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Tied for 1. I Am Love and I’M Still Here
My two favorite movie posters of 2010: one for one of my favorite films of the year, the other for a film that I didn’t even see (not from lack of desire, though Casey Affleck’s opening weekend fess-up dampened my enthusiasm somewhat), and a perfect pair.
I have a lot of affection for the simple movie poster that places perfectly chosen type on a beautiful film still, but these are something else. For one thing, their images are portraits rather than film stills (Tilda Swinton at her most elegant, Joaquin Phoenix at his most studiously disheveled), and for another, the title treatments are given equal billing to the image, seemingly fighting with it, potentially overwhelming it, ultimately embracing it. It’s nice to see serif and script fonts being used so stylishly in the age of sans-serif minimalism »
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
Top movie review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Reviewed Movies of 2010 (courtesy of SlashFilm), along with my one-word thoughts in parentheses:
* Toy Story 3 – 99% with 247 reviews (Yawn)
* How to Train Your Dragon – 98% with 156 reviews (Skipped)
* Exit Through the Gift Shop – 98% with 94 reviews (Fun)
* The Social Network – 97% with 258 reviews (Snappy)
* Restrepo – 97% with 101 reviews (Visceral)
* Inside Job – 97% with 91 reviews (Skipped)
* A Prophet (Une Prophete) – 97% with 142 reviews (Grim)
* The King’s Speech – 96% with 142 reviews (Missed)
* Animal Kingdom – 96% with 108 reviews (Missed)
* True Grit – 95% with 173 reviews (Missed)
* The Town – 94% with 201 reviews (Overrated)
* The Kids Are All Right – 94% with 192 reviews (Sitcom)
* Winter’s Bone – 94% with 142 reviews (Overrated)
* Blue Valentine – 94% with 64 reviews (Skipped)
* 127 Hours – 93% with 146 reviews (Grueling)
* The Tillman Story – 93% with 80 reviews (Cautionary)
* Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work – 92% with 90 reviews (Sad)
* The Father of My Children (Le Pere De Mes Enfants) – 91% with 54 reviews (Missed)
* Fish Tank – 90% positive with 127 reviews (Missed)
In case you were wondering what the best reviewed movies of 2010 were, here they are! Here are the results from movie review sites, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Each site has a different way of calculating their scores, but in the end the majority of the films that ended up on each list are the same. Check out the list of films below and tell us what you think!
Rotten Tomatoes – Best Reviewed Movies of 2010
“Toy Story 3″ – 99% with 247 reviews “How to Train Your Dragon” – 98% with 156 reviews “Exit Through the Gift Shop” – 98% with 94 reviews “The Social Network” – 97% with 258 reviews “Restrepo” – 97% with 101 reviews “Inside Job” – 97% with 91 reviews “A Prophet” (Une Prophete) – 97% with 142 reviews “The King’s Speech” – 96% with 142 reviews “Animal Kingdom” – 96% with 108 reviews “True Grit” – 95% with 173 reviews “The Town” – 94% with 201 reviews “The Kids Are All Right” – 94% with 192 reviews “Winter’s Bone” – 94% with 142 reviews “Blue Valentine” – 94% with 64 reviews “127 Hours” – 93% with 146 reviews “The Tillman Story »
As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we'd compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic. Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic's review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews. For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. »
- Peter Sciretta
It’s always tricky for the Sound On Sight staff to choose their favourite films each year. Since we have contributors across the globe and because many movies have different release dates in various countries, there’s always a few movies that not everyone on our team has the opportunity to watch. These films have a disadvantage. since half of the team can’t vote for them, and so sometimes their is one or two great films that just don’t make it in. However I do believe that each and every year the eclectic mix of movies that appear on our list, really does show how much ground we cover. On our list this year you will find three Canadian films, several genre films, a few foreign language films and a bit of the mainstream. Each Sound On Sight critic submits a list of their ten favourite films in order of preference. »
#1 – Black Swan
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky does not have a medium setting. However one might feel about any of this films – from the agitated anti-drug parable Requiem for a Dream to the time-bending metaphysical sci-fi mini-epic The Fountain to working-man’s tragedy The Wrestler – it’s difficult to argue that he holds back in any respect. Black Swan acts as a sort of greatest-hits of Aronofsky’s past pet themes – contorted bodies (Requiem), pathological obsession (Pi), and the transformational/destructive properties of the performing arts (Wrestler), but in execution it takes a bold leap in a different direction, throwing caution to the wind and delivering an over-the-top, consistently heightened, and gloriously insane film that isn’t afraid to skirt with the ridiculous in order to engage with its high-art millieu and troubled central figure.
Both a deeply Freudian melodrama and a body-horror nightmare, Black Swan is anything but subtle. »
It’s always tricky for the Sound On Sight staff to choose their favourite films each year. Since we have contributors across the globe and because many movies have different release dates in various countries, their is always a few movies that not everyone on our team has the opportunity to watch. These films have a disadvantage since half of the team can’t vote for them, and so sometimes their is one or two great films that just don’t make it in. However I do believe that each and every year the eclectic mix of movies that appear on our list, really does show how much ground we cover. On our list this year you will find three Canadian films, several genre films, a few foreign language films and a bit of the mainstream. Each Sound On Sight critic submits a list of their ten favourite films in order of preference. »
Youtube user Sleepyskunk posted this very cool movie trailer mashup of 2010 films, here’s the details and enjoy the clip! Movie Trailers (in order of appearance): The Secret of Kells, Burlesque, When in Rome, Splice, Machete, Yogi Bear, Fish Tank, I’m Still Here, The Runaways, Furry Vengeance, Babies, Morning Glory, Catfish, The Tooth Fairy, Marmaduke, Killers, Jonah Hex, Defendor, Legion, Paranormal Activity 2, Remember Me, Robin Hood, Saw 3D, Howl, 127 Hours, Never Let Me Go, The Tempest, The Book of Eli, Red Hill, Centurion, The Ghost Writer, The Tourist, Eat Pray Love, Shrek Forever After, Grown Ups, Little Fockers, Dinner For Schmucks, Get Him To The Greek, Due Date, The [...] »
- Brian Corder
Fish Tank, 2009.
Directed by Andrea Arnold.
A 15 year old girl's life is turned on its head when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Fish Tank is a gritty and real film, driven by its rough setting and well realised characters. It’s a critically acclaimed piece crafted by writer/director Andrea Arnold and centred on a knock-out debut performance from Katie Jarvis as foul mouthed fifteen year old Mia. She lives with her fierce and distant mother and her prematurely aged younger sister on a downtrodden, ragged estate. She drinks and wanders her days away, stomping with rage around the local area whilst she waits for others in an unknown system to decide her fate. She loiters near those her own age, only to end up violently and angrily confronting them most of the time. Spewing obscenities, wearing »
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (Awfj) revealed their nominees in 38 - yes, 38 - categories with Black Swan, The Social Network, Inception, The King's Speech, and Winter's Bone earning nominations in the Best Film category. In addition to the normal categories, the Awfj (of which I'm a voting member) also has established 'Female Focus Awards' to specifically recognize the work of women in films. Picking up nominations in the Best Female Director category this year were Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Sofia Coppola (Somewhere), Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), and Nicole Holofcener (Please Give). This year's nominees in the Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry were Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids Are All Right, Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture, Debra Granik for Winter's Bone, Tanya Hamilton for Night Catches Us, and Helen Mirren for opening five movies in the Us.
So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.
So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.
By: Zack Young
By: The Sleepy Skunk
By: Matthew Shapiro
By: Gen I
By: Kees van Dijkhuizen
On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is »
- Brad Brevet
The Social Network continues its pre-award season domination, adding Chicago as one of many cities that have given the film Best Picture.
Agreeing with Jeff Bayer’s philosophy that critics should be openly sharing what they think is best, especially with awards voting involved, below I am posting some of my own picks for my first time voting as a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. I am honored to have this voice, and am very open to sharing my own voting strategies with those who care to hear it. My comments concerning certain categories are below.
Nominees for the 22nd annual Chicago Film Critics Awards:
(My picks are in italics, the winners are in bold)
- Nick Allen
For the third year in a row choosing the actor who deserves the top spot on my Best Supporting Actor list was an extremely easy task. Last year, Christoph Waltz from Inglourious Basterds was the obvious choice. In 2008 it was Heath Ledger who delivered a performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight so far above his peers that selecting him as the best supporting actor that year was a no-brainer. And in 2010, Christian Bale set the bar impossibly high with his career-defining performance in The Fighter.
Honorable Mentions: Tom Hardy in Inception, Ed Harris in The Way Back, Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank, Pierce Brosnan in both Remember Me and The Ghost Writer, John Malkovich in Red, and James Marsden in Death in the Family.
Read the full list: Best Supporting Actors of 2010
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David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the big winner at the 22nd Annual Chicago Film Critics Association Awards. The film won the top prize for Best Picture, David Fincher was awarded Best Director and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was cited for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Christopher Nolan's "Inception" also received multiple awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Natalie Portman scored her first critics award this year for Best Actress for "Black Swan." The Darren Aronofsky film also won Best Original Score.
Full list of nominees and winners (bolded):
The King.s Speech
Debra Granik--Winter.s Bone
Tom Hooper--The King.s »
- Ryan Adams
Chicago – When we look back on this past year in cinema, what will we remember? Ironically, a year after “Avatar” was supposed to change the movie paradigm forever, it’s the human faces that I most vividly remember from 2010. Mark Zuckerberg lit by a computer screen, Nina Sayers’ blood-red eyes, the longing look of Mal as she urges Cobb to join her in suicide, Teddy Daniels as the walls of his mental charade come tumbling down, Dean’s realization that his marriage is over, a little boy learning his first girlfriend happens to be a vampire, and so many more memorable, undeniably human moments. It’s the characters of 2010 that feature so prominently whenever I think back about the year in film.
Was it a “good year”? It depends on how you quantify it. At the very top of the year-end list, the quality was remarkable. There were at least »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Okay, so it may be a little early to talk about the best films of next year. But based on the number of high-profile auteurs with new works on the horizon, 2011 looks like it will be a banner annum for art cinema. While Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" is already trailering around the world and Sundance will parade a number of hot new projects from American indie stalwarts (Miguel Arteta, Tom McCarthy) and doc-makers (Eugene Jarecki, Steve James), look abroad to the next Berlin or Cannes and you're likely to see the most thrilling examples of contemporary cinema. Here are ten films we believe could top the best-of lists 12 months from now (in no particular order):
"This Must Be the Place"
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Though not yet known much outside of his home country or the festival circuit, Italian auteur Sorrentino received considerable acclaim -- including a »
- Anthony Kaufman
David Fincher's "The Social Network" continues to charm award-giving bodies on its merry way to Oscar glory. This time, the Facebook flick led the Chicago Film Critics Association awards with eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 20 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Let's see if "The Social Network" will beat "Black Swan," "Inception," "The King's Speech," and "Winter's Bone" for Best Picture.
Full list of nominees:
The King.s Speech
Debra Granik--Winter.s Bone
Tom Hooper--The King.s Speech
Colin Firth--The King.s Speech
James Franco--127 Hours
Ryan Gosling »
The city of Chicago will soon have its say on what was the best this year in film, as its Chicago Film Critics Association will announce the winners of its annual awards this Monday. To hold you over until then, here are the nominees.
At that time, I’ll post the winners when they are revealed, and discuss my own choices for this year’s awards. Yes, that’s right. They’ve given Nick Allen a voice. It’s my first year of voting. Be excited for me people.
Nominees for the 22nd annual Chicago Film Critics Awards:
- Nick Allen
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