got to see some fun stuff that won't sniff Oscar ("Scott Pilgrim"), a high-concept comedy that didn't really work for me ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), a disappointing sequel ("Iron Man 2") and an incredible sequel ("Toy Story 3"), to name a few others.
Obviously, I haven't seen remotely as many movies as HitFix's movie critics Drew McWeeny and Greg Ellwood, who recently put out their own Top 10 lists. But based on the limited subset of films I did see this year, I'd have to say that "Toy Story 3" was the best. (And because my daughter's the right age, I have seen it a lot.) Both the incinerator scene and the final sequence never fail to mess me up, and I wouldn't be surprised if, with the distance of time, I viewed it as the best thing Pixar's done so far, and we all know how great most of Pixar's output is.
But whether you saw a lot of movies in 2010 or only a few, I'm curious what your favorite was, and (without giving too much away for the benefit of those who haven't seen them) why.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Nicolas Cage gives one of his most powerful performances in years as an ex-con working for a lumber company who becomes a father figure for a troubled young man (Tye Sheridan).Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter
1952 | Western | PGSummary: Compact and incredibly suspenseful western about a retiring marshall who finds himself standing alone to defend his town against a gang riding in on the noon train.Director: Fred Zinneman
Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
2002 | Adventure | PGSummary: When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent on mutiny!Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Emma Thompson, Roscoe Lee Browne
2014 | Drama | TV-14Summary: In the Ramapo Mountains, a sheriff must keep order in both a small town and the Ramapo Lenape Nation community nearby.Director: Aaron Guzikowski
Cast: Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson
1994 | Comedy | RSummary: Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
1986 | Family | GSummary: In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peg-legged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself.Director: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker
Cast: Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent Price, Susanne Pollatschek
1989 | War | RSummary: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman
1966 | Drama | NRSummary: True story of married game wardens George and Joy, who kill a dangerous lion and lioness, then adopt and raise their orphaned cubs. They keep one, Elsa, to adulthood, teaching the lion as best they can to survive on her own.Director: James Hill
Cast: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen
1999 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Charming romantic fantasy about a slightly stodgy British bookshop clerk who, through chance, strikes up a relationship with a glamorous American movie star. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are well-matched in this gentle romantic comedy.Director: Roger Mitchell
Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
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