Admit one please...
And here I am with my annual list of the the Top Ten films I enjoyed in 2010...
So, first off as always, this is just my opinion, my taste and my choices. There were plenty of films that came out this year that I liked, some I loved, but these are the ones I'll be getting Blu-Rays of. That means I really enjoyed them enough to put down cold, hard cash. Now, on with my film list for the year of the year that was:
#10 Tron Legacy - I know this film had a lot of negativity surrounding it coming out of the gate. It has flaws, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and the evolving world that TRON had become. It's not been as big a hit as the Mouse had hoped, but it's been a steady trooper at the box office over the last few weeks and is doing well overseas. A sequel/tv series? Depends on final numbers for B.O., DVD/Blu-Ray and merchandise, but I definitely want to return to the grid. Time will tell.
#9 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - A truly modern, teen fairy tale. Scott Pilgrim was a beautifully crafted gift to film lovers everywhere. Michael Cera was born to play this role. Everything from the cast to the script to the direction was top notch. I have a feeling this one is going to become a cult classic.
#8 The Expendables - I loved the heck out of this film. Is it perfect? No, but it's so much fun. A classic example of an 80's action film brought into the the 21st century. Stallone has proven to be a better director than an actor and I look forward to the day he directs a film he doesn't star in. Oh, and I look forward to "The Expendables 2."
#7 Harry Potter: The Deathly Hollows - I love how the young wizard series is getting steadily darker and more complex. "The Prisoner of Azkaban" was my favorite before this one, but following these characters through their childhood to becoming an adult has been a pleasure. I can't wait for the conclusion.
#6 How To Train Your Dragon - DreamWorks Animation has made some good films and some bad films. Along the way they've made a few great ones. This is one of those. While I still think "Kung Fu Panda" is their only Pixar quality film, Dragon comes mighty close. It's my second favorite film from the studio and if more of Jeffrey's films are like Panda and Dragon then the Lamp and Mouse will have major competition.
#5 Tangled - Walt Disney Animation Studios is moving up. Last year "TPATF" got up to number eleven. This years film not only made it into the top ten, it got into the top five. "Tangled" is the best Disney animated film since the end of the Second Golden Age a decade and a half ago. I look forward to having more films like it.
#4 Kick Ass - Most people mistook this film for an action film. It wasn't, although it had a lot of action. It was a comedy. A brutal, bloody comedy. A great adaptation of the comic. Matthew Vaughn is one of those new directors that I look forward to following. He's one of the people that "get" how to adapt a comic into a film. I don't know if there will be a sequel, but there should be.
#3 Toy Story 3 - Pixar can do no wrong. Even their worst films are better than 90% of all films out there. When I go into a theater to watch one of the Lamp's films I know I'll get my moneys worth. This was a great conclusion to the best trilogy of films ever. There was more heart, emotion and depth in the first ten minutes of this film than almost any film this year.
#2 The Social Network - David Fincher is a genius and an amazing film maker. Putting him in charge of a script by Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant stroke of art and business. I can only hope that Scott Z. Burns script for the 20k remake is as good. This film is a pearcing take on how one man created a new way for the world to interact and how it can almost cost you your soul, and sometimes does.
#1 Inception - Christopher Nolan is like the human version of Pixar. The man can do no wrong. The words "bad Chris Nolan film" have never come out of my mouth. This incredibly complex sci-fi take on who we are and what are dreams make of us was an amazing film to watch. With each scene I just kept thinking to myself: "please do Batman 3." The world that Nolan creates is so facinating and filled with interesting, flawed characters that you want to watch. Just like all Nolan's films.
Runner Ups (in no particular order, mostly):
Get Him to the Greek
Legends of the Guardians
Again, there were many films I like which didn't get on the list. That doesn't mean they weren't any good, it simply means I preferred something else just a bit more. I must admit that there were a lot of films that I was looking forward to this year that didn't make the list and were actually nowhere near my top ten. Films like life are filled with surprises.
Now, on to 2011...