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Instead of listing my “top films” or the “best films” of 2010, as is customary, I’m instead going to list the “most memorable” films I saw in 2010; films I saw that stayed with me long after I saw them, whether the thoughts/emotions elicited were positive or negative, but at least they managed to move me in some way; or films that encouraged some further action in me; films that I recommend you seek out, if you haven’t already seen them. And I list them in no particular order: Black Swan; Venus Noire; Another Year; Un Homme Qui Crie; Legacy; Moloch Tropical; Carlos; The Tillman Story; Mother; Enter The Void; Un Prophete; I Am Love; Exit Through the Gift Shop.
And instead of my list of the worst films of 2010, I’m going with my selections for the “most overrated” films of 2010, also in no particular order: Toy Story 3, »
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
The Hot Blog: David Poland claims that “True Grit,” the Coen brothers Western, “has muscled its way into the frontrunner slot to win best picture” as a result of its solid box-office performance over the long Christmas weekend. (It generated $36.1 million, good enough for second place behind “Little Fockers,” which brought in only $9 million more.) Methinks Poland is too smart to actually believe that and is just hoping to generate some late phase one traffic to his site and/or be the one guy who made a crazy pick that somehow came true (as Tom O’Neil attempted last year with “Inglourious Basterds”). Jeff Wells (here) and Sasha Stone (here) seem to concur.
New York Times: Manohla Dargis, Stephen Holden, and A.O. Scott, the newspaper’s three film critics, share their five selections for what/who this year’s Oscar nominees “should be” in this Sunday’s edition. Having obtained an early copy, »
- Scott Feinberg
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)
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
In Part One of this most excellent of moviegoing adventures we dug deep into the dense celluloid strata of the past ten years in order to uncover a quintet of quirky gems from the years 2001 to 2005.
Thus far we’ve sung along to transsexuals, bravely fought in the battle of the sexes, had an audience with angels, travelled backwards through time and entered a young girl’s twisted dreamscape but, with half the journey still laid out before us, we have little time to tarry.
And so, without further ado, let us continue our journey with the remaining five films on the list …
I’M A Cyborg, But That’S Okay! (2006)
Already a huge fan of Korean director Park Chan Wook thanks to the awesome triple whammy of “Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance”, “Lady Vengeance” and, of course, the jaw-dropping brilliance of “Oldboy” I was altogether delighted to discover “I’m A Cyborg, »
- Nick Turk
"Any critic who could, with a straight face, populate a ten-best list either primarily or exclusively with American films released in one of the worst years in recent memory for homegrown filmmaking at all levels either wasn't watching enough movies or watching movies well enough," argue Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert. They've polled their major contributors, and lo, they're "pleased as punch with the results (four female directors! seven different countries! two are-they-or-aren't-they docs, neither of them Catfish or Exit Through the Gift Shop!) — these are the kinds of films that we keep trudging to theaters to find." »
This week, David Chen , Devindra Hardawar  and Adam Quigley  deliver their thoughts on two of this year's most critically acclaimed films, debate whether or not the Coens have ever done a "straight genre exercise" before, plus offer a crazy theory about the real meaning of Black Swan and speculate on where Aronofsky's career might be headed next. Thanks to all our listeners, sponsors, donors, and subscribers for an exciting 2010! Check back in a few days for our Top 10 Movies of 2010 in this week's /Filmcast: After Dark. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We are off until January 9th. Join us then at Slashfilm's live page  at 10 Pm Est / 7 Pm Pst, where we'll be reviewing Exit Through the Gift Shop. Download  or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slashfilmcast/Slashfilmcastep129.mp3] Subscribe to the /Filmcast:   Shownotes Featured Reviews (01:25) True Grit »
- David Chen
Some of us might see more movies on a regular basis than others, but let's face it, when the end of the year rolls around, everyone enjoys weighing in with "best of" lists -- which is precisely why we started doing the Film Junk Readers Choice Awards five years ago. Once again, we have divided the year's cinematic landscape up into categories, and nominated five films for each based on our own feelings, in addition to critical reception and public opinion. After that, we left it up to you guys to pick the winners. Now that the votes have been tallied and the winners have been selected, it's time to find out what the Film Junkies enjoyed most in 2010. Check out a complete rundown of the results after the jump! Best Comedy 1. Jackass 3-D -- 29% 2. The Other Guys -- 20% 3. Hot Tub Time Machine -- 19% 4. Easy A -- 17% 5. Get Him to the Greek »
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
From the vantage point of my mainstream movie beat, 2010 was a mixed bag. Maybe a bit schizophrenic, sometimes even a little backwards. (2010 gave us a movie called "Babies" and another called "Grown-Ups". Guess which one was more mature?) Reality-benders like "Catfish" and "Inception" challenged our perceptions of what is true, while the 3-D phenomenon, for the most part, challenged our resistance to headaches. But all of that aside, in the big picture sense, was it really any different than any other movie year? I don't really think so. Like past recent years, the naysayers were out in force mid-June, denouncing 2010 as the worst movie year since, oh, 1887. But such moaning was premature, if not completely unwarranted. After all, of the fifty-plus 2010 films that I personally was able to see this year, most of them had at least some sort of redeeming value. So, looking back, we can see (in 3-D! »
#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, »
#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. »
“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
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
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 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
Please Note: The following rankings and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led most of you to my site, and any failure to do that will undoubtedly lead you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.
Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010
1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »
- Scott Feinberg
Mathias Domahidy in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialism Olivier Assayas, Aaron Sorkin, Exit Through The Gift Shop: La Weekly/indieWIRE 2010 Critics' Poll Honorary Oscar winner (and no-show) Jean Luc-Godard's Film Socialism topped the L.A. Weekly/indieWIRE critics' poll of Best Undistributed Film to date in the United States. Andre Ujica's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu was the runner-up. In addition to topping the Best Documentary category, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop was the critics' poll's Best First Feature as well. David Michod's Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom was the runner-up. The Worst Film of 2010 category was topped by M. Night Shyamalan's expensive box-office disappointment The Last Airbender tied with Christopher Nolan's expensive box-office hit Inception — which can also be found on the L.A. Weekly/indieWIRE poll's Best Film list. Below is the L.A. Weekly/indieWIRE poll's top twelve choices for Best Undistributed Film, »
- Andre Soares
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