Well its that time of year again where I make my seemingly annual BEST OF the year list prepare to have your minds blown!!!
Best Movies: (10-1: #1 is the best film of the year)
10. Kick-Ass:(4/5) A wonderful amalgamation of stylized violence, and High-school comedy. Some extremely well choreographed fight scenes, and some great performances (Nicholas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong etc.) makes this #10.
9. Shutter Island: (4/5) A brilliant thriller that is well acted, and will have you guessing till the end. This film had me doubting reality for a week. Leonardo Decaprio had a good year for complex mind bending films (a little foreshadowing for you).
8. The Town:(4/5) Ben Affleck’s next foray in the field of directing was a fantastic success. An interesting love story intertwined with a suspenseful cop drama. A great cast, and brilliant cinematography go out and buy this film.
7. Winters Bone: (4/5) This years breakout actress is without a doubt is Jennifer Lawrence. She does an amazing job with this movie, and much of the movies success requires upon her acting ability. The cinematography in this film is mind blowing, seeing the characters travel throughout the snowy wasteland is awe inspiring. Its a film about the importance of family, and never giving up hope. If you have yet to see it you should.
6.True Grit: (4/5) The Coen brothers have a way of shooting, a specific style that is unparalleled. While this may not have been their deepest film to date, it does not fail to entertain. Jeff Bridges, and Haliee Steinfeld have fantastic chemistry as the two characters bicker you feel the connection between them. Again this movie just came out so I will not spoil anything but lets just say it is a western by the truest sense of the genre.
5. The Social Network: (4.5/5) I was as sceptical as most when I first heard of this film. “A movie about facebook, borrrring”. Well boy was I wrong. This is a wonderful film that focuses more upon the behind the scenes drama, and really focuses upon character. The fast script, and unique cinematography helped create a gripping drama that in reality entirely took place within the realm of conversation. Truly a powerful film.
4. Toy Story 3: (5/5) I grew up with “Andy”, and as he has grown so have I. He is headed off to college, and when I watched this movie so was I. It was an important realization for me when I saw this powerful film. I realized the immense changes that were about to engulf my life. It made me ponder about my old toys, and wonder what would become of my past entertainers. For this epiphany alone it deserves this #4 slot, and yet it was much more than this realization. It was comedic, action oriented, well paced, beautifully animated, and incredibly emotional. This truly is a film of great importance.
3. How To Train Your Dragon: (5/5) This film means so much to me, it gave me a feeling that was unlike anything I had ever felt before. I marvelled at the skies, laughed with the characters, and flew with dragons. If superman made you believe a man could fly, How To Train makes you believe a Dragon can. Also I could listen to that theme every single day of my life.
2. Inception: (5/5) This movie is not “mind blowing” it is not hard to follow, but it is an amazing world. Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park yet again with this unique look inside one of mankind’s greatest mysteries…the DREAM. Leonardo Decaprio proves once again he is a master actor, and should be considered right up there with the other big leagues. The characters are deep, and have multiple layers, and the ideas presented in this film will stick with you long after the film is done. Again I must point out the amazing music.
1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: (10/5) Come on now, you knew this was going to be #1. This movie sparked a chain reaction in my life that led to me reuniting with two hobbies I had long since abandoned, reading, and gaming. This film represents a side of my culture that never gets recognized. As a child all I was told about Canada was that we liked hockey, beer, etc. No one talked about my Canada, until Scott Pilgrim. My Canada is one where nerds reign supreme. It let me know I was not alone in my obsession with all things societies big leagues so often shun. I see the characters represented in this film mirror people I know in real life. It made me believe in the power of love, and created some of the most genuine laughs I have received all year. Edgar Wright knows his shit, he doesn’t pretend to be a nerd by ham handedly inserting a reference, no he puts it in the background, and makes you proud to discover it. Overall this film has affected my life in more ways than you can imagine and that is why it is my number one movie of 2010!
Best Movie Character: Mr. Cobb: Leonardo Decaprio plays this deep multilayered character to a T. He is such an interesting character and an intricate protagonist you really feel like he is a real person.
Best Fight Scene: Todd Ingram vs. Scott Pilgrim: Bass Battle anyone? Great music.
1. Edge Of Darkness
2. Robin Hood
3. Sorcerers Apprentice
4. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1:
5. Book Of Eli
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Best Supporting Actor: Dobby - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1:
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence - Winters Bone
Best Supporting Actress: Ellen Wong -Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Best Cameo: Christopher Lloyd - Piranha 3D
Best Director: Edgar Wright
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Score: How To Train Your Dragon
Best Soundtrack: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Best Hero: Scott Pilgrim
Best Villain: Maxim Horvath (Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Worst Movies of The Year:
1. Tron Legacy
2. Clash Of The Titans
3. Alice In Wonderland
4. Percy Jackson And The Olympians
Overall Biggest Fail: 3D it adds nothing to the viewing experience, and seriously hinders my enjoyment of a film. The horrendous cost, and unsatisfying technology leaves this to be the biggest movie fail of 2010.