Top Ten 2010 Films

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  • 1) The God of Love
  • 2) Biutiful
  • 3) Fair Game
  • 4) The Fighter
  • 5) The Social Network
  • 6) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (my video review is here.)
  • 7) The Ghost Writer
  • 8) Winter's Bone (my video review is here.)
  • 9) Toy Story 3
  • 10) Inception (my video review is here.)

  • Honorable Mention

  • Blue Valentine
  • True Grit
  • Splice (my video review for this is here.)
  • Kick-Ass
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • The Tillman Story
  • Never Let Me Go

  • Disappointments

  • Black Swan
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

I confess I went to see Ghost Writer on your 'recommendation'. Wasn't disappointed. I thought it was a marvellous film. Might go check out Exit Through the Gift Shop as well. The new Christopher Nolan film is coming out soon, I've heard it's exceptional. Are you gonna catch that one?

I'm very glad you enjoyed it! I tend to either really like Polanski films or find them hopelessly over-rated, so I was glad to discover this one was on the side of the angels.

I think you might dig Exit. The whole film is likely a scam, which only makes it more fascinating to me.

I am very excited about Inception. In fact, between it and Toy Story 3, I think we've covered all the big summer blockbusters that appeal to me (and that's a little sad)...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

lbangs, the link to your Splice review does not work.

Whoops! The link moved mid-day yesterday. Sorry! I've corrected it, and it should work now...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Loved your review! Actually, I stopped watching after 3 min because it made me want to see it!

Thanks! I think that means it worked... :)

Please, let me know what you think if you see it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Glad you liked Toy Story 3 so much! I agree that that and Ghost Writer are the best films of the year so far, although I might switch them.

By the way, when I try to click on the link for your Splice review, YouTube gives an error message saying, "This video is a duplicate of a previously uploaded video." What's the deal? I want to see your foray into broadcast criticism!

Those two are easily at the top (so far), and I'm not entirely sure about the order. They are both very good and rather close to each other in quality, I believe. The differences in genre and tone make it a little tough to compare them, but I edge ever so slightly to The Ghost Writer.

What a nice surprise Toy Story 3 turned out so good. Even though Pixar was involved, I still always fear third entries...

I've corrected the Splice link. You should beware it is more rambling than intelligent critique... :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Great video! I think it could've definitely used more nudity, though.

I'm not so sure Splice will be my kinda movie, but I'll let you know if I check it out. In other news, though, I DID get a chance to see The Secret in Their Eyes last night, and I loved it! Thanks for helping me decide to get off my ass and go see it!

Thanks, and believe me, this is the first time anybody has ever requested more nudity from one of my videos! :)

I am so glad you dug The Secret in Their Eyes! I've been twisting arms here, but nobody I know has seen it yet. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it (which was quite a lot).

Did you manage to talk anybody into going with you? (I didn't.)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yeah, I went with my friend Alan. A few of my friends had already seen it (presumably the other people who might've gone with me) though, and there was a surprisingly good crowd at the theater considering it was a Wednesday night screening of a 2009 film that was still playing in July of the following year.

I actually tried to talk my mom into seeing it right after I walked out, but my parents are generally anti-subtitles. Of course, they're actually more cinematically cultured than they give themselves credit for - my dad, for example, claims to dislike ponderous subtitled films, but loved Kieslowski's Blue. So although my mom claimed she wasn't rushing to see a two-and-a-half-hour-long foreign film that featured a rape scene, my parents did see (and both enjoyed) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just a few months ago. Eh, maybe she can only handle one of those per year.

Wow! I definitely thought the scene in Girl was more brutal than the one in Secret (but I also thought Secret was the better of the two films).

I'm very glad you succeeded where I failed. Even my girlfriend took a pass when she saw the running time...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Woot! Video reviews! Really enjoyed your two latest.

Thank you!

Now that I'm getting the hang of the (admittedly primitive) technical side of matters, I'm enjoying making them.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hey, L,
I didn't know you were posting video reviews. Very good stuff. Hear, hear, to your Scott Pilgrim review. Keep 'em coming!

Thanks! I'm a little behind; I need to do number one and ten above!

Busy times...

I hope all is well!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with Black Swan . It's definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Seriously, how terribly undervalued is Scott Pilgrim ? I can't believe more people didn't see it, and I'm shocked that even less took it seriously as a film.

I guess Pilgrim suffers from being shuffled off into the comic book ghetto. Too bad; it is more fun than most films this year.

I didn't hate Black Swan, but it was probably the film I anticipated the most this year, so finding it merely okay was a major disappointment. I think it was a little over-cooked and, at times, (I shudder to say) silly... :o

Most of my friends love it, and that's cool. I wish I did also...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I actually really enjoy the dark lunacy of the whole thing. It is definitely silly, but I think it is self-aware enough for the campiness to be purposeful.

I loved at the end when the "Dark Prince" walks by, in costume, and just gives her a very casual "hey." I'm fairly certain that Aronofsky knew how melodramatic his story was, an infused it with some silliness to keep it from collapsing under itself.

I agree the director was aware of the tone, but I think the tone shifted throughout the film enough that instead of a successful blend of camp and dread, the film was a fractured failure, even if an interesting one.

I'm also not quite convinced that every scene that struck me as over-the-top was intended to be so, although several certainly were.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Wow, The Fighter is way up there, cool, I'm looking forward to that one.

I didn't expect to enjoy it half as much as I did. It is one of the most pleasant surprises from the end-of-year flock of films.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ditto. Definitely one of my biggest surprises of the year.

Who would've thought a hardscrabble sports movie would have the best ensemble work of the year?

I honestly thought it might be the Crazy Heart, of 2010 (well, the other Crazy Heart aside from Country Strong); I expected a mediocre run-of-the-mill hard scramble story only slightly elevated by some fine acting. Luckily, even putting the great acting aside, The Fighter was much better than mediocre...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs