2010: The Year in Film and My Top 10

This month, I will post articles every few days reviewing each year of the last decade. This will lead up to my Top 10 of the Decade which I will publish throughout December.

Scroll down for my Top 10

Today: Year in Review – 2010

Total Films I Saw That Year: 51

Top Grossing Film: Toy Story 3 (Domestic and Worldwide)


Best Picture                              The King’s Speech

Best Actor                                Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Actress                             Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor             Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress          Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Director                           Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Original Screenplay                 David Sielder, The Kings Speech

Adapted Screenplay                 Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

TOP 10 Critically Acclaimed Films of the Year

(Source : criticstop10.com – a site that take a weighted average of about 800 lists, 350 of which are considered “Top Critics”)

  1. The Social Network
  2. Inception
  3. Black Swan
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. Winter’s Bone
  6. True Grit
  7. The King’s Speech
  8. 127 Hours
  9. The Kids Are Alright
  10. The Fighter

Really Good Films from 2010 You May Have Missed:

Exit Through the Gift Shop

The Kids are Alright

Rabbit Hole

Love and Other Drugs


Movie from 2010 to avoid at all costs:

Get Him to the Greek

Sex and the City II

The Last Airbender

Dinner for Schmucks,

MacGruber (Candidate for worst movie I saw all decade)


Honourable Mention: The Fighter, Shutter Island, How to Train Your Dragon, Rabbit Hole, Machete.

10.  Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I

In my books, easily the best of the Potter films. The most mature and the most compelling story. The segment of the movie with the animated telling of the origin of the Deathly Hallows is the best thing in all 8 films.

9. Kick Ass

What happens when a regular guy wants to become a super hero? Its doesn’t always go well!! Kick Ass is pervasively violent, original, funny as hell and proof that there are roles only Nicolas Cage can play.

8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Once every 5 or 6 years, a “teen” movie comes out that defies the genre and is a truly great movie. This is it. Go see if it you haven’t. And for my fellow Kitchener residents, keep an eye out for local mega-talent Christine Watson as “Hipster Demon Chick”.

7. The Kids Are Alright

The modern dysfunctional family movie. A lesbian couple with two kids conceived through artificial insemination bring their biological father into the scene. Tour de force acting and a relevant, moving screenplay.

6. Exit Through the Gift Shop

A documentary of sorts, I guess. Two film makers try to interview and film the elusive Banksy. What you see is a side of the street graffiti art scene that is entertaining, audacious and unexpected in only ways a doc can be. Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Feature.

5. True Grit

I am a sucker for all things Cohen. Not their best work but one of the great films of the year. Jeff Bridges makes the legendary role of Rooster Cockburn (played first by John Wayne in his first and only Oscar winning role) his own. Is reminiscent of Wayne’s role, but wisely not an impersonation. It is also far truer to the original source material.

4. The King’s Speech

Every few years the Academy gets is right as they did in honouring Colin Firth. Its no small task to appear regal and feeble at the same time. The scenes with Firth and veteran actor Geoffrey Rush as his therapist bantering dialogue could go on forever. Old school, classic film making at its best. Many people would rank this as their favourite film of the year.

3. Inception

So very rare to see a motion picture based on original material. Inception is mind-bending. I have seen it multiple times and always love it. The combo of Leo and Tom Hardy were as influential on men’s fashion and the film was on the industry.

2. Toy Story 3

A nearly perfect animated film. The amazing conclusion (at that time) to the saga of Woody and Andy, introducing wonderful new characters and bringing the toy universe further to life. The scene with Mr. Potato Head disguising himself in a tortilla is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

1. The Social Network

The King’s Speech might be the best example of storytelling in 2010 but the Social Network was the best example of film making. Deftly edited between scenes of a law suit deposition and flashbacks (the majority of the movie) to the creation of Facebook. Its an extraordinary script anchored by an Oscar nominated performance from Jessie Eisenberg. Its one of those infinitely watchable movies.

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