Friday, December 31, 2010

The Best Films of 2010 -- and others I saw

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.

Loved (****):
The Social Network
True Grit
The King’s Speech
Black Swan
The Town
All Good Things
Shutter Island
Toy Story 3
A Prophet
Please Give

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.


  1. I saw Tangled over the holidays with my family: I loved the movie and if you can see it in 3-D, I would suggest that format; while I did not see it in 3-D, I could tell how great it would look in 3-D and wished we had done that. Very nicely done story, Lasseter and Pixar has revitalized Disney's creative talents.

    Now if they would only give us a sequel to Monsters Inc. (Cars 2, really? I could have done without the first Cars)

    I also saw Despicable Me as well as Mega-Mind and I enjoyed both movies as well. I am not a Will Ferrell fan generally, but enjoyed this movie (Mega-mind), though not as much as Despicable Me.

    I'm waiting for my wife and I to see Inception, greatly anticipating, got the disc, just need to make time.

    Love Dexter too. If you like guy-gal repartee and good story line, I watched Castle 1 and 2 last year, and recommend it, especially Nathan Fillion's performance, great scenes with all his significant others (mom, daughter, love-interest).

    Happy New Year: Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

  2. You definitely don't have kids, right OGC?