Films I saw for the first time in 2010

Basically these are all the films I saw in 2010 (not just films released in 2010 but also films I saw for the first time) with a summary of my thoughts and a rating out of 10. They're in the order I remember them, but I've put 2010's cinema releases first (the ones that I saw in the cinema anyway)
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Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Saw this in the cinema, as predicted it had amazing effects and enjoyable action scenes, but the storyline was predictable and although I was entertained for the duration I felt like I gained nothing from it. 7/10 ” - Thomas Small
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Saw this in the cinema and I was hugely impressed. The combination of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese is yet to disappoint, and this was no exception. Well worth the price of a cinema ticket and will almost definitely be a purchase in the new year. 9.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Clash of the Titans (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth. (106 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ I saw this in the cinema and I have to say it was disappointing. The storyline was weak, and the trailers promised lots of extended action scenes which never materialised. I felt slightly cheated when the film ended, rather abruptly it must be said, and I probably won't be going to see the sequel. Possibly the most disappointing film I've seen all year. 4/10 ” - Thomas Small
Robin Hood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. (140 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Saw this in the cinema and subsequently bought it for a housemate as a birthday present. I was expecting a very similar film to Gladiator, but it turned out to be quite different. Some scenes had the intensity I expected but it was also quite funny in places. Another very good effort from the Scott-Crowe double act. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
“ Saw this in the cinema and it was a very enjoyable animated film. It has a really good storyline and the voice acting is very strong by all the cast. Another probable purchase in the new year. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Saw this in the cinema twice, just WOW. I have also bought the DVD. It is my absolute favourite film, incredible special effects and a great storyline. I really do think anyone could enjoy this film, it is quite easy to just ignore the storyline and watch it as a special effects-laden blockbuster if you so wish. My favourite director and my favourite actor combine to make a superb, intelligent blockbuster. 10/10 ” - Thomas Small
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Saw this in the cinema. This is one of the best animated films I've ever seen. It's pushing the other Toy Story films to be the best of the series, it's that good. The storyline was fantastic, and the voice acting was once again superb. 10/10 ” - Thomas Small
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Greutert
“ Saw this in the cinema. It was enjoyable but nothing particularly spectacular. I'm a pretty big fan of the franchise and it was a solid Saw film. Not going to win many awards, if any, but a good way to end the Jigsaw storyline. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Saw this in the cinema twice. It was much better first time, it has to be said. I think it was one of the better Potter films, probably the best since Prisoner Of Azkaban. Overall it was a faithful adaptation of the book but the storyline didn't flow very well. It seemed like they just took scenes from the book and bolted them together. Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe put in their best performances of the series, and the ensemble cast was superb as always. 7/10 ” - Thomas Small
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Saw this in the cinema. I wasn't sure what to expect from this film. I'm a huge fan of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and I also like Guy Richie, but for whatever reason I didn't like Jude Law. His performance as Dr Watson was superb, and I consider myself somewhat of a convert. Great storyline and a very good effort at re-imagining this iconic British character. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Saw this on a friend's DVD. It has to be the funniest film I've seen all year. Great storyline and good performances come together to make an overall hilarious film. I don't know why I didn't see this in the cinema, I was probably low on money at the time. I absolutely can't wait for the sequel, it promises much and I really hope it can deliver. 9.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ I saw this on a friend's DVD. I wasn't expecting to like this at all. I'm usually not one for this type of film but it was very enjoyable. Michael Cera plays his typical slightly nerdy character but he does suit the role very well. It was a great feel-good film and one I will happily watch again. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Yes Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A guy challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year. (104 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
“ Saw this on a friend's DVD. Again, not a film I was expecting to particularly like. I have mixed opinions of Jim Carrey. He's made some real hits but also some pretty big misses. This was thankfully the former. It was a comedy with a message and I think it was a real success. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Saw on a friend's DVD. This is a film I've put off seeing for a long time, but when I finally watched it I can't quite figure out why. It was an epic in all senses of the word. The ending is also very good (albeit predictable) and the performances were very impressive. Overall an enjoyable film that had good drama, great action scenes and a great storyline. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. (90 mins.)
“ Saw this on a friend's DVD. This film was just weird. Not particularly good but not a train-wreck either. It would probably have been better if I'd seen it in 3D in the cinema for the full effect, but it was a reasonable effort nonetheless. 6/10 ” - Thomas Small
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ I bought this on DVD. I'd heard and read good things about this films so I decided to take a punt and buy it. That turned out to be one of the better choices I've made this year as this film is a great action thriller. Leo's performance is one of the best I've seen, even if his accent is a bit ropey in places. I was surprised by Jennifer Connelly's performance as well. I haven't seen her in anything else so I didn't really know what to expect but she was very impressive. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
Body of Lies (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence. (128 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I bought this on DVD. I was pretty impressed by this film. More good performances by Crowe and DiCaprio, and also a great appearance from Mark Strong. Well-directed by Ridley Scott, this is a great spy thriller. Not quite as good as Blood Diamond, which I watched straight before this, but a very good film nonetheless. 8.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however. (98 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. This was going cheap on Amazon and I'd been fairly impressed by trailers I'd seen so I decided to take a punt. It's a very strange mix of horror, some comic elements and opera. Overall it's relatively enjoyable, but nothing particularly special. Although I did enjoy Anthony Head as the Repo Man. 7/10 ” - Thomas Small
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ I bought this on DVD. Another punt, this one really paid off. It has to be my favourite horror comedy film (yes I prefer it to Shaun of the Dead). It combines really funny moments (especially Bill Murray's cameo) with great zombie kills, and altogether it's my joint favourite comedy film of the year with Kick-Ass. 9.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I bought this on DVD. I have to say I expected more from this film. It's been eternally hyped as being one of the most shocking films ever, and I have to say I was underwhelmed compared to the hype. It is, however, a very solid film with a great performance by Malcolm McDowell. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. This film is strange, but I really enjoyed it. Some great scenes, and an Oscar-winning performance from Javier Bardem add up to a very entertaining hour and a half, and Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin also put in good performances. The Coen brothers are great directors, and that really shows in this film. 8.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. I was expecting great things from this film, and it delivered them in abundance. Although it's more slow-paced than most of my favourite films the story is a cracker and another deserved Oscar-winning performance from Daniel Day-Lewis make it a really great film. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. This was part of a Tarantino box set I bought, and having never heard of it I wasn't expecting much. It is, however, Tarantino so it turned out to be a really enjoyable film. I was really surprised. Admittedly not his best, but still a good effort. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable. (98 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. Having seen trailers for this film I thought it looked interesting to say the least so when I saw it going cheap in HMV I decided it might be worth a punt. Bradley Cooper puts in a surprisingly good performance, and Vinnie Jones brings a surprisingly credible menace to his character. Overall I was impressed, and the visuals are great. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ Saw online. I was looking for something to do one morning so I decided to have a browse through megavideo to see what I could find. I saw this advertised and, having heard about it on IMDB, I decided to check it out. I have to say I enjoyed it. I'm beginning to expect a big future from Emma Stone, having seen her in Zombieland and now Easy A and been impressed with both performances. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Quantum of Solace (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ I saw this on a friend's DVD. Having read negative reviews and heard relatively bad things from friends I wasn't expecting much from this film. I was reasonably surprised by it though, it's enjoyable but wasn't nearly as good as Casino Royale. Most of the action sequences in QoS were well executed, but the storyline left something to be desired. 7.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. (150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ I bought this on DVD. I think the term 'if if ain't broke why fix it' applies to this film. It carries on in the same vein as the first Transformers, which in my opinion is awesome. The storyline is just an excuse to have massive robots beating the crap out of each other. and that's all a film like this needs. As a film it's pretty terrible, but as entertainment I loved it. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I bought this on DVD. This film is spectacularly good. Great performances all round, and superb direction by Martin Scorsese, this film had me hooked the whole way through. The storyline is excellent, and the action scenes are an equal triumph. This is the film that made me realise that Matt Damon is actually a really good actor. His performance holds its own against Jack Nicholson's. 10/10 ” - Thomas Small
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ I saw this on a friend's DVD. I usually love gory horror films (see the next entry), but I found the torture scenes in this film a bit too much. As a film it's very good, but I couldn't watch parts. It is, however, a very good representation of the suffering Jesus Christ had to endure in the final hours of his life. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Hostel: Part II (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ I bought this on DVD. Having watched part 1 about a year before I finally got round to watching part 2. I appreciate it's not meant to have much storyline, and I enjoyed it as a result. Both Hostel films are about gore, and this film has it in abundance. The torture scenes are brutal and that's exactly what I wanted from this film. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
The Invention of Lying (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain. (100 mins.)
“ Early Christmas present on DVD. I can't say I expected much from this film, but it was very enjoyable regardless. It had me chuckling for most of the way through, and the message at the end is a very good one. I was also impressed by Ricky Gervais, having not been a huge fan of his he really surprised me with this film. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Saw this on TV. Based on the true story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, this film was a strange mix of horror and musical. I was really surprised by the amount of blood in this film, I expected it to be slightly toned down but all the throat-slittings were brilliantly gory. All the actors' singing voices are surprisingly good, and Tim Burton delivers one of his better films. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Severance (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one. (96 mins.)
“ Saw this film on TV. I didn't really know what to expect from Severance. I heard mixed reviews from both critics and friends, but I rather enjoyed it. One of Danny Dyer's better performances, it has to be said, this film had me laughing in places, and entertained throughout. The storyline was the classic 5 people stuck in a house in a wood, but it was a cut above the average horror films that normally follow that formula. 8/10 ” - Thomas Small
Wall Street (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Saw on a friend's DVD. I really expected not to like this film. It isn't particularly fast-paced or action-packed, but having expected little I was very pleasantly surprised. It's a very plot-driven film with great performances from Michael Douglas and, perhaps more surprisingly, Charlie Sheen. Although it's not my usual type of film I found myself engaged in the plot and I felt like I got something out of it in the end. 8.5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ I bought this on DVD. Having heard the hype about it being the most disturbing film ever etc I decided I had to check it out. Then I found it going cheap on Amazon so I decided it must be worth a purchase. I have to say, it wasn't even 10% as bad as everyone says. It's a reasonably thought out and original storyline but I wasn't impressed. 5/10 ” - Thomas Small
Wanted (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities. (110 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. I'd heard good things about this film, and having heard what it was about I thought it sounded really cool. I was severely disappointed though, this film was rather boring and repetitive. They spent about 2/3 of the film training James McAvoy, but when they eventually got round to the action scenes it was fairly enjoyable. And the whole thing with the loom was just plain stupid. 4/10 ” - Thomas Small
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Warring alien and predator races descend on a rural US town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival. (94 mins.)
“ I bought this on DVD. I didn't expect much from this film, but it was much better than I thought it was going to be. The action scenes were reasonably well executed, and some of the ideas they had were good, but it lacked the magic that the first 2 Alien films and the first Predator film had. It was, however, better than AVP (which absolutely sucked) due to the scene where someone's arm is melted off. 7/10 ” - Thomas Small
Defiance (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ I bought this on DVD. I like pretty much every war film I've seen, but this had an original storyline I was especially impressed with. I thought the performances of Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell were very impressive, and it was well directed by Edward Zwick (as I've come to expect, having seen Blood Diamond). It was a powerful film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 9/10 ” - Thomas Small