Class of 2010: Favourite Films of the Year

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And now my favourite films of the year in no particular order.

Best films

Un Prophète (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

As perfect as a film can get. 

Mother (Joon Ho-Bong, 2009)

Joon Ho-Bong continues his streak of top notch thrillers.  It might not be as good as Memories of Murder (2003) but it is probably my favourite film of the year.  A must see.

Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World (Edgar Wright, 2010)

Enjoyable from start to finish.  It may not have done as well at the box office as anticipated but it is destined to become a cult classic.

Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2010)

Close to being my favourite film of the year.  George Clooney once again puts in a great performance as Ryan Bingham and Jason Reitman’s direction is top notch.

The American (Anton Corbijn, 2010)

Reminiscent of a European made 1970s thriller, Corbijn’s direction is faultless and Clooney continues to be one of the best actors around.  Highly recommended.

The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

I initially had my doubts but ultimately found this to be as good as everyone has said.  What else would you expect from Fincher and Sorkin?

Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

According to a viewers Tweet that quoted in The Guardian, this film was popular because it made stupid people feel clever.  Yet further evidence of film snobbery.  A brilliant script.  A much better film than the overrated The Dark Knight (2008).

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)

Andrea Arnold’s excellent follow up to Red Road (2006).  Challenging but rewarding.  Michael Fassbender is definitely an actor to watch.

Catfish (Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, 2010)

Fiction or non-fiction?  David Kalat’s comments on the film, found over at the Video Watchblog, seem to be to be most plausible.  It is far too neat to be genuine but it is most certainly a memorable viewing experience.

Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010)

Another brilliant satire from Chris Morris.

Honourable mentions

The Town (Ben Affleck, 2010)

By no means perfect and not as good as Affleck’s first directorial effort Gone Baby Gone (2007) but still an enjoyable thriller.

Shutter Island (Martin Scorcese, 2010)

I loved the look of this film.  It is easy to see the influence Mario Bava has had on Martin Scorcese.

The Ghost (Roman Polanski, 2010)

Was the acting meant to be so exaggerated?  Still, another solid thriller from 2010.

Cyrus (Jay and Mark Duplass, 2010)

Hilarious!  Great performances from John C Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei.  It is quite obvious that the film is predominately improvised but this works in the films favour.

Guilty Pleasures

The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone, 2010)

Better than I had anticipated.  The perfect Saturday night action film.  No more CGI blood next time Sly.

From Paris With Love (Pierre Morel, 2010)

An OTT John Travolta armed with a bazooka.  What is there not to like? 

Machete (Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, 2010)

I probably expected a little too much from this but like Planet Terror (2007) it is a fun filled tribute to the B movie actioner.  If anything, this film highlights how underrated an actor Jeff Fahey is.

Disappointment of the Year

Copout (Kevin Smith, 2010)

Awful.  Can Kevin Smith exist outside of the View Askewuniverse?  The unfairly treated Jersey Girl (2004) suggested so and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) was very funny but a little too much like a Judd Apatow film.  Perhaps his upcoming horror film Red State (2011) will be an improvement?

 

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