Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Top 5 Flicks of 2010:

my personal top 5...

1. A Prophet - expressed my appreciation for this masterpiece previously. as i said then, it joins shawshank and cool hand luke in the upper echelon of prison flicks (zig, i still haven't seen le trou but i might get it from netflix this week). anyway, this movie has a couple seriously raw scenes. on the whole, i think it's a great depiction of the brutality / yet delicacy involved in navigating human power structure.
2. Black Swan - had read mixed reviews, and honestly went in expecting to be underwhelmed. but this flick is fantastic. the closing 20 min or so (the opening night) is dizzying and beautiful. aronofsky's best film to date.
3. Inception - commented on this briefly in comment to HC's post. conversations trying to decipher what was really going on in this one were pretty common for a few weeks there. as i indicated, i think i agree with this piece that HC forwarded me. regardless of various possible levels of reality, this was a true "edge of the seat" thriller for me. succeeded in reality bending in a way that the similar shutter island failed. i was totally zoned in on this flick from start to finish, as was the whole opening weekend audience.
4. The Social Network - a very enjoyable (and "topical") film. well written, well acted. eisenberg may be around for a while.
5. The Fighter - have never seen christian bale play such a funny and magnetic character. he was funny in american psycho i guess, but this character showed range for a great actor whose only flaw is that he seems like he maybe takes himself too seriously. wahlberg was also great, as was amy adams. similar to #1, it joins exclusive company as a top 3 boxing movie (obviously the other two being rocky and raging bull).

honorable mention:
true grit, cyrus, i am love.

overrated/disappointing list:
avatar, alice in wonderland, greenberg.


your top fives?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop.
mcsquared

1/05/2011 12:17 AM  
Blogger il Gatto Grande said...

almost every movie I saw this year was "fine." lots of the critical favorites didn't really rub off on me. But I did like "true grit," "social network," and "a prophet." i was really sleepy when I saw "inception" and accidentally fell asleep which, instead of leading to a weird dreaming-about-a-movie-about-dreaming scenario, just sort of ruined it for me. i need to re-watch, i guess.

1/05/2011 5:12 PM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

don't know if it would have made my top 5, but i forgot about "Get Low" with robert duvall and bill murray. excellent period piece quasi comedy.

1/05/2011 5:22 PM  
Blogger hostage crisis said...

i'll go with:

(1) a prophet;

(2) the social network;

(3) i am love;

(4) the fighter; and

(5) red riding (1980).

i still wanna see "carlos," "dogtooth," "animal kingdom," and "fish tank."

most overrated/dumbest: winter's bone.

most, i don't know, "impressive"?: inception.

honorable mention: welcome to the gift shop; true grit.

1/05/2011 10:50 PM  
Blogger GBDH (KNOCK YOU OUT) said...

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...because I love Monsters. Check it out. Need to view some of these others.

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