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Are you top ten-ed out? Probably? But damn it, I didn't see a zillion movies this year (Ok, around 150) to not earn the right to subject you to a list of my 10 favorites. Honestly this list is probably more for me than for you guys. As we head into the awards season (People's Choice is just days away, get your powder blue tux ready!), what better way to get into the right mindset of endless accolades than to bestow my own. So here we go folks... the top 10 films of 2010* according to me.
*List void on January 1st when I'll surely change my mind about a few of these.
Top 10 (In Alphabetical Order)...
At face value a gimmick of a film, but so much more in the hands of Danny Boyle. By turns contemplative, visceral, epic and intimate, "127 Hours" added up to one of the more moving pieces of cinema this year (and, »
- Josh Horowitz
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
Was the Michelle Williams oral sex scene in Blue Valentine real with Co-Star Ryan Gosling? She jokes that it was.Actress Michelle Williams showed her humorous side – as she tried to start a rumour that the on-screen sex she had with co-star Ryan Gosling in their new film was for real.The Deception star appears in some steamy scenes with Gosling in their eagerly awaited new drama Blue Valentine.And in a recent interview with USA Today, she mischievously implied the two were a couple and that the on-screen sex was no act. “We had a very good time,” she joked. “We rehearsed it. A lot. We really wanted to get it right. It was a really hard day at work."Williams added that their on-screen relationship also had some benefits off-screen."I put on some weight for this movie,” the 30-year-old Shutter Island star said.“He would make me ice-cream shakes in the morning. »
The top 25 movies and stars of 2010 were revealed today by IMDb as listed by users. Have you seen all of the films on the llist below?
23. Iron Man 2
20. Easy A
18. Let Me In
17. Four Lions
15. Winter’s Bone
14. The Ghost aka The Ghost Writer
13. Despicable Me
12. Ip Man 2
10. The Town
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. Toy Story 3
Below are the top 25 stars for 2010. IMDb explains that these rankings “are not based upon critical assessments or box-office performance but the actual search behavior of the more than 100 million monthly unique users of IMDb.com”.
25. Scarlett Johansson
24. Emma Stone
23. Sandra Bullock
22. Mila Kunis
21. Rachael McAdams
20. Natalie Portman
19. Bruce Willis
18. Dakota Fanning
17. Nicolas Cage
16. Matt Damon
15. Zooey Deschanel
14. Taylor Lautner
13. Ryan Reynolds »
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
Continuing with our 2010 year end celebration actor Jesse Kozel had given us his awesome best and worst list of 2010. Thanks Jesse!
Thanks for the opportunity to spill the beans on what I think is riding the line between good and bad in my world.
I only wanted to include films that played to wide audiences either at festivals with large crowds, theatrical releases or if they were available on DVD.
Best of 2010:
Black Swan - Aronofsky does it again with this mind bending thriller set in the world of Ballet. You know those people are crazy, but now you get to see inside the head of a prima ballerina for the first time. Stellar performances and an overall captivating setting make for the best film I've seen this year.
Colour from the Dark - Technically this had a screening some time ago in NYC, but never made any type »
The year is almost over, and you know what that means: list-making time across the entire internet. Venkman just added to the fray with his own Top 10 list, so I figured I'd throw my selections out there for you all to see.
Note: this is my personal list of my favorite films of the year, not a list of what I consider to be the "best" movies of the year (although many coincide). Here we go!
10. The Fighter
I literally had The Town in this spot as I was typing this list, but something came over me at the last second to change it. That's how close those two movies were battling for a spot here, and I think the emotional core of The Fighter gave it the slight edge over Ben Affleck's solid heist film. The Fighter features fantastic performances from every member of the cast, with Christian Bale being the clear standout, »
It’s been a fantastic year of movies, and it’s that time of year where I get to share my top ten favorite films of 2010 with you. The hardest part for me while making the list was ranking the movies because they were all so incredible. There was a lot of shuffling on this list, but this is it this is final.
These are movies that simply connected with me, and left a lasting impression. I've seen every film on my top 10 list three or more times. My list is a mixture of films that pretty much blew me away with their awesomeness. Each one of the films on my list were entertaining, inspiring, thought provoking, fun and each had some brilliant moments.
It’s always fun for me to put together my end of the year top 10 list of favorite movies. I understand that some of you wont agree with my choices, »
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
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).
Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations.
Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:
Best Original Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher Nolan – Inception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin – Black Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson – The Fighter Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
Best Adapted Screenplay
Some people love reading critics' reviews of movies, while other people hate them, but I think we can all unanimously agree that Rotten Tomatoes' aggregation of certified critics' reviews is one of the best movie resources on the web. The site's just listed the top 20 best-reviewed movies of 2010 (with a minimum of 60 reviews required), and the majority of them shouldn't be too surprising.
"Toy Story 3" took the top spot with 99 percent of the film's 247 reviews being positive. It's fitting, for once, that the top reviewed film of the year is also the highest grossing film of the year, and one of two movies in 2010 to gross over one billion dollars worldwide (the other is "Alice in Wonderland"). But what might surprise some people (especially those who didn't see it) is that another animated film, "How To Train Your Dragon," placed second on the list with 98 percent of its 156 reviews being positive. »
- Terri Schwartz
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »
- Germain Lussier
The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.
The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »
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
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
I don't normally knock out "Top Ten" lists very often. I always find myself fighting to figure out which film I actually enjoyed more but when the guys asked me to come up with a "Top Ten Horror Flicks of 2010" I figured it would be a breeze. Only after I started did I find out that instead of trying to decide what the best was, I would be left wondering if there were even 10 good horror films released in 2010...
I was really stretching the limits of what one would consider horror with some of these and other films only made the list because they just happened to be better than what was left even if I didn't really enjoy them that much. It was an odd year for horror but when it hit the mark, it blew it open. Check what made the list and see if you agree.
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- Keepers of the Bid
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
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