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2010 – 10 Best Films of the Year….and 5 Worst

The 10 Best Films of 2010


10)  Exit Through the Gift Shop – Banksy

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It’s hard to figure out if Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary, a straight up comedy, a mockumentary, or something all its own.  Directed by Banksy the notoriously mysterious street artist, it tells the story of Thierry Guetta a man with a video camera constantly attached to his arm as he films a new movement in street art.  He may be a genius, or perhaps just mentally challenged.  This film challenges the idea of what art is, and how it is bought, sold, and spoon fed to us by the elite.


9) Mother – Joon-Ho Bong

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This technically saw a release at the end of 2009 at the Cannes film festival but wasn’t released in the US until February of this year.  The film follows a mother, who’s mentally challenged son may or may not be wrongly accused of murdering a young girl he was last seen with.  We soon learn that the mother is willing to do anything in order to get her son out of jail and clear his name…anything

8) The Book of Eli – The Hughes Brothers

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A post-apocalyptic Western with Denzel Washington shooting up bad guys and Gary Oldman as the mad man going after him…how can you go wrong?!  Many people hated this film because they just couldn’t buy into the whole concept of it.  If you do buy in to it though, you’re gonna have one hell of a ride.

My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-book-of-eli.html


7) Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World – Edgar Wright

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One of the most original films I have ever seen.  It is a hipsters wet dream filled with 8 bit video game homages and obscure rock music.  It’s also one of the most ingeniously edited films, reminding me a lot Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  It’s daring, entertaining, and easily the most underrated film of the year.


My review:strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/08/scott-pilgrim-vs-world-review.html

6) Please Give – Nicole Holefcener

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This film and my number five film on the list are very similar to each other, both have fantastic performances, and both are character driven dramas about families attempting to learn how to communicate with each other. Please Give follows a family who sells used furniture and the family that lives next door to them.  Humorous and touching thru and thru.


My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-please-give.html

5) The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko

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The film is packed with the finest performances you could ask for from some of the finest actors working today.  Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and for certain Annette Bening all deserve Oscar consideration in this story about a family divided, trying to come together.

My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/07/kids-are-all-right-review.html

4) Toy Story – Lee Unkrich

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I think we’ve learned by now that cartoons can hold their own with some of the best films out there.  Pixar strikes gold once again in probably their best film ever.  Toy Story 3 entertains children, and also leaves grown men leaving the theater weeping.  It is a heart-felt story that reminded me of my childhood like so many others.


My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/06/toy-story-3-review.html


3) 127 Hours – Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle, and James Franco are on point in the most suspenseful and moving film of the year.  127 Hours is an examination of the human spirit and the drive to never give up.

My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/12/127-hours-review.html


2)  The Social Network – David Fincher

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Social networking has changed the way we operate in daily life, and The Social Network captures the movement at the time of its inception.  It is David Fincher’s finest film, next to Fight Club, and is heralded as a modern day Citizen Kane.  It’s tragic, beautiful, and dark, just like our lives…on and offline

My review: strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/10/social-network-review.html

1)  Inception – Christopher Nolan

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There are few films that are able to gain critical and widespread acclaim, but this is most certainly one of them.  Inception changes the way you not only think about films, but also the way you think about your own reality.  The film changed the way I think about my own dreams.  It is a film that invokes debate amongst its viewers, and will so for years to come.  It is hands down the best film of the year, and one of the finest films I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.


My review:   strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/07/inception-review.html



Honorable Mentions: Get Him To The Greek, Hot Tub Time Machine, Mother and Child, Iron Man 2


The 5 Worst Films of 2010


I’m sure there were a lot worse films than this out there, but these were the ones that either really stunk, or more importantly just plain disappointed me this year.

5) Survival of the Dead

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You have no idea how much it pains me to put this film on the list.  I love Zombie movies, and George Romero is the master, and originator of them all, but dude…what are you thinking?!  He creates a cliche of a cliche, of his own films? Terrible.


4)  Jonah Hex

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I’m pretty sure this film was made in 8 days and they used every scrap of footage they could find throwing it together to make 78 minutes worth of a film, boring, terrible acting, burn every print you come across.


3)  The Expendables

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What starts out as a badass premise, turns in to a terrible idea, with not enough action…when it’s supposed to be a balls out action film.  I love Sly, but come on brother…oh and I hear there is a sequel coming…yippy.


2)  Micmacs

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No so bad, as it is just plan disappointing.  This film by one of my true idols in cinema, Jean Pierre, Jeunet, is an aggressively complex film about two rival weapons manufacturers.  You won’t like one single character in the film, and Jeunet’s visual style can’t make up for all of the flaws.


1)  Eat, Pray, Love

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I can not even begin to tell you the excruciating amount of pain that I felt sitting through 2 1/2 hours of this piece of self righteous crap.  I would rather sit through Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias while having every tooth in my head pulled out by pliers, than watch this piece of shit again.  Boring, dull, and just plain excruciating at times.

2010 Best and Worst Films of the Year… so far.

Best and Worst Films of the Year…so far…

We are officially halfway through 2010 and it’s time to take a look at a few of the films you should definitely check out, and some you should definitely stay away from. The majority of Oscar contenders and really great films tend to come out near the end of the year, but there was still a decent amount of films that came out at the beginning of the year to check out. So here’s a quick look at 10 to check out, and 5 to stay away from.

The Best So Far

10) The Ghost Writer

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Roman Polanski never makes a dull movie, and while this one does get a little ponderous at times, it still hits seem extreme high points.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/04/review-ghost-writer.html

9) The Crazies

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This one is actually pretty surprising to me. It plays like a great horror film, and road movie thrown into one. A must for horror buffs.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/02/review-crazies.html

8) The Runaways

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Some serious acting chops put this as one of the better rock bio-pics that have been made in the past few years.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-runaways.html

7) Karate Kid

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No I’m not kidding. Easily one of the best family films of the summer, and a surprisingly good, fresh remake.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/06/review-karate-kid.html

6) Iron Man 2

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Robert Downey Jr. continues to be a badass blowing stuff up, driving sweet cars, getting hot chyx, and basically just being cool. We delve a little deeper into the psyche of Iron Man for a great back story, and lots of action to back it up.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-iron-man-2.html

5) Get Him to the Greek

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One of the best comedies of the year, with tremendous word of mouth. A must see.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/07/get-him-to-greek-review.html

4) Hot Tub Time Machine

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Just released on DVD last week, this is easily the funniest movie of the year, and the funniest movie since “Old School”. Hysterical in every way.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-hot-tub-time-machine.html

3) Book of Eli

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I really don’t care what anyone says, this movie totally kicks ass, and as I’ve said before, if you believe in the premise that great men can do great things then you’ll be hooked.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-book-of-eli.html

2) Please Give

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This is a heartfelt, humorous tale of dysfunctional New Yorkers that are trying to find their place, and make sense of their lives.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-please-give.html

1) Toy Story 3

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No I’m not kidding. Animated films aren’t just for kids, and Toy Story 3 proves it.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/06/toy-story-3-review.html

The Worst So Far

5) Alice in Wonderland

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I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but this 3-D farce makes for one of the worst scripts I’ve seen all year. A sell-out of a film in every way.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-alice-in-wonderland.html

4) Shutter Island

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Scorcese attempts to channel creepy David Lynch territory and fails in every way with this jumbled up film. Dicaprio’s great performance can’t save it either.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/02/review-shutter-island.html

3) Kick-Ass

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Talk about a film that can’t figure out what it want’s to be. Hit Girl’s character is the only thing that can save this from being a complete bomb.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/04/review-kick-ass.html

2) Daybreakers

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What a piece of garbage this is. A great premise leads to cheesy dialogue and a cluttered plot that falls apart at every turn.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-daybreakers.html

1) Micmacs

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Depressing, cumbersome, loathsome, I can’t describe to you how much I hated this film, and it’s the biggest disappointment of the year coming from one of the great directors alive.

My review: http://strangeluvmusicandfilm.blogspot.com/2010/06/micmacs-review.html

Now there is still a lot of the year left for some great films, and there are some great films that are out right now, especially in limited release. So I look forward to checking those out, and getting those reviews up and out.