We decided to do things differently this year, and I am so pleased we did.
I grew up watching Siskel and Ebert in their various shows, and one of my favorite times of the year was the big end of the year show as they would count down their top ten. I would be outraged in different ways by each, vindicated in some ways by each, and I found it to be a blast each and every time.
At Ain't It Cool, I always did a top ten list in print, and even though we've been playing with audio podcasting here at HitFix and I'm doing way more video interviews than ever, the idea of a video top ten never occurred to me. It was Greg Ellwood's idea for the year, and so far, we've seen Alan Sepinwall and Melinda Newman offer up video lists for the things that meant the most to them this year.
Today, it's my turn, and I love the way Alex Dorn edited this piece. I think 2010 was a great year of movies, and this feels like a piece that sums up what I'll most remember about this year, what resonated the most with me. The first time I tried recording the voice-over, it was over 11 minutes long, so I had to edit on the fly as I recorded it the second time. I thought I'd print the full text I wrote out so you can refer to the list here after you check out the video piece.
Keep in mind... I consider everything that I saw in a theater or at a festival eligible. I have to. Release dates are so strange, and so different around the world, that there's no way to treat it all as the same "year". These are the ten films that meant the most to me this year as a viewer, and if something here isn't out where you are yet, then hopefully you'll get the chance to see it soon.