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30 December 2010

Film 2010

I didn't quite make it to a century of movies this year but 95 isn't too bad, although slightly down from last year's 114. It was still pretty tough choosing my top five--especially when it came to narrowing down from seven to five.
  1. The Social Network (not just because Andrew Garfield's hot; no, this was the only film this year where I came out wishing it lasted longer than its two hours. Great script, great cast, great film.)
  2. Inception (the only film on the list I saw more than once, the second time, at the BFI IMAX, being much better than the second. Clever, thought-provoking and down-right impressive.)
  3. Never Let Me Go (not just because Andrew Garfield's hot. I loved the book and was worried what would become of the film but Garfield and Carey Mulligan's acting was brilliant and Mark Romanek really captured the mood of the book. Heart-breaking and beautiful.) 
  4. Black Swan (when this film finished at the London Film Festival, I was practically twitching. In a word, this movie is intense but that doesn't really cover it. Natalie Portman is scary and good.)
  5. Monsters (I don't like to place movies from December in my list of the year's top films as I think it takes at least two months for me to decide whether or not it was a good film or a great film but I very much enjoyed Monsters. After I click "publish post" I may decide I should have selected The Kids Are All Right (my #6) instead.)
Honourable mention: Un Prophète. For cultural reasons, I should include at least one foreign-language film and this was definitely the best I saw this year (The Secret in Their Eyes was also good).

Here is the full list of movies I watched this year:
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Nowhere Boy
  • Exam
  • State of Play
  • Up in the Air
  • The Road
  • Un Prophète
  • Brothers
  • Precious 
  • Edge of Darkness
  • District 9 (DVD)
  • The Book of Eli
  • A Single Man
  • Invictus
  • Crazy Heart
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Shutter Island
  • Green Zone
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Blind Side
  • Les Diaboliques
  • The Hustler
  • Io Sono L'amore
  • Rollerball (DVD)
  • Kick-Ass 
  • The Island (DVD)
  • Halloween
  • The Ghost
  • Cemetery Junction
  • Cabaret
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  • L'avventura (DVD)
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (DVD)
  • Four Lions
  • Wall Street (DVD)
  • The Verdict
  • The Verdict (DVD)
  • Robin Hood
  • Don't Look Now (DVD)
  • The Graduate (DVD)
  • The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
  • Suspicion (DVD)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
  • The African Queen
  • A Bout de Souffle (DVD)
  • The Sentinel (DVD)
  • Please Give 
  • L'arnacoeur
  • Kes
  • Daybreakers (DVD)
  • Wonder Boys (DVD)
  • Le Concert
  • The Damned United (TV)
  • Inception
  • Eastern Promises (TV)
  • Leaving
  • Hard Candy (DVD)
  • Gainsbourg
  • Toy Story 3
  • Secretary (DVD)
  • Spellbound (1945) (DVD)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Salt
  • No Way Out (TV)
  • Wild Blue Yonder
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • Crime d'Amour 
  • The Wicker Man (DVD)
  • Tamara Drewe 
  • Notes on a Scandal (TV)
  • Winter's Bone
  • The Girl in the Park (TV)
  • The Town
  • Buried
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • The Social Network
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Conviction
  • Les Petits Mouchoirs
  • Blue Valentine
  • Black Swan
  • Brighton Rock (2010)
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Agora (TV)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
  • The American
  • Made in Dagenham
  • Monsters
  • Love and Other Drugs
  • Catfish
  • The Lion in Winter (DVD)
  • Whip It (DVD)
  • Greenberg (DVD)
  • The Way Back
  • Black Death (DVD)


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