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I’ve seen where plenty of critics have said that 2010 was a pretty abysmal year for movie releases. I, for one, think, it was pretty fantastic. I’ve reviewed a handful of them this year and a couple even make this list.
10) Scott Pilgrim vs The World
As an immensely huge fan of the comics this was by far one of my most anticipated movies of the year, following everything from casting to the film’s release back in August. Ultimately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations as I had wished. That being said, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. If you distance yourself from the source material, then it’s very impressive. The effects are some of the best in recent years and the majority of the casting is done very, very well.
9) Tron: Legacy
Simply put, Tron: Legacy isn’t going to win Best Picture anytime soon, »
- Scott Smith
Aspiring screenwriter Laurent Kelly joined Obsessed With Film in February of this year and is the creative genius behind our high-concept features including the Owf World Cup, The Other Side of Madness, Film Fail and the recent Oscar Retrospectives. He is also the author of The Writer’s Journey, an inspiring set of articles detailing his personal quest to write and sell his first screenplay.
His top ten of 2010 is below…
The majority of my friends and family adore this film and probably think that I’m just trying to be different by not following the bandwagon. I have no problem admitting that Inception is a film with fantastic ideas and I always root for movies which have something a bit different to offer. However, in my opinion the execution of these fine ideas left a lot to be desired. What begins as a thinking mans film »
- Matt Holmes
So here’s Simon’s roll of 2010 top ten dice. Does the guy need an introduction by now? (Hint: His posts include an avatar of him dressed up like Hellboy!). He’s been with us for the past two years and I’ve known him for a little longer, still the only Owf Writer who was a personal friend before he wrote his first review for us. And he’s wrote many a great once since, including some of the best feature articles we’ve ever published (More Grit Please We’re British, Inception 101) and although I don’t have the stats to prove it, I’m pretty sure his passion for cinema has resulted in by far the biggest words per article ratio of anyone around here!
Enjoy this top ten from a mainstay of Owf… and oh, it seems like him choosing The Shop Around The Corner »
- Simon Gallagher
Adam Whyte joined Obsessed With Film in April of this year and has contributed regular feature articles and reviews from Scotland. This year he attended the Edinburgh Film Festival, reporting daily reports of all that he saw and writing several excellent full length reviews. It’s my hope he will once again attend the festival for us this year and continue his superb writings on movies past, present and future for us.
I particularly love the Top Ten of the year he has turned in here with great detailed reasons why the following are the best he saw in 2010. And having seen and very much enjoyed all the films on the list, I certainly concur…
10. Shutter Island
- Adam Whyte
According to Quigley Publishing Company's 79th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors, the co-stars take the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The poll asks movie exhibitors which stars they think generated the most box office moolah for the year. This is a pretty good indicator of a star's real box-office draw. (See the top earners for 2010)
Depp is on top yet again, having finished first in 2007 and 2006 also. This year his resume boasts "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist." With the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" due out in 2011, he's likely to appear on the Top 10 again next year.
The poll »
Let’s face it: In Hollywood, it all comes down to money. Sure, we movie fans like to talk about the artistic merits of the form and debate important subjects like whether or not Harry Potter and his friends could beat Bella and her boys in a throwdown. But for the bigwigs in Tinseltown, the final score is counted out in cold hard cash.
Well, we can play that game too, mister! In our quest to explore every aspect of the last year in movies, we’ve taken a careful look at each ledger, tally sheet and budgetary report to come out of Hollywood. The result: our official review of the 10 biggest box office headlines of 2010.
10. Comic Book Epic Fails
“Iron Man 2″ may have been an international mega-hit (grossing $621 million worldwide), but lesser known comic book movies didn’t fare quite so well. Despite major buzz and massive geek love, »
- Scott Harris
The Internet Movie Database has compiled its list of the top 25 (and top 100) most searched stars in 2010, and if there's anything that it shows it's that the "Twilight Saga" stars might actually be going out of style. While Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson still sit happily at the #2 and #3 spots (respectively), Taylor Lautner tumbled from the #5 spot in 2009 down to the #14 spot this year, Dakota Fanning went from #8 to #18, and Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed fell off the list entirely. (Greene dropped to #52 in the top 100 while Reed joined co-stars Kellan Lutz and Peter Facinelli somewhere outside the top hundy.)
But does that really mean anything for the series? Probably not, considering Daniel Radcliffe is nowhere to be see on the list, Emma Watson dropped from #53 to #64, and Rupert Grint was never on it at all, yet "Harry Potter" continues to dominate in the box office. Maybe the reason why »
- Terri Schwartz
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Who was the biggest star of 2010?
From a financial standpoint, it was Johnny Depp.
Quigley Publishing Company’s 79th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors named Depp the Top Money-Making Star of 2010. According to a release, it is Depp’s sixth appearance in the poll, including two other first place finishes in 2007 and 2006.
Depp dominated the poll for his work in both “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” Ironically, it was Depp’s “Tourist” co-star, Angelina Jolie, who placed second this year based on “Salt” and “The Tourist.” Robert Downey, Jr. made it to No. 3 for his third consecutive year in the survey, with 2010 roles in “Iron Man 2″ and “Due Date.” The top 5 rounded out with Matt Damon and Steve Carell.
And with a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film on the docket, don’t be surprised to see Depp’s name in »
- Sean O'Connell
Chicago – On the heels of HollywoodChicago.com’s 10 Best Films of 2010 by Brian Tallerico and Top Overlooked Films of 2010 by Matt Fagerholm, I offer the 10 Best Films of 2010, Part Two, by Patrick McDonald.
It’s hard to compare years. Moods, attitudes and experiences dictates so much of how choices are made, interacting with the particular cinema art of the year. But 2010, with a few exceptions, in general didn’t have the excitement of other years. The risks were less risky, the unusual narratives hard to find. The film business is just that, a business, and with so much changing so fast there will continue be more decisions coming from the marketing department and less from the creative one.
However, the 10 Best moves on, and the list is below. Since I begin with a film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Oscars (but not released in Chicago »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Dame Judi Dench is to appear in Clint Eastwood‘s film J Edgar, according to the man himself. The film, based on the life of J Edgar Hoover, original Director of the FBI, is set to go before cameras this year, and the word is that Charlize Theron is also to appear.
Her rumored casting was put to Clint on a recent red carpet by Sandwich John Films, to which the legendary filmmaker responded:
“We think she will be in the film, and Judi Dench is definitely in the film and there we are.”
More news on this exciting project when we get it. »
- Paul Heath
Three days after he winds up his five-city tour in India, Canadian rock star Bryan Adams has been roped in by a Kathmandu organisation for a live concert in Kathmandu. »
Patty and the NYC premiere
this summerEarlier this month I met with Patricia Clarkson to discuss another fine year in one of the most pleasurable of modern character actor filmographies. Hers. I was waiting for the right opportunity to share it with you, and since Cairo Time is out on DVD, Academy voters are busy weighing the various Best Actress options, and today is Patty's 51st birthday, it was high time.
Through an unfortunate scheduling snafu I was less prepared when I met her than I am accustomed to being. I apologized with a wee warning that I'd be winging it. I bring this up because, as many of will remember, I have closely clocked her career. She came in at #2 in my 2005 countdown "Actresses of the Aughts" (yes we should revisit that list now that the decade has wrapped) and because I just want to share the unedited transcript. »
- NATHANIEL R
year in review part 5 of several
I thought it would be tasteless to drop this lump of coal on Christmas so I saved it one day. It's naughty, not nice. But before we get to the unsatisfying trends, performances, and movies of the year, some caveats. I didn't see everything and am not, generally speaking, paid to attend terrible movies. Even when I'm doing freelance gigs, nobody has ever said to me "Nathaniel, we'd love for you to write a 3,000 word essay about Yogi Bear." [Editors of the world take note: I would totally do this for money.]
Most Repetitive Actor or Actress Dear Leonardo DiCaprio, you have now done three movies in a row where you're a tortured soul with an emotionally unstable dead wife. This is an even more specific brick-wall niche then when Jodie Foster kept getting trapped in small places or when Julianne Moore kept losing her children (imaginary or otherwise).
DiCaprio's new franchise!
It's time to shake things up. »
- NATHANIEL R
Matt here… with a little introduction to Adam Rayner’s Top Ten Films of 2010 article that you are about to enjoy.
Joining the Owf staff in August of this year, Adam Rayner has become one of my top contributors for his considered, passionate and entertaining reviews and also for his top quality interview write-ups which in the brief few months he has been with us includes chats with Eli Roth, Jackie Earle Haley, Denzel Washington, Carice Van Houten and more!
The great thing about Adam is the honesty in his writings. His review of the latest Harry Potter movie might be legendary. Here’s his best of 2010 and keep an eye out for lists from the majority of Owf writers over the next few days as the year winds down to a close.
10. Up in the Air
Released in the U.K. this year, George Clooney provided a performance that »
- Adam Rayner
Briefly: Clint Eastwood continues to pull in impressive actors for his J. Edgar Hoover biography, titled J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the title role, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is his right-hand man  and reputed lover Clyde Tolson, and the Australian actor Damon Herriman has a minor role as Bruno Hauptmann, the man tried and convicted for 'the crime of the century': kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. Now the director has told SandwichJohnFilms  [via the Playlist ]that Judi Dench is "definitely in the film" and that "we think [Charlize Theron] will be in the film." That would seem to indicate that Ms. Theron will be in J. Edgar rather than Snow White and the Huntsman, as the two films are meant to shoot int he same time period. Last we heard, Charlize Theron was up for the role of Helen Gandy, Hoover's long-time secretary. No word at this point who Judi Dench might play, »
- Russ Fischer
Filmmaker Lee Unkrich`s animated film .Toy Story 3. has been named the highest grossing film of 2010, after making Usd 1.1 billion at the international Box Office.Director Tim Burton`s .Alice in Wonderland. came second in this year`s list by raking in Usd 1 billion worldwide, despite being panned by critics.Christopher Nolan`s .Inception. starring Leonardo DiCaprio came third after earning Usd 825.4 million followed by .Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. at Usd 824.1 million, reports contactmusic.com..Shrek Forever After. wrapped up the top five with an earning of Usd 739.8 million.2010`s highest grossing films at the international box office:1. .Toy Story 3., Usd 1.1 billion2. .Alice in Wonderland., Usd 1 billion3. .Inception., Usd 825.44. .Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows., Part 1. Usd 824.15. .Shrek Forever After.: Usd 739.8 million6. .Twilight Saga: Eclipse., Usd 693.5 million7. .Iron Man 2., Usd 582.2 million8. .Despicable Me., Usd 539.9 million9. .How to Train Your Dragon., Usd 494.9 worldwide10. .Clash of the »
By Tom O’Neil
“The Fighter” marks the second time Mark Wahlberg threw some surprise punches at the Oscars. The first occasion was in 2006 when Wahlberg emerged as the only cast member of Best Picture champ “The Departed” to be nominated for acting — leaving Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio on the ropes. Now his “Fighter” is a heavyweight contender in the current derby where it will certainly be nominated for Best Picture … and might even win. We discuss both derbies with the slugger.
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- Allie Merriam
Clint Eastwood got at least two good presents under his Christmas tree this year: The Playlist reports that Judi Dench and Damon Herriman (TV's "Justified") have joined Eastwood's latest flick "J. Edgar" (formerly "Hoover"). They are added to the growing list of actors that also includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") and Charlize Theron.
Herriman would come on board as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. His conviction came into question later because police were accused of manipulating the evidence, though, which prompted Hoover to launch an FBI inquiry into the police handling of the case. Dench's role in the film has yet to be announced.
As you've probably discerned from its title, the film follows the life of the FBI's first director, J. Edgar Hoover, as told from his perspective. DiCaprio is tapped to play the title character, while Hammer will »
- Terri Schwartz
We already know Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the titular historical figure of the FBI in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) landed the role of his alleged gay lover. Now Eastwood is in the midst of rounding up a supporting cast. Earlier this month The Playlist got word that "Justified" star Damon Herriman will play Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping & killing the Lindbergh baby. Now they've spied a story over at Sandwich John Films who spoke with Eastwood at his California Hall Of Fame induction where he revealed that Judi Dench has already signed on for an unknown role. We're still waiting to find out whether or not Charlize Theron will take the role Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Apparently she's leaning towards the role, but also finds herself in the midst of »
- Ethan Anderton
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