The Year 2010 is now down to its last few hours and unsurprisingly a lot of people are now posting their New Year’s resolutions to make up for what this year lacked. I have no intention of posting my resolutions because I never really had, I’ll just post my TOP 10 Favorite films of the year.
Most of my picks most of you have watched already since most of them major blockbuster releases. So please don’t try to argue, really. There are no criteria this time; I don’t even consult their ratings from Rotten Tomatoes. I picked ‘em because either the film appealed to me, or caught me by surprise, or simply held me breathless. Lastly, there are a lot of biases in the selection process.
10. Alice in Wonderland
First on the list is the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration, this time in full 3-D.. A Gothic re-imagination of the fairy tale classic that went visual mode. This is Burton’s single entry this year and simply made Walt Disney a billion dollar richer. I did not really enjoyed the story that much because of its predictability but fortunately I was converted a devout Burtonist this year after reading Gothic Fantasy: Films of Tim Burton. Indeed, a Favored and biased pick.
9. Devil (a.k.a. The Night Chronicles Part 1)
In speaking of biases, here’s another movie that has no right to be a part of this 2010 A-lists. I only happen to be a fan of director M. Night Shyamalan‘s earlier films like The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable. I watched this film and realized this is vintage Shyamalan: wicked, mysterious and twisted. I loved it.
The story tells about five people trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia only to discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their fate. This chilling, supernatural thriller will keep you glued and hopelessly guessing in your seat .
8. The Social Network
A jaw dropping biopic about the creation of Facebook and the characters lies and betrayal that surround it. Director David Fincher’s mastery in cinematography nails the emotional impact and struggles in the lives of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his friends primarily told in flashbacks. Justine Timberlake is a revelation as the Napster guy
7. The Town
Ben Affleck scores a home-run with this intricately written crime-drama, about a bank robber who becomes romantically involved with one of the victims. A heist film that is so smart and strikingly compelling that I can’t imagine it is Ben Affleck directing and at the same portraying the lead role. Blake Lively is no longer an x.o.x.o. girl, damn she’s scorching.
6. Easy A
Funny, smart, messy and entertaining this film is. Probably the best high school comedy in a long time. Emma Stone is a gem who almost singlehandedly delivered this movie to a different level with her irresistible charisma and presence. I think I’m in love with her after watching the film.
5. The Karate Kid
I never expected I will enjoy this film so much. True, the original is a classic but this adaptation Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan effortless go through the motions, sprinkled in with a little modernizing back talk from a child to an adult. From ‘Wax on, wax off’, is now “Jacket on, jacket off”. It’s a powerful film packed with emotions and well-developed characters. Jackie almost made me cry in one scene and Jaden Smith (the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith) is now officially a star.
4. How To Train Your Dragon
A cute movie where dragons are lovely and the kids’ voices are not. But one thing is sure, DreamWorks is now a studio that will make Pixar a run for its money in years to come. This movie got the fine art of entertaining audience of all ages with the touching relationship between the boy and the dragon that really sets it apart from other films. The underlying message of acceptance and tolerance is also something to be admired here.
This movie is what I call mad fun: profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining. At first I thought this another superhero spoof like The Superhero Movie but it turned out to be serious and dark story with fantastic cast and blazing musical score. It makes Nicolas Cage cool agin and Chloë Moretz is just awesome as Hit Girl. I mean just brilliant.
2. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
A gritty British film thriller that really plays with your imagination. Rising star Gemma Arterton (whom I got a massive crush on) proved she’s more than just a Bond girl, a bombshell goddess and a Persion princess, she can act.. really reall well. A fast and furious, cinematic opening – only one single word of dialogue in about 15 minutes – sets the scene for an undeniably exciting tale packed with twist and turns. Breathtaking indeed.
A brilliant psychological sci-fi thriller from the genius mind who brought us The Dark Knight. Director Christopher Nolan successfully released his most difficult film to date with spectacular fashion. Inception is a visually stunning film that really makes you think, that provokes our intellect. I have never seen a storyline so complicated with five layers of dreams (a dream within a dream, within a dream..) delivered amazingly by Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the all-star cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt had the time of his life in the awesome hallway fight scene, that alone is worth everyone’s money. This has been my number 1 film of the year before I even saw it. Why? Christopher Nolan, he’s a genius.
The Experiment, The Last Song, Despicable Me, Scott Pilgrim vs the world, Iron Man 2, Legend of the Guardians, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Toy Story 3