Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I've been putting this off for a week now because I've been having a hard time with the four and five spots. One and two were set in stone the second I finished them, but rounding out the rest was no easy feat. I actually saw a lot of good movies this year, more than I expected when the year started, since last year was just a whole bunch of okay. I never got around to making a 'Best Of' list for last year, because at the end of the year, my list still looked a lot like it did in November.

This year though, I made it a point to get 'Best Of' lists from everyone that's working on the film festival and I couldn't really make them do it without doing one of my own. So without further ado, here's my Top 5 Movies of 2010.

5. INCEPTION - This movie was just so much fun. I love heist movies in general and this added another level to it. Every character was great and every performance was spot on (and I want to dress like Joseph Gordon-Levitt all the time now) and Christopher Nolan knocked it out of the park. He just made an awesome, fun movie.

4. THE SOCIAL NETWORK - How do you manage to take a story of talking heads that takes place largely in different offices and dorm rooms exciting? I'm not sure, but Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher figured it out and made sure I was focused, interested and enthralled for a full two hours.

3. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP - Hoax or not, I doubt we'll ever find out. But this movie, everything about it, was fascinating to me. This is the movie I saw the most times this year and I never get tired of it.

2. TOY STORY 3 - This is the only movie I've seen this year where I saw it one night and saw it again the next day because I loved it so much. The original and the sequel have long been favorites of mine and it might be the only satisfying 'Part 3' I've ever seen (because you know what? I hate LORD OF THE RINGS. Yeah, I said it). Pitch perfect movie from beginning to end.

1. BLACK SWAN - Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about this movie in some way or another. I loved every single thing about this movie and Darren Aronofsky proved (again) that he is a massive talent and if Natalie Portman doesn't win every award, it's a god damn travesty.

HONORABLE MENTIONS - TRUE GRIT and THE FIGHTER were right there in the running for the four and five spot and it took me a considerable amount of time to figure out how to fit four movies into two spots. But at the end of the day, they just barely missed the cut.
Those would probably round out 6 through eleven if I had to go that far. But I'm keeping it at five.

So there you go.

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