Top 10 Movies of 2010 (Part Deux!)

5. Scott Pilgrim VS the World

In the back half of my list, I mentioned that Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors, so is it surprising that the movie he released this year would not be on my list? Edgar Wright’s third film (and his first adaptation) is actually better than his previous ones, and that is really saying something. Shaun of the Dead is a zombie parody that also succeeds at being one of the best zombie movies ever, along with being the best romantic comedy. Hot Fuzz is does the same thing that Shaun did, but this time for action films, and depending on how you look at it, it is another one of the greatest romantic comedies ever. Scott Pilgrim doesn’t really parody anything in particular, but rather encapsulates an entire generation perfectly with all of it’s idiosyncrasies and quirks while wrapping it up in a video-game themed action comedy.

The Scott Pilgrim series of comics is one of my favourites of all time and this movie is an adaptation that, while it changes a lot of things and cuts stuff out, is a perfect adaptation of the comics. It definitely gets the same feeling and the same themes that the comics touch on, which is more than can be said about other adaptations (I’m looking at you Harry Potter movies that aren’t the first, second, or seventh movies).

The movie is brilliantly written, conceived, and acted (also casted, seriously, this movie has a better cast than the Expendables). The fact that it wasn’t nominated for any Academy Awards is a bloody travesty.

Also, get your hands on the soundtrack. “Black Sheep” in and of itself makes the album worth it.

4. True Grit

At this point, if there was a Guillermo Del Toro film released this year, you just know that it would be on this list. I was spoiled this year when it comes to my favourite directors, and next year is not going to be quite as fun because of that.

This movie is both very different from most of the other Coen Brothers films, but also very similar. The film is a straight up Western (well it is a remake of a John Wayne film), unlike No Country for Old Men which was what a western would be if it was set in the current time period. It is a fairly serious film, and is also very violent. That being said, it still has that traditional Coen Brothers wit to it’s writing, and the Dude is even the main character. At this point on the list, it’s kind of hard to talk about these movies, as most of the same things can be said about them. Great story, great cast, great acting, fantastic writing. Damn near everything in this movie is great. Go see it.

3. The Fighter

Also known as: Batman is a Crack Head

When I see “Based on a True Story” on a movie poster or trailer, I usually refuse to see it. This stigma definitely comes from  the fact that basically every crappy horror movie that has come out in recent years that hasn’t been torture porn like Saw has had this label posted all over it. For some reason, this movie didn’t have that happen to it.

Christian Bale plays a crack using former boxer who thinks that HBO is filming a documentary about his comeback. Mark Walberg is his much more talented younger brother who is giving boxing one last (and very serious) go before he gets too old and regrets it. The Fighter has a wonderful secondary cast including the conniving and controlling mother of the two brothers, the cop trainer that has Marky Mark’s best interests in mind, and the boys back-boneless father who just can’t get out from under his wife’s thumb. The film is incredibly long, but it is hardly noticeable as it is just so damn interesting to watch.

2. Black Swan

Now we are getting into the movies that greatly affected me while watching them. I saw this movie in a theatre-hopping double feature with True Grit and unintentionally created a theme for the day of finger mutilation. Black Swan is one of the only two good horror movies released last year (the other being Let Me In) and ho-lee crap did it scare me.

Natalie Portman’s performance truly made it seem like she was going insane and her little freak outs made the entire theatre wince (except for the guy who was sitting next to my friend and I who we are pretty sure was masturbating through the entire movie. I’m not kidding).

The film is absolutely gorgeous. Darren Aronofsky has an amazing talent for making any thing he touches into a piece of art visually. Black Swan has some brilliant set and costume design that represents Natalie Portman’ character’s, Nina, descent into madness through just the consistent use of whites and blacks throughout the film.

This movie is rather weird to describe to people because whenever I tell them that it is about ballet, they give me a very bizzarre look like “why are you watching a movie about ballet?” I then procede to tell them that it is really about a young woman going insane from the stress of her finally landing her dream role in Swan Lake and that it is a very disturbing movie to watch. (And if they’re a guy, I throw in the fact that there is a lesbian sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. I will pull any string to get people to watch this movie)

Overall, Black Swan is a visually stunning and incredibly disturbing look into madness that should net Natalie Portman an Academy Award.

1. Toy Story 3

Who didn’t expect this one? Seriously. Anyone? Just go read my review for the reasons why it’s a good movie the BEST movie.

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