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:
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.