Posted on 12/29/10 03:50 AM | Last edited on 12/29/10 03:50 AM
Well it's the end of the year pretty much, so I've decided to post my Best Of list for 2010. It's been a pretty middling year for film this year, both at the box office and on the screen, but there have been the usual bunch of stand outs. So here's my top ten. As some of you may know, I'm from Australia, so that means many films that may have ended up on this list and aren't, such as True Grit, Black Swan and 127 Hours, haven't been released here yet.
10. The Town
Ok, so Ben Affleck may not be the greatest actor alive, but he did prove with 2007's mesmerising Gone Baby Gone and this year's crime hit The Town, that Affleck is a director to be reckoned with. Tightly plotted and thrillingly paced, The Town featured great performances from Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm, and some thrilling and excellently executed heist sequences, making it one of the best films of the year.
Let's face it, Kick-Ass kicked ass. Was it Nic Cage's awesomely fun turn as an Adam West impersonator that made it do so? Or Aaron Johnson's star-making turn from zero to hero? Maybe it was Chloe Moretz's scene-stealing performances as Hit-Girl. Either way, Matthew Vaughn's ridiculously entertaining comic-book flick rocked.
8. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Edgar Wright continued to prove why he's one of the world's most promising directors. This was another highly entertaining sugar rush, that ultimately was as much as a game changer as Avatar was. Moving at a million miles an hour and filled with hilarious one-liners and plain awesome characters, Scott Pilgrim was the bomb. But sadly, that's exactly what it did at the box office. Shame.
7. The Loved Ones
This little-seen Aussie gem was, if you don't know, a demetedly brilliant cross between Carrie, Wolf Creek and Pretty In Pink. Destined to become a cult classic, Sean Byrne's remarkable debut deserved a bigger audience, combining wickedly funny comedy with squirm inducing gore. The Loved Ones, as well as featuring some beautiful South Australian scenery, featuring great performances from Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel, and a movie-stealing turn from Robin McLeavy. "Is it finger-lickin' good?" Hell yeah.
6. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
You may have heard of this one. While its decent sequels have tried to match it, and David Fincher's remake will try to, none of them have/will come close to Niels Arden Oplev's adaptation of the first chapter of the Millenium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson. Intense, gripping, brutal and so tense it'll leave you breathless, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a knockout, as was Noomi Rapace's amazing performance as the titular girl Lisbeth Salander.
5. The King's Speech
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush delivered two of the year's best performances in one of the year's best, The King's Speech. Compelling, moving and gleefully funny, Tom Hooper's marvellous period drama ended the year on a high. Oscar will be calling soon.
4. Animal Kingdom
The Australian film of the year. David Michod's debut feature locks you in like a vice and does not let go from start to finish. Featuring fantastic performances from its cast, in particular Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and of course Jacki Weaver (who I'm glad to see getting some recognition from Hollywood), Animal Kingdom was the Aussie film that had audiences talking for days.
3. Toy Story 3
Alright, so hands up those who weeped in Pixar's latest. I know you did. Yes you in the back there. Leave it to Pixar to allow audiences to develop full on sobbing towards what are essentially computer-generated pieces of plastic. Pixar reached a peak with Toy Story 3, and it'll be interesting to see where the future takes them. Hopefully, up (haha, see what I did there?).
2. The Social Network
Who knew that the Facebook Movie Starring Justin Timberlake would go on to be one of the year's most brilliant films. David Fincher's The Social Network pretty much summed up the age that we're living in. That the film was so mind-blowing is down to a few people: Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and yes, Timberlake. Watch it. Now.
And so we come to number one, and what else to fill this spot than Christopher Nolan's mindblowing sci-fi dream epic Inception. Nolan used his 7th feature not only as entertainment for cinemagoers, but also as a big "fuck you" to those studios who believe that all audiences are dumb. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent as was the rest of the cast, the action and effects were superb, but the biggest redeeming factor of Inception is that the film gets better with every viewing, offering even more questions to be asked than the time before it. And whether you think the spinning top keeps spinning or topples, one thing's for certain: Inception was cinema at its very finest.