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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
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
After hundreds of ticket stubs and thousands of hours spent in a theater this year, we want to share with your our favorite cinematic experiences of 2010. Over the next few pages you will find our favorite films of the year, split up by contributor here on The Film Stage formatted to their liking. The mix of tastes should cover all grounds and give you a few new films you may have missed, or urge you to revisit the ones you loved. I’ll kick things off below with my top 10. As a disclaimer, I’m going by Us 2010 theatrical releases and not counting things I’ve seen at film festivals that have yet to be released.
Jordan Raup’s Top 10 of 2010
This would be the most under-appreciated film of the year – if anyone actually had a chance to see it. Warner Bros. pulled its »
- TFS Staff
Everybody's got a theory, but not everybody's theory makes sense. The theory du jour: Nicole Kidman ("Rabbit Hole") can upset both Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") and Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right") and win the Best Actress Oscar. That's what Tom O'Neil and Pete Hammond argue, anyway. I agree that this race is a little more open than it seems (and I'd add that Jennifer Lawrence isn't out of it, either), but I'm not ready to get in line behind Tom's theory, which depends on Kidman first winning the Golden »
- Sasha Stone
Here’s a look back at the 30 extensive, 1-on-1 interviews — from A(ronofsky) to Z(sigmond) — that I have conducted over the course of the 2010 awards season thus far. I really have to pinch myself when I reflect on just how many wonderful opportunities I have had to speak with the people most responsible for the best films of this year — and many others — and how many more exciting interviews are already being lined up for the coming weeks and months. For now, though, enjoy…
Darren Aronofsky (director, “Black Swan”) Brigitte Berman (documentary filmmaker, “Hefner”) Halle Berry (actress, “Frankie and Alice”) Danny Boyle (co-writer/director, “127 Hours”) Jeff Bridges (actor, “True Grit”) Matt Damon (actor, “True Grit”) Stephen Dorff (actor, “Somewhere”) Kirsten Dunst (actress, “All Good Things”) Robert Duvall (actor, “Get Low”) Colin Firth (actor, “The King’s Speech”) Andrew Garfield (actor, “The Social Network”) Ryan Gosling (actor, “Blue Valentine”) Hugh Hefner (documentary subject, »
- Scott Feinberg
You might have noticed some of my illustrious, talented, and all-around terrific colleagues have set about ticking off their 2010 lists. Never one to miss a chance to throw out an unsolicited (although hopefully compelling) opinion, I thought I might weigh in. This isn't so much a best-of list, as much as a reflection on the last year and some of the films which stuck out for various, particular reasons for me.I think many of the other reviewers on the site have the same lament I've been carrying for the last couple of weeks: 2010 had so many movies and there was so little time to see them all. As of this writing, I still haven't had the opportunity to check out True Grit, Catfish, or give Black Swan the due diligence of a second viewing (if you held a gun to my head for an instant opinion, I'd say it was mostly excellent, »
Top Ten Movies of 2010
I feel as if 2010 marked a turning point in movies. Sure, we had our share of blockbusters with Alice in Wonderland crossing $1 billion worldwide and Iron Man 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse joining it as the three lone live-action films to cross $300 million. However, after Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the only other films to cross the $200 million mark domestically were animated features -- Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon. What does that say about this year's crop of films?
Well, first off, I think we all know a film doesn't need to make over $200 million at the box-office for it to be deemed "good." And this year it wasn't as much about the big blockbuster films as much as it was about the little guy that could, and smaller, indie films hit quite a stride. »
- Brad Brevet
#10 – Let Me In
Directed by Matt Reeves
Based on the best-selling Swedish novel “Let The Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, Let Me In is a haunting, provocative thriller and in many ways is better than the original. While originally pegged as their own vision of the novella, it’s clear that director Matt Reeves has mimicked Alfredson’s distinctive sense of style and looked to his adaptation for visual inspiration. Reeves takes a bold and critical step in shooting an almost shot-for-shot remake of the Swedish vampire flick. But by injecting his own craft, he finds a way to harden it with a little more emotion and flavor. The pressure in adapting a story or remaking a film is that the filmmakers already have an archetype to which everyone will compare their work to. Some people will be unwilling to invite this film in, »
“The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer)
“The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer)
“Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer)
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/1, R, trailer)
“True Grit” (Paramount, 12/25, PG-13, trailer)
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer)
“Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer)
“Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer)
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer)
“The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer)
“The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer)
“Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer)
“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/31, PG-13, trailer)
“Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, Tbd, trailer)
“Waiting for ‘Superman’” (Paramount Vantage, 9/24, PG, trailer)
“Secretariat” (Disney, 10/8, PG, trailer)
“Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer)
- Scott Feinberg
Every year Hollywood shows off plenty of fresh talent on the big screen, and 2010 was no exception. Young breakout stars took the movie world by storm in films such as "The Social Network," "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Karate Kid." And, even if their film wasn't the biggest box office it, the young leads of "Let Me In," "Kick-Ass" and "Winter's Bone" left fond memories in everyone's minds that seems to bode well for their careers.
With the New Year right around the corner, we decided to celebrate the 10 biggest breakout stars of 2010, reflecting on the films that tossed them into the spotlight and looking forward to what they have coming up next.
Why He'll Stick Around: Garfield is tapped »
- Terri Schwartz
There’s new news from production on X-Men: First Class, the upcoming X-Men prequel direced by Matthew Vaughn and starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng.
X-Men: First Class, currently being shot in Jekyll Island, Georgia, had some minor news leak out from Comic Book Movie, after yesterdays blue and yellow classic costume rumor: »
- Terry Boyden
Below is my written article (after the jump) on the Best Movies of 2010, listed per film in alphabetical order.
2010 was a great year at the movies. Both Hollywood and independent cinema offered thought-provoking gems that thrilled and entertained us. Because of the over-abundance of quality filmmaking, I decided that this year, I will forego with the annual Top 10 and instead, give you a list of the very Best Movies of 2010 (in alphabetical order):
.127 Hours. . .Slumdog Millionaire. vets, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and co-writer/director Danny Boyle, reteamed to give us a haunting and oddly uplifting film about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber trapped under a boulder. James Franco gave one of the most brilliant performances of the year. ("127 Hours" movie review, "127 Hours" interviews with Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle, and James Franco)
.Biutiful. . Alejandro González Iñárritu (.Babel,. .Amores Perros,. .21 Grams.) tells a touching tale of a man in search of redemption. »
Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" topped the Online Film Critics Society Nominations. The drama/thriller set in the ballet world starring Natalie Portman scored seven nods including Best Picture, Director (Aronofsky), Actress (Portman), Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Editing.
Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Best Lead Actor
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Michael Douglas is set to receive the Icon Award on Thursday, January 13, at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). The actor will get his award following a screening of "Solitary Man." The Icon Award is given to an individual who has created a great body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement.
Festival Director Darryl Macdonald called Douglas an "American treasure" and is "deserving of celebration."
Here's the rest of the press release:
The Festival will devote an evening to the Oscar® winning actor and producer, as part of its Talking Pictures: The Contenders Series, which focuses on the films and the actors that are emerging among the front-runners leading up to the Academy Award nominations. The tribute will include the presentation of its Icon Award, a selection of clips from his films, an on-stage conversation with Douglas and Variety.s Peter Bart and a screening of Solitary Man. »
Armie Hammer, The Social Network Kim Hye-ja, Catfish, Dogtooth In; The King's Speech Out: Online Film Critics Surprises Best Picture Black Swan Inception The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter's Bone Best Foreign Film Carlos Dogtooth The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mother A Prophet Best Director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan Danny Boyle, 127 Hours Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit David Fincher, The Social Network Christopher Nolan, Inception Best Actor Jeff Bridges, True Grit Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network Colin Firth, The King's Speech James Franco, 127 Hours Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine Edgar Ramírez, Carlos Best Actress Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right Kim Hye-ja, Mother Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone Natalie Portman, Black Swan Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, The Fighter Andrew Garfield, The Social Network John Hawkes, Winter's Bone Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech Best [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
December 27, 2010 – The Online Film Critics Society (Ofcs), the international professional association of Internet-based film reviewers, has announced the nominations for its 2010 Ofcs Awards.
The award winners will be announced on January 3, 2011. The Ofcs is online at www.ofcs.org.
The nominees for the 2010 Ofcs Awards are:
Danny Boyle — 127 Hours
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling — Blue Valentine
Edgar Ramírez — Carlos
Kim Hye-ja — Mother
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Best Supporting Actor
- Eric M. Armstrong
The ballots for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been mailed today, beginning the all-important three-week-long period before they’re due on Jan. 14. Not much has changed in the past week since my last round of predictions (I am now putting Natalie Portman above Annette Bening for Best Actress, though I think the race is still too close to call). But I have been interested to watch as many of my Oscar-prognosticator colleagues have changed their predicted Best Picture winner from The King's Speech to The Social Network. Several of you have wondered in the comments why I haven’t switched my No. »
- Dave Karger
The Online Film Critics Society — to which Bad Lit belongs — has released today their nominees for their 2010 Awards. Nominees were chosen by members during a first round of voting. Now, the members have to go back and pick the winners from the below list. Winners will be announced on Jan. 3.
So, now I’m off to go vote and I’ll post the winners up next year! (You can see a full list of Ofcs members who will also be voting here.)
Danny Boyle (-) 127 Hours
Colin Firth (-) The King’s Speech
James Franco (-) 127 Hours »
- Mike Everleth
David Fincher's "The Social Network"is emerging as the consensus choice as best film of 2010. Most of the critics' groups have sanctified it, and after its initial impact it has only grown it stature. I think it is an early observer of a trend in our society, where we have learned new ways of thinking of ourselves: As members of a demographic group, as part of a database, as figures in...a social network.
My best films list also appears on my main site, but I am posting it here on the blog so that you can comment on it. In response to the reader protests of recent years, I've returned to the time-honored tradition of ten films arranged in order from one to ten. After that, it's all alphabetical. The notion of objectively ordering works of art seems bizarre to me.
Here are the year's best feature films: »
- Roger Ebert
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