Just before I bring in the new year, I’ve spontaneously decided to put together a list of films I watched in 2010; film is another passion of mine, and many of my readers are likely wholly unaware.
I’ve probably watched a great many more than I've listed below – I watched virtually all of them with my fiancé – but these are those that have come to mind as I wet my tongue with some champagne. The grading is: Loved, Really Enjoyed, Moderately Enjoyed, Didn’t Love or Eh and Ghastly, and starting with four stars – or, more accurately, asterisks – and finishing with a slash (/) for the trash Hollywood sold as film in 2010 . Make of the ratings what you will. And, please leave comments on your favorite films of 2010, suggestions for me to see, or any disagreement of my placement if you so wish.
You'll also probably notice that there are more I liked than didn't. This is because, a) I (we) typically only watch movies that I (we) really want to see, and b) I'm throwing this together very much at a moments notice. The garbage (and unmemorable) isn't really coming to mind.
The Social Network
The King’s Speech
All Good Things
Toy Story 3
Really Enjoyed (***): I Am Love; Winter’s Bone; The Kids Are Alright; Chloe; Mother; Catfish; Cyrus; The Crazies; 127 Hours
Moderately Enjoyed (**): The Ghost Writer; Greenberg; How to Train your Dragon;
Didn’t Love or Eh (*): The American; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Kick-Ass;
Ghastly (/): Grown Ups, The Other Guys
Missed, but want to see: Hereafter; Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1; Conviction; Somewhere; Never Let Me Go; Blue Valentine; Rabbit Hole; The Fighter; Made in Dagenham; Buried; I love you Phillip Morris; Tangled; Animal Kingdom; Red Hill; The Secret in Their Eyes; Waiting for ‘Superman’; Get Low
Movies not from 2010, but that I watched this year and enjoyed: King of Kong, A Fistful of Quarters (****, documentary); Red Riding Trilogy (****); Exit through the Gift Shop (***1/2, documentary); Flame and Citron (***1/2); The White Ribbon (****); Cache (***1/2); Funny Games (***1/2); Dear Zachary (****, documentary); The Cove (****, documentary)
I also watched Season 1 through Season 5 of Dexter, and loved each episode; I even read the novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, afterwards, which is the origin of the show.
Have a happy and safe New Years Eve – I’ll be back to writing about baseball in Twenty-eleven! …with maybe a departure or two like this.
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I may follow this with a post on books in the some vain, but then again I may not. If I don't read Room.