Best Movies of 2010

by LeeAnne on February 23, 2011


With the Oscars happening this weekend, it’s finally time to close the books on 2010 movies.  (Thank you, Oscars.  Otherwise, I’d drag this out forever, waiting until I see every movie released in 2010!)  I saw 40 new movies in the theater this year, about three a month, which is slightly lower than normal but still a lot.  At $12 a ticket (yes, it’s that much in the Bay Area), that’s roughly $480 on movies—not to mention the popcorn and Cookie Dough Bites.  But I love, love, love it.  Here are my favorite ten films of the year:

1. Inception
2. The Social Network
3. The King’s Speech
4. Toy Story 3
5. Never Let Me Go
6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story
7. The Fighter
8. Blue Valentine
9. 127 Hours
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Honorable mentions: Shutter Island (for keeping me at the edge of my seat all the way ’til the end), The Town (for being more brainy and emotional that the typical action flick, and for Jeremy Renner… sigh…), The Young Victoria (for being beautiful and interesting, and having a cool historical connection with the people in The King’s Speech), RED (for being awesome), Flipped (for that Wonder Years charm), and Dinner for Schmucks (for making me laugh harder than any other movie this year… the lobster scene, omg.)

What I wish I hadn’t wasted time on: Valentine’s Day and Gulliver’s Travels.

What I didn’t get around to seeing but wish I had: True Grit and Winter’s Bone (the only Best Picture nominees I didn’t see) and Waiting for Superman, as well as documentaries in general.  I only got to one (Babies) this year.

P.S. – I’ve been making movie-related top 10 and best-0f lists for a long time. Here’s where you can find them for 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003.  And, I also have a Top Movies of the Decade list, representing 2000 to 2010.

P.S.2. – I’ll be participating in two Oscar pools this weekend, and no, I will not be picking Inception to win. I believe the gold guy will go to The King’s Speech, as well as its star Colin Firth. (It’s about time Mr. Darcy got top honors!)

UPDATE: And, check out my little brother’s list. He’s super cool, and he’s recently started a movie blog.

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LeeAnne February 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Alan: Thanks so much for stopping by! I agree with you on Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, and Christian Bale. They should all win tonight. The supporting actress category seems like it might be a photo finish, though, between Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Hailee Steinfeld. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

Alan Wallace February 27, 2011 at 2:28 am

Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Colin Firth for Kings Speech.

Best Picture is a tougher call. There were many very good films picking a winner is tougher. I vote for Inception a real mind bender.

Christian Bale best Supporting actor and Amy Adams for the fighter. She was so out of her normal character range it was hard to believe it was her.

Kudos to all of them

LeeAnne February 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hehehe. Close call.

aaron February 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

also, try to see true grit in a theater if you can. it’s one of the few movies i think really needs to be seen on the big screen. the cinematography is gorgeous.

aaron February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

i let that one slide because it was on the “i didn’t see it but i wish i had” list. otherwise it would have been a much longer rant, haha.

LeeAnne February 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hehe, yeah, I missed that one. But I did add it to my Netflix queue a couple days ago. Does that get me any points? (BTW, no complaints from you about Coen Brothers this year?)

aaron February 25, 2011 at 12:35 am

i’m assuming you missed scott pilgrim, since that somehow wasn’t #1 on your list.

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