December 30, 2010 Best Films Of 2010 Rating: Unrated A look at the year in film.
This was a pretty good year for movies. Here is my list for the Screen Gems Top Ten Films of 2010.
10. Jackass 3D
Johnny Knoxville and his gang return for a third big screen adventure full of stunts and pranks, this time in 3D. It's gross and vulgar and very, very funny.
9. Easy A
Emma Stone stars in this loose adaptation of the classic, "The Scarlet Letter." It's funny and thoughtful and full of wonderful performances by some talented young actors.
8. Let Me In
The first entry on this list for a film starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It's a vampire story with a twist. Adapted from the Swedish original it is the rare occasion in which the second version is even better than the first. Dark, creepy and very bloody...it is a fantastic horror film.
7. The Social Network
The story of how Facebook was created, starring Jesse Eisenberg and directed by David Fincher. It details the twists and turns of an idea that was launched inside a Harvard dorm room that soon became an internet destination with 500 million users.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a man who can enter your dreams. Director Christopher Nolan keeps you guessing about what is real and what is not...and the ending will have you wondering about what reality truly means.
5. How To Train Your Dragon
Based on a series of children's books, this story shows the complexity of friendship and the dangers of judging things you really don't know. It's touching and tender, but also full of action, comedy and beautiful images. It will make you wish for your own dragon named Toothless.
4. Black Swan
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are dueling ballerinas who form a twisted friendship as each vie for the lead role in "Swan Lake." It charts the path of obsession that slowly turns into madness.
3. True Grit
Jeff Bridges stars in an iconic role made famous by the Oscar-winning performance of John Wayne. As a 14-year old girl seeks justice for her murdered father, she enlists a boozy, one-eyed U.S. Marshal with a checkered past. Directed by the Coen Brothers, it's a remake which surpasses the original.
Based on a graphic novel, it asks the question what would the world be like if superheroes were real? The style and manner in which the story is told elevates it to greatness. Starring Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage and Mark Strong, the real hero of the story is Chloe Grace Moretz. Her pint-sized, foul-mouthed, no-holds-barred "Hit Girl" is the best character of the year.
1. Toy Story 3
The third and final chapter in the "Toy Story" trilogy, it's heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. Nobody does animation like Pixar, and this tale of what happens when we outgrow our childhood toys is touching and true. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen lead an all-star voice cast through a journey that creates the best movie of the year.
Taking a cue from the incomparable Roger Ebert...here is a list (in alphabetical order) of more films I enjoyed very much this year. I recommend you give them a chance the next time your looking for something to watch.
The A-Team-An adaptation of a classic TV show which keeps the tenor and fell of the original.
Despicable Me-Steve Carell voices a villain who adopts three young girls...and they slowly change his entire life.
The Expendables-Sylvester Stallone and a bevy of action heroes blow up a bunch of stuff and look cool doing it.
The Fighter-Mark Wahlberg stars as a boxer who gets a shot at greatness.
Get Him To The Greek-A comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. A young music exec must get a boozy and drug-addled rock star to an important gig. A very funny road movie.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I-The first installment of the final chapter of the "Harry Potter" series, it's dark and troubled and the best film of the series.
Hereafter-Director Clint Eastwood takes an intimate look at what may exist beyond this life.
Hot Tub Time Machine-A funny, raucous movie with a breakout performance by Rob Corddry...filled with lots of laughs.
Iron Man 2-A sequel that lives up to its first chapter, Robert Downey, Jr. is perfect as troubled billionaire Tony Stark, facing life and death decisions while still trying to make up for the sins of his past.
Knight and Day-Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have fantastic chemistry in this spy adventure which has some thrilling action scenes and an interesting story.
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole-Beautiful animation and a story appealing to all ages are the best features of this story about good and evil in the owl kingdom.
Megamind-Another funny and entertaining animated entry, starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt as dueling super beings. It explores what happens when a villain finally wins?
RED-Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich star in this action film. They are ex-spies, "Retired: Extremely Dangerous" and reunite to bring down a government conspiracy.
Salt-Angelina Jolie stars as an undercover operative with a secret past. Great action and a story with twists and turns.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World-Based on a graphic novel, this is a fun, fantasy-filled story of boy meets girl...and then has to fight her evil exes who wants to destroy him.
Secretariat-Based on the true story of the greatest horse who ever raced, Diane Lane stars as the owner who believed in the big red colt...who would eventually create sports history.
Tangled-One of Walt Disney's greatest, this take on the legend of Rapunzel is funny and moving. The songs are fantastic and the animation is brilliant. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi's voices bring their characters to life in a way that makes them much more than just cartoon images on the screen.
The Town-Ben Affleck directs and stars in this modern day bank robbery tale. Set in the neighborhoods in and around Boston it's gritty and real.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse-The best of the three films from the "Twilight" series, the forces of evil come together to destroy the love and lives of Bella and Edward.
Finally, stealing another page from Ebert...there were a few clunkers this year. Here in alphabetical order is my bottom ten.
The Bounty Hunter-I like Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. But not here.
Clash Of The Titans-The horrendous 3D ruined it for me. I actually enjoyed it on blu-ray in 2D.
Daybreakers-A bleak and depressing bad vampire movie.
Furry Vengeance-I know it's a movie for kids, but kids deserve better.
Jonah Hex-I usually like comic book adaptations but this is an exception. Josh Brolin and Megan Fox just destroy this story.
The Last Exorcism-A good film...until the ending. Worst. Ending. Ever. Stupid, dumb and unnecessary. I hated it.
Legion-A mix of the apocalypse and "The Matrix." Epic fail.
Resident Evil: Afterlife-This series adapted from a video game keeps chugging along, and each chapter is worse than the previous one.
Vampires Suck-A stake should have been driven through this spoof's heart.
Yogi Bear-An insult to a classic cartoon.
That's it for 2010. Have a great 2011...and as always...Enjoy the show!