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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 mentioned being disappointed in this year's box office in last week's column. It's not like I expected the weekend to surprise me by being a big weekend, or anything, but I figured it would at least be a decent weekend. It wasn't. I set all my predictions pretty low -- lower than most folks' predictions, it would turn out -- and seven of the ten did worse than I predicted. Pretty much the only thing that exceeded my expectations was True Grit. (Speaking of True Grit, I managed to force my grandfather to watch it. Not only that, I got him to admit he didn't think it was bad. I consider this a personal victory.)
Good riddance 2010. Maybe cinemas will squeeze more filthy lucre from the pockets of Moviegoer Mike in 2011, and maybe they won't have to rely on 3D to do it.
If 2011 is going to inspire us to waste our hard-earned, »
- Thurston McQ
Would The Social Network friend Black Swan just to cruelly defriend it? Would The Fighter distract The King's Speech just to set it up for a sucker punch? Don't underestimate what studios and flacks will do in order to win the Oscar wars. Some examples of down 'n' dirty awards-season battles: 1. Shakespeare in Love Outflanks Saving Private Ryan: There was no way Steven Spielberg's war epic wasn't going to win Best Picture. Until, that was, impresario Harvey Weinstein carried off a sneak invasion of voters' mailboxes with screener copies of his Bard-powered romantic comedy. Accusations flew that Weinstein was trying to "buy" the Oscar—yeah, as if, anybody had ever gotten one »
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, »
Last weekend didn't exactly work out. Little Fockers faltered, with only $8,700k per screen, but that was still enough to win the slowest Christmas box office weekend since '06. Still, it was worth a shot. This weekend? With no new wide releases, the money has to go somewhere, but I'm having a devil of a time figuring out where. Let's break it down! Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 0 Weeks In A Row True Grit Films don't tend to bleed much during the weekend after Christmas. 35 percent at max. True Grit, on the other hand, will actually gain 15 percent this weekend. My reasoning is word of mouth, which is only going to help this film. It scored a B+ (Cinemascore) from the audiences, where Little Fockers came in at B-. That should be enough to sway to battle toward The Coen Brothers.
As for the historical significance, this should very easily »
- Laremy Legel
As noted in today's edition of The Broadsheet, a writer at Vf.com has made a compelling (or at least intriguing, or at least time-killing) case for The King's Speech being little more than a well-produced riff on the original 1984 version of The Karate Kid. On the one hand, tropes is tropes; there are only so many original stories in the world, and eventually everything will have something in common. On the other... I mean, "The unorthodox, uncredentialed teacher is contrasted with a cruel -- but more respected -- educator." Or, "The teacher helps fill a void left by the student's absent father." Is this the beginning of a covert Sony vs. Weinstein Oscar-season war? »
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
As awards season kicks into high, and pundits and audiences alike unpack their adjectives to describe Colin Firth's performance in The King's Speech, it seemed like the right time to mention one of his wonderfully charming and funny turns that was barely seen in this country -- his starring role in Fever Pitch (out of print on DVD but available from Netflix). No, not the Drew Barrymore/Jimmy Fallon Fever Pitch, although both films were based on the same novel. »
On Tuesday, Anne Thompson reasoned out why "The Kids Are All Right" will likely get nominated for best picture, but not director. The Academy, she explains, is full of "Steak Eaters":
They're red-blooded males (not just American--Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for The Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar and yes, Crash over Brokeback Mountain. "They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," says one veteran Oscar campaigner. "True Grit is for them."
"The Kids Are All Right," on the other hand, is implied to be a salad of a movie -- female-centric, relationship-driven, an intimate comedy that doesn't sport any flashier instances of craft, effects or attention-getting cinematography, all obstacles to winning Oscars in the categories of picture and director. At the Hollywood Reporter, Tim Appelo counters Thompson's »
- Alison Willmore
Pixar trilogy's finale on course to be named most critically acclaimed as well as highest-grossing film of year
With just two days left of the year, Toy Story 3 looks set to be the best-reviewed film of 2010, according to the website rottentomatoes.com.
The site, which compiles reviews from more than 200 critics and ranks films as "fresh" or "rotten" accordingly, has not yet handed out its annual Golden Tomato awards, but says the final film in Pixar's trilogy about a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around will almost certainly be its No 1. Toy Story 3 is currently sitting pretty on 99% "fresh", Reuters reports, with only the Oscar-tipped The Social Network, which has 97%, in with a realistic chance of overtaking it.
If the animated tale made No 1 it would mark the fourth time in as many years that a Pixar film attained that spot. Last »
- Ben Child
Colin Firth has said that there are no experts on how to stammer. The actor plays King George VI, who must overcome his speech disorder in Tom Hooper's historical drama The King's Speech. Firth told The Daily Telegraph: "Stammering is its own problem. That's a sense of dread you can feel in a room with one person - it's a nervewracking business. "There was some poll that put public speaking higher than death as a fear in the public's minds... Jerry Seinfeld observed that that means if you go to a funeral, most people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy." He continued: "We did have our writer on the set and he was someone who stammered in childhood and he spoke very (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
There was a minor kerfluffle last night when it was announced only 76 screenplays from 2010 are eligible for the WGA Awards, leaving out such quality films as Toy Story 3, The King's Speech, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. No need to fret over Oscar consideration: the AMPAS named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards -- 134 original, 107 adapted. The AMPAS is a bit pickier about original scores, though -- Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, and The Fighter were deemed ineligible last week. 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. Hit the jump to see the full list of films up for the original screenplay, adapted screenplay, and original score categories. Via TheWrap: Original Screenplays Agora All Good Things Alpha And Omega Animal Kingdom Another Year Aparoris Applause Biutiful Black Swan »
- Brendan Bettinger
Oscar frontrunners for both Best Original Screenplay ("The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone") and Best Adapted Screenplay ("Toy Story 3") are ineligible to contend for those same prizes with the Writers Guild of America, according to Steve Pond (The Wrap). Only scripts written under the guild's guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these kudos. While 248 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 43 of these have original scripts that can vie for WGA recognition while just 33 have adapted screenplays that can contend. Among the top original works eligible for the WGA nominations which will be announced on Jan. 4 are "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," and "The Town." Adapted stories in the hunt include "127 Hours," "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Social Network." The awards will be handed out on Feb »
Oscar nomination ballots were mailed Monday and must be back by Jan. 14. As that is nine days earlier than last year, the schedule for screeners has also shifted forward. Forty-nine more movies have been sent out since "Animal Kingdom" and "Mother and Child" were mailed on Sept. 29. Most of these were in voters hands long before the holidays. However, among those out of the gate later were many of the frontrunners including "The King's Speech" (Dec. 15) and "Black Swan," "The Fighter," and "True Grit" all of which were mailed Dec. 14. See the full calendar here. Editor's Note: One more screener arrived since we built this chart. Oscar voters got "The Way Back" this week. »
Two of our favorite Oscarologists -- Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) -- agree to disagree about what will win Best Picture at this year's Oscars. Dave says he is sticking with "The King's Speech" despite the shift among other pundits to critics darling "The Social Network" which Sasha backs. As Dave explains, "I keep reminding myself that Oscar voters are not critics. If they were, then 'L.A. Confidential' would have beaten 'Titanic.' And 'Brokeback Mountain' would have won over 'Crash.' (Of course, critics and Academy members line up sometimes too, as they did last year with 'The Hurt Locker.') The only group to announce so far with a voting body that overlaps with the Academy is the Screen Actors Guild, and I find it interesting that 'Network' earned only two nominations compared to four for 'Speech' or 'The Fighter.' I keep hearing from many. »
In the last 16 years, the winners of the screenplay prizes at the annual Writers Guild of America Awards have been the same winners at the Academy Awards 11 times. While these numbers aren't nearly as strong as the Directors Guild, which have only selected a different winner than the Oscars six times since 1948, it's still a pretty significant statistic. If the numbers do end up holding true, than the screenwriters behind films like The King's Speech, Made in Dagenham, Toy Story 3, and Winter's Bone are going to be sincerely disappointed come February 27, 2011. The WGA has released a list of eligible candidates for this year's awards, and, as Variety points out, some very significant titles have been left off. In addition to the titles mentioned above, movies such as Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World were all left out despite being some of »
Don't worry, non-union writers: Oscar still loves you. All of the high-profile scripts that were deemed ineligible for the Writers Guild of America Awards because they weren't written under guild guidelines are in the running for the 2010 Academy Awards for writing, according to the AMPAS "reminder lists" of eligible achievements sent to the Academy's writer's branch on Monday. Those lists – which include 134 original screenplays and 107 adaptations – contain all of the presumed frontrunners, from "The King's Speech," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Inception" on the original side »
In my profession, there are two very important things you must do: watch movies and keep notes. I did an alright job with the first one, but admittedly fell short on the latter. While last year I was able to confidently provide what I thought were the best kills and quotes, this year I didn't do a good job with record keeping and so I've omitted those categories. Next year I'll be more meticulous and make it a point to see movie where people get destroyed while saying witty things. However, I did see enough movies to confidently make a list of the folks I thought were the best actors, directors, and other miscellaneous greats. Hit the jump to check out my picks. Best Actor Colin Firth as "King George VI" in The King's Speech Runners-Up: George Clooney as "Jack / Edward" in The American Jesse Eisenberg as "Mark Zuckerberg" in »
- Matt Goldberg
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
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