Posted on 01/02/11 05:59 PM | Last edited on 01/02/11 05:59 PM
10 movies that are good and have also been listed as being released in 2010 by RT.
The usual disclaimer - I haven't seen everything (127 Hours, King's Speech etc) so this list is as incomplete as everyone else's. Hopefully this may inspire someone to see a movie they normally wouldn't have watched, and enjoy themselves.
10 True Grit (70%)
- It's not nearly dark enough to be dubbed "No Country for Young Girls", but in the "YEAR OF THE REMAKE", this is a rare example of a good one. Soon enough we'll be calling it the decade of the remake.
9 Scott Pilgrim vs the World (70%)
- The best romcom since 500 Days of Summer. Full of comic and video game references for nerds... and Toronto locations for me!
8 Winter's Bone (80%)
- The great American hillbilly, who has forever been a staple in roadkill and inbred comedy, finally gets a loving film portrait. This is a great independent feature for people who may love foriegn films but hate reading subtitles!
7 The Social Network (90%)
- Only Fincher's interesting directing keeps this from being a cookie cutter bio-pic, albeit with great acting.
6 Biutiful (90%)
- This is Inarritu's film essay about death. Javier Bardem is obviously amazing as expected.
5 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (90%)
- The best use of 3D technology ever. A rare, but exhaustive look at the most ancient cave paintings ever discovered, as presented by Werner Herzog.
4 Exit Through the Gift Shop (90%)
- This documentary film by one of the "greatest artists of our era" is so outrageous that you will have to decide for yourself if it's real or some kind of Borat thing. I think it is real, because you have to believe the old saying, truth is always stranger than fiction.
3 Machete (100%)
- The funniest movie I saw this year. Also, this was the only pure action movie that delivered the goods - meanwhile The A Team and Expendables failed. Sci Fi and Fantasy have officially taken over the summer blockbuster.
2 Inception (100%)
- Chris Nolan made the most anti-Hollywood film of the year! Not a remake, reboot or even a sequel... not even a linear narrative for that matter. The movie is about the nature of dreams and reality. The moral of the story is based on the Henry H Ellis observation: "Dreams are real, as long as they last. Can we say more of life?"
1 Black Swan (100%)
- Any other year I would call Inception #1 purely for its audacity. But behold, someone else has actually matched Chris Nolan's boldness this year! Black Swan is a character study of a genius talent, a psychological thriller, and even a dark meta-twist on the "Swan Lake" plot itself. Not unlike Inception, Aronofsky's ballet epic is also about dreams. I defer to the dream experts from the Inception supplements, who say that if a person was able to dream while they are awake, that would qualify them as clinically insane! This impressive array of plotlines and themes, along with several other subplots and relationships, is portrayed incredibly well by Natalie Portman in one of the best lead acting performances recently captured on film.