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Harry's Top Ten Films of 2010!!!

 

Hey folks, Harry here…   It’s time for my top ten of the year.   Like usual, I’ll just be posting 10 films.  No runner ups, no genre specific lists – just my pick for the best 10 films I saw in 2010. 

 

I do believe that this year marks the low point in terms of the sheer number of reviews I’ve written.   A big part of that has to do with a miserable summer, where the output of films just demoralized me.   That changed with Fantastic Fest – which blew my mind with the sheer amount of exciting and thrilling films.   Movies that were not predictable, that didn’t follow paths that I’ve seen trampled upon thousands of times before.  

 

I’ve seen probably more films in 2010, than I have in any year previously.  The combination of my positions programming for various festivals, the regular DVD columns and just the regular slate of releases…  it is over-powering.  Trying to intellectually dive through 2010…  well, it was a crazy year.   Let’s get into it though…

 

 

10.  THE LAST CIRCUS

 

Alex De La Iglesia’s THE LAST CIRCUS could very well be the best film of 2010, but unfortunately, I’ve only had the opportunity to see it once.  It drives me crazy when I see people that try to classify Alex as “like Guillermo Del Toro,” mainly because Iglesia came first.  Alex unleashed upon cinema with ACCION MUTANTE back in 1993.   Then fired off the brilliant DAY OF THE BEAST – one of those films that I just love with every ounce of my too many ounces body.   But my previous favorite film of his was 800 BULLETS – a film that takes place within the mythos of the Spaghetti Westerns and the fascination with the Western iconography in Spain.   A great film.

 

But this year, with THE LAST CIRCUS, I feel that Alex De La Iglesia has made a searing intimate work  that one viewing can not possibly capture adequately.   On the surface, the film is about a son of a clown who died during the Spanish Revolution, that we’ve seen glimpsed in Guillermo Del Toro’s DEVIL’S BACKBONE & PAN’S LABYRINTH.   The story is interlaced through some of Spain’s more sordid history, which the country has apparently shamefully put away into an unopened closet of history.   But more so – the film is a fetishistic display of everything that Iglesia loves about cinema.   Riffing on Hitchcock, DePalma, Fellini,  the Universal Monster films and German Expressionism.  

 

The film is definitely not for all audiences, but for me…  it all works.  That underneath it all – he’s layered a life long love for the Spider-Man/Gwen Stacy story, in the guise of making SPIDER-MAN out to be the sad clown.   Brilliant. 

 

I can not wait to see this again!

 

9.  SOUND OF NOISE

 

I had no idea what I was heading into when I saw SOUND OF NOISE at Fantastic Fest.   I chose it, mainly because the festival write-up made me think that it could possibly be a film that Yoko would love.   I was so right, but unexpectedly…  I fell madly in love with the film too.

 

If you love the (maybe) Documentary, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, about the guerilla art movement as told by Banksy…   this takes that spirit.   The notion of aggressive semi-terrorist-style tactics being applied to a group of percussionists that will transform their world through ingenious and unorthodox manners.

 

In particular, this Swedish film conjures memories of the bedsprings scene in DELICATESSEN – but takes it to an extreme level.   The film is set up like SE7EN in some ways – you have a detective, who happens to be the black sheep of a musically inclined family, that is put on an investigation that leads him to discovering a series of “musical crimes?”  

 

The film is pure joy.  Fantastic editing and sound editing, but more than that – the characters are a pure joy to witness.   An outstanding unconventional work that must be seen and heard to be believed.

 

8.  THE FIGHTER

 

David O Russell has made his best, most accessible work to date with THE FIGHTER.   Christian Bale is given the showcase role of Dicky Eklund, the former boxing glory of his family and trainer of his little brother, Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg).   That Bale’s Dicky happens to be a crack head…  well, that’s the showy part of the role.   Bale is electric, and I can’t imagine him not picking up an award for Best Supporting Actor.   But stranger things have happened.  

 

However, better than Bale, better than Amy Adams on all fours in a black bra & panty set…  better than watching Wahlerg box…  better than all other aspects of this film…   THE MOTHER & SISTERS…  oh my god.   Since watching this film, I’ve had nightmares about them standing around my bed commenting upon my enormous penis.   They’re the scariest PACK OF WOLVES that you’ll ever see.   Pure horror show.  The predatory gang nature of this pack of women, its something that I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen in a film before.

 

I just desperately want to see a remake of THE WOMEN, with these women, told in a modern setting befitting their nightmarish white trashery.   They make Rosanne Barr seem like Foreign Royalty.   They’re that scary.

 

All kidding aside, this is a tremendous story on multiple fronts.  In particular, I love Amy Adams’ Charlene – and how she attempts to wean and comfort Mickey Ward into being his own man.   Wonderful film.

 

7.  A SERBIAN FILM

 

Of every film on this list, the one that you’re least likely to have an opportunity to ever see, is A SERBIAN FILM.  This is a fantastic, brilliant film – that given time, will eventually outgrow the absurd reactions of people that think it is a far harder film than it actually is. 

 

This is a movie about a male Porn Star in Serbia, their Evan Stone if you will, who has retired from the business to raise a family with his beautiful wife and child.  As he’s seduced back into the business by a financial incentive that would ensure his family’s security – he takes a gig for a Porn Auteur that nobody has ever heard of.   A former child psychologist.  

 

The film reeks of David Fincher & Paul Schrader.   The film also echoes THE HANGOVER – in the sense that it does concern trying to piece together what exactly happened, since a character wakes up with little memory of what ensued…  and he has to rediscover what did happen.

 

It is a down right shame that this film has no U.S. distribution of any kind, and while I do understand the why – I absolutely disagree.   This is a film that absolutely deserves an NC-17, but that absolutely does not deserve to be unseen, which too often, is the end result of an NC-17 rating.   As a result, no one will pick it up.   It needs someone like who Harvey Weinstein used to be.   This is powerful, uncompromised filmmaking for an Adult audience – and one of the best films of 2010.

 

6.  BEDEVILLED

 

The best supporting female performance of 2010 belongs to Yeong-Hie Seo, who plays Bok Nam in the Korean film BEDEVILLED.  

 

I’ll tell you why in a little bit.   BEDEVILLED is an astonishingly powerful and emotional work from Korea – that was one of the most powerful film experiences I’ve had in 2010.   The film is about a young Korean bank officer that is forced to take some time off after an incident at work.  We watch as she heads off to visit a friend on an island that she once grew up upon, just off the coast of South Korea.  

 

Shot on Geumodo Island, director Jang Cheol-so creates one of the most disturbing portraits of a pocket community, that I’ve ever seen.  The island has had generations of its youth leave the tiny island for life in the big city, leaving an almost exclusively elder community to fend for themselves.   Upon the island, you have Bok Nam & her Husband – who represents the one young man upon the island.   As a result, the elders pretty much give her husband complete rights to do as he pleases upon the island.  

 

The film is nearly 2 hours long, with the vast majority of the film concerning the beautiful Hae-Won and her friend Bok-Nam rekindling their childhood friendship – and Hae-Won discovering the evil of the island.   But in particular, Bok-Nam shines above all else.    She is a simple girl.   Not particularly bright.  She idolizes her friend Hae-Won – and dreams of living with her on the mainland, far away from her abusive husband and the hen-pecking of the elders upon this island.

 

Where the film goes, should not be spoiled by a living soul.   But I will say, the film is one of the surest most cathartic film experiences you’ll discover.   The movie has a very definite turn, and the turn hinges upon the performance of Yeong-Hie Seo, who nails it.   Just a stunning film and a brilliant performance. 

 

5.  NEVER LET ME GO

 

Mark Romanek is a remarkable director.  

 

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel could have been woefully mishandled.  But with Alex Garland’s screenplay and Mark Romanek’s attention to detail – that keeps the film focused upon character, rather than whatever future world that this story would take place…  well, it keeps the focus where it must be.

 

So many would want to focus on the kind of world that could raise separately a stock of humans for organ transplant, but this film is never focused upon that outer world.   Instead, we’re focused on the stock.   The spare parts.   Spare parts that are raised from birth to fulfill a destiny.   Raised with pride to be what they are, for the noblest of purposes.   To ensure a longer life for whom their organs are meant.

 

Rather than focus on escape, the focus is upon the lives lived.   The personal mythology and interaction of these rather special spare parts.   The film hones in upon a trio of friends, played as children, then later as young adults by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.  

 

All 3 should be nominated for exemplary work.   In particular, I fell madly in love with Carey Mulligan’s selfless Kathy.   She loves Tommy (Garfield), but when her friend Ruth (Knightley) snatches him up, she spends a life on the outside, watching & loving Tommy.   Never interfering, never betraying…  the constant, wonderful friend.   

 

The film loves life so intensely that it becomes contagious.   The result is a desire to more fully appreciate the life that we the viewer has.   The freedoms, the luxury and the gift that is our free lives.   Along with a desire to more fully live our own lives.   And what a beautiful thing for a film to be.

 

4.  THE SOCIAL NETWORK

 

I’ve watched this film about  8 times thus far, and it never fails to capture me as though I was watching it for the first time.   For the longest time, I thought that was mainly due to Aaron Sorkin’s BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR.   But upon repeated viewings, I began to believe it was Fincher’s eye that captured me, but on the last two screenings that I took in, I realized just how powerful Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ contribution was for me. 

 

When you watch a film, over and over again – you begin to have elements of the film that begin to leap out at you in a manner that you would not instantly grasp.   Upon initial viewing, the dialogue and the performances are the most obvious aspects of this film that grab you.    I absolutely believe that Jesse Eisenberg should win Best Actor for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg.   It is incredibly subtle and powerfully mature work coming from Jesse – who has done brilliant work before, most notably in THE SQUID AND THE WHALE…  though prior to this, my favorite work of his was in ADVENTURELAND – which is a fantastic film.   But here, Eisenberg gives Zuckerberg a charisma that I’m not entirely sure the real Zuckerberg could possibly convey.   He makes the character likable, simply for how his brain works.   For the thoughts you read in his eyes as other characters have the floor.   

 

Rewatch THE SOCIAL NETWORK and never take your eyes off Eisenberg.   When other characters are talking in wide shots, watch Jessie.   He’s amazing.   Always alive within the scene.  Constantly thinking, perceiving and evaluating.   It is a masterful performance.

 

I’ve a feeling that this film could end up being the Best Picture of the year.   Personally, I’d be ecstatic if any of my top 5 won BEST PICTURE – as I love these 5 intensely.  

 

 

3.  BLACK SWAN

 

With PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, THE WRESTLER and now BLACK SWAN – Darren Aronofsky has become easily the most daring and powerful American filmmaker working today.

 

He makes films that work on a purely visceral level, a complex psychological and emotional level, an artistic level and that absolutely entertain.   That is such an amazing combination. 

 

BLACK SWAN is beautiful.   There are camera movements that literally made me hold my breath, because I’d never seen dance shot with such a ferocious and bold manner.   From the dream till the final performance, the film sweeps you into it visually.  

 

That Darren never ever hides from the ugly side of life, but instead uses that brutality to more fully illustrate the beauty of the human spirit in all of its fragility and flawed beauty…  I am serially impressed by him.   His ability to capture a realistic portrayal of drug use continues to be impressive.   But it is what he does with his actors that is truly the most amazing thing.

 

Without a doubt, Natalie Portman gives the best performance, male or female, of 2010.   Her Nina Sayers is a performance that will be studied and written about for a very very long time.  You watch the complexity of what Aronofsky coaxes out of Natalie Portman – and you wonder…  how could George Lucas get so little from her in the Prequels.   It makes you look at every role she has ever played and appreciate the work even more.   That isn’t to say that Natalie Portman hasn’t been brilliant before.   Hell, right from the beginning in THE PROFESSIONAL, I wanted her to win an Oscar.   But this year is her year.   This is simply a role of a lifetime.

 

Let us hope that the award attention for this title, which should be nominated for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress, Cinematography, Make-up, Costume, Production Design, Sound, Sound Editing, Editing….  At the very least.   It is a towering film.

 

2.  TRUE GRIT

 

Fuck you GOLDEN GLOBES!   Seriously.   How on Earth do you deny the Coen Brothers on TRUE GRIT.   I know everyone was expecting TRUE GRIT to be my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010.   It still is.   Except on this list.  

 

TRUE GRIT is constantly amazing to watch.   From that stunning first shot, till the last  - the Coens have crafted their Western at last.  

 

Every single character is a wholly different person, from every other person in the film.   I don’t see… filler characters, instead I am delighted with a constantly delighting parade of awesome faces, voices, dialects and costumes.   Each feeling absolutely true to the times.

 

People often times seem perplexed by Coen Brother films, not knowing whether or not the film is serious or intended to be funny.   The same can often be said of Quentin Tarantino’s work.   Should I be shocked or should I laugh?   That is up to the individual, but for me – I quietly giggle in my head, even as my face betrays the emotion of the scene I’m watching.

 

I sincerely am hoping for a Supporting Actor nod for Matt Damon as LeBoeuf, and I would kill for him to come out in character as a Texas Ranger to accept it.   I would be so incredibly delighted by that.   I know, it’ll never happen, but it would be so amazing if it did.   I like to dream of LeBoeuf’s “Coen scripted” acceptance speech – and I’m a happier person for that imagination. 

 

Meanwhile, there’s Hailee Steinfeld – who is obviously THE featured character of the film, but who curiously keeps showing up as a supporting actress.   This just pisses me off.   Hailee Steinfeld is a Best Actress nominee.   Putting her in the Supporting category is a disservice to the work and the role.   She doesn’t stand a chance of beating Natalie Portman, who is about as 100% as one could be for BEST ACTRESS as I’ve seen in some time, but Hailee absolutely deserves and commands to be mentioned in the same breath.

 

The Coens continue to impress as the best filmmaking team in modern film history.   They so completely understand and can express effortlessly within the language of cinema that any true lover of the medium, need only take a seat, to be taken away.  

 

1.  SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

 

My most controversial pick for my top pick ever?   Most likely.   Do I care what anyone else thinks?   Not one iota.  

 

What is a Best Film of the year? 

 

Does that mean it has to be dirty and grimy?   Does it have to “feel” important?   Does it need to be a giant money maker?   Does it have to be so incredibly serious and inaccessible that you feel like you must claim its importance, otherwise there would have been no other point to having watched it in the first place?   Is the best film a movie on every other list?  

 

No.   BEST FILM is a personal decision.   Once decided, it becomes the author’s responsibility to illuminate the reader as to what it was about that film in particular that lifted it up above all others of the year.

 

Well, here we go.

 

I’ve watched SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD a lot.   So much, that I now anticipate the film.  Edgar Wright has made a film, that given time, will grow and grow and grow in the estimation of those that watch it.   How can I say that?   Because that is exactly what has happened to me.  

 

I’ve been going through screeners of all the best films of the year.   December was a very intense film viewing month for me.   I pitted films against one another in a tournament style bracket in my head.   I’d watch the films on this list against one another.   Against films like KING’S SPEECH and THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, both of which were easily defeated.   They’re fine films, but they don’t really stand up against stronger competition, but through the entire process – I wasn’t even considering SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD.

 

It wasn’t supposed to be “that type of film”.    You know, the sort of film that everyone can look at and say, “Harry Knowles is right, that is the best film of the year!”  Oh, don’t get me wrong.   There is a group that feels that way.   They’ve become radiantly in love with SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD – and several of my online brothers would probably feel more comfortable naming SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD their “favorite film of 2010”.   But ya know what…

 

I’m nearly 40 years old now.   I no longer care what the grown ups say, I’m very likely to be considered a grown up by a lot of  folks – and this Grown Up is saying SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is the best film of 2010 – and I will absolutely not back down from that decision.

 

WHY?

 

Because it feels nothing I’ve seen before.   Because it plays with sound & editing in a way that would make Buster Keaton smile and admire.   Because like TRUE GRIT it is filled with unique and fully realized characters.   Because like BLACK SWAN it dips into the surreal.   Because like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, it follows the socially inept.   Because like THE FIGHTER it’s about a character that everyone tries to beat down, from his family and friends, to himself, yet through it all he discovers what matters most and pursues it.   Because the film is young, full of vitality and isn’t a contributing funk to the world.     Because, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is my Best Picture of 2010.   

 

Because a film does not have to be self-serious to be great.   Because it doesn’t have to be about old people and old things.    It can be about triumph and happiness.   Why must we celebrate only the dark, when the light is as beautiful as this.   Because sometimes we need a movie to rock us.   To beat us over the head and shoulders with the fevered mania of a generation that is just starting to scream in front of the cameras with a glee that seems all too rare in this world.

 

I know I’m alone as a film writer on this front, but I don’t care.   Sometimes you have to be alone when picking the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR.   Because you must have the courage of your convictions.   And mine say SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is the best film of 2010.

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  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    There it is...

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry's Top Ten Best Films of 2010!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    First?

    by Chanoc

    God damn!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim!!

    by Mike Herrmann

    Fuck Ya.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I liek Pilgram and all

    by eric haislar

    But it's not the best film of the year it's not even in the top ten. Harry you talk about it like it is Blade Runner or something. I love the movie but it not nearly as good as you are selling it to be.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Well, there it is, indeed...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Will Scott P. show up at the top of any other Best Of list? Probably not, so good on you, Mr. Knowles. The heart wants what the heart wants, as they say.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    You had me until Pilgrim

    by Heckles

    Can a top list jump a shark?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Great Selection of Movies.... but

    by Chanoc

    I don´t think Scott P should be at No. 1 Hell, I enjoyed the movie, but am not sure I would even have it in the top 10 at all.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Damn it

    by eric haislar

    Selling it to be. What happened to our edit button?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    LET ME IN???

    by aicnmscott

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Jackass 3D!!!!!!

    by lostboytexas

    never forget!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    YOUR Top 10

    by xtremist123

    I love how different everybody's Top 10 lists are this year. Theres been so many variations. Kudos on putting SPvW up there; its not THE top 10; its YOUR top 10.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Let Me In

    by aicnmscott

    Say whatever you want about the original film. The 'remake' delivered. It wasn't even a remake. It was a re-imagining of how the story from the book could be told. Both films are excellent. It should be on this list, and so should Inception...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    No, MICMACS?

    by NoCalFlicks

    I'm sure you've seen Micmacs, Harry....it has to belong on the Top 10 list...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Black Swan >>> True Grit

    by AOTF

    Black Swan is so much better than True Grit. I really can't comprehend putting True Grit at #2.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Great List

    by Oldmangomer

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Someone else pretending A Serbian Film isn't a piece of shit

    by rosncranz

    A Serbian Film is not some artistic film that people just don't get, nor is it a treatise on the horrible scars left by war etc. It is stupid torture-porn that the filmmaker is parading around hoping to get attention for shock value and then pretending it is more than that.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I'm with you, Harry

    by JacksParasites

    I knew it was among my favorite of this year but until now, I hadn't seriously considered it the best film of the year. But thinking back at this poor year of film, it's a real possibility. I've watched Scott Pilgrim more times than any other film this year. Inception was certainly good but at least a little overrated. The Social Network was pretty good but I also think it's a bit overrated because critics are grasping at anything at this point. I haven't yet seen True Grit or Black Swan, and so can't comment on those. And The Town was quite good. But those seem to be the only movies from the ones I've heard of that even come close to consideration as best of the year. So until I see True Grit and Black Swan, I'm going with Scott Pilgrim.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Never Let Me Go was criminally underrated

    by JacksParasites

    Oh, and Never Let Me Go was criminally underrated and deserving of some praise.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Black Swan should be #1

    by lostboytexas

    I'm retarded and even I know that. True Grit was great but Black Swan was a fucking masterpiece.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Except

    by hebrokeaway

    A lot of online critics did pick Pilgrim as their top film. You can all be manchildren together. Yippee!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon sucked in True Grit.

    by HoboCode

    Harry, you honestly thought his character fit with the times of the film? He stuck out like a sore thumb. He basically just played himself in a rather phoned-in performance. His monotone and boring delivery works when he's playing an amnesiac, near-mute superspy, but he just plain put me to sleep in True Grit.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    What??? You saw more movies in 2010 but wrote less reviews?

    by D.Vader

    Jesus do you not realize how WRONG that is? Especially when you're considered a critic and get set screener copies of films??

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Scott

    by Simplisico

    You're #1 till 3 are good choices, but the rest is crap. You're cinematic taste is deteriorating.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    lostboytexass

    by JTStarkiller

    If I were to make a top ten list of talkback posts, that would be number #1. Made me laugh out loud here in the office.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Harry, when did you learn to write like this?

    by J Skell

    This is the best thing you've ever written... seriously.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    the only problem with top 10 lists...

    by mithrandir16

    ...is that they're limited to 10 movies. After a slow start, 2010 delivered more quality films than I expected. Very glad to see NEVER LET ME GO and SCOTT PILGRIM represented.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    hmmm.sharked definitely jumped

    by BILLY

    Scot Pilgrim was very good. but I can't say its on my top ten.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by HoboCode

    Great action. Lots if fun. Kieran Culkin of course was the best thing about it, which is true of most films he's in. But I got an indecisive vibe from the filmmaker on who Scott should end up with at the end and it showed.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    What no Little Fockers or Last Airbender?

    by MJAYACE

    What kind of list is this?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    One issue with your list Harry.

    by hallmitchell

    Scott Pilgrim. I hated it. It was made for the Ritalin generation and i've never taken the stuff. Ringing phones. Smart ass action. A crushing disappointment.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    d.vader!

    by HoboCode

    Good to have you back. Could have used you in yesterday's inpromptu Lost TB.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld had the best overall performance of the year.

    by AzulTool

    And, Scott Pilgrim really is the best movie to see if you're a guy who has just been dumped.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    MOTHER is the most underrated movie of the year!

    by pleasebanme

    I can't believe Bong Joon Ho's masterpiece isn't getting mentioned on these end of the year lists. Mother is ten times the movie The Host was and AICN when crazy over that film. As for Scott Pilgrim, I love it dearly and would put it on the lower end of my top ten. Black Swan, Mother, and The Social Network are my top three.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Um...

    by Horgy

    No Toy Story 3?<p> No Inception? <p> No 127 Hours?<p><p> no sale, Harry.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Great pics Harry

    by ranma627

    My number one is the same as your number one simply based on how much of a giddy experience I had watching Pilgrim and the replay value of that film is insurmountable.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    P.S. If I had a list, Kick Ass would be up there.

    by AzulTool

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    @pleasebanme

    by ranma627

    Mother is indeed great but Chaser was the better Korean film to me. I wanna check out this Bedevilled movie Harry listed.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT HARRY!

    by Rob

    You just gave the middle finger to your whole audience with the SCOTT PILGRIM pick!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Who put a question mark on the teleprompter again!?

    by MattmanReturns

    Goddamn, try to start a review without asking a question, for once. "Is this my top ten list? Yes it is. Am I happy with this list? Yes I am."

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Only True Grit deserves to be on this list

    by vorlonkosh

    Scott Pilgrim? Really? This and bunch of other self-important foreign films. Great. I have to give you credit, though. No other critic is going to pick S.P. for any position in their top 10 lists. All your other picks are predictable critic fodder.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by Horgy

    This is YOUR top 10. After reading my previous talkback, I didn't like the way it sounded. There have always been movies that I enjoyed more than the "good" movies that came out in a year. I had a better time at Tron Legacy than I did at Inception in 2010. Was Tron Legacy a "better" film by normal standards? Probably not. But would it place higher on my list? You betcha. If we're not talking about the usual filmmaking standards here, and talking about the overall experience (which after all is what reviews on AICN are all about,) then this list is just right.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    hobocode...matt damon was great in True Grit

    by BILLY

    I don't see how he stood out. I think he played just fine in the Coen Brother's sandbox.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Harry thinks SCOTT PILGRIM is about him.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Don't get the love for Black Swan.

    by Mostholy

    I thought it was exceedingly goofy. My top 20 of this year: 20. The Kids are All Right 19. The Ghost Writer 18. The King's Speech 17. Terribly Happy 16. Never Let Me Go 15. Ellsberg 14. The Town 13. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 12. Inside Job 11. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 10. Exit Through the Gift Shop 9. Kick-Ass 8. The Fighter 7. Inception 6. A Prophet 5. The Social Network 4. True Grit 3. The Secret in their Eyes 2. Red Riding (74/80/83) 1. Toy Story 3 Close runner-ups: Shutter Island, Greenberg, Get Him to the Greek Worst: Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Catfish

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Harry your so wrong!

    by Francis Begbie

    Oh wait, what? Art is subjective? oh, nevermind. Nice list then.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    had me until #1

    by Stifler's Mom

    Seriously, we knew it was coming, but to see Scott Pilgrim ranked on top of True Grit, Black Swan, and The Fighter is like putting a BAD comic book on a shelf full of Shakespeare plays.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Just swap spots for PILGRIM and SERBIAN FILM...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...and you'll be choppin.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    No love for Enter The Void? The 2001 of drug movies.

    by UGG

    I can totally understand if some people hated it. But I think it had some of the greatest visual effect's I've seen in years, and was amazingly filmed. Also I loved the movie.<p>And A Serbian Film is not that bad, it's not great though. Well shot, well acted, great soundtrack, but the story just wasn't that great. I don't know if Harry's put that in there just to piss you all of.<p> I watched True Grit the other night and was blown away by the little girl (hmmn). All these "Hot hollywood actress'" like Juno, Knocked Up and fuckin Gwen Stacy, whatever their names are need to get better at sucking cock for their role's, because that girl is going to be big I tell's ya!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Harry, you forgot this point:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "Because like TRUE GRIT it is filled with unique and fully realized characters. Because like BLACK SWAN it dips into the surreal. Because like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, it follows the socially inept. Because like THE FIGHTER it’s about a character that everyone tries to beat down, from his family and friends, to himself, yet through it all he discovers what matters most and pursues it. (Because like A SERBIAN FILM it creepily sexualizes children.)"

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Good List

    by Playhouse

    Good picks and I agree with the majority. I'm a bit torn on 'The Fighter'. I know it was shackled by real events but the end of the movie just kind of sputtered for me. I like that the fight wasn't staged to be some 'Rocky'-esque finale, but it felt like the writing ran out of steam in the last bit of the movie. It's a good film, though, with solid performances from everyone. And I'm keen to put 'Scott Pilgrim' as my number 1 film for 2010 as well. It's a fabulous movie and the most entertaining one I saw last year. 'The Social Network' is my number one but I don't have any problems recognizing 'Scott Pilgrim' on the top of any 'best of' lists.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Guys, remember: Harry didn't like TOY STORY 3 because......

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    SPOILER Andy gives away his toys at the end. And we all know Harry can't relate to that.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    A SERBIAN FILM?!?!?!?

    by Six Demon Bag

    just reading the plot of that film on wiki and i felt sick.. there are just some things you dont do..and anyone who likes this film is suspect! YOU'RE SUSPECT!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I've always known I really don't fit in here...

    by SUPERJIM

    I have been coming to this site for years even though the majority of the posts do not concern me in the slightest, but it's just habit now I suppose from when the staff used to break news etc. But I've only heard of 3 films on that list. 3. If that doesn't tell me I should be visiting some other site I don't know what does.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Wonderful list of films nobody saw. Here's mine

    by Cali_Al

    Harry I love you but can you make a list of movies AND a list of films there is a big difference. Not that any of you care but here goes my breakdown. 10. Get Low Robert Duvall I could watch you sleeping in an easy chair and you would find a way to captivate me, the movie is kind of a mystery, the ending is kind of weak. Really reflects on a simpler time. Worth a watch, the music is fantastic. 9. Wolfman I love my monster movies, this is truly a throwback with true angst and tension, Del Torro is wonderful as our tortured soul. The gypsy camp scenes in the fog on the moors is intense. Who is the greater monster is the question. The music in this film is pitch perfect and adds real sense of dread and foreboding. Is the movie perfect? By no means, but is a true monster movie not a shaky cam visually uninteresting alien turtle Godzilla or whiny vampire movie. 8. Inception Number 8 you say? Did I talk about the movie after, yes, was I impressed with the in camera tricks, of course. I left the movie with food all over my bib after being over spoon fed exposition. Shut up! We can figure this out we ARE NOT STUPID. There were moments I said wow, and moments I said wait a minute you just introduced the second coming of the dream manipulator and then you say, she can do all these amazing things but we can't show you because the dreaming people might realize you are in screwing with their head. What a cop out! I want to see the environments messed with I want to be wowed. Sound like they had to stick to the budget police and not pull out all the stops. The totem is... 7. Scott Pilgrim @#%$@@& Great! Wow a movie that has quiet moments, long uncomfortable silences, trash band music, 8 bit music and game references. It is silly and ridiculous if you can stand Michael Cera you will enjoy this. 6. R.E.D. Take four craftsman and ask them to play over the top retired assassins in this comic book adaptation. Visually a lot of fun. Kind of an eighties throwback buddy film. Not a serious film, and for those of you with kids Mermaidman also has a part in this film. 5. Machete If this list were only b-movie, monster movie, grindhouse movie, Machete would come in #1. Rodriguez nails the genre completely. This is a hard R movie, decapitations, naked breasts, motorcycles with Gatling guns attached to the handlebars. I was 17 again and a crazy Corman midnight show unspooling, ahhh the wayback machine. 4. Kick-Ass "With no power comes no responsibility" If you think this sums up the movie you are dead wrong, Our hero is dismayed at the fact that no one stands up for the weak, or average citizen, He says "The three assholes, laying into one guy while everybody else watches? And you wanna know what's wrong with me? Yeah, I'd rather die... so bring it on!". Poignant, how many times do we see evil or bad behavior and do nothing. Powerful message in a silly comicbook movie, Hit Girl, Chloe Moretz is brilliant, Nick Cage channels he just is Big Daddy West. Dave our hero Kick Ass was one of us, gangly, a dreamer, invisible. Great build in the story to a crescendo, music is fun and appropriate. If you haven't seen this check it out. 3. Lovely Bones This is the only movie I did not see this in the theaters, it is a film told by a master story teller Peter Jackson. I avoided seeing this but ended up seeing it on HBO in a hotel on the road after a 16 hour day. I preface this because at 1:00 in the morning I was not able to turn off the TV and go to sleep, I had to see it play out. Cast was perfect, incredible weaving of the tale, here is a perfect example of you do not have to show it to make the audience squirm. The panic I felt for the child, The predator, prey aspect was built in the mystery story would Dad find out what would he do? I wanted to strangle the villain. How many times can you say that, I literally wanted to reach into the tv and take this guy out. I know that this type of film or other dark dramas usually get noticed for awards. It is very heavy but it also resonates of hope and something more. I was awestruck. 2. Black Swan Just experienced this yesterday, still have imagery swirling around in my head. Black Swan is a journey into madness, The camera tells the tale of a ballerina going full tilt for a part of the White Swan. Natalie Portman can ACT! After so many movies where she has been forgettable this is it her Finest portrayal hopefully not her swan song (I couldn't resist) Vincent Cassel is a sledgehammer with the finesse of a surgeon. All players are firing on all cylinders, I love the interpretation of the Swan Lake music and the build to the final act. This movie is a true horror film with suspense, Aronofsky the director is a true revealer of the ugliness that drives us and the beauty of imperfection. My only complaint a technical note: start with steadicam end on handheld - smooth to frenetic to keep pace with the wonderful arc. 1. Tron Legacy Number one? Really? Well I only paid to see one of these movies twice this year and here it is...Tron. Visually compelling, how can you play out the similar visual ideas without sucking the teat dry? They have done it, sleek, philosophical, man..... The Dude abides in this one, even his too perfect digidopple is fun to watch. The kid is a punk but who wouldn't be with Bill Gates money, but you connect with the 10 year old who loses his Father. Hot cyberchicks, cool modes of transport, I was in another world and 14 again. Loved the screw you ending. The MUSIC made the film, Daft Punk need to continue writing scores. My only complaint is there are some scenes that you wanted to explode but they went nowhere. (i.e. Clu Nuremburg Rally could have had programs in pursuit en mass in pure ordered chaos) All hail CLU... I mean the MCP. I did see this at the El Capitan in Hollywood with an incredible laser preshow so the wow factor was up from the door.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim? Serbian Film? Fuck OFF.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    I was just an hour ago in HMV, and shocked / disheartened to see that A Serbian Film is now on sale, and at #17 in the UK charts, on BluRay and DVD. Fuck that movie. Yes, I've seen it. (The official UK release is quite heavily cut in obvious parts.) Do not believe what Harry or any defenders say about this movie. I am NOT pro-censorship, I believe in trangression when it has an intelligent point. The filmmakers can dress and talk this up as much as they like: It is transparently a huge and blatant attempt to generate notoriety and infamy through shock value. Are you really telling me that these guys sat down and discussed how to "make a movie which figuratively displays how the post-war Serbian state treads on its people"? Fuck no. They sat down and thought up the nastiest shit they or anyone could feasibly film, in order to generate themselves a Hollywood career. "Guy rapes his own son". "Guy fucks woman whilst slicing head off". "Guy fucks delivers and fucks newborn baby to death". Shit that possibly crossed Eli Roth's mind during Hostel, but even he backed away from. It's tasteless exploitation, designed to revolt.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    A SERBIAN FILM. Fucking your bloody gums in 2010.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by Mark

    Harry is a fan, not a serious film critic. It's no surprise Scott Pilgrim is his #1 pick.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Even THE CHOPPAH wishes he'd never heard the phrase...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ..."newborn porn". Some things can never be unchopped.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Moving on...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... cos I don't know how to do line breaks in this shitty new format (if anyone could help me out I'd be grateful)... Scott Pilgrim. Number one. Above the majestic, beautiful, stately, funny, stirring True Grit? Do fuck off. Scott Pilgrim was visually interesting for half an hour. It was episodic, one hour too long, four repetitive setpieces too long, and more crucially, populated by - for the most part - thoroughly unlikeable and unrelatable characters, chiefly Pilgrim and Ramona, who we're supposed to root for. Kudos to Brandon Routh for a very funny part though. And kudos to Edgar Wright for being faithful and uncompromising in adapting the source material, but it's an irritating chore of a movie. I can understand how people can see a joyous love of cinema in it - for about thirty minutes. After that, it grates.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The more I hear about Toy Story 3...

    by HoboCode

    the more it sounds like Disney/Pixar has yet again ripped off another film younger people probably never saw. This time it sounds like they stel plot points from the The Brave Little Toaster...again. Does this studio have a fucking original thought?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Hobocode!

    by D.Vader

    How goes it?? Was it in Herc's Top Ten Hourlongs? Or the talkback regarding the writers of LOST penning Ouijia?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Line breaks: Just hit enter.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    hourlongs, vader.

    by HoboCode

    just texass and goldberg again. and other random trolltards piling on.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    "I'm against censorship...BUT"

    by UGG

    Sorry but being against any form of censorship means you have to take the shit you don't like along with the shit you do.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    No Inception??

    by Witwiki50

    No Inception?? Even Robert Downey Jr said that it was one of the most amazing movie hes seen. for Inception not to be on this list and Scott Pilgrim to top it really questions your sanity when it comes to movies now. sorry harry, ive always been a fan of your, but some of your decisions of late are a little ....weird

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    the_choppah no need for the html code anymore then

    by UGG

    Really? Cool!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I wonder what Vlade Divac would say about A Serbian Film.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Why doesn't anyone ever think of Vlade fucking Divac's feelings?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Ugg...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    .... I agree with your point. I'm not saying Serbian Film shouldn't be available to view. I'm saying it's a mean=spirited piece of shit, in conception, in execution, and in the whole cynical thinking behind it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Harry trolling the trolls

    by Hershal

    'I know everyone was expecting True Grit to be my pick for Best Film of 2010. IT STILL IS. Except on this list.' As much as he's pimped SPvTW since August, no one can be surprised with Harry's pick though he does seem to be contradicting himself with the sentence above. With this list, Harry seems to be reclaiming his site and, as noted in my subject line, to be trolling the trolls if you will. Of course, this will incite reaction and debate and most importantly hits. After his regrettable epic screed to 'geekdom' in response to Patton Oswalt and the barely veiled advertisement for Pinballz that helped pay for his New Year's Eve party, it would appear that AICN is somewhat regaining its footing with more content, the return of the DVD column, and a screening of a movie within the first week of the new year. Will it last? God knows. Will Harry's attention wander as it seems to so often do? Likely. Will I keep coming back to witness the carnage when things do go off the rails? Hell yeah. I'm a voyeur. Just like you. Oh and on a personal note, Winter's Bone was the very best thing I saw in a theater this year. No contest.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Ugg.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Right on.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    why the fuck do i need to see baby rape on film?

    by Six Demon Bag

    and not just toddler rape...newborn baby rape.. your credibility is shot harry

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim being #1

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    makes me feel weird because me and Harry can agree on something...................................................................................................................... with that said, Im not gonna judge the rest of his top 10 like most would because its HIS top 10... nothing is more asinine then having someone tell you you're wrong for picking 10 movies that YOU really liked... well, besides people saying something is "overrated" (how can an opinion be over or underrated?)...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    To those "you're wrong!" fucks...

    by Bvc79

    Can you read, you stupid idiots? It's HIS top 10 list, not yours.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Putting A SERBIAN FILM on your list is IRREVERSIBLE.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    of course there is no 10 WORST films list

    by Six Demon Bag

    cause MACHETE and PREDATORS would rest atop.. dont want to ruffle any austinite feathers

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I liked Tron better than Scott 'Take Your Ritalin' Pilgram

    by skycrapper

    Maybe my expectations were skewed with each one but best movie of the year? C'mon man.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Where is Kick Ass?

    by maelgrim

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    BLACK SWAN was absolutely laughable

    by SpyGuy

    OMG, Natalie Portman is embracing the Black Swan role so much we see her PHYSICALLY TRANSFORMING into a black swan! Look at how this sexually and emotionally repressed young woman falls completely apart after a few masturbation attempts, a night out partying with drugs and drinking and having a lesbian fantasy sequence with Mila Kunis! What pandering, overrated garbage.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I liked TRON better than Scott Pilgrim too

    by D.Vader

    It was a fun and enjoyable movie, but it wouldn't be in my top ten of the year. Then again, I missed a helluva lot of movies this year. I am surprised Harry didn't put Iron Man 2 up there though.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I envy you, Harry. You get to write and talk about movies-

    by Kamaji

    -and you have your own Knives Chau. That is the quest that has been plaguing me for years: where do I find a Chinese girl who is into the same kind of geeky stuff as I am, and not just looking for a rich white guy who can buy her all the material goods she wants? I swear, it's hard to be a Chinese/Caucasian mix and gravitate towards my Asian side. Just stay away from the imdb boards- there's several crazed nutjobs on there that have obsessively been trash-talking SP since it came out, and intend to keep doing so until we all admit defeat. Though the film does make me pause like a deer in the headlights. Was in FYE last night, and stopped to watch it playing on their Blu-Ray demo system.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Oh Harry. You cease to amaze me.

    by Shannon

    I am probably projecting a little, but I hated Scott Pilgrim. I'll grant that it was pretty and energetic and the bright colors kept me from falling asleep. Beneath that shiny exterior, however, was that darkness you seem to rail against here. Scott was a selfish cowardly little prick that didn't care who he hurt as long as he got his. The story was more about greed and "I don't want it, but you can't have it" than that triumph and happiness you mentioned. If he had learned anything; grown as a person; I might have been swayed some. But ultimately he only seemed to learn that the kindness and selflessness of others will do for him what he can't or won't do for himself. I went in expecting a celebration and left angry. So. In short. Ya know. Fuck your couch, Harry.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Hey yeah - where the fuck IS Kick-Ass?

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Definitely in my top 3. Best time I had at a cinema all year, possibly. And Tron Legacy WAS more enjoyable than SP, though throroughly flawed throughout. It made the same mistakes as its predecessor, and so was at least faithful! Muddled script, terrible pacing, fantastic visuals. And you don't need me to tell you all that Jeff Bridges is your GOD. (Just try to ignore the wonky mouth on the CG version - uncanny valley will never, ever, be traversed successfully. It just won't.)

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    tommygavin

    by UGG

    For the record I do sort of agree. I've seen the uncut one, I didn't mind it. Can't really say if anyone's supposed to really enjoy it, I do think it's a well made movie, I think all subjects should be explored. I wanted to beleive the directors quote's, but I just couldn't help but shake the feeling that it was gratuitious for the sake of it. Which ultimately put me off it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Never Let Me Go was a steaming turd

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    Seriously, I question the sanity of anyone who puts that shit on anything but a "worst of" list. "The film loves life so intensely that it becomes contagious." BULLSHIT. The film HATES life. Loving life is what we saw in Blade Runner when the replicants decided living as fodder for other people wasn't good enough. They give the donors access to cars and free reign to roam the country but not once, NOT FUCKING ONCE is it ever suggested that any of them tries to run away. THAT'S human spirit. THAT'S loving life. Fuck that movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Finally!

    by shawn_h

    a unique and awesome list as always Harry! Thank you for finally getting it up here. Good choices

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    SCOTT PILGRIM #1????

    by timmer33

    Harry, KICKASS was a flawless film. FLAWLESS. Maybe not #1 for you, but surely it deserves a spot in your top 10. Where's the worst films? Tell me AVATAR is on it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I've never understood

    by Exterminans

    Why so many dismiss lists that are completely personal as "My Top Ten Films of 2010". You don't have to agree with the films but don't ask "why didn't Inception" make the list when everyone knows Harry didn't like Inception. I personally loved it but its ridiculous to expect him to include a film he didn't like just so you can feel good about the list. I loved Scott Pilgrim and it would be on my top ten as well. Scott Pilgrim is a joyful, artistic, brilliant piece of work. I wouldn't have it as number 1 but thats ok, its not my list. I would also include "A Serbian Film" on my list. Why? Because its an extremely effective piece of filmmaking that works on both the visceral and intellectual level. Some will argue its garbage and thats their right but to say that the film should be censored or shouldn't have been made is fanatical hyperbolic bullshit. No one will see the film who doesn't want to. And with its reputation anyone who watches it will know what they're getting beforehand. It's pretty simple - if you can't handle it don't watch it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    HoboCode

    by D.Vader

    I guess I missed the fun then huh? I miss that show and the crazy debates that followed. My circadian rhythms are telling me we should be getting a new season premiere soon, but alas, its not to be.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Irreversible

    by UGG

    Irreversible is a great movie. If you don't like it that's fine, again I don't think your supposed to enjoy watching the rape scene, or the most graphic murder ever put on screen. To me there"rollercoster" movies, as I can't say I actually "feel" anything watching what hollywood would normally label a "rollercoaster ride of a movie" ie. Indy 4, Transformers, etc.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Just read the wikipedia descriptions of A Serbian Film...

    by jimmy_009

    ... are you kidding me?!? There's no way I would EVER watch or enjoy that because I have some measure of my soul intact. WTF. Hey if Scott Pilgrim is your favorite film of 2010, who is anyone else to argue it. I thought it was mildly amusing, occasionally irritating, and ultimately just nostalgia fodder rather than an interesting story, but that's just me. True Grit I have a bigger problem with simply because as good as the performances are, the story itself is ultimately kind of forgettable and lightweight. The impression I was left with leaving the theater was that those characters deserved more and better.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Ill say this though...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    AICN has been pumpin out articles in the past 2 days... Ill give em credit for that

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    YourStepDaddy

    by D.Vader

    I think they're trying to make up for lost time. If its anything like the past, they'll burn out eventually. This place seems to be cyclical.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Golden Slumbers is better than six of those Harry...

    by workshed

    ...and you know it. You just forgot.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    No Inception or Toy Story 3? Your List Is Not Valid! :(

    by Drunken Busboy

    Omitting Toy Story 3 I could forgive someone but not even an Inception shout out? Inception was a very smart movie! Shame! Shame!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    thank you

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    For writing less reviews.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Exterminans

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    What worries / disheartens me about A Serbian Film being in the Top 20 BluRay/DVD charts here in the UK is that it had brief mention in the national press when it was screened in cinemas - not, though, the massive outcry I would've expected from the kneejerk, alarmist, hateful fuckers at The Daily Mail. However, that brief mention is enough to get people buying it out of morbid curiosity. NOT genuine cinema buffs who can "appreciate" it (a word I use hesitantly in this case) as a cinematic work --- but the dumb little fuckers, thick idiots, and utter fuckwits who seem to be proliferating round here who pay to buy Saw and Hostel DVDs to watch again and again, and who read the article and said "whoa, they fuck a baby to death and a woman rapes herself with an iron bar, fucking awesome, we have to see that!"

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Seriously - Line breaks? Anyone help?

    by TommyGavinsEgo

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I'll have all of you know

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Unstoppable made MY top ten. Pilgrim isn't on it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    "Why must we celebrate only the dark..."

    by MooseMalloy

    For example, A SERBIAN FILM.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Story?

    by tricky1090

    Wait, what?? I'm confused. Is it Woody or Buzz that rapes a newborn?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Line breaks: PRESS FUCKING ENTER!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Twice if you want double spacing. How many times do I have to tell you fucks????

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I FINALLY SAW 'SCOTT PILGRIM'...

    by uberman

    This was just a solid, fun, visionary and creative movie that kept me entertained. I guess I thought I would dislike it, but I also believe it is clearly one of the very best of this year. I dont read 'Adult Graphic Novels' nor do I hang in metro coffee shops-not that there is anything wrong with that-but I say that because this movie is entertaining to a wide range of people. No matter what the subject, if the Director is creative, you can get some real fun out of seemingly mudane subjects. Kudos!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The Brave Little Toaster

    by aicnmscott

    Toy Story 3 ripped off the ending from it. But I'm just some guy that recognizes good, classic animated films. Sorry I don't go see every new Kung Fu Over the Hedge Antz Panda Dragon film.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    tricky1090, Mr. Potato Head fucks the newborn.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Woody fucks the woman with her teeth knocked out to death while Buzz forces her daughter Little Bo Peep to watch. "This is powerful, uncompromised filmmaking for an Adult audience"

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    "BEST FILM is a personal decision."

    by Monkey Butler

    Sure, but not as much as you suggest. 'Favourite' is totally subjective. 'Best' exists within pretty tight constraints. You could argue that Pilgrim is the best film in the world because it's very well directed and edited and because it has a kick arse soundtrack, but the way you're describing it is how one describes their favourite film, not the best film. Likewise you could talk about the bold, monolithic direction of Inception as making it one of the best films of the year without it being a favourite. The practical difference is that anyone reading the list should know whether these 10 films are what Harry considers to be the films that shouldn't be missed from this year, or whether they're just the films Harry enjoyed the most. It's an important distinction, even if the two lists would be mostly similar, and it'd certainly go a long way towards shutting up the people whinging about Harry's choices.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Inception

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    no top 10 of 2010 can be complete without it

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    "Why must we celebrate only the dark..."

    by LoneGun

    Harry, the righteous rant at the end of your list is hilarious, unnecessary, and even a bit contradictory, considering at least a few of the ultra-serious, gloomy films you've elected to celebrate here. But you deserve props for sticking by your passionate pick for Number 1 film (SCOTT PILGRIM). That's one of the things I've liked about you and AICN in the past, when you champion good films that aren't on the radars of other reviewers. Personally, I'm with Talkbacker aicnmscott; I think LET ME IN was one of the best movies I saw this year, a worthy remake and an excellent film in its own right. And I did like THE KING'S SPEECH. In that film, too, Harry, light triumphs over darkness.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Yo Harry!!

    by nobunaga209

    This list just reaffirmed my faith in you as a credible journalist...kudos good sir. Oh and Scott Pilgrim FTW!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    True Grit...

    by Stormshadow4life

    I don't get it. I enjoyed the movie, but it's too emotionally unattached for my liking. I enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma, Appaloosa and Assassination of Jesse James way more as far as Westerns go. By the way, My Top 3 were Inception, Toy Story 3, and Black Swan.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Harry: Did you see Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

    by 0007

    I'm dying to know, particularly because it's in my personal Top 3 for the year (#1 to be precise).

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Not a particularly distinguished list

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Most will be forgotten by the time Harry drops his next load.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Light can never triumph over darkness.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    For I am the darkness.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    will siberian film come out soon?

    by krod

    where is it?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    True Grit disappointed

    by elsewhere

    Hailee Steinfeld is without a doubt the best thing about the film. I really hope she wins Best Supporting. Damon sounded like he was doing his Matthew Mcconaughey impression. Wasn't impressed and Josh Brolin has like 8 lines of dialogue? I'm watching The Social Network later today, so I don't have an opinion on it yet, but so far Black Swan is my #1. The Fighter is my #2. Outstanding work as usual by Lord Bale. Hope he wins Best Supporting.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Man, a lot of TBers are calling True Grit disappointing.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I guess that means I'll love it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Harry is not a critic or a journalist...

    by UCB Agent1

    ...he's a man child who has no taste.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I too read up on A Serbian Film

    by skycrapper

    And I'm not the type to get offended by stuff but I have kids and the idea of that film is fucking revolting. Worse than Human Centipede if you ask me.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Inception

    by elsewhere

    I stand with Harry on this. I love the hell out of Nolan and I REALLY REALLY wanted to love Inception, but it just didn't do it for me. I found myself bored throughout the movie. I may give it another watch. Maybe it'll grow on me. Need some more Rise of the Dark Knight info stat!

  • I can totally understand if some people hated it. But I think it had some of the greatest visual effect's I've seen in years, and was amazingly filmed. Also I loved the movie. And A Serbian Film is not that bad, it's not great though. Well shot, well acted, great soundtrack, but the story just wasn't that great. I don't know if Harry's put that in there just to piss you all of. I watched True Grit the other night and was blown away by the little girl (hmmn). All these "Hot hollywood actress'" like Juno, Knocked Up and fuckin Gwen Stacy, whatever their names are need to get better at sucking cock for their role's, because that girl is going to be big I tell's ya!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by elsewhere

    The Dark Knight Rises I've been so long without new info I forgot the name of the fucking movie. ha

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    six demon bag

    by MattmanReturns

    If you think Machete and Predators were the worst films of the year, I envy you for avoiding some truly awful films.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    My Problem with Scott Pilgrim

    by MrD

    Is that Scott Pilgrim himself is a dick. I understand the point of the film is him learning to be something better, but for too much of the movie he's just a penis. By the time he finally grows up and redeems himself, I just don't care anymore.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    My choice for worst of 2010: "Dinner for Schmucks"

    by AzulTool

    Lots of talented people in one big, unfunny snorefest. Shitter for Sucks...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I gotta agree on Scott being a dick

    by D.Vader

    Its hard to sympathize with a main character when for most of the movie he's cheating and lying to two girls and still feeling sorry for himself.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    LeBoeuf’s “Coen scripted” acceptance speech

    by Series7

    Hopefully if that happens Marguerite Roberts is still alive to fucking write it for them.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    1905–1989

    by Series7

    Nope he's dead, no wonder there isn't anyone looking for some money.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Good list! Just a shame...

    by biffy88

    you don't love Toy Story 3 as much as the rest of the world. Good list though Harry!

  • I don't know how else to take your statement: " I know everyone was expecting TRUE GRIT to be my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010. It still is. Except on this list. " So this list was made solely to put Scott Pilgrim up at number 1 and pimp it some more? DOES. NOT. COMPUTER.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Kudos to Harry for not backing down, but...

    by palimpsest

    ...he's confused "favourite" for "best" film of the year. PILGRIM's fun while it's on, but it's Edgar Wright's least good movie by some considerable distance. I'll not bore you all with my top twenty, but this movie doesn't even get into it. A one-watch experience for me.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    DOES THIS EVEN MAKE SENSE?!?!?!?!

    by Six Demon Bag

    "I know everyone was expecting TRUE GRIT to be my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010. It still is. Except on this list." DOES THIS EVEN MAKE SENSE?!?!?!?!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I just don't get it. Scott Pilgrim as #1 is fine...

    by D.Vader

    A different choice sure, I don't care, but how can you blatantly contradict yourself like that?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Worst movie of the year (in the cinema) is easy tho...

    by palimpsest

    SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK. Words cannot express the horror.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH's review of Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I’m nearly 70 years old now. I no longer care what the grown ups say, I’m very likely to be considered a grown up by a lot of folks – and this Grown Up is saying SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK is the best film of 2010 – and I will absolutely not back down from that decision. WHY? Because it feels nothing I’ve seen before. Because it plays with sound & editing in a way that would make Buster Keaton smile and admire. Because like A SERBIAN FILM it is filled with unique and fully realized characters. Because like A SERBIAN FILM it dips into the surreal. Because like A SERBIAN FILM, it follows the socially inept. Because like A SERBIAN FILM it’s about a character that everyone tries to beat down, from his family and friends, to himself, yet through it all he discovers what matters most and pursues it. Because the film is young, full of vitality and isn’t a contributing funk to the world. Because, SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK is my Best Picture of 2010. Because a film does not have to be self-serious to be great. Because it doesn’t have to be about old people and old things. It can be about triumph and happiness. Why must we celebrate only the dark, when the light is as beautiful as this. Because sometimes we need a movie to rock us. To beat us over the head and shoulders with the fevered mania of a generation that is just starting to scream in front of the cameras with a glee that seems all too rare in this world. I know I’m alone as a film writer on this front, but I don’t care. Sometimes you have to be alone when picking the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR. Because you must have the courage of your convictions. And mine say SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK is the best film of 2010.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    didn't see SCOTT at the cinema...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...almost on purpose after the begging following the US BO. for context, http://www.aintitcool.com/node/31535 , but i got my blu yesterday so Edgar got my dosh. watching it tomorrow.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    True Grit was good, but

    by MattmanReturns

    I feel like people are putting it on their top ten just because it's a Coen film. It's not a masterpiece or anything. It's not No Country For Old Men. As westerns go, it was great, but I still prefer Tombstone, Open Range, and 3:10 to Yuma. True Grit was more along the lines of Appaloosa.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    and...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...the_choppah makes a good point :-)

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    The lack of toy story 3 and inception makes this list not matter

    by Redhead_Redemption

    just sayin is all

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I saw scott pilgrim

    by emeraldboy

    and the movie gave me a headache. I never want to see that film ever again. Micheal Cera just seems to play the same role in every movie. Romona flowers was such a bitch. but then her character is a slut. I have never seen a movie populated with such indifferent characters before. I couldnt care less about any of them. How, tell me did this movie get so hyped beyond all recogntion. It was funny in places but it was too flashy for me. Why were romona's evil ex's so dull and unexplained. why was this movie seemingly made in rush. I saw trailer for paul, for god sake please give nick frost and simon pegg a a one ticket back to obliviion. simon pegg your 15 mins is up and now please go away and take your fat unfunny friend with you thanks. and seth rogen you can go too.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Best film of 2010 Scott Pilgrim?!? --> I AGREE

    by mintoncard

    I believe that Scott Pilgrim is a film that defines this day and age far better far better than any other film. In fact, I think it may be a film far ahead of its time. I have seen it over 6 times, and I still continue to discover new elements and nuances to not only the film itself, but to the characters as well. For me, "the best film of the year" has to be a film that not only has a great plot, great actors, and cinematography. I also like a film that spans genres. Scott Pilgrim does that for me. It's a comedy. It's an action film. It's a romance. It's sci-fi. It's a musical. It's everything I wanted it to be and so much more. But that's just my opinion. Oh, also I think Eisenberg is a horrible choice for best actor. Eisenberg is a natural duchebag off set. Why is it any surprise he can play a good one on camera? If they start giving out Oscars for nebbish assholes, then all credibility (what little there is) for the academy goes out the window.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH's Top 10 Films of 2010

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    1. Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back 2. A Serbian Film 3. A Serbian Film 4. A Serbian Film 5. A Serbian Film 6. A Serbian Film 7. A Serbian Film 8. A Serbian Film 9. A Serbian Film 10. (tie) A Serbian Film and Toy Story 3

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Not having Toy Story 3 or Inception is like

    by MattmanReturns

    not having Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction on a 1994 top ten list.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Many people would say A Serbian Film would be my No. 1.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And it is. Just not for this list.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    That's not his real Top 10...

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    This is his real Top 10: 10. The Nutcracker in 3D 9. Little Fockers 8. The Last Airbender 7. Vampires Suck 6. Gulliver's Travels 5. Yogi Bear 4. Saw 3D 3. Jonah Hex 2. Skyline 1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    when your first line...

    by johnnyBrotten

    ...about your #1 film is just justifying that choice for #1. who are you trying to convince... us or yourself? your right you really are the head geek. congrats!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    all of edgar wrights three films so far...

    by emeraldboy

    with the exception of shaun of the dead can be described as midly entertaining and repetitive and not very well written. Shaun was not very well written and repeitive. but then zombie movies are not my cup of tea and simon pegg is a smug twat.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Ha ha ha....

    by KabutoKoji

    A person who wouldn't include Inception as one of the films in the list for top movies of the year has no business running a movie site. Ever since cinema started more that a 100 years ago, if in that space of time Inception had come out, say in i920 or 1972 instead of 2010, it would've deserved to be top ten then or any year it would've come out. Something like less that 1% of Hollywood would have been able to come up with a movie like that. But you know who particularly would have never, ever been able to come up with a movie like Inception? Edgar Wright. Not including Inception, Harry. That's why Yoko can't stand ya when it comes to talking about that Inception. That's the one and only reason. And that's no dream.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    It matters to Harry...

    by orliplayer

    After all, it's HARRY's top 10 movies of 2010... not "the official universal top 10 movies of 2010 by the Global Movie Organization" ... Like he said, it's his personal list, he's just sharing it with us... I will never get people trying to demean or belittle people just because they don't agree... How about you reply with your own top 10? Or try to find a way to watch the movies on this list that you have not seen? Sheeeesh......

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Giggle.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Gurgle. Spittle. Diddle. Plop.

  • He keeps absorbing himself, which has the paradoxical effect of making him expand. Peel away one layer and there's another, slightly smaller dead Harry underneath.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was my fave of 2010, as well...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    and I, too, found Inception overrated and tedious. It looked pretty but lacked any soul whatsoever (something I feel is a constant in all of Nolan's post-Memento films). As for A Serbian Film, as a parent I can't possibly imagine myself watching this film and getting even an ounce of enjoyment or entertainment value out of it, but I applaud filmmakers who take chances and push the proverbial envelope. The filmmakers and critics like Harry can say whatever they like, but, at the end of the day, a movie like A Serbian Film is designed to shock. Period. There was a time where people looked at H.G. Lewis' movies and said the same sort of things people are saying about A Serbian Film. Are those movies good? No, not really. Do they have a right to exist? Absolutely. Sure, comparing A Serbian Film to something as comparably trite as Blood Feast is like comparing a guppy to a Great White Shark, but, like it or not, these days one has to go to the sorts of extremes seen in A Serbian Film to shock modern audiences, especially those weaned on 4chan, cries of "moar gore", and On Demand video footage of virtually any sort of human atrocity one can conjure up. It's sad and sickening and it's the world we live in. In a few years, another movie will come along that makes A Serbian Film look like Mary fucking Poppins, and we'll be that much more jaded.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Wow what a bullshit list...

    by quantize

    Certainly Social Network and True Grit deserve some love thought. But Never Let Me Go was BORING AS BATSHIT...drowning in it's own sense of importance..and utterly uninvolving. Biggest letdown of the year without a doubt.

  • kind of like waving a flag identifying yourself as a cunt.....just sayin

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    A SERBIAN FILM...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I’m nearly 70 years old now. I no longer care what the grown ups say, I’m very likely to be considered a grown up by a lot of folks – and this Grown Up is saying A SERBIAN FILM is the second best film of 2010 – and I will absolutely not back down from that decision. WHY? Because it feels nothing I’ve seen before. Because it plays with necrophilia & eye sockets in a way that would make James Cameron smile and admire. Because like SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK it is filled with unique and fully realized characters. Because like SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK it dips into the esophagus of the surreal. Because like SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK, it follows the socially inept. Because like SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK it’s about a character that everyone tries to beat down, from his family and friends, to himself, yet through it all he discovers what matters most and pursues it. Because the film is young, full of vitality and is contributing funk to the world. Because, A SERBIAN FILM is my Second Best Picture of 2010. Because a film does not have to be self-serious to be great. Because it doesn’t have to be about old people and old things. It can be about triumph and happiness. Why must we celebrate only the light, when newborn porn is as beautiful as this. Because sometimes we need a movie to rock us. To beat us over the head and shoulders with the fevered mania of a generation that is just starting to cream behind the cameras with a glee that seems all too rare in this world. I know I’m alone as a film writer on this front, but I don’t care. Sometimes you have to be alone when picking the SECOND BEST FILM OF THE YEAR. Because you must have the courage of your convictions. And mine say A SERBIAN FILM is the second best film of 2010.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Suggesting critics are lemmings for praising THE SOCIAL NETWORK

    by abcdefz7

    ...is just sad. I read this comment occasionally in talkbacks, and in other years, you can often just substitute whatever forerunner the commentor doesn't care for and it's the same. So: Just because a consensus choice seems to emerge which you don't necessarily care for so much does NOT mean that there's some silly conspiracy where top critics and pundits have some sort of whisper campaign to over-promote some mediocre movie. I would agree that sometimes the zeitgeist sweeps people up and it's only later that critics seem to reverse themselves and say, yes, actually, AMERICAN BEAUTY was a facile, dishonest work, but often enough, a consensus emerges because -- hey, the movie really is good. (I'm talking about a critical consensus -- not so much a showbiz consesus like the Golden Globes or Academy Awards.) In summary: It's all subjective, but THE SOCIAL NETWORK really is good. Damon in TRUE GRIT really is good. Etc. Your mileage may vary. Live with it. My mileage varies quite a bit on BLACK SWAN, which I think is hampered by an pretty unlikable protagonist who I'd run screaming from, and a dance director who leers, "But can you play zee BLAAAACK SWAAAN!?" waaaaaayyyyy too much. I recognize the artistry and it's probably in my top fifteen for the year, and I'm comfortable enough with my opinions to not begrudge others for liking it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Choppah is forgetting

    by skycrapper

    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Marmaduke Furry Vengeance all such greatness. Much better than that SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK shit!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    You are so right about SPvtW

    by Poiuyt00

    Easily a cult classic and my number one of 2010 also!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Wait there was a Space Chimps 2?

    by D.Vader

    HOW DID I MISS THAT?! To the Redbox!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Choppah...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Marry me.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I don't know what to tell you, skycrapper.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    My courageous convictions aren't telling me a fucking thing about those films.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Well it is YOUR list...

    by skycrapper

    *sigh...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    legrandezombi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    First I gotta see some funbags.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was a dickhead...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but that shouldnt make you like the movie any less... to me, the story is about him and his fling with Ramona, but the heart of the story is KNIVES CHAO... if she wasnt in the movie, it wouldnt be number 1 for me (although it would still be in the top 5 because 99% of the characters were funny or cool) I wonder, do people dislike Clockwork Orange because of the main character? Because Im pretty sure raping someone is way worst than dropping a fuckin coat on the ground... but thats just the thoughts of an "hipster"... dont mind me

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    a question about Scott Pilgrim

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Most people dismissed SP because characters are "hipsters" and because they themselves are "not" "hipsters"... so with that mentality, would you watch a movie about "urban thugs?" like say if Boyz In The Hood came out today, would you just automatically dismiss it because they listen to music you dont listen to and wear clothes you dont wear?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Try these bad boys on for size... http://tinyurl.com/3xl4sw7

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    legrandezombi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Indeed fun-sized.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    aicnmscott

    by jimmy_009

    Your parallels of Toy Story 3 and Brave Little Toaster are superficial at best. Seriously, products end up in the landfill, it's a natural place to set a story involving objects owned by humans. Not to mention no one dies at the end of Toy Story 3. Get over it, you have no argument here.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Le Grande Zombi

    So... can we set a date?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    6-9-2069

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    P.S. Choppah...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    You're just the kind of crazy bastard with/to which I've always wanted to play head games. Seriously.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    "Kick Ass", "Enter the Void" should be reconsidered

    by Flip63Hole

    (Maybe even Piranha 3D, considering the ridiculous amount of blood and boobs on display.) Also "The Ghost Writer" and "Shutter Island" were other entertaining films of 2010. Other than that, great list. Glad to see "Scott Pilgrim" at #1.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Don't fuck with SPACE CHIMPS 2

    by palimpsest

    I was there man. Like Nam. Like you don't understand...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Still haven't seen A Serbian Film

    by kungfuhustler84

    But comparing it to a bunch of other stuff like David Fincher and the Hangover isn't a good way of convincing me it's worth seeing. I'm still not sure what makes it worth watching. Mostly, it sounds like a disgusting, hopeless story, but that's just from the synopsis. At least the trailer that showed up on Twitch a few months back looked pretty good.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    legrandezombi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't play head games. My head plays them for me. Catch my thrust?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    And P.S...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You're just the kind of crazy bitch with/to which I've always wanted to give the Dirty Serbian.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Halfbreedqueen

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Do you mean Addio Zio Tom? Or am I getting confused. One of my uncles actually worked on Addio Zio Tom.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    and a quick complaint of the TBs

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    we all (should) know there is an expand all button. thats cool, I get it... BUT after you send your post, the page reloads and youre sent back to your last place on the page, but now you have to either open up each post manually or scroll all the way up to hit expand all, only to end up searching for your last place on the page, which is fuckin annoying (for me personally since Im lazy with my fingers) please, get rid of the collapsed TBs OR just have the page reloaded with all the posts opened

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Black Swan = OVERRATED!!

    by ZeMightyJedd

    I saw Black Swan with great interest-- I love Aronofsky and I think Natalie Portman is amazing. That said, I have to agree with a film critic who opined that Black Swan is one of the best-looking and best-acted "bad movies" that has ever been made. I mean, the acting is above reproach, and the visuals (lighting, camera-work, wardrobe) are interesting/artistic. But the characters are soooo broadly drawn: the innocent girl, the lecherous director, the naughty girl, the obsessed mom. When I saw that the script was written by three screenwriters, I was shocked-- it took three different guys to come up with this?? Please don't get me wrong-- it's not an awful movie, nor is it an unpleasant moviegoing experience. I'd honestly give it about 3 stars. But no way is it the transcendent, visionary movie it's been made out to be. I am really surprised that Harry fell for it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    line breaks and tommygavinsego

    by phifty2

    you asked once, Choppsuey answered, you tried it, it worked, and you're asking again?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    and where's scottpilgramfan?

    by phifty2

    Did he see the list and pop a boner so long it poked his eye out?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Besides Harry and me, who has the courage of their convictions...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...these days? It's fucking shameful.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Best vs. Favorite.

    by phifty2

    Well he does say True Grit is the best and the article is titled "My top ten..." so I guess I'll cut him some slack on that ambigous line. Pilgram was the one he had most fun watching and Grit was the one he thought was the overall better film, but not as enjoyable or rewatchable as Pilgram. it makes sense if you don't think about it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by Justicer7

    Harry - Why? I think I know. By placing "A Serbian Film" on your popular site and in your top ten list, you're obviously attempting to instigate morbid curiosity in this repulsive piece of shit trying to call itself a film by worse repulsive pieces of shit depraved enough to see it. Forget about the trash that made it, who've clearly won themselves an eternity in their own torture cell in hell. However, in your description up there, on #7 on your Top Ten Movies of the Entire year(!) - you fail to mention that this movie is elevating and distributing depictions of acts to the general public so terrible and ugly, previously only the sickest , most twisted souls on this planet would dare to venture even knowing about them. By calling this film a "fantastic, brilliant film" you are drawing attention to horrifying, satanic, criminal, vile and twisted acts that no human being should ever commit, witness, or have knowledge of. No doubt, your enthusiastic comfort lies in the fact that this film is merely an illusion, a fabricated work, a simulation. But you're flagrantly either ignoring, or willfully propagating this upon the general viewing public, failing irresponsibly to see that this film will effectively kill our moral yard-stick sensitivities, end the boundaries between what is art and what quite clearly belongs in the ground. Under pits of clean shit. At least shit is the natural end-product of digesting your food. But even that is vile enough that man has the common sense to flush away into the sewer. If you pick up your latest turd, put it on a plate, film it in dazzling HD, invite your family to observe it's artistic merit, and try to sell tickets to it - you'd be committed. Because adults who play with their shit in real life are put away, Harry. But this film is un-natural. It is anti-natural. I'd love to just pass you off as a dumbfuck with an under-developed brain, but I think this goes deeper than that considering your position, trade and pull. The fact is you are a diseased soul, much like the filmmaker who made this, and the actors who partook in it are. And after this article only a serious re-evaluation of your current state-of-mind might redeem you. Fool yourself - this film is not art. Because you didn't fool me. ...Now go get your fuckin' shinebox!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Top 10 For us Real OG Caucasians

    by Buddha Master

    In No Particular order: 1 Toy Story 3 2 Inception 3 Kick Ass 4 Tron Legacy 5 The Expendables 6 True Grit 7 The Town 8 Scott Pilgram 9 Tangled and the best movie of 2010 is ... alright it's Toy Motherfucking Story 3 Toy Story 3 is just so good. Nothing else comes close to this beautiful movie. It makes me cry like a bitch, laugh my ass off, and constantly amazes me at its balls. Disney, did right by me this year. They had 3 films that absolutely delivered the goods for me and my family. Toy Story 3 if the Academy has any integrity left after denying The Dark Knight and Avatar, should give Toy Story 3 the best picture award. ...Oh it made a lot of money, I guess that means the Academy can't give Best Picture to a movie that everyone saw! They are so fucking ridiculous.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Oooh, YourStepDADDY makes a good point

    by D.Vader

    Points to him.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah these collapsed TBs suck

    by D.Vader

    I'm tired of having to scroll back up to the top to reload. I just want to click on a new message and have the whole TB open from that point on, like in the old days.

  • You get the gist. We all have those films that no matter how many times we've seen them whenever we're feeling a particular way that movie makes us feel even better! For me, Scott Pilgrim has become my "go-to" for just about anything. I don't even need a reason to watch it, it just makes me feel....AWESOME! I've probably watched Scott Pilgrim close to 20 times by now (which is probably a meager number compared to Harry and other Pilgrims) but I never get bored with it. Ever. I know exactly when Matthew Pattel interrupts "Garbage Truck" at the Rockit. Doesn't matter. I know, word for word, all of Todd's "Veganity Violations"..."Milk and eggs, bitch!" I still laugh every single time. I love this movie. I've never felt a connection to a film as much as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Maybe it's because I fit the "target audience"? Maybe it's because when it was released I had just had a bad breakup with a "Big Ex"? Who knows, maybe. Either way, this is my go-to movie. And I'm so happy that Harry gave it the coveted #1

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Brostradamus

    HARRY EARNED THE POWER OF CONVICTIVE FILM COURAGE! Power: +9 Charisma: +12 Sexiness: +6 Skill: +3 Damage: +18 AWESOMENESS: +36

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    After the slobbering review, be grateful Harry didn't

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    put The Expendables in his ten.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Serbian Film

    by treatment

    i will not see this...... until it's in 3D

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Can everyone hear the giant flush...

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    After reading this "Abortion" of a top 10 list,Thats the sound of the Last shred of Harry's journalistic integrity/insight into film going down the toilet like so much undigested Taco Bell

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    glad to see changed the animation

    by Dollar Bird

    I don't know what it is about this winter, Harry, but the charm of your idiocy is wearing thin. Case in point: "I’m nearly 40 years old now. I no longer care what the grown ups say, I’m very likely to be considered a grown up by a lot of folks..." Yes, Harry. You are an adult by the time you're almost 40. Don't mince words with me in saying there's a difference between being a grown-up and being an adult. I am fed up with your Peter Pan Syndrome-laden essays. If you seriously believe that giving away your toys means that you are abandoning any meaning your childhood had; or that a movie should be celebrated because it rallies against a cynical, dark world (a world which you celebrated more than once in this list); or that "best" means the same thing as "favorite"; then I think you need to start thinking. Honestly, remember when you said several months ago that you had a huge, exciting announcement to make and everyone in the TBs thought that you were going to be a father? The way you have been posting over the past 4 months or so, makes me think you're thinking about it and you're terrified. But that's just my unprofessional armchair analysis. What do I know? I'm just a grown up.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    tb is full of cunts

    by gutshot

    seriously. he says over and over that this was HIS top ten and that it is not trying to be definitive in any way. its a list of movies he liked. i dont understand why people read the list and go fuck you thats stupid. hes not trying to please anyone with his choices. i dont know how he sticks with posting on this site when so many people on it are such raging assholes for no reason.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was underwhelming

    by kafka07

    I like "different" too. But Scott Pilgrim didn't do much for me. It was and boring. There was barely a story. There was one fight after another. But it's your list Harry, and movie preferences must be subjective. If they're not subjective, then why would anyone bother seeing movies at all? I like most of your choices, but I would have put The Town and Micmacs in there somewhere.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    cali_al

    by kafka07

    I can't tell if your list is a deliberate satire or not. Kick-Ass is um so 2009. And Tron Legacy...man that movie is such an ass-pube.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    AVATAR

    by Todaysfate

    AVATAR- Special Edition was the BEST MOVIE of 2010.... its the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Say what now??

    by CountOrlok

    "I know everyone was expecting TRUE GRIT to be my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010. It still is. Except on this list. " Ok. So, according to you, TRUE GRIT is still your pick for BEST FILM OF 2010, and yet on your list entitled "Harry's Top 10 Best Films of 2010" it is #2? Ummm... what???????

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    My Top 3 of '10

    by MooseMalloy

    3. KICK-ASS 2. THE GHOST WRITER 1. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

  • Look dude, your reviews have been rather suspect for quite some time now. Your reviews for Inception and Toy Story 3, case in point, aren't necessarily bad just because I might have disagreed with you - but they have a serious Armond White credibility about them. You're nowhere near as good as White is at making up the most bizarre shit reasons to dislike a movie (...well, you're review of Inception did ALMOST get there), but it both occurred to me in both reviews that you were probably dismissing them as much as you could to increase traffic, hits, and blog posts on your website. Toy Story 3 is being hailed by everyone, why not give it a negative review to get a little spark to this site? Way late on the Inception love fest, why don't I join the small backlash it's getting to get people really talking? Seems pretty fucking clear that's what you were doing. But now, with A Serbian Film, you're seriously crossing a solid fucking line that in no way should you cross - and you fucking know it. From all the films you could compare it to, you name 'The Hangover' like it's the only one that comes to mind. Harry, you were given a blessing to have a website become as popular as this has and you're name is very well known in the film community - to just use it to blatantly sell a film like this with not the slightest chance of telling what it's really about and the type of shit that occurs in it is beyond pathetic. You'd be doing them a favor by just saying "see this insanely disgusting (though very well made), mind-boggingly fucked up movie if you fucking dare" to actually peek interest of the hardcore audience is actually deserves. To just put it in a list and act like it's a film for adults that needs distribution is revolting. I don't know if you're just trying to see how many casual viewers of your site you can piss off or just playing the game that's dropped on the main character in the movie and not say what it's really about - but this ain't a movie anyone can just sit down and watch thinking it has mature subject matter. This ain't The Human Centipede or Martyrs either - it brings fucked up to an entirely different level and you need to be saying that shit, not just comparing it to The fuckin' Hangover.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Since HAPPINESS is the best film ever made...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    ...maybe this SERBIAN thing will be good too.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim is a John Hughes film...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...and I needed that the year after my favorite director died. Loved it. HATE Cena, but still loved it. He worked in that film.<P>Wouldn't have put it at #1 on my list, but it would certainly be included on my top ten list of this year if I bothered to cobble one together.<P>But Serbian? Shameful. Some topics truly need not be explored in cinema.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Moose Malloy

    by ZeMightyJedd

    I totally forgot about GHOST WRITER-- great call. Definitely one of the top 3 for 2010. Such an incredible movie!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    d.vader, stepdaddy and others RE: Expand all

    by UGG

    There is a script add-on from tb'er Kevin Willis http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/92278 It help's the current state of AICN seem less cumbersome, by allowing some prefrences like Auto Expand All, Ignore and Hiliite.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    d.vader, stepdaddy and others RE: Expand all

    by UGG

    There is a script add-on from tb'er Kevin Willis http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/92278 It help's the current state of AICN seem less cumbersome, by allowing some prefrences like Auto Expand All, Ignore and Hiliite.

  • and you still have to log in each time.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Ghost Writer was great

    by MattmanReturns

    Too bad it will be forgotten because it came out so early in the year. It had an awesome ending. (Que the Polanski hate)

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    harry, I usually agree, but...

    by Obscura

    A serbian film is just plain awful. and i dont mean for obvious reasons. you get over the gore, its a case of the descriptions most people hear being worse than the contents itself.... my issue with it is, its just a dumb film. the Director claims its a metaphor for serbia... the truth is, its just a violent fetish fest that carries no real power, just shock value. its technically very well put together, but other than that, its dumb dumb dumb from start to finish. other than that, nice list.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was pretentious trash Harry

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Sorry but I hated that film. Everything about it reeked of over trying to appeal to the inner geek instead of being fluid and genuine. I get what they were trying to do and understand of course it was based upon a comic book but the movie while it was trying to be clever and cool was actually pathetic and over indulgent. <BR> <BR> Black Swan hands down was the top film for 2010 and had a major emotional impact that made you thinking about that film for days. <BR> <BR> Really disappointed in your choice for #1 and honestly that film does not even belong on that list. Total garbage.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Wait WTF??? Where is Kick-Ass?

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Are you on drugs Harry??? Really?? That movie should have easily been #2 on that list. Wow.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Tarantino, Smith, and Del Toro...

    by younglayer

    all showed praise for Scott Pilgrim. I think a lot of the people on here just hate Michael Cera, which is nothing new.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim?

    by Audio_of_Being

    Jesus, how much money did they pay you to keep ramming this shit down our throats even after limped out of theaters? The best response I've gotten out of someone I personally know who liked it was "If you were into Tekken and Street Fighter it's cool." Never mind that the characters are unlikable douchebags and the plot is barely there, but it looks like a fighting game sometimes!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I totally agree!

    by joelvallie

    I've watched Scott Pilgrim about 20 times now and it gets better after every viewing. The attention to detail is mind blowing. Its the only movie Iv watched 20 times this year so I am in total agreement with you.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Got you harry: look at your 2009 best movies list

    by realkane

    Hey , Harry. I was waiting for your top ten list, i wish there were more contributors top 10 list on the site, i like to see what people regard to be good movies, there are always good suggentions in there. So don't got me wrong, it's your list what other peope think of it is nice to hear but it's still your list. BUT, if i look at your 2009 list your clearly state that Kick-Ass and Shutter Island would be on your list if they were considered to be from 2009. Now there not even in your top 10, even if you say 2010 was partially a shitty year for good movies, which i absolutely agree on. Shutter Island and Kick-Ass are my number one and two of this year, Shutter Island still knocks me off my feet. Come one Harry, did you forget about those two? They should be in your list :-)

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    "The best satire since Dr Strangelove..."

    by yetanotherunqualifiedopinion

    yet no place on your list for "Four Lions" this year. I can't think of a film that made me laugh out loud more this year. "Rubber dinghy rapids mate!" I can however understand your love for Pilgrim. We get that it meant more to you than the sum of its parts. I enjoyed it too, even if I thought that as far as comic book adaptations go "Kick Ass" blew it out of the water. Maybe its the source material. Maybe you are Scott Pilgrim and we're all little girls that want to shoot everybody in the face. I had a Saab 900 once. I called it Gungnir. It must have had Bonnie Tyler as a former owner, because, every now and then it fell apart... but I loved that bloody thing when everybody else didn't. Go you!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    scott pilgrim BLOWS

    by Arthur_Digby_Sellers

    i love zelda soundbites as much as the next guy, but come on, that movie is awful and is most definitely not the best movie of the year. that is reserved for Catfish. yeah i said Catfish, suck it queers.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The real problem with Scott Pilgrim...

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    ...for me is that there is ZERO chemistry between Michael Cera and Mary Winstead. The whole movie is about him fighting for her and I don't feel any spark between them. They were cast separately and obviously never tested together beforehand. Separately they are fine and are good actors. It was just poor casting within the realm of the flick. Cera and Ellen Wong (Knives) have really good Chemistry, however. Go Figure.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Harry, didn't already say "True Grit" was the best movie...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...of the year? That's what it says all over the "True Grit" ads...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    FUCKING HYPOCRITE

    by Sro100

    WHAT 2 WEEKS AGO, True Grit was "the" best film of the year? But, now it's something else that came out earlier? Trying to act cool since True Grit is getting praise. Fuck you.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Sorry... didn't "you" already say

    by Kirbymanly

    EDIT BUTTON!

  • "Because like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, it follows the socially inept" the real zuckerberg is not socially inept, and has had the same gf since college there are numerous vids of the guy at seminars, where he is engaging and open. take away the whole, "omg...an autistic savant founded facebook and fucked over all his friends", and what is left is a boring, court room drama and i have seen alot of people getting down on damon's acting in true grit....and to them, i suggest they watch glenn cambell in the original my prob with the movie is that they removed the entire prologue, and it took me a good half hour to deal with the dudes sling blade accent

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Pilgrim

    by garfinkel

    In the words of the brilliant actor/director Tommy Wiseau, "You must be keeding, ha ha." A movie based on comic books had fully realized characters? C'mon. The side characters had one note (Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, etc.), and the main characters were cliché. Let's see: nerdy unambitious lead? Check. Gloomy, hipster female lead? Check. Quicky, upbeat Asian girl? Check. Gay friend? Check. (Yes, the gay best friend has officially become a cliché.). At best it had some interesting visuals, but overall was better than lame KICK-ASS, but still nothing that requires more than one viewing, or any of the praise it has gotten. I mean, fuck, here is a movie about a girl who is fetishized by Scott and her evil exs, yet she was a fairly flat, dull character. The second she came on screen, I should have fallen in love with Ramona, but I had no interest in her throughout. Now, consider a character like Alabama Worley. Who didn't fall in love with her in about 30 seconds of meeting her in True Romance? Sorry pal, but Scott Pilgrim is nothing more than a highly polished turd.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Art is subjective? Fuck Off!

    by JoseJones

    There has to be some limits or what's the point. I can stamp my feet and call it better music than anything Robert Johnson ever wrote, you could argue, and my only comeback would be "to me my feet sound better"? Fuck all of you. Serbian Film and Scott Pilgrim and Portman's performance? you are all retards. Fuck anyone who says "shut up, its just his opinion." Jesus fucking Christ you people piss me off. Brain dead liberal PC loving fucking jerkoffs. Fucking retards have no place in this world and I have no place ever reading this site ever again. I realize after reading Harry's Peter Pan spliced with Ed Gein and the "plus one chromosome" talkbackers that I have no business reading this shit. AICN is for the intellectually incapable.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Thank god I do not pay for this site.

    by opinionater

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I predicted Scott Pilgrim as #1...

    by Ditch Brodie

    ...before Harry even saw the movie, and I posted that prediction in a Talkback at the beginning of August. Then I saved the link to the page of my post so that I could repost it here and gloat once Harry's Top 10 list was up. Even when Harry proclaimed True Grit to be the best movie of 2010 I still remained confident that he would go back to SP. Why? Because he did the same switcheroo with Where The Wild Things Are and District 9. He said that WTWTA was miles ahead of any of the other movies that year, which would've included District 9 since it had come out months earlier. Then he named District 9 as his favorite movie of the year. So I felt confident in my conviction. Sadly because all of the renovations to this site my post predicting Scott Pilgrim as #1 of the year got deleted. I can no longer gloat. I therefore remain sad and average.

  • Anyone who has seen a movie 8 times that has only been out 3 months needs to get a fucking life.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Yeeeeeaaahhhh nnoooooo

    by AttackingClone

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but for me, Pilgrim was shite. I was really looking forward to it, being a child of the 80's, a fan of Shaun + Fuzz, but I just didn't like it at all. A few funny bits, but no connection, no nothing. Here's my top list for this year. (not numbered) Inception Toy Story 3 The A-Team Shutter Island Tron Kick-Ass Tomorrow, When the war began (great Australian movie) I don't see that many films each year so I can't pick 10 great ones. I don't have time to see lots of the more "oscar worthy" movies. I like seeing stuff that I have a good time watching. Pick me apart if you want.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    umm actually

    by boardbrtn

    I think your definition better describes favorite movie of the year, rather than best.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen. re: "Harry's shilling"

    by Immortal_Fish

    Shouldn't that be "The ginger slug just can't accept the fact that it bob-B-O-M-B-E-D."...?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    ditch brodie

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The CHOPPAH believes you. That is enough.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Contradiction destroys credibility

    by Hershal

    My only real issue with Harry's list is that by indulging his base need to once more extol the virtues of Pilgrim he has completey destroyed any value or credibility his previous proclamation of 'Best Movie of the Year' held. You know...the one's that's been running on every major broadcast and cable network attached to 'True Grit' for the last two months. There is obviously a difference between 'favorite' and 'best' and that fine line seems to be the one Harry is stradling in hedging his bets with 'True Grit' and his odd little double speak in his write up here. Nevertheless, the man has the right to change his mind but it's not like SPvTW came out of left field at the last minute. Harry just wanted his sound byte and got it. I hope he does more reviews. I'm looking forward to his review for March's 'The Adjustment Bureau'...the best movie of the year, followed by his review for his of Sucker Punch two weeks later...the best movier of the year...followed by his review in May of Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life'.........

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    "The Single Best Film of 2010"

    by Star Hump

    --Harry Knowles AIN'T IT COOL Yeah, clear as glass right there on truegritmovie.com. Knowles, you are an irredeemable hack of the lowest order, a cheap charlatan, a total flake.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Finally, Harry...

    by yubnubrocks

    I can forgive you for your Speed Racer review. Scott Pilgrim should win the Oscar.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    and True Grit...

    by yubnubrocks

    yep, I agree there too. A fucking good movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy

    by HEADGEEK

    I never store personal files on the internet. That's stupidity at a level that even I am not guilty of. Secondly, kiddie porn is a grotesque thing. Just as the scene in SERBIAN FILM is shown to be. It is, in no way, sexual. If you think it is, there's something beyond fucked up with you. It is a moment of pure horror. Something to not take pleasure from, but to despise. The character that subjects the lead character to the imagery is abhorrent upon every imaginable level. BUT - people like that character exist. The point of this film - is that this is a reality in the Serbian underground. There are horrifying things that are done in this world. None were committed in the making of A SERBIAN FILM. Visually, you can tell - it isn't real. That is the reason it does not hit me at the, THESE FILMMAKERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED LEVEL. Because it isn't real. But it serves to absolutely you inform you about the capabilities of the characters within the film. That said, libelous comments get banned. So, goodbye you piece of shit!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    oh - G@briel never crashed shit!

    by HEADGEEK

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Thoughts on your list

    by KevinMuller

    I missed "Never Let Me Go" and sorry I did. Harry, I guess you and I will disagree this year because I thought Pilgram was eh, while you felt that way about my number one pick, Inception.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Well said Harry!

    by UGG

    I didn't "enjoy" the movie as much but I agree.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Give 'em hell, Harry

    by proevad

    yeah, i said it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I GOT A LEATHER JACKET FOR CHRISTMAS CUZ OF LUCAS LEE

    by Meadowe

    Well actually, he was one of the reasons, another was the cover to the upcoming "graphic novel" for vertigo called THE NEW YORK FIVE by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, and this chiq in a verizon rule the air commercial (the one with one girl, not the one with a whole lot of teen girls making statements about having their voice heard/opinion matter yada yada yada). Seriously, I a-b repeat the ll fight a lot. I also fell in love with Black Sheep by Metric because of that fliq. I like the Envy Adams version in the fliq, but I'm not gonna pay itunes to hear it. The original version is enough for my ipod. Anyway, I really dug spvtw, I didn't watch it in theatres cuz I really don't care for cera. He did alright, but if it had another leading man (say, IAN SOMERHALDER) I might've been more inclined to watch @ theatres. But everyone else was coo', I love Aubrey Plaza from Parks & Rec and I saw her perform this radio theatre thing in hollywood, and have liked Mary Elizabeth Winstead since die hard 4.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD WILL BENEFIT FROM CABLE/SATELLITE

    by Meadowe

    I'm reminded of Van Wilder, a fliq nobody (that I know personally anyway) went to go see, but after it started airing on cable Ryan Reynolds star began to rise. It's A Wonderful Life wasn't a box office smash either, and when it started getting played on tv around Christmas people started to acclaim it as a classiq. I played spvtw for some friends and family this past thanksgiving, and admittedly some people were like wtf was that? while some thanked me for playing it for them. I'm having a movie night with friends friday night, and I through spvtw out as an option, along with Inception (as recent fliqs they may not have seen yet). Hopefully there will be a "continue" on this fliq, but if not I'll be happy with my little bluray.dvd.digital copy combo pack.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I've seen 3 of those movies

    by CherryValance

    So I can't really comment. Clearly, I'm not the movie fan I once was. And there a few up there I haven't even heard of. I'll remember them to watch later when I have a chance. But I can say I didn't like True Grit. I wasn't interested in the first place. But then I forced myself to go since it's supposed to be one of the best of the year, and then I didn't like it. I'm assuming the same will happen with The Social Network which I felt could wait til DVD. It's just been one of those years for me I guess. I won't bother saying what my favorite was. But I'll give you a hint. http://i34.tinypic.com/2e2ibub.jpg

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    yep...

    by yubnubrocks

    I agree. I remember seeing this in the theater and thinking yea, this will be one of those movies that gets better and better as time goes on.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    meadowe you retard

    by JoseJones

    please stop writing like that. Harry, these are your readers and these are those that agree with you. After 40 years on earth you can finally claim to be cool with the 14 year olds. Congrats.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Any list with no H.T. Time Machine

    by MagicJesus

    is shite...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Great list

    by kenji

    HT Time Machine nearly made my list (Georgia Straight, Vancouver) and somehow Jackass 3D did get on their, but I wholly agree about Scott Pilgrim. I felt... well I have never done cocaine but that is what I imagine cocaine to feel like albeit through me eyeballs. And my ears. The music, so great.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Knew Pilgrim would be 1

    by Deathpool

    when I saw True Grit at 2. I might even agree, I don't know. I haven't really sat down and thought about what the best movie I saw was, but I did love Scott Pilgrim. Good choice Harry, and good list, here's hoping 2011 is just as awesome.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Black Swan Haters...

    by MagicJesus

    You expose yourselves as never having seen the movie... Because Mila Kunis goes down on Natalie Portman!! How stupid do you feel now?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I usually don't agree with Harry but I love his top 2 choices

    by Quadrillionaire

    this year. Scott Pilgrim & True Grit own the most overrated movies this year, namely Inception, Toy Story 3, Kick-Ass. But where's 127 hours?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Choppa

    by maxjohnson1971

    Vlade Divac would probably say (putting down his Mach 3 razor and rubbing his face) "I am no longer irritating."

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, Harry.

    by cutest_of_borg

    I remember the days when your praise was directed at films like Fellowship of the Ring. Frankly, I think I'm getting too old for this site. I mean really - a film depicting newborn rape making a top ten list? I think I'll go watch Toy Story 3 again.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Mr. Knowles, do you argue that A SERBIAN FILM is to be taken...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...a historical document, so that we may never forget the atrocities? Like as SCHINDLER'S NEWBORN PORN LIST, or the Bible?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Armond White's Top 10...

    by vincentkv

    ...Had Scott Pilgrim at #1 as well. And so did MY top 10. Strange times.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    No INCEPTION in top ten = Good

    by aphextwin

    No movie with the sloppiest, most dull action set pieces of the year deserves in any top ten. yea yea; elevator fight sequence was good (although nothing innovative about it); everything else action wise was a big bore...Too bad, the movie had some clever ideas worked out well...IMO

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    We daydream Scott Pilgrim's life everyday. it's how we live.

    by yabory

    going back and forth and these is up in the air. i felt true grit was spectacular because of jeff bridges, not because the film itself is so....but as far as number one, i couldn't agree more. Scott Pilgrim captures the 80s generation so perfectly, it really embodies not just the society in which we grew up in but pretty much how we all think. we daydream scott pilgrim's life everyday. it's how we live.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    It just dawned on me...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...how terrible this year has been for movies. Seems to be like that every year for some reason. I don't know, maybe I just don't like movies anymore. Or, nobody's making movies I like anymore. I don't know. Gee, maybe I should get a lobotomy.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    SCOTT PILGRIM is for the Video Gamers --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- KICK-ASS is for the Comicbook Collector's!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Choppah

    by Ditch Brodie

    I remain average but I am no longer sad.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    As for A Serbian Film, Harry is dead wrong.

    by vincentkv

    halfbreedqueen said everything I wanted to. Reminds me of the email fight Ebert had with the makers of the torture-porn film Chaos. Nihilism and shock do not a film make.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    SALO

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended fucking with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where torture porn's destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when A SERBIAN FILM came out that it heralded the return of both torture porn and newborn porn as genuinely dramatic talking points. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    SPVTW'S FACEBOOK IS BOASTING THE FLIQ'S PLACEMENT ON THIS LIST

    by Meadowe

    I wonder if True Grit has a facebook, and if so, has it updated it's status as no longer being harry's fave for 2010 ;)-

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim?

    by Scalvador

    Seriously? Scott Pilgrim? For best film of the year? Harry, Scott Pilgrim was so fucking try-hard that it wasn't even funny. How can you leave out films like Inception and Kick-Ass over this?? I can't believe you rated True Grit lower than Scott Fucking Pilgrim Harry. Shame on you for compromising your professional integrity (repeatedly) in order to keep the few industry figures interested in talking to you sweet, no matter how shitty their final product (Pilgrim/Predators/Machete).

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    some odd choices here...

    by frank cotton

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    you're a loser

    by Meadowe

    didn't even click your comment but I bet you clicked this one all excitedly waiting to read my response. loser.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    i see how it works

    by zom-bot.com

    you show your flick at one of harry's things, you are automaticallly in the running for his top ten of the year. harry, what happened to toy story 3? you loved that. i just watched it tonight for the first time, and can't even remember the last time a film put me through every emotion- either as a kid or an adult.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Wow ,so many complaints

    by magnetoelectric

    I breathed a fuckin sigh of relief that Exit through the gift shop didnt make the list.. My major complaint would be : Bedevilled shouldn't count. If you weren't at FF (like most of us) then you aint seen it yet. Should be considered a 2011 film

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    whats the point harry?

    by jimmiescoffee

    half these films weren't released theatrically in the united states in 2010. stupid list and awful #1 pick. this website has become a lazy joke.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Harold just laid down the fucking law on Turd Gravy.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    CHOPPED.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I submit this:

    by UltraTron

    Scott Pilgrim is the feel good movie of the last several years. The cat fights are bubbles of heaven really. What is there not to like? It follows a perfect videogame structure complete with bosses and extra lives. Perfect 16 bit world come to life. It should get best picture for the punisher high-five scene alone

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Forget the haters ... SP for the win!!

    by heroic_duo

    I'm still in lesbians with it

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    everyone is entitled to their own opinions though

    by zom-bot.com

    if harry really liked scott pilgrim, that's his right. personally, i think he wants life to BE like scott pilgrim, and that's all. i'm just saying i've heard such high praise of other films by him on here, and then half of his list are things that the general public hasn't even seen yet and haven't even been mentioned here before.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    the thing i remember about scott pilgrim

    by zom-bot.com

    is some people leaving during the first fight's bollywood musical number. and i admit when it came on, i was like- shit- is this how it's gonna be? a musical? luckily i stuck with it, but about a fourth of the audience when i was there didn't- on opening weekend. i liked scott pilgrim alright, but by the last fight, i was like, enough already. the highlight moment was the vegan police, by far.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen all these, but I like the list

    by KrowNinja

    I'm leaning almost exactly the same way on the top 3 movies. Scott Pilgrim is definitely my favorite, but I'm not sure if I like True Grit better than Black Swan. I think the Social Network is a little high. It should probably be back around The same area as The Fighter. Scott Pilgrim just rocks though. Bravo for that choice.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, Harry just banned a guy?!?

    by D.Vader

    That's... messed up from my point of view. Then again, I didn't see what he wrote but... jeez.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Seriously Harry, I think it would be beneficial...

    by D.Vader

    For everyone to see what posts get you banned. That would, I think, prevent people from getting banned when they're not trying to test you. Right?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Harry

    by Maceox

    You not only like but suggest others view a movie that shows a newborn baby being raped and a father sodomizing his own son. You rank it as one of your favorite movies of the year. It has a man fucking a new born child! You sick fuck. Then you compare it to main stream movies like the hangover? Seriously, get some help. I read the synopsis on wiki and cannot fathom, as a feeling human being, subjecting myself to such filth, but you go one further and say that others should watch the movie. And then you have the audacity to ban anyone, anyone from your site. What can any talkbacker say or write that is worse than this movie that you put forth as one of your favorites. Wow, any respect I had for you is gone. Now you defend it because this shit happens in the world, really that is your pathetic defence. Here is your true downfall you state "The character that subjects the lead character to the imagery is abhorrent upon every imaginable level." You are the fucking character trying to subject your readers to this imagery. Deal with your own judgement.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Not having Toy Story 3

    by Juggernaut125

    on this list makes your entire list moot. It was better than everything you mentioned and you know it Harry. Just because you can't let go of your childhood shit doesn't mean it's not the great movie that you KNOW it to be. Boy, you're dumb.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Stop with the A Serbian Film Best of the Year shit

    by Anti-fanboy

    Just stop. Don't make it into something it's not. Drew made the same mistake. It goes to extremes... yeah... THAT'S IT! Otherwise it's hum drum and dismal as hell (and I mean the film-making is dismal, nevermind the subject matter -- it's totally bereft of any flourishes of cinematic genius that would justify BOTY status). OK, yeah, the boner in the eye socket was fun... I'll give you that.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Oh, and about your Inception fuck-up

    by Anti-fanboy

    Same tact you took with The Matrix Reloaded, disappointed because you didn't to see vampires and werewolves and UFOS -- it's called playing with a net. Without the net, things get kind of silly.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Just one month ago on this site...

    by Niall Corrigan

    "TRUE GRIT is also my pick for the single best film of 2010. I say that without the slightest hesitation. It simply is so." What happened since then to change his mind?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Harry picks Scott Pilgrim as his best film of 2010. No Inception.

    by BiggusDickus

    This should tell you everything you need to know about Knowles' validity as a genuine critic. Oh, and Sernian Film is just vile. Yes, I knew what they were going for and yes, I 'got' it, but there are some films you wish you could un-see and for me, that was one of them.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    ...and yes, I know I misspelt 'Serbian'

    by BiggusDickus

    Still no edit function after all these weeks of 'improvements'....

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Social Network continues to be the Crash of 2010

    by IndustryKiller!

    Now Social Network is a better film than Crash, but the two are similarly overrated. Social Network is all procedure and no soul, and I'm not missing something there, it just has no emotional heft. It's astonishingly then this happened....then this happened....which led this to happen.....then he did this. Peter Travers "movie that defines a decade" comment I honestly think should get him fired. There is zero social commentary in the film and the only reason anyone thinks there is is because Facebooks happens to be the company the main character creates. To say nothing of the fact that you could replace Facebook with Enron or the Slinky and still have the EXACT same movie. I would rail on about thinking Eisenberg taking the award but its Harry and the guy just has classically awful fucking taste.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    watched pilgrim on harrys recommendation...

    by The_Cliffster

    .. a few weeks ago with my friends... and hated it so much i couldn't watch the last half an hour..... i didn't see too many new movies in 2010, but i would put toy stoy 3 as no. 1 of those i did see...

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Matrix

    by Johnson311

    Anti-fanboy's comment reminded me of that review. Classic Harry. Great list though and you can read Harry's thoughts on Inception in the DVD column in case you care. Also,

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    wish I wouldn't have read those Toy Story 3 spoilers

    by Tigger Tales

    mentioned in an above talkback--It is 12 midnight and it is past my bedtime; my mind does not compute the word "spoiler" so I read the ending of the movie. I hope I can forget it by the time I finally see the movie...

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    No Inception

    by TheMarineBiologist

    First list I've agreed with?<p> But... but it's Harry's?! Awwwww... dammit.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    However... no Toy Story 3...

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Also damns this list.<p> I feel redeemed.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Not a great year for movies...

    by wash

    Even the ones I liked didn't blow me away. But Scott Pilgrim was even more meh than average. And this is someone that LOVES Spaced, and really likes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Something must be wrong with me...

    by Smerph

    I loved Shaun of the Dead and Spaced, liked Hot Fuss, really admire Edgar Wright...but SPVTW just seemed like a load of meandering, overblown nonsense with just a bunch of geeky references to compensate for a lack of plot. Better than Inception? No. Social Network? Don't make me laugh. Kick-Ass? It's not fit to wipe its ass. Toy Story 3? NO FUCKING WAY.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim wasn't terrible, but BEST? Erm, NO.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Liked the visual style but there was no story and Michael Cera is a crap actor. Fact. But it's worth watching for sure, for the geeky love it gets from some is just weird. Oh, and KICK ASS was much, much better than Scott Pilgrim.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    The Losers >= Scott Pilgrim

    by zer05um

    I agree with many of your choices, but Scott Pilgrim? Well rounded characters? Did we both see the same film? I saw a shambolic attempt to capture that mad intensity of Japanese film with a liberal 8-bit side order, completely devoid of a functioning internal logic. Great eye candy for sure, but not a great film and one that had even less story than The Losers.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    I don't know what upsets me most......

    by golden tribw

    Scott Pilgrim at #1; <br><br> True Grit at #2 (it wasn't even top 5 for me, NO COUNTRY was the Coen's Western; this was an over-conventional afterthought); <br><br> Serbian film on the list.... <br><br> There's more, but I'll just stop there.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Re: Inception

    by golden tribw

    I loved INCEPTION when I saw it in theatres, and I procrastinated for a long time watching it a second time. Finally I saw it again on blu-ray last week, and while it didn't completely fall apart, it lost most of its magic on repeat viewing. There are so many arbitrary, nonsensical rules; the dialogue is so brutally expository. <br><br> Don't get me wrong, it's a great movie, but it's not "epic" the way I thought it was after a single theatrical viewing. <br><br> In my opinion, MEMENTO and THE PRESTIGE are superior films which better hold up to repeated watchings. (And then, I've only seen The Prestige twice, so maybe it breaks down later on, but both times I enjoyed it. Memento I've seen three or four times and I think it's brilliant, particularly when you consider that Nolan wasn't yet an established mainstream director with [Batman-type] fame and the studio backing/budget that come with it.)

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Inception and Elm St. remake. Harry is deluded.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    How can you take this list seriously without Inception being on it? You didn't 'get' it, which is fine, but most people did and LOVED it more than Dark Knight. But here's what really annoys me about Harry during 2010, ELM f**king Street! He loved the thing, told us all to see it but it was the WORST movie of the decade. How can anyone take what Harry says seriously anymore.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    You bitch

    by homerofthesea

    I hated “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” with every atom of my being. It took me three tries to view it in its entirety. Now that I’ve seen all of it, I can say without any reservation, it is a piece of shit. It’s not about the thing it’s about. It IS the thing it’s about, and that thing is, admittedly, something I find revolting. “Black Swan” is the best movie of 2010, and if it weren’t, it would be “Inception”. Peace, pussy grease.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    It's time to share...

    by yodalovesyou

    1. Harry Potter 7.1 2. Kick-Ass 3. The Town 4. Cemetery Junction 5. I Love you, Philip Morris 6. How to Train your Dragon 7. Four Lions 8. The A-Team 9. The Ghost Writer 10. Alice in Wonderland

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    NEVER LET ME GO WAS NOT A TOP 10 FILM! Harry.... please!!!!

    by silentbobafett2

    You are the man! But seriously you must have seen the dropped ball with Never Let Me Go! It is quite clear from the film/material that done right this film should be classic - a contender, or hands down winner, for best picture and unforgettable experience! But it was so mishandled! It was lazy filmmaking - from the generic score to the constant mid-shots to the self-directed performances. It's an okay film - but goes on my worst of the year list because it should have been something special. If you want to see how good this film could have been - watch the trailer!!! It never once hit that level of emotion of wow!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Replace True Grit with I Saw the Devil......

    by bullitt411

    and I'd going along with the rest of the list in different order. True Grit was not very good, people need to stop drinking the Cohen brothers kool-aid.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    so True Grit is NOT your pick for best film of 2010

    by Windowlicker74

    "I know everyone was expecting TRUE GRIT to be my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010. It still is. Except on this list. " What do you mean 'it still is'??? no it is not. Scott pilgrim is . learn to write.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Spanish revolution? WTF

    by CuervoJones

    It was a fascist coup d'État. Anyway, i liked The Last Circus. Spanish people hate that movie and alex de la Iglesia, but we hate anyone with success.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    there is a thing called craft...

    by emeraldboy

    pixar are mastercrafts people. they put years of attention into thier movies. aardman does the same. i love the trailer for arthur christmas. christopher nolan does likewise. Bar sott pilgrim, I have never heard some of these movies, I have not seen never let me go. Pixar makes movies to a very high standard as does Chris nolan. there is one film absent from this list. the expendables. harry liked that film so much he even had sly q and Harry admitted that he didnt like Inception and that he didnt like toy story 3's ending. He likes films that maybe have a low production value. and he hypes the shit out of those films. I was very harsh about simon pegg and for that I apologise but pegg has a face that makes me want to slap. it. sorry...oh and paul just demonstrates that he just isnt funny. paul that would be the film with nick frost and seth rogen.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Edgar Wright Is Not A Man

    by DangerMan

    He sits to urinate and shouldn't be showing DIRTY HARRY at the New Beverly. I will be there to heckle him. He should be screening BATMAN & ROBIN and XANADU, as he's the new Joel Schumacher. He sucks cock to get greenlights.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Unstoppable, Kick-Ass top my list.

    by RandySavage

    Best 6. Ghost Writer 5. Inception 4. MacGruber 3. Robin Hood 2. Unstoppable 1. Kick-Ass Worst 3. Clash of the Titans 2. Prince of Persia 1. The Karate Kid

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    retarded no. 1 Fully realised characters? hmmm...

    by zapano

    apart from a Serbian film it's a pretty good selection of films. A Serbian Film is a poor choice considering it has nothing redeeming about it and its pretentious claims are nothing but disingenuous attempts at masking its vacuous and insipid nature

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    No "Inception"?

    by Human Tornado

    Screw you, Harry.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    dangerman

    by tonguestubble

    What's your obsession with needing a director to be manly for you to like his movie? Just because the guy is soft round the middle, has a slightly high pitched voice and is English (as am I - English I mean) doesn't mean he can't appreciate Dirty Harry. Scott Pilgrim isn't perfect by a long shot, but there is a level of complexity and skill to the way it was put together that has to be admired and in terms of satisfying it's target audience (which you are clearly not) it's a success. and the new Joel Schumacher? seriously? I think for a fag-basher you're a little uncommitted - stop pussy footing around posting comments on here and go beat up homos in the street with your big meaty man fists. That'd really be staying true to yourself.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    "Enter the Void" is above this list...

    by ufoclub1977

    Its more original and monumental than any of them... it makes it the top of a 20 year top ten. I still think about parts of it.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    True Grit was great...lame dickheads hate good movies

    by quantize

    Who gives a shit who made it...the work speaks for itself.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    the thing that pissed me off about scott pilgrim:

    by zom-bot.com

    is that kids- yes kids- who were born in the nineties have no real connection to the 8-bit/nintendo era. everyone in scott pilgrim- except maybe brandon routh, the vegan police and the 'final boss' are all too young to have lived through those times. yet teens and early twenties think they know it, and reference it all the time. it's sad, a whole subculture based on the fumes of the generation before it, gen Y or Z huffing the farts of gen X. i was born in 1976, and it's on par with me thinking i know anything about the era of the moon landing and Vietnam. it's the social equivalent of me overhearing someone else's coversation i know little about and then jumping in and trying to own it.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    and now i remember why toy story 3 isn't here

    by zom-bot.com

    it's about growing up and letting go of childish things- the complete opposite of this site. maybe i'm confused and thought harry gave TS 3 a great review, it must have been one of the good reviewers like massa or capone.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/suomynona/5180205930/in/set-72157624685175723/

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    it all makes sense now!!!!!!!!

    by zom-bot.com

    toy story 3 is about growing up. respecting the past, learning from it, passing it on, moving forward. scott pilgrim is about not letting go of nostalgia, pop culture references- even those before your time- and thinking of life as a video game or a comic instead of reality, so as to detach yourself from consequence or emotion or the seriousness of it (name one thoughtful, good, deep or altruistic character in scott pilgrim- besides Knives, a girl being used by 'our hero')

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    harry thinks he is scott pilgrim

    by zom-bot.com

    and he's often compared 'yoko' to Knives. and in a way he's right. both of them are guys who don't take anything seriously, deal with reality by comparing everything to comics, cartoons, video games and movies, refuse to grow up, date at least a decade below them, and seem to be very self centered, selfish people. i could not shake that about Scott Pilgrim there was no character arc and nothing redeemable about him...which i guess is why nega-scott was actually funny...he's such a neutral bland guy that his opposite can only be neutral. giggle.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    by johnybhoy

    No Inception? That's f'ked man! Inception kicked the ass off Serbian Film and Black Swan. No, The Town either?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    No Inception or Toy Story 3?

    by johnybhoy

    Can't believe that. Or How to Train your Dragon? Seriously dude.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Hollywood Harold..baby rape better than Inception

    by quantize

    ...which he couldn't stay awake for..then he has the battered kahunas to tell us geek culture is alive and well while he chokes it with his needy fat fingers! C'mon Harry, surely you're not THAT narcissistic that you can't put aside your own self interest/profit to at least stay the fuck awake for a good genre film shame on you

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Harry, You're way too much of a Fanboy

    by BigTuna

    Scott Pilgrim? Really?

  • ...but that's why we love ya.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry,

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Did you get the line of statues from Sideshow Collectibles for A SERBIAN FILM yet? I can't wait to see the ads for those at the top. Oh wait, I use Adblock Plus. Fuuuck that shit. CHOPPED

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    ufoclub1977 well said

    by UGG

    Finally someone else watched it. Amazing movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Best pic of the year: Blue Waffle

    by King_Knut

    Seriously. Look it up.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    And Turd_Gravy accused Harry of being a pedo

    by UGG

    that's why he was banned, not to worry I'm sure the Turd will rise again.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I love Scott Pilgrim, but it's so rooted in the present

    by beastie

    that I don't think it will ever be a classic. It will not be easily accessible for future generations as it requires a certain amount of modern (as in 80s, 90s and 00s) culture knowledge. From a technical standpoint, it is fantastic. From the point of view of movie & video game fan boys, it's a wonderful love letter. But I think Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will be remembered more as Bad Boys and Dawn of the Dead are not required viewing to understand most of the jokes and just plain enjoy the movie. I love Scott Pilgrim, but I don't think, even with all of the information provided to them, my grandchildren will get it. It's too much a product of it's time.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Please update your blog. You're back, and there's no reason to not fill said website chock full of chopping reviews and commentaries. We missed you, Choppy.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    zombot you are spot on.

    by knowthyself

    I really pity anyone who relates to that douchebag Pilgrim character.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Zombot IS spot on.

    by King_Knut

    I was going to say something to that effect but, well, credit where credit's due.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Le Grande Zombi

    How many times have you seen WATCHMEN? Not being a bitch, I just was curious since you were always such a WATCHMEN champion in days of yore.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Harry is great entertainment

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Its actually very entertaining, he is stuck at 14, Inception wasn't the movie he wanted and he feel asleep, can't understand about toys been given away in Toy Story 3 True Grit was his best movie of the year a month ago, but I gurantee since then he has rewatched Scott Pigrim and thought what zombot said Serbian Film's inclusion

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Beaks top 10

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    1. Serbian Film 2. Serbian Film 3. Serbian Film ... well you get the picture, there was a shortage of Kleenex at the Beaks dungeon... I mean home when this was being watched

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Harry a grown up?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Who are these crazies that see you that way, you are mentally at 14, please don't change

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    musashi

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Watch the (all too true) "libel." The banhammer hasn't been this hair-triggered since Moriarty was employed by AICN and on the man-rag. Seems that Harry's "almost-40 maturity" has led him to a deluded sense of authority/paranoia a la Principal Rooney from FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF. I liked the devil-may-care, easy-going Harry persona a LOT better. However, I'll always owe Harry's AICN TB for leading me to my fiance, THE CHOPPAH. Hey CHOPPAH, that reminds me... I should know how many wives you've had so far. Love you.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    just finished watching SP for the first time...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...and it was really hard to watch without taking in the prejudices of others. the first half an hour i was really worried because cera WAS a dick. now i like him and his nerd hipster schtick normally but it was almost like he was trying to put some arrogance in to it. anyway i had to pause after half an hour and get a cup of tea. took a deep breath and kept going and once the movie got going I found it enjoyable. it was good. fun, solid entertainment. best film of the year? bollocks. in the geek fantasy sub-genre Kick Ass was waaaay better. it felt epic and didn't try to be cool. it was cool. other people have raised the point about an '8-bit' film being aimed at the youth of today and i totally agree. it felt a bit like my youth (i'm 31) has been co-opted slightly for a group of people who couldn't give a shit about it. what's worse is that it's been done by someone i have spent the last 10 years enjoying. obviously he chose to adapt some existing material which is fair enough but it's target audience confused me. i haven't read the comic but i felt like it was people my age reading that rather than today's teenagers. back on to the top 10 i think Harry needs to hold his hands up and admit he fucked up big time by sleeping through the best film of the year. 1)inception 2)kick ass 3)toy story 3

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Man, that A SERBIAN FILM sounds really fucked up...

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    I haven't seen it and I don't think I want to see it. I can stomach a lot, but sometimes too much is just too much.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Black Swan <<< True Grit

    by Beaverduck

    Black Swan was beautiful at times, powerful at times, but just downright amateurish at times, and for me, those moments completely undermined what could have been a flawless film. Example: Quick pan from Portman to Winona Rider with howling scream. Is that meant to be scary? It felt like a cheap scare tactic. If it weren't for some of the film's amazing camera work during the ballet performances combined with the powerful music this film would have made #1 on my personal most disappointing films of 2010. And to clarify, disappointing doesn't mean "bad", it just means "could have been greater."

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Inception sucked balls so its logical that Harry

    by jack black

    didnt have it in his top 10 list.Then again he has Serbian Film in so that makes logic irrelevant here.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld YES! Portman NO!!!

    by The Founder

    I may have her name wrong but damn if this girl doesn't deserve the Oscar as Best Actress. I've not seen all the performances of the Best actresses this year but this girl truly caught my attention. She did an excellant job. No way is or was Portman's performance better.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    At least you didn't include INCEPTION.

    by jawsfan

    That movie disappointed on SOOOO many levels. It didn't exactly suck, per se, but it did disappoint in grand ways.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Why is it...

    by falconsclaw

    ...that every year that Harry does one of these, at least 50% of the list are films that has never once been mentioned (let alone reviewed!) on this site during the year in question? Harry, if you want people to actually take your opinion on these "Best of" lists seriously, you have to at least put your money where your mouth is at the time the movie comes out. Otherwise, it just looks like you're going with what other reviewers and critics are saying and not expressing your own TRUE opinion. Make that your New Year's resolution: if it has the potential to be on your year-end Best of list, take the time to write a review on it. Thanks.

  • as an actress. She's sweet and nice and is likable and that probably what has kept her working in Hollywood in my opinion. She's never brought anything to a role or to a film that ive seen her in. She's just there. I love Portman but I can't say she's this great actress when she isn't. She gets the job done and that's it. I'll give her some marks for Black Swan but i wasn't overall impressed with her performance. Does she deserve a Best Actress nod for Oscar? I'm mixed here. I wanna say yes cause I like her but in truth I think more people are gushing over the fact that she finally put something into a perfomance and now they think she deserve an Oscar. Wouldn't be mad if she got a nomination but if she beat out Hailee? Hell Yes I'd be pissed.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Inception and True Grit we're best for me

    by The Founder

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Great List

    by frongbak

    A nice combo of independent/foreign, and the big studio prestige pics. Saw Pilgrim in theatre but haven't gone back for the 2nd view yet, but am looking forward to it. Wasn't my fave film of the year, but def in the conversation.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Social Network too

    by The Founder

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    I admire harry sticking to his guns.

    by knowthyself

    I've done so with many other films myself but I still have to disagree and say that Pilgrim was filled with unlikeable characters and it was just a series of distractions hoping you'd somehow feel something for this unlikeable bunch of losers.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I've seen Watchmen many many many times.

    by knowthyself

    Just saw it this week in fact.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim haters...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...maybe its me but I cant take the SP haters seriously when I notice I have never seen their handle before... if youre some random TBer, your opinion on the film is void... and I havent seen too much hate from the regulars here just my observations (unless if im correct, then if so, eh fuck you, Im always right)

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by tomandshell

    As a husband and father, just reading the synopsis makes me want to step away from the computer, walk outside to get some fresh air and never watch another film for the rest of my life if this is the kind of movie now worth celebrating.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Read 'em and weep.

    by FailureAtTheCave

    Here's the REAL top ten. You know it to be true. #10 - Winter's Bone #9 - Never Let Me Go #8 - The Fighter #7 - The Town #6 - Robin Hood #5 - Black Swan #4 - Shutter Island #3 - The Social Network #2 - True Grit #1 - Inception

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Serbian Film

    by frongbak

    McWeeny had it on his best of list as well, so Harry isn't the only sicko out there. I am hesitant to see the film and wonder if I'll even get an opportunity. The movement of extreme films is interesting, I loved Inside, was heartily disturbed by Martyrs, and flat out hated Human Centipede. The Hostel films barely scratch the depths of true exploitation but were fine as revenge films. Enter the Void is getting no love this year, a shame, I really liked that film.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Kick Ass was pretty good...

    by redteeb

    but not as good as SP, for the simple reason that the romance plot was poorly played out. I just didn't care about it at all. It was the only choice that the comic did better. And it didn't ruin the film completely for me, but it does harm it. Those scenes are a waste of time for me and I just want them to be over when I'm watching it. I'm actually embarrassed when they come on if I'm watching with someone else. Which is not a good thing. SP on the other hand is perfect. Nice choice for number 1. And the relationship stuff in that film is handled PERFECTLY. I've had a few friends say to me that they didn't care for that part of the film, that they don't want SP and Ramona to "get together," and that's why the film fails for them, and Ramona's a bitch etc...well...are you supposed to want them to hook up? Are you not? Or is it more complex? I found it incredibly well handled. And incredibly mature. Ramona, as a character, again, PERFECT. And, tellingly, most(but, I hasten to add, not ALL) the people I know who hold this criticism are either under, say, 21, and haven't been in a relationship, or just plain haven't had that much experience with the opposite sex. And I don't mean sex. OR they're older and more conservative in their views towards women. And I don't mean to imply anything about anyone on here with a negative view of the film. Just trying to give some perspective on how I view the relationship in the film. Its just accurate as fuck, with no bad guys, just people hurting each other and themselves. And people, of course, have other reasons for not liking it as much as I do. And that's fine.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    exactly tomandshell

    by skycrapper

    It surprises me more that McWeeny would recommend it more than Harry. Social commentary be damned. We all know there are fucked up people in the world, but now we need to watch it because, hey, it's art.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    TRON > Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Audience

    by Quake II

    Really let down by your choices big guy. I was hoping you would pull through and put Tron Legacy on your list. You seemed to be in geek bliss in your review, but sadly it didn't make you list. I knew Pilgrim would be up there, but #1? Really? Some of your list is so by-the-numbers. I thought this was a geek site. True Grit, The Fighter, Black Swan and Social Network are on almost EVERY top 10 list this year. Is this the Entertainmentweekly.com top 10 or Aintitcoolnews? Oh well. Tron is by far the coolest film of the year. Not necessarily THE BEST film of 2010 but definately the most kick-ass and stylish. Your list is still better than Capones. Barely.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Ugg, not only I watched "Into the Void"...

    by ufoclub1977

    but many intelligent filmmakers I know as well. Some just can't take how hard core it is to sticking to it's guns about what it shows at certain points... but others like me were just amazed. It's truly a great work. And many people are completely unaware as to how many special effects scenes there are. It's so much stronger to me than films like Inception or Black Swan which are both derivative and lightweight in comparison (although I enjoyed both of them). I look at them as normal films within my grasp. "Enter the Void" is just incredible. Beyond anything I could imagine, such original emotional notes, such spectacular special effects, and such a mythic and deep concept.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    You really should see a Serbian Film

    by clupula

    So you can see just how shitty a movie it is. Now, my biggest problem with the movie is that it's incredibly poorly done. I don't care what you put into a film, if it works within the context of that film, it's fine. But, during the climax, why exactly would he fuck the eye socket of one of the guys he's fighting? It makes no sense, except for the director to check off another thing that's supposed to shock us. And as for the "twist" with his brother, maybe it would have actually worked if his brother hadn't been portrayed as a sleazy douchebag the entire film. That's just poor writing out and out. I understand that you want to seem like you're being revolutionary by giving it one of the year's best nods, but take away all the shocking scenes and you've got a shitty movie. I am never pro-censorship. You want to show a baby being raped? Fine. But actually write a genuine reason for it being in the movie. The makers of A Serbian Film seemed to be concerned with shock-first, story-later.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Edgar Wright needs to make Spaced season 3

    by Quake II

    Or the exploitation trailer from the Grindhouse movie "Don't" into a feature. Hot Fuzz was mediocre and Scott Pilgrim was a let down as well. The guy is talented but his film work so far isn't blowing me away (and Shaun Of The Dead was ok but the Spaced zombie/Resident Evil episode was much better). True Grit was really good but not as epic and perfect as Assassination Of Jesse James or even No Country For Old Men.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVEN'T SEEN TOY STORY 3, HARRY

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm not particularly a fan of anime but that was easily one of the year's best. Are you on crack?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    eye-socket-fucking?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Welll, ummmm, that says a lot for our beloved headgeek, does it not?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by UGG

    couldn't have said it better myself. I haven't seen many of the "top" movies this year like Black Swan and Social Network, yet. But I'm willing to bet they don't stay with me as much as that did. And it's open to as much if not more discussion than things like Inception which was a good not great movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by midnightclown

    Anyone who likes ASF will like "Long Pigs"

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    No, Harry didn't like Toy Story 3 because...

    by Lemure_v2

    The 17 year old boy and the 5 year old girl didn't get it on and have children of their own.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Choppa, you're such a loser

    by Astronut

    Why else would you think it's funny to describe pedophilia amongst toys?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    oh. Wait.

    by Astronut

    I guess Harry is even more dispicable.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Saw this on the main page and thought...

    by Cyan09

    "Harry's pics for best of 2010, this will be good for a laugh." I was surprised to find it was a very well picked list, until I scrolled down and saw Scott Pilgrim as number one, and I fucking lost it. What. The. Fuck. I am the definition of the target demographic for that film, there should have been no way in hell that I wouldn't eat it up, but that movie was a terrible pandering mess with shitty acting. Thank you Harry for giving me a good laugh and proving once again that you are a mentally retarded child trapped in an obese man's body.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Harry...

    by Peter Franks

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was a fun little premise that just didn't work...for me anyway. Visually interesting (even beautiful at times), mildly amusing and entertaining, but wholly lacking as a coherent film. Much the same could be said about Tron Legacy, although it was even more visually arresting, and I honestly enjoyed going back to The Grid so much more than I did my stay in Pilgrim's place. I still love you, ya big bastard.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    A mentally retarded child trapped in an obese man's body

    by clupula

    That will be a scene in A Serbian Film 2.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I too was not aware of another Space Chimps movie.

    by phifty2

    I kind of like the first one. I'd rather watch monkeys in space than toys or cars or rat chefs or whatever the fuck.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Enough with the Toy Story 3 fapfest already...

    by Peter Franks

    Christ, it was very well done and with ten noms for Best Picture now, it'll probably get one...but this nonsense is getting old. Pixar will win best animated feature again and that's it. Be happy with the nomination, because that's all you're getting in a year with True Grit, The Fighter, Black Swan and Inception. Toy Story 3 is not even remotely Pixar's best work. Wall-E takes that crown coming and going. Make mine True Grit and Bridges for the back-to-back wins. Fucking Pixar geeks.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Recommending Serbian Film is icky. Kinda' REALLY icky..

    by caseyaramian

    I think I'm glad they cut the "roast-baby-on-a-spit" scene from The Road. Fucking a newborn?? Yikes. Gonna hafta' pass on this clearly exploitive mess. Sad that Harry loves it. Also sad, the shilling for Scott Pilgrim. I liked it, but found Scott miscast, and both leads very unlikable. I lived the 80's, and have had many mature relationships. This film had none. And for the hat trick of sad. Inception's stunning multiple climaxes saved my summer movie season. Harry bagging on it, and his multiple defenses, reeks of favors and misguided agendas. Hope I'm wrong.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Must be really hard for Harry to choose only ten

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Since the man loved every fucking movie of 2010.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Harry is not a critic. Harry is an enthusiast.

    by Subtitles_Off

    And, it's his favorite films of the year. Harping on which films he should've had on his list is saying more about you than anything. It is saying, "I think I know everything and therefore am in charge of all the correct answers. I am close-minded. I loved Inception." Are you sure that's what you want to be saying? You know, everybody reads this.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Harry also liked The Phantom Menace and the 1998 Godzilla

    by fastcars

    Grain of salt.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Harry absolutely uses the word absolutely too much

    by CatoTheCensor

    It's absolutely obvious

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    full of it

    by Jake

    Mr. Knowles, I loathe how you mention that your #1 is your most "controversial" pick ever. Seriously, this site has ran its course. Your list is the same every year. It mostly consists of critically acclaimed films, a couple "geek" flicks and a couple movies that no one outside your hip circle has ever seen. I just hope one year you come out with a list that does not fit the mold of every other pop culture website around. Yours, Spawn of...

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Geebus Harry, you really do suck at this....

    by LargoJr

    How many times are you going to use the word 'powerful' before someone calls you on it and people start to realize how bad a writer you really & truly are? <p> For that matter, when are YOU going to realize it and go back to school for a 'English Lit 101' refresher? <p> Dude... seriously.. you still stink at this, and you've had over a decade to get better? <p> <p> <p> Need proof? Your worst attempts usually start out with soft handed depreciation (in this case, and in most others, your weight), then go onto the unimaginative descriptive usually involving your sexual expertise/awareness (with the blaring dick/pussy reference....) <p> <p> <p> You and sex shouldn't even be in the same language, let alone the same post *shudder*

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Harry, excellent write up on Scott Pilgrim

    by bastich

    Now, I love the film, but am not sure if I would have considered it like you did. However, the more I think about the way this turned the movie process and experience on end, even skewed it. It reminds of another film, Clerks. This film echoed my life at the time, it had a definate impact on the film industry, like Scott Pilgrim will - in time. I just have to think that if I was that age now, Scott Pilgrim would be my 'Clerks'. But now, the beauty of the film is that it really, truely brings me back to that earlier time in my life, in a way no other film has or probably will. But it does it in a way, that it just makes me feel younger. I wish I could personal thank Edgar Wright for that. And I thank you, Harry, making me see why I really love the film.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Meh. The film was...ok...if shown on a 10 hour flight over the Pacific Ocean. ... <br><p> ... Seriously...I don't understand your fascination with this flick, Harry. ... </br></p><br><p> ... Then again, opinions are like butts: Everyone has one and they all really stink if they aren't cleaned on a daily basis. ... </br></p>

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    The problem with the Serbian film/Hangover comparison

    by Series7

    Is that its not really the same concept. In the Hangover they don't fucking go out to seek vengeance and peniale anger on those that have harmed them. <P> Its closer to Ricochet the much much much underrated Russell Mulcahy directed Denzel Washington, John Lithgow and Ice-T starring joint. What Lithgow does to Denzel and then how he finds out sort of thing. <P> Its much closer to that film in terms of plot. I mean its not close but similar idea. ALSO on the Denzel flip side its sort of like Training Day, in that the director gets the actor to just do a bunch of shit because he coerce's him into doing it. And in the end the guy turns on him. Yeah i know its not the same, but fundamentally its the same idea. Just with baby rape and eye socket fucking rather then hookers and crystal. <P> BUT go ahead and call the film a TRUE original. Also it was boring and shitty looking.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Why were Half of these Films Never Reviewed?

    by BigTuna

    Or even mentioned? If you love these obscure films so much, cover them on this site. I know that won't pay the bills, but try to give them some coverage over the year.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim???

    by vbmilo

    Harry has finally went off the deep end, In what world is Scott Pilgrim better than Inception?? What about the The Kids Are Alright?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    About everyone licking Natalie Portman's ass...

    by nico_laos

    ... of which she deserves absolutely NONE of her praise, even when she was a child. I have never seen an actress so out of touch with reality and so dense while everyone who works with her goes on and on about how 'perfect' she is. Mind you, these adorations began with 'The Professional' and continue to this day. How do I know what Portman is really like? I don't... I never met the brat. But in nearly every interview I've seen she always manages to come off like some elitist bitch. Back-handed comments abound! Here's an example: "I consider myself more of an Israeli than an American." Say fucking what?! Look, sweetheart, just because you were born in Israel and raised in America doesn't make you an Israeli, even if you are technically an Israeli citizen. A REAL Israeli is someone who lives just miles from a warzone. A REAL Israeli is someone that has to worry about a car-bomb exploding next to the coffee shop you're sitting in. No, you arrogant ditz, you are not an Israeli. But wait... I have more examples. Here's what she said when asked about leaving the film industry to go to college. She said, "I'm not worried about ruining my career (note: easy to say when your parents are loaded) I'd rather be smart than be a movie star." What? Fuck you, Portman! You just gave the finger to every single successful actor who never went to college. By suggesting that the only way to be considered intelligent is to go to college, you've just proven how incredibly fucking stupid you really are. And finally, one last quote: "I think unattractive people are more fortunate, because they are forced to develop their personalities more." Well, how terrible we all feel sorry for you, Natalie, for not being one of those 'so fortunate' fugly creatures. ..... Okay, now that that's out of my system, I can move on to exposing the truth about 'Black Swan'. Portman's performance was good. Despite my loathing of her, I cannot deny good acting when I see it. But here's the thing... I'd say about 85% of her performance is due to Aronofsky. Some director's really know how to pull amazing performances out of bland actors. Look at Aronofsky's other films and you'll see this. He re-launched Rourke's career, and I doubt you'll ever see such an incredible performance from him again. Look at 'Requiem for a Dream'. Holy shit. He took Marlon Wayans and made him interesting. Marlon fucking Wayans! Even before 'Black Swan' was finished filming, I was pointing out that despite Portman's shitty acting in everything else she's done, she will somehow be amazing in this, because that's just how Aronofsky is. She IS NOT suddenly a great actress. Look at her in films with lesser directors. I dare you to watch twenty minutes of 'The Other Bolyen Girl' without laughing your ass off. And the Star Wars prequels speak for themselves. Harry said he wonders how George Lucas manged to get such bland performances out of her. Well, it's because she's a shitty actress and Lucas can't direct people to save his life. Look at Hayden Christenson in 'Shattered Glass' and you'll have all the proof you need that good performances come from good directors. Some directors cast great actors then let them do their thing. Other directors get more involved, and pull great performances. Go watch Terry Gilliam's 'Tideland'. That little girl carries the entire movie on her own and is AMAZING. Then watch 'Silent Hill'. Same little girl, filmed AFTER 'Tideland', giving a performance expected of a ten-year old. What the fuck happened? Terry Gilliam happened. He knows how to direct people more than Christopher Gans. In conclusion, we need to be praising Aronofsky for Portman's performance. We'll know when she reaches Gary Oldman status and can perform with any director and be fucking awesome. But she has a long way to go before then. And given her dense and arrogant attitude, I doubt she'll ever really improve as long as everyone keeps kissing her ass and telling her how amazing she is.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I'd have to agree with the Scott Pilgrim pick

    by elsachmo

    Scott Pilgrim I agree is probably the film of the year because of all the original elements and overall fun factor. They did things in the movie that shouldn't have worked and made them great. Inception and True Grit were great movies, but I don't think they were special like Scott Pilgrim was. It's a movie that I've never seen before and one that will probably be imitated without the imitators being able to achieve the same successes. You may not be into the "ultra hip" story and feel of the movie, but it was amazing filmmaking that's for sure.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    My TOP 10 films list...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    For me, a TOP 10 FILMS list should contain films that follow you out of the theater. These films should haunt your thoughts for hours...days...weeks...and even months. <br><p> I guess that I can understand how Harry embraced SPVTW...while it does little-to-nothing for most others. The film nostalgically haunted his mind due to his own upbringing. <br><p></br></p> I suppose that it is a lot like those 30-somethings and 40-somethings who still go to 70s and 80s rock bands to watch geriatric men perform old songs. Two years ago, Harry said the same thing about INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. It wasn't the film that he embraced -- but the nostalgia it produced. <br><p></br></p> For me, there were several films that haunted me...and impacted me...during the year. Oddly enough, they came from different genres. Of course, these are my own opinions...and nothing more. <br><p></br></p> 10. ALICE IN WONDERLAND -- Tim Burton's take on this story just captivated me. It was much better than I anticipated...and invoked a BIG FISH type of feel to the film. Like Zombot said, ALICE was all about growing up. <br><p></br></p> 9. THE SOCIAL NETWORK -- I have been using Facebook since the beginning (when they only allowed college students to use it). I live within walking distance of Facebook's headquarters...and I have seen and spoken with Mark Zuckerberg a few times at Starbucks (in a hoodie, no less). Although the film is skewed, it was very thought provoking about how an idea can turn into a multi-Billion dollar tech company in the age of the Internet. <br><p></br></p> 8. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN -- One thing that many people from all sides of the political spectrum will agree upon is that our schools need to improve...and that teacher's unions are doing too little to foster improvement in students. My wife is a teacher...coming from a poor background...so this one hit home. She cried several times during the film and talked about it for weeks. <br><p></br></p> 7. (TIE) THE KING'S SPEECH -- I have always been fascinated with the story of the Royal family in the UK. This film successfully added an entirely different perspective. When I watch the future of Charles, William and Harry, I will forever remember this film. (TIE) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON -- What can I say? It was a very fun and witty film that appealed to me as much as KUNG FU PANDA did a year earlier. Good stuff. It left me wanting another hour of the film -- or a sequel. Not many animated films have this ability any more. <br><p></br></p> 6. WINTER'S BONE -- This wonderfully tragic film was just mesmerizing! Those of us with close families can sympathize with Ree, the film's young matriarch, as she tirelessly attempts to keep the remnants of her family together. Amazing. <br><p></br></p> 5. 127 HOURS -- A two hour movie about a trapped hiker who had his arm lodged in a crevice that successfully and hauntingly captivated an entire audience is proof of the skill of the writers, directors, actors and film crew. James Franco is no longer Harry Osborn. <br><p></br></p> 4. RESTREPO -- This is NOT a documentary. This is NOT a drama. This is NOT reality television. This is simply raw film footage of a group of US Marines serving in Afghanistan. The filmmakers successfully captured the shocking beauty of Afghanistan, the fun-loving and feisty personality of Marines, the corruption of Afghanistan tribal leaders, the ultimate goals from the war, the heightened fear during the fog of battle, and the tragic aftermath when some of those Marines are killed. To say that this film is "haunting" is an understatement. <br><p></br></p> 3. TRUE GRIT -- I never watched the original film, so I can't compare it with this film. However, the acting, story, direction and cinematography of this film were fantastic. It looks a lot like what I have always imagined the "old west" was really like. The story lingers long after you exit the theater...much like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. <br><p></br></p> 2. INCEPTION -- What can I say? This is how science fiction should look when it is done properly. A movie about a dream within a dream within a dream that doesn't really confuse the audience? Brilliant. Leonardo DiCaprio won me over as a man desperate to return to his children. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Ellen Page won me over as seeing them as serious up-and-coming actors. My wife and I talked about this film for hours...and it even provoked a dream for both of us. <br><p></br></p> 1. TOY STORY 3 -- I really didn't think that Pixar would be able to pull this film off. Rather than going with the childishly simple Disney Animation script mentioned here at AICN years ago, Pixar went the other way. This film successfully invoked the emotionally attachment that many of us 20-somethings have with the first two films (and what anyone who ever cherished a toy or pet felt while growing up) -- and nearly strangled our hearts with that level of emotion. When the toys held hands as they faced a certain fiery doom, I saw grown men cry in the theater. It is a heart-wrenching tale of growing up...and growing wise. When Andy initially refuses to give Woody away...I acquiesced with his deep attachment to his toys...and the painful realization that it was time to move on into adulthood. BTW, TOY STORY 3 is also the most successful and seamless 3-D film to date. I literally forgot all about the glasses until I had to wipe away a tear. How cool is that? <br><p></br></p>

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim Versus the World:

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    A $31 Million total haul can't be wrong...right? I mean, it almost made as much as MARMADUKE. If it is re-released, it might pass STEP-UP 3-D in total domestic gross. ;-P

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers.. PLEASE STOP USING "Case in point"!!

    by LargoJr

    It's NOT showing off yer 'smartitude', so SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU VACUOUS CUNTS!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    AICN Epic Fail

    by Doctor Manhattan

    Can someone point me to a website that is AICN 8 years ago? Because 2011 AICN sucks balls. A Serbian Film? Fucking fruitloops Harry.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Harry finally redeemed himself.

    by doydel@yahoo.com

    Scott Pilgrim is hands down the best film of the year. You cannot watch this without a big goofy grin on your face. Bravo Harry. b

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    so i finally check out SPvsTW on netflix

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    as I said i would many months ago. Seriously - I could not even make it through the movie without hitting F/F. Honestly I didn't even see the end because it just got to a point where I was like wtf am I watching this pOs movie for. I guess it just wasn't my thing......still I think I see how people can like it. I just happened not to. eh well The main reason I checked it out was because of all the geek love you guys gave the film. I feel like it's a movie that years from now will be a ridiculously dated joke that people wonder why they liked....or it'll be a weird cult classic. In any case I never need to see it again. I definitely would have been one of those people leaving the theater right around the dance number.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper

    by LargoJr

    You did better then me.. I BARELY made it past the 8bit Universal Intro, maybe 45 seconds into the 'Im 22, we have meaningful conversations' scene, rolled my eyes and yanked the DVD out of my PS3 and told the missus "burn that". <p> Sorry, just too fucking stupid for me, I KNOW the story, I read the comics, and just something about the lead just makes me want to fist fuck his eye-socket. Something about him makes my skin fucking CRAWL

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim will be forgotten.

    by double_l88

    I know its been said but to put that movie over Black Swan and Never let me go, or really on the list is all just is very odd. It will be forgotten in a few years, and Inception will be a classic.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry!! Quick question!

    by loc420

    First of all, I have to commend u because from what I read about "A Serbian Film" , u have some huge balls to see that. This is your website so I have no right to judge your preferences on movies or taste but I know you have an appreciation for art. But from the many thousands of movies that you have seen, what do you consider the most disturbing movie you have ever seen? You probably won't have time to respond to me but I was curious. Other than that, great list Harry!! Keep being yourself and not a sell out. !!!!1 2 3 4 Sex Bob-OMB !!!!! n

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sorry double_l88

    by LargoJr

    But the entire premise of Inception was fucking stupid. <p> <p> Seriously.. lets look at it after taking a step back. <p> <p> Ok, these guys have the ability to enter someone elses mind, build and control someone elses dreams against that person's will or desires, plant suggestions and induce behavior, all just by being in that person's presence, but they need a MACHINE to force that person to stay awake...... <p> <p> <p> REALLY? You're gonna stick with that story or you wana rethink that alibi champ? <P> <p> Ok, even IF you were faced with the ridiculous limitation of ONLY having access to someones mind while they slept, the logistical threat that would pose to ANY government's national security would absolutely DEMAND these guys be eating bullets upon discovery. The entire premise is just stupid.. and when everything falls apart, because someone failed to 'think up' genuine carpet as opposed to synthetics??? WAY too much attention to details that are pointless for anything other then the advancement of the plot, while ignoring basic logic. But hey.. you guys wana stroke yourselves to this 'great film' you go right ahead. I just think it's sad how I can finish watching a film like this or Avatar, and feel like I just wasted my time on something soulless and stupid, but can slap in a VERY old copy of 'Yellowbeard' and when it's done climb into bed with the missus and still be grinning as I fall to sleep.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    OOPS.. that should have been 'to stay ASLEEP'

    by LargoJr

    Heh.. that's what I get for attempting Foot-fu with the cat while typing

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Great list, Harry

    by _Lizarkeo

    I believe, for the first time, our TOP1 match, heh. Scott Pilgrim: the wait was so worth. And it got some awesome blu extras, Edgar luvs his fan base, thank Lord Jim. Still waiting to see True Gritt, The Fighter and Black Swan (damn delay). MY TOP TEN LIST: 1- Pilgrim 2-Pilgrim 3-Pilgrim (heh) 4-Shutter Island (movie one) 5-Shutter Island (movie two!) 6-Never Let Me Go (yeah they didn't celebrate life, but, who cares. It's the Gattaca of the 10's) 7-Social Network ("Jewlousy Nerds", heh) 8-Ghost Writer (best use of a GPS as plot device) 9-Losers (best unexpected multiple finales since Aliens) 10-Misfits (heh, yeah, I know. The double season DVD is out, run geeks all over the world!)

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Serbian movie sucks

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    It was directed by a golden spooned good for nothing useless hack punk in the name of "art". There is no art in that shit. He sold his ass by selling out his own people. Metaphor of Serbia my ass. Shit like in that movie doesn't happen in Serbia. I just don't know why you promote Serbian Movie Harry. I think us talkbackers should collect some money to buy you a new taste. I wonder, Harry, how you would have reacted if someone made a movie about the States in which Americans are depicted as savage animals. Come to think of it. I never saw you do a review of Kurtlar Vadisi Irak here.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    It seems like "progress" in this world has been replaced

    by sweeneydave

    by trying to become more and more jaded. I am truly grateful and relieved that I live in a world where the mere idea of a movie (most of those commenting against Serbian Film haven't seen it) causes such an uproar that people become agressively angry. There are a few who will defend this movie. But the bulk of the world are more than willing to defend our morals and values. Our goal as humans is to preserve innocence - even against the idea of a film. There's nothing wrong with that. Granted, there is a line. We don't want to make these movies illegal because then we get into witchhunt territory. And it's true that we ought to know what sort of evils mankind can come up with. Information is power. But we have a right to preserve our own minds against this stuff. I understand the "genious" of A Clockwork Orange, but for months I couldn't hear "Singing in the Rain" without imagining an old lady getting raped. I wanted to unwatch that movie to get my innocence back. I wanted to go back to Gene Kelly getting his joy on, but I couldn't (which is guess is the point of the movie - that you can't). But if that's the case, and we can't go back, why would we want to watch something that has the potential to plummet us further down that road, burning bridges of innocence that we can't get back? That's why these talkbackers are so upset. And that's why I'm proud to live in 2011.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim #1...not a bit surprised, Sir Harry

    by TaLoNe

    After reading Harry's reviews for Toy Story 3 & Inception, it comes as no surprise this is his number one pick...A big F.U. middle finger to us all who had to endure the steaming turd film Scott Pilgrim. It really amazed me some of the movies that Harry gushed over. Expendables??? I'm a huge fan of 80's movies, but Stallone's attempt of a old school kick ass revival was a EPIC failure. Of course Harry was practically licking Stallone's 60 year old balls in that review...

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry.

    by Subovon

    Awesome read that is half-a-list-of-suggestions to me. This is a nice article compared to all the usual “King’s Speech” top tens.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by Professor.Heinrich.Von.Squawkencluck

    Enjoyable, throwaway, a tub of fluff. I found myself not caring through the second half and desperately wanting it to end. Probably just me. But, the best film of the year on anyone's list has to be a joke of rare inscrutability.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Error..

    by Professor.Heinrich.Von.Squawkencluck

    The last line should have read " Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as the best film of the year... " etc etc

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Pilgrim, yes!

    by mrzero27

    If you have ever shot one foot of film and edited it together, and laid some audio over it for any reason - you really ought to be in awe of what Edgar Wright did. If not, you may not ever get Scott Pilgrim. In fact, you just might be a miserable person who can't enjoy a youthful expression of how awesome life is. (even though the gay stuff grew a bit feeble...)

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    If you think a Serbian Film is bad...

    by brocknroll

    ...why don't you look at Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita", which is about an older guy having a romantic relationship with an underage girl, or the movie "Birth" starring Nicole Kidman where she has a relationship with ten year old boy. Thora Birch was underage when she did her topless scene for "American Beauty". These things are nothing new folks.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    What about.....

    by lv_426

    THE EXPENDABLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    True Grit has no superfluous characters?

    by Rerun

    Are you kidding me? How can you look at the tree hanging scene and not see it as anything but pointless? They throw a bear-man and an indian into the scene for what purpose, aside from atmosphere? I know that Matt Damon's character later states that he found the cabin from the indian, but couldn't he have just as easily happened across it, as our main characters did? That scene along irked me to no end. Also, the original is just more enjoyable.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film... again...

    by Anti-fanboy

    I just watched some of this again, thinking maybe I missed something... and I'm still at a complete fucking loss as to what could possibly make this one of the year's best films. All I can think is that Harry and Drew equated the no holds barred nature of the film with greatness, somehow. Because, aesthetically, the film is flat and lifeless. Combine that with the subject matter, and, just, no fucking thanks. I might as well spend a couple hours looking at theync.com. More shock value and even less artistic merit.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    brocknroll

    by Doctor Manhattan

    seriously, you just compared a movie where a BABY is delivered and then raped to death to Thora Birch's lame nip slip. You are one f'ed up individual.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Here is my top 12 of 2010

    by JERRYHORRORLIVES

    Don't like it? Too bad. Disagree? Oh well. Online fan boys will rejoice, most will not, but here were the most awesome flicks of 2010, so suck it and make your own list. My top films of 2010 in NO order: 12.THE SOCIAL NETWORK 11.KICK-ASS ...10.PIRANHA 3-D 9.MACHETE 8.PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 7.EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP 6.THE EXPENDABLES 5.IRON MAN 2 4.HOUSE OF THE DEVIL 3.INCEPTION 2.TRON LEGACY 1. SCOTT PILGRIM VERSUS THE WORLD

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Forgive me....

    by JERRYHORRORLIVES

    For being a genre loving dork. Haters rejoice and um, get over it.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I don't understand the Scott Pilgrim love

    by grievenom

    I watched it on bluray. It was ok, nothing special, nothing great. I fail to see what many others (like Harry) are so infatuated with.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    grievenom

    by double_l88

    I agree with you on that, it is just nothing that special.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    I'll never take anything Harry says seriously ever again

    by Coughlins Laws

    I mean, come on. Scott Pilgrim? Seriously?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    At least ccchhhrrriiisssm

    by Han Job Solo

    made some valid points in his top ten. Harry however lost me early on. And I took acid liberally in the 70's. What's his excuse? With that in mind, even though it was released last year, the best movie I saw this year was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. This years releases that I saw that were better than the Pilgrim movie were: Book of Eli Kick Ass Iron Man 2 HP7 Sherlock: the BBC Series (not even a theatrical whoop dee doo) Tron Legacy How to Train Your Dragon Inception Hot Tub Time Machine I guess that's it with my swiss cheese brain and all. Pilgrim was entertaining, but best of 2010? PTA (pass the acid) Haven't seen True Grit or the Serbian Skull Fuck or Black Swan. Will see True Grit, maybe Black Swan. Fuck the Serbian Shit Bag movie in the Skull. Sometimes shitty movies are just that. Pretentious excuses to make a movie. We all know that shit exists, but we don't have to all eat it.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Harry - Seriously, you need mental help.

    by flatulence

    I just read the synopsis for A Serbian Film on wikipedia. OMFG. I think even the most hard core anti censorship person agrees that SOMEWHERE there IS a line. This CRIMINAL movie crosses it, laughing all the way. Baby raping?? Unknowingly raping your son while your brother rapes your wife?? Guy in disgrace kills his wife and child and himself, and another asshole says "start with the little one" YES, RAPE the DEAD LITTLE BOY, then his parents. Harry, you sick fuck, and you talk of having kids someday. This isn't just sick, this should be a crime to watch. This is worse than child pornography. It is violent, murderous child pornography and fuck you for saying "oh they are just showing how horrific it is, not promoting it!" BULLSHIT. It's made for commerical entertainment, this shit hasn't happened in real life, it's not a documentary showing the true horrors of baby rape. The asshole that made that committed this crime can fuck all the eye sockets he wants, but LEAVE KIDS OUT OF TORTURE FILM OR YOU DESERVE TO BE PUT IN PRISON WITH THE REST OF THE CHILD SEX OFFENDERS.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    The Wonders of Scott Pilgrim

    by Mazzer

    More and more, I'm learning to trust my instinctive reaction when I see a trailer, and not listen to the reviews (sorry Harry, that especially applies to you.)<p> I just watched Scott Pilgrim tonight and then happened upon this top ten list -- what a laugh! Perhaps those who are hooked on video games find it amazingly cool that someone would litter a film with "boom" and "splat" text like the 60s Batman show, or mimmick games with second level rounds, or "replay". So imaginitive... if you're 14 years old. <p>Underneath all this is a film with characters you don't care about, virtually no plot or feeling, and just a lot of noise. There's a reason this film sank at the box office... and you can't blame the marketing. It sucks.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Dear Harry

    by doom master

    Can you please in your next compendium STOP using LARGE FUCKING TEXT TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS? It's seriously spamming my computer with slowness and it makes me not want to read your bullshit anymore, much less come in here. Thank you. PS your choices, aside from Black Swan and True Grit, are total SHIT.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Man... i gotta see this "Serbian Film"! You had me at...

    by fettitular

    "NEWBORN BABY RAPE"

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by fettitular

    Scott Pilgrim as the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR. WOW. This one's gonna take a while to process, even knowing Harry's taste in film for the better part of 15 years...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    BS. Scott Pilgrim is just NOT that good, Harry.

    by Jaka

    Love it all you want. Only a fool would argue with you regarding something so objective as personal choice as it relates to any kind of art. So if you love Scott Pilgrim, great! More power to you. But it just ISN'T that good as far as film making goes. It DOES contain ANOTHER cardboard performance from Michael Cera. Without the inside geek jokes (that far more people than you realize didn't understand) and marginal special effects it's just another indie love story. So what makes it special? Because he fights ex-boyfriends to the death? lol Dude, it's just NOT that good. And the fact that you keep trying to push it as being so great (something you did for months before it was even released, which is quite suspect) really does take away from your credibility as a "real" film critic. Anyway, like I said, glad it does something for you on a personal level. But dude, suspect. Really, really suspect.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    From what i hear of "A Serbian Film"...

    by fettitular

    It almost sounds like those Aristocrat jokes. You guys heard those? Where the guy telling his version of the joke just comes up with the sickest, most DEPRAVED fucking shit they can to elicite laughter... Some of those are funny as FUCK. I like Bob Saget's and that retard from Girls Gone Wild... forgot his name... he was holding his baby son while he was telling the joke. Fuckin' hilarious. And my favorite being that vid that got pulled from youtube a while back that featured Beast from X-Men 3, doing the joke... HOLY FUCK that was some funny shit! If anyone still knows where to find that on the net, please do tell!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    And the award for best TALKBACKER of the year goes to...

    by fettitular

    THIS FUCKING GUY: "There has to be some limits or what's the point. I can stamp my feet and call it better music than anything Robert Johnson ever wrote, you could argue, and my only comeback would be "to me my feet sound better"? Fuck all of you. Serbian Film and Scott Pilgrim and Portman's performance? you are all retards. Fuck anyone who says "shut up, its just his opinion." Jesus fucking Christ you people piss me off. Brain dead liberal PC loving fucking jerkoffs. Fucking retards have no place in this world and I have no place ever reading this site ever again. I realize after reading Harry's Peter Pan spliced with Ed Gein and the "plus one chromosome" talkbackers that I have no business reading this shit. AICN is for the intellectually incapable." by "josejones" Holy shit! lmao This is what i've been preaching on this goddamn site for fucking YEARS!!! There is an enormous OBJECTIVE quality to art that most people deny, and it fucking pisses me off more than anyone can ever know. Except this guy. He got all bent out of shape about it, just like me... AWESOME. Generally speaking, the people that argue that it's "all opinion" have absolutely SHIT taste in film (and all art for that matter...) There is most definitely a correlation between the 2. To quote the great "JoseJones"... "FUCK ALL OF YOU."

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen made a good follow-up post to that post above...

    by fettitular

    "But that doesn't mean all opinions are equal. Some are better reasoned and thought out. The specifics of the opinion are almost irrelevant, compared to the way the opinion is expressed and the back-up for it. Think of it like the scientific method." Well fucking put, man. All opinions are most definitely NOT equal. A-fucking-MEN.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    'Newborn Porn'

    by dopepope

    ...as silly as it is, no one in Hollywood is gonna get the joke.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    So what's worse...

    by fettitular

    Harry claiming SP the best film of this year... or his District 9 pick last year? Fucking overrated, mediocre, silly fluff that D9 was... goddamn that movie pissed me off. 2009 and 2010 have to obtain the largest quantity of overrated films, EVER: Star Trek District 9 Tropic Thunder Inglourious Basterds The Dark Knight The Hangover Drag Me To Hell Moon The Hurt Locker The Blind Side Dead Snow Sherlock Holmes Catfish Kick-Ass Shutter Island Black Swan The Social Network (to some degree...) True Grit (also, to some degree...) Good GOD. I'd also thrown in Scotty Pilgrim and A Serbian Film, from what i gather from both, not having seen either one at this point... Underrated films of the past 2 years: Observe and Report Crank 2 The Goods Gamer The Collector 9 Adventureland Law Abiding Citizen Up in the Air The Last Exorcism Machete Monsters Not saying all those "underrated" are amazing examples of film-making... but certainly a hell of a lot more enjoyable than the overrated tripe... They weren't exactly aiming for high art, but they were nearly perfect for what they were. On the other hand, the OVERRATED films i mentioned tried, very hard in fact, to be masterpieces, and they all failed, some miserably...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    and lmao @ the queers who said they've seen Pilgrim 20 times!

    by fettitular

    Seriously, guys? 20 fucking times?? I don't believe that shit for a second... although knowing the kind of person who typically posts here, that's not too suprising actually. Man, i don't think i've seen a movie 20 times... ANY movie for that matter, since i was fucking 12.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    My top FIVE list.

    by fettitular

    Only saw 30 films this year and i most definitely did not see 10 great films. Not even close. So here's my top 5: 1. Inception (Not a perfect film, but in this year of epic dissapointments it is most definitely the top film. Big ideas, lots to digest... great execution in terms of acting, editing, pacing, cinematography, etc... A note-perfect ending/final shot. Fucking AWESOME score by Hanz... what's not to like?) 2. Monsters (Underdog pick. Fucking loved it. Perfect tone/atmosphere/ambiance, minimal and realistic dialogue, good performances from a couple of unknowns... and amazing effects considering the budget. Along with a nice score and fantastic cinematography... beautiful film) 3. The Town (Solid film all around with a stellar cast - fuckin Pete Postleelelthwwait! Affleck's confident direction and fluid pacing helped make it a top film contender. However, the relatively simple script and weak ending - a little too neat and tidy for my liking... keep it at #3) 4. True Grit (Quality flick - great performances all around - especially from "The Dude" and the little girl making her feature film debut... Matt Damon in one of his best roles, and Barry Pepper was fantastic with his minimal screen time. However, like The Town, it suffers from a weak 3rd act with too much reliance on coincidences and contrivancies...) 5. The Social Network (Solid, albeit overrated film. Great acting all around - especially from our new Spidey, Mr. Garfield... Great direction and cinematography and a fine score by Trent Reznor. But ultimately a little too derivative and cliche, and lacking any emotional or psychological depth, it fails to make a strong connection with the viewer...) Overall, like last year, a very weak year for film. And don't even get me started on Black Swan... lol Fingers crossed for 2011 :-)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    continued...

    by fettitular

    I have missed quite a few movies this year, so my list is definitely not complete at this time... Some noteable films i have yet to see: The White Ribbon Creation How To Train Your Dragon Toy Story 3 The Killer Inside Me Valhalla Rising Enter the Void Buried 127 Hours The King's Speech Unstoppable Harry Potter Blue Valentine Rabbit Hole Rubber The Troll Hunter Therefore, my list could definitely change, or simply become a complete top 10 list at the very least once i've seen these films. I think that just about covers it...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    And now... for the WORST of the year.

    by fettitular

    Predators and Catfish are tied for the worst film of the year. I'd probably lean towards Predators. Catfish just pissed me off more as i expected much more from it... Other honorable mentions would be Youth in Revolt, Edge of Darkness, and Daybreakers. Again, there are plenty of terrible films that i intentionally skipped, i.e. clash of the titans, jonah hex, prince of persia, when in rome, the wolfman, nightmare on elm street, saw vii, skyline, last airbender, etc... so those are just the worst that i have actually seen. Biggest dissapointment? Too many to list! Kick-Ass Shutter Island Predators Catfish Robin Hood Hot Tub Time Machine Black Swan Tron: Legacy To pick a winner on that list would be a tough chore... lol

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Films i'm looking forward to the most in 2011...

    by fettitular

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    fettitular, I disagree A LOT, but on Youth In Revolt...

    by Jaka

    ...giant high five! Holy fuck that movie lives in a dark sweaty space for all eternity. Fucking awful. Probably didn't help that I'd given Michael Cera another try in that shortly before I saw Scott Pilgrim. Because Scott Pilgrim, as far as I could tell, was the same wooden character (even the alter ego) from Youth In Revolt. Man, just thinking about it again... I really hated that movie.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Fucking hit "enter"...

    by fettitular

    The Troll Hunter (Badass teaser. Effects look fuckin' wicked) Hobo with a Shotgun (Fucking awesome ridiculocity) The Alien Prequel - Paradise? (crossing fingers for this one... fucking lindelof...) Battle: Los Angeles (what a fucking teaser. Johann Johannsson baby!) Rubber (Robert the tire, FTW!) The Beaver (Crazy-ass plot and crazy-ass Mel! What's not to like??) Hannah (Fuck you Hitgirl! This bitch will TEAR YOUR SHIT UP) The Tree of Life (Beautiful teaser, visuals and music were perfect) X-Men: First Class (what a cast/script/production team they're putting together!) Super 8 ("Spielberg-esque". 'Nuff said...) Water for Elephants (great music in the trailer and i love Francis Lawrence's visual style...) The Adventures of Tintin (just 'cause i love me some spielberg... haven't a damn clue what the fuck it's about though)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    LMFAO!!

    by fettitular

    Harry to TURD: "That said, libelous comments get banned. So, goodbye you piece of shit!" Best thing Harry has ever done. PERIOD. Good riddance you silly, prequel loving, Mod-bating WANKER, you!! Hahaha Cheers to you for that Harry! Forget what i said about your opinions on Scott Pilgrim and film in general! ;-)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Forgot Hot Tub Time Machine on my list for most overrated...

    by fettitular

    Fuck that movie. Right up it's self-aware, UNFUNNY ASS.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Industry Killer made the SECOND best post in this TB...

    by fettitular

    "Now Social Network is a better film than Crash, but the two are similarly overrated. Social Network is all procedure and no soul, and I'm not missing something there, it just has no emotional heft. It's astonishingly then this happened....then this happened....which led this to happen.....then he did this. Peter Travers "movie that defines a decade" comment I honestly think should get him fired. There is zero social commentary in the film and the only reason anyone thinks there is is because Facebooks happens to be the company the main character creates. To say nothing of the fact that you could replace Facebook with Enron or the Slinky and still have the EXACT same movie. I would rail on about thinking Eisenberg taking the award but its Harry and the guy just has classically awful fucking taste." Fuckin' A, man! My thoughts exactly...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Also, the most overrated PERFORMANCE of the year goes to...

    by fettitular

    Natalie Portman. I think she's still cute as a fucking button, but... HELL NO. Not even close to the performance of the year. Hell, the debut from Hailee Steinfeld runs fucking LAPS around Nat... Shit, natalie wasn't even the best actress in HER OWN FUCKING FILM! That's right, Mila Kunis outshined The Port. No fucking joke. I was absolutely shocked to see that Mila could actually fucking act. Bravo, Mila, bravo! People seem to be mistakening Nat's quiet, hushed, tearful performance as... "deep", or something... Her performance, much like the film itself, was entirely shallow. This so called "depth" is simply an illusion. Aranofsky = HACK. Still love "Pi" though!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Haha... high five back at ya Jaka!

    by fettitular

    I was shocked at how much i ended up hating Youth in Revolt. I'm not sure if i even laughed ONCE. If i did, it was because of the crazy fucking genius, Zach Galifianakis. Fucking Michael Cera is just plain old annoying at this point... Only thing i liked him in so far has been Superbad (although i certainly don't "love" that film in any way, shape, or form...) That's the main reason i skipped, Scotty Pilgrim too. His 15 minutes are most definitely over.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    MAN, nice fucking post there Nico Laos!

    by fettitular

    Lots to digest there... I have had similar reactions to Natalie's comments in the media. Some very questionable things she has said... And as far as her acting ability, i too would put her in the overrated camp. The Professional is still her best performance, without a doubt. Totally agreed on Aranofsky getting amazing performances out of his actors: The Wrestler, Requiem, Pi... No doubt about it! He just just leave the screenwriting to a... um, professional. And his camera work/cinematography is overrated just like his film's in general. Pretty simplistic actually. Lot's of "behind the fucker's HEAD" shots... Fuckin' killed The Wrestler for me.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Just thought of another underrated film from '09...

    by fettitular

    Kung Fu Panda. I can't believe i'm typing that... i was practically DRAGGED to go see it in the theatre. Thought i was about to see the worst film of the year... And i fucking LOVED IT! And i generally cannot stand Jack goddamn Black. What a piece of film-making that flick is! Beautiful... Beautiful visually, thematically, the score, etc... Kung Fu Panda was my biggest pleasant suprise from '09. Sadly, i don't have one this year so far... God, i guess Machete would be the one this year, if i had to settle on one lol Fun ass flick that was! Got more shit than it deserved, for sure...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    lol @ "fat_rancor_keeper"

    by fettitular

    Love the handle. Seen you around before but never interacted with you, or gave props to your name. I had the fucking toy when i was a wee lad. That's how much of a Star Wars freak i was... I actually owned the fucking RANCOR KEEPER action figure. With his removable "hat" thing, and his big ass pot-belly and shit. Heh...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    3rd best post of this TB:

    by fettitular

    kingofmilwaukee said: "Portman's sexiness peaked before she was even legal. Fact." lmao So true. And isn't that true in a lot of cases?? See Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Alba, Jessica Beil, Phoebe Cates, Jessica Pare, Thora Birch, Jennifer Connelly (still pretty beautiful into her adult years, but BOOB REDUCTION... WTF?!?), Uma Thurman, Wynona Rider, Anne Hathaway, Kelly Preston, Leelee Sobieski, Katherine Heigl, Lacey Chabert, and Raven Symone. That last one was a joke, by the way.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Man, this thread fucking DIED right before i started posting...

    by fettitular

    Bummer. Me wants to talk films and stuffs :***(

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Apologies for the abundance of posts here...

    by fettitular

    But there was a lot to talk about and react to. This may end up being one of the biggest TB's of the year. Had to get it all out ;-)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    "Jeezus, you post more than anyone."

    by fettitular

    Ain't gonna argue with that, Drain... lol That's not a bad thing though, right? I just got a lot to say, that's all... And actually, i think in terms of NUMBER of posts, YOU do. Keep in mind, that's "quantity", not "quality"... ;-) I don't post very often, but when i do, i make it COUNT.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Speaking of which, and slightly off topic...

    by fettitular

    Where the fuck is Telemarketer? I need my fuckin' Telemarketer fix...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Score!

    by fettitular

    Fuckin' "Poker After Dark" is on. I love this shit...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    WOW

    by fettitular

    The host is a hottie, too! Score and SCORE.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    You dumbasses never cease to amaze me...

    by SuperSaiyan2112

    Harry devoted a nice chunk of paragraphs to explain his pick of Scott Pilgrim to a personal choice??? "PERSONAL" choice. He shouldn't have to be called out on that. It's a fine film and I whole-heartingly agree with his choice.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    "It's a fine film and I whole-heartingly agree with his choice."

    by fettitular

    Turn in your MAN card now, foo!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Scott fucking Pilgrim?!?

    by Stalkeye

    Fuck, I'll give the nod to Kick-Ass instead.But fuck it to each his own i guess as most of Harry's picks are not what I would choose as best of 2010. The Fighter was good but overrated, Black Swan cured my insomnia however, my wife loved it.I did howver liked The Social network and I would give that film the edge over Black Swan. Serbian Film? Really?!? from what I heard, it involved a baby raping scene. ergo, instant AVOID.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    aronfski's PI

    by emeraldboy

    gave me a headache when I saw it and me feel sick to the point that i couldnt watch the movie after a while.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    They're still playing your quote that "True Grit"...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...is the single best film of 2010. Seriously, Harry.... Have you thought about what this means?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    INconCEIVABLE!

    by LargoJr

    Had to be said. In any case, there are easily a dozen films I saw this year that were hands down better then 'Scott Pilgrim: Watch me be a whiny douche' I've pretty much given up on this site for legitimate reviews on anything for the industry, and now come back for the occasional self indulgent tidbit. Sometimes you guys post some seriously funny shit, and I suppose that's why I keep coming back.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    A Princess Bride shout-out is always welcome...

    by fettitular

    I do also appreciate your subtitle for SP... Well done, sir.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    i fully support that #1

    by brightgeist

    SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD was definitely my own favorite of 2010, too. closely followed by KICK-ASS, TOY STORY 3, TRON: LEGACY, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and DESPICABLE ME. i'll count THE GREEN HORNET for 2011, although we saw it in 2010 ;)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Fareal...

    by fettitular

    That's nice and all... But do you really have to SPAM that all over every talkback?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    fettitular slow day huh?

    by jack black

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' A, man.

    by fettitular

    Way too slow...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Bill Erwin obit?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I thought I'd give it a few days. It's the new year. We got Ann Francis. Where the hell is the Bill Erwin obit? If you don't know the name, you know the face. This great character actor has been in everything. He lived every geeks dream by being in a movie with JCVD. Everyone oohs and aaahs over his appearance on Seinfeld. I never cared for that show or saw the episode. His career peak was starring with Christopher Reeve, Christopher Plummer, and Jane Seymour in Somehwere in Time. That's a movie. Although I guess technically he wasn't in the movie with Plummer and Seymour.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim has a very immature view of love.

    by knowthyself

    First he dates a girl younger than him only to take advantage of her emotions. Than he falls in love with a girl he barely knows, who doesn't even seem likeable, and fights seven guys for the priviledge of dating her. First of all she broke all their hearts. Doesn't appear to me that she's all that great a person or a girlfriend for that matter. Seems like the real good guys in this story are the seven evil ex-boyfriends. They are warning Scott about dating this purple haired bitch. So already you've got two unlikeable protagonists and a goal that makes no sense to the viewer. This is already a formula for "all flash no substance," because apparently the 80's video game references are supposed to make up for this complete lack of natural story telling ability. If you fall in love with a girl simply because she has purple hair, well you've got some growing up to do. Seems harry just has a really immature view of love and I really hate to see what happens to him when his marriage hits those rough spots. Will he retreat into fantasy land or deal with problems as two adults?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    So harry thinks that the reactions to serbian film are "absurd."

    by knowthyself

    Let me get this straight; you're saying that people don't have a right to react to (SPOILER ALERT)a father being tricked into raping his own son? Are you kidding me? This is supposed to be a "brilliant" film that people are "overreacting" to? Your complete lack of empathy on this really bothers me. My assessment of your lack of maturity in love seems to fit the bill. If the sight of a man raping a new born or a father who unknowingly butt fucks his own son doesn't deserve a reaction than we're all fucked as a species.

  • I didn't knew that THREE KINGS was considered an obscure abstract inpenetrable art-house movie. I though the movie was pretty acessible and mainstream-friendly.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    That Harry doesn't mention INCEPTION...

    by AsimovLives

    ... makes this list to be made of epic fail. I mean, to prefer SCOTT PILGRIM over INCEPTION? Madness!! Realy, i can't understand Harry's problem with INCEPTION. But then again, he loved ABRAMS SHIT TREK.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    "harry just has a really immature view of love"

    by AsimovLives

    Nooo, really? Could this be why he prefers a teen-love fiest like SCOTT PILGRIM above the much more mature love story found in INCEPTION? Could this be? God forbid a movie has a love story element that looks like it was made by an adult for adults.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    "New Born Porn."

    by knowthyself

    Now if you begin to feel an intense and crushing feeling of terror at the concept, don't be alarmed. That indicates only that you are still sane.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Favorite films of 2010 because they are

    by James_Camera_On

    1) Inception (Makes you think. Makes you really think. I like thinking, don't you?) 2) Despicable Me (brilliant at all levels, also the best fictional homage to the Apollo project ever done) 3) Toy Story 3 (Great political satire and it will make you cry.) 4) Never Let Me Go (Great social satire and it will make you cry.) 5) Kick Ass (anyone remember it? But it was still very cool) 6) That German Mountain Climbing movie which was ruined by a stupid girl-power pc ending. Enough said.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    HARRY Something needs to be addressed here!!!!!

    by TylerDurdenUK

    Fair enough I agree that Scott Pilgrim was cool and who cares what anyone else thinks....................................... but to not even MENTION Inception and Toy Story 3 means one of two things - Either Harry you rushed this and in which case forgot = which means you're losing the plot ...........................or you didnt even rate them..............................in which case YOU ARE LOSING THE PLOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally agree with most of the choices but Jesus man get your head straight, obviously my opinion is that I absolutely loved Inception!! Toy Story 3 was great too, but fair enough its not about my opinion and putting Scott Pilgrim at the top is admirable, fair play, it rocked!!!!! But you cant get away with that Knowles, you HAVE to mention Inception, even if to explain why you didnt put it in the top ten dude. Peace

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    is harry knowles

    by emeraldboy

    going blind? if so whats with all the color coding the text. and whats with the jumbo text? this site is really dumbing down. if it hasnt dumbed down enough already.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Decent list

    by elsachmo

    I'm shocked that Toy Story 3 wasn't on the list, but still have to agree with the Scott Pilgrim pick. He's not the only film critic to think so either, and I think that if you are a student of film, you see much more there than most. My film Professors, some of which didn't like the film that much, still could not stop going on about the amazing piece of craft it was though. Social Network was not that big of a deal, certainly nothing new or original, and was the worst kind of movie: the kind where they take a true story and completely twist it to make it more soap opera-like. Now we'll have a million idiots running around thinking they know the story of how Facebook formed because of the lies and deceptions of this film. It was just lame. The true story would have been plenty exciting enough. True Grit was great, but as someone who has seen a lot of westerns, it was certainly nothing that hasn't been seen 100 times before. Good acting and enjoyable, but not that big of a deal if you've seen more than a few movies.

  • So said your review Mr. Knowles.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    where is...

    by emeraldboy

    the kings speech? the film that nobody saw coming. and is the most talked about film of the year.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by Ken

    Nice to finally be in nearly exact agreement with Harry on something after what seems like a decade of following this site. Scott Pilgrim is a nearly perfect film for what it's trying to accomplish, admittedly not all that terribly much and, along with True Grit and Social Network it's among my favorite movies of the year. The first time I saw Pilgrim in the theater, I mildly disliked it, but caught it again on cable on demand and was hooked. Without being subtle in any meaningful way, the movie is still richly layered with all sorts of humor and clever detail and the result of getting to know the movie intimately through seeing it 4 or 5 times is that it gets elevated to the level of the most sublime and original romantic comedies I've ever seen. It's a bittersweet "Roman Holiday" of a near masterpiece.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    fettitular

    by nico_laos

    Thanks for noticing. After I wrote all of that I said, "Fuck. No one's going to see this. People are too busy flipping out over Scott Pilgrim."

  • So sez Neal Gabler in the Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/01/06/the_end_of_cultural_elitism/

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Howard Shore's music in the fly is so great on

    by UltraTron

    blu. And I just love the sound effects of old movies like that. All clanky. Scott Pilgrim is infinitely better than the shit locker or bollywood or crash or anything that usually wins. But is it better than True Grit? Well grit punched me in the stomach with it's ending. I was cheering and applauding through most of Pilgrim. Each to his own I guess

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I obviously have to hand in my geek card...

    by ninpobugei

    ...because the movies us "geeks" are supposed to like are, for lack of a better word, just crap! <p> SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD was just a silly kids movie. Sorry. The lead is too androgynous and...well...just not very funny. More annoying than anything. I only sat through the whole movie out of morbid curiosity. Plus, it just didn't move me. It was a shallow, flash-over-substance popcorn flick for the videogame generation. <p> I've seen better films this year...THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - since you mentioned it - actually sticks out as FAR superior (though not perfect). <p> And for the record, I'm also going to be 40 this year (yikes!). <p> Personally, I'm holding out hope for the next two summers as I'm a huge comic-book geek...and we have at least 8 superhero movies headed our way... <p> GREEN LANTERN<p> THOR<p> FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA<p> X-MEN: FIRST CLASS<p> THE AVENGERS<p> SPIDERMAN reboot<p> THE MAN OF STEEL (Superman reboot)<p> THE DARK KNIGHT RISES<p> as well as (potentially)...<p> CAPTAIN MARVEL/SHAZAM<p> DEMON RIDER reboot<p> SUPER MAX (Green Arrow)<p> DEADPOOL<p> DR. STRANGE<p> POWER MAN/IRON FIST<p>

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I read bossay ton globe article...

    by emeraldboy

    So here is my response... Britiain and Ireland gave the world many wonderful cultural icons through film, music, tv and stage and the Us has done the same. As of 2010 what has britain given the world. X-factor and pop idol, britains got talent and all thought up by simon cowell. Louis walsh by being on these shows gave the world girls allowed. who are now defunct. people are inherently stupid. louis and simon know this. they foisted jedward upon british and irish people. jedward released an album in which they slaughtered teenage kicks by the undertones and say it aint so by blink 182. people who come on to this site are also thick. some of them are. they think that reviewing films means saying stuff like it sucks, it bombs whatever. harry has set up a website where people actually dont like films. Harry hates the industry. harry hates the film business. all of his review are ambivalent. He didnt bother reviewing inception becuase he possibly didnt really like chris nolan these days and he raves about the little guy. but chris nolan is possibly too big for harry these days. He is the most commericially successful brit director in hollywood. Harry hates big corporations like movie studios. He hates pixar for that reason. which is why there was no obit for roy disney, who uncle walt was a tyrannical despot but whose cultural legacy to the us and beyond was immense. In his list of his fave films of the year, there is one film missing The expendables. Inception and this film came out around about the same time. Expendables was biggest grossing film of the summer and was as dumb a piece of filmmaking as I have seen. with no real plot, just an excuse for stallone to blow shit up. Harry really liked that film. He hated inception. and delayed his review and said that he went to the toilet during the movie. I will finished this post by saying will we get a review of the kings speech? This has real class. a great cast. and looks fantastic. but harry will possibly hated. or post an ambivalent review where we say wether he will like it not. to all a very good night from dublin, ireland

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    No King's Speech = Travesty

    by Err

    King's Speech was easily better than Scott Pilgrim in every conceivable way.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    My three favorite films and the three best movies of 2010

    by boardbrtn

    Favorite 1. Inception 2. Toy Story 3 3.Black Swan Best 1. Inception 2. Social Network 3. Toy Story 3 See the difference?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by Kakii

    I do agree it should be up to the viewer to decide if they watch this or not, personally I reccomend you dont. It is a very good and well made film, I love to be shocked etc like with Grotesque and Human Centipede, but the final sexual scene destroyed my soul. It was too much and I had to watch Voyage of the Dawn Treader after to try and get it out of my head, in fact I wished I hadnt watched it at all! I advise reading the plot on Wikipedia before deciding to watch or not. Overall though a good list, althoug personally I would have had Black Swan and Kick-Ass in the number 1 & 2 positions.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    This is Bull, Harry already said 'True Grit' was best of the year

    by mistergreen

    And then he throws 'Scott' into it.... What a troll.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Why Harry Knowles didn't put INCEPTION in his Top Ten.

    by Subtitles_Off

    1. He forgot to. Which says, it probably wasn't one of his top ten after all, because, he, you know, FORGOT ABOUT IT. 2. He doesn't think it was one of the ten best films of the year, and it's his list. 3. He loved Toy Story 3, equally, splitting their votes with himself, thereby allowing others to sneak in ahead of both of them. I walked out of it half-way through because it was talky, nonsensical, stupid crap, so I'm thinking #2.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    I just fucking watched A Serbian Film

    by nico_laos

    And I hate the fact that it even exists. I want it gone, banned, removed from my memory ... but the word has already spread. People are going to seek this out because they've heard "It's the most fucked up movie ever! lolz" But that's just it. It's not 'fucked up'. It's not 'disturbing'. 'Fucked up' and 'disturbing' are films that don't bother me. A Serbian Film is so far beyond 'disturbing' that it cannot even be classified as such. It's in a whole 'nother fucking ballpark. A reviewer over at Bloody Disgusting wrote, "If my warnings against this film makes you want to see it even more, then you're not paying attention. A Serbian Film isn't a movie you want to see. You only think you do." Of course, I didn't believe him and had to find out on my own. Now, I don't know what Harry's deal is. I really hope what he wrote about the film on his list is a joke. I mean ... he said it reflects The Hangover. What? Is he so out of touch with reality that comedy and snuff are one and the same? As a long time reader of this site, Harry's perverseness has long been established, and comes across as mostly harmless. But now I'm really starting to wonder. Growing up an obese ginger nerd had to have invited scores of the wrong kind of attention. Maybe his undersexed libido coupled with his need to spend far too much time in a fictional reality (movies) has created some sort of cocktail of misplaced emotions and moral detachment. But whatever ... I'm not his fucking therapist. But he really needs to think about what he considers 'one of his favorite films of 2010'. Newborn porn? Ass-raped children? This is what we should run out to see? I don't give a shit that you know it's not real. Is that any reason to get excited over it? Fuck, dude. Before watching the movie, I brushed up on the last few decades of Serbian history. The mass raping, in particular, made my stomach turn. Women held prisoner in entire towns as military forces raped them daily ... on a regular schedule. It only brought up memories of other atrocities I've read about. From sex tourism in Asia, to the psychological-warfare-rape in Africa, to the horrific photographs of the Nanking Massacre ... there is something really terrible inside people. And the true horror about watching A Serbian Film is that you know that somewhere this shit is real. If sick fucks can think it ... even sicker fucks will act it out. So if you want to see A Serbian Film, be prepared to have your libido destroyed (you better hope it doesn't turn you on) and your soul dimmed. Right now I think that one day I'd like to find a simple and plain woman ... carry on a relationship for several months before even thinking about sex ... then maybe decide to spend the rest of my life having boring sex with same simple and plain woman. It's about the lamest and squarest thing a young healthy man could ever think of considering, and that's exactly why I suddenly find it so appealing. There's more to life than the testosterone running through my veins. A Serbian Film may make you want to run to a monastery, take a vow of celibacy, then meditate yourself in oblivion. It's really terrifying what people are even capable of thinking. Fuck this movie. n|m o_o n|m

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    This is list

    by clupula

    As I said before, I wasn't bothered by the content of A Serbian Film, but the fact that there's no context to what's in it. It's just a collection of fucked up scenes with a very loose "plot" stuck in there to get from one fucked-up scene to the next. I don't think people should judge it without seeing it, but as someone who has seen it, it is NOT a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. I'd expect to see it on the top 10 list of a 16 year old who thinks "fucked-up" means "cool," not a grown man. As for Scott Pilgrim, I liked it, even if I hate Michael Cera. In fact, I hated him and I hated his character and I hated Ramona (the girl he was trying to get). Scott is a douchebag in this movie. Knives is a great girlfriend to him and yet he would rather have someone who doesn't even know he exists, with all that extra baggage. I was never rooting for him at any point in the film. That said, I play a lot of videogames and I got all the jokes and I thought the vegan ex-boyfriend was great. Still, this is a movie that will not age well. It's a movie made for the young people of this particular decade. Twenty years from now, teenagers will see Scott Pilgrim and cringe at what their parents thought was funny. And they'll probably also wonder why Scott has a thing for Ramona when she obviously doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    My kingdom

    by clupula

    for an edit button. "This is list?!?" What the fuck?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim? That shallow postmodern shit? really?

    by FleshMachine

    ok

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    toy story 3 was predictable and manipulative

    by FleshMachine

    no originality like 1, not as fun as 2..i dont get it..it was ok..but best picture??

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I agree and disagree with you..

    by emeraldboy

    fleshmachine on ts3. manipulative not so sure about that. I agree on your other points though.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I trained my dragon during TOY STORY 3...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...and I liked it more.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Choppah, you'll go blind.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    watched a serbian film yesterday

    by jon pertwee

    <p>and while i feel it may very well be one of the best foreign language films i saw in 2010, it is one i could never openly recommend people see. there are times watching it you have to wonder if what you are seeing is real or very good makeup and effects.</p> <p>as for people's disgust with the subject matter and the various scenes within, would their reaction be different if the protagonist wore a trilby, striped sweater and had knives sticking out of their hands?</p>

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Too late, Subtitles. I type on a braille keyboard...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...while watching movies through high-powered binoculars strapped to my head.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure i'm 'reading' Scott Pilgrim

    by Smack_Teddy

    properly. All the criticism towards the movie, apart from being bad on a technical filmmaking level, pretty much represents all the things i find very funny & knowing that the film depicts...its far too easy to dress up young people often as just innocent vessels waiting to go out into the world and be corrupted, but it seems to agnowledge from the start we are all crafty self-centered apes that get altruistic because we have to & we reach for feeling experience, thought, growing out of that onwards... your not supposed to agree with Shallow choices of scott etc, are you!?.... you are supposed to find the whole idea of girl/guy friends being trophies and the only way to get by in life and acheive what you want or take what you want/need is to give someone a beat down and rightly so because they only would you & your a cunt & a lightweight narcasistic & immature & morally/ethically bankrupt right, regardless of scoring the gold coins? Your supposed to be chuckling at the fact were all apparantly locked into a ideological-cultural not-so-latent-effective framework-constuct like 'The Signal', and we all move or make choice and action accordingly to the sound or toll of this bell, this false Yahweh like reality, till we grow up or evolve or have a Lynch-ending like epithany and breakthrough at the end, right? Pilgrim & his people or generation at this point in their lives still have a way to go by the end of the film etc...rright?<p>Now i feel terrible because if your supposed to agree or be on board with all these things people call on the movie then i can't help but agree in that respect...<p>...jeez man this is like Shutter Island 1) the twist isnt really the movie 2) The lady in the cave is REALLY on to something, you can't trust whats revealed to Teddy, anagrams be damned, theres every chance your simply watching a broken-resculpted mind being tricked or led into the intended reveal, which is the aim of the island experiments, or its supposed to be heavily implied from motherlovers reveal it just as credible that there is a agenda to messing around with peoples brains/memories/perceptions, as the idea of Teddy being nuts & creating elaborate fantasies himself, and it ends on a beautiful, vague yet heavily implied tragedy of an individuals self-outward damage-destructive nature, against that a organised institution or social group that represents the ideological & authoritative precident in this sense...something really important or relevant about modern post-1984 times to say... no?...its just Teddy was crazy and the twist absolutely should be taken at face value and nothing more?....you should think about that next time your Case Officer wants to to chug some new ant-whatevers with no known long term side effects just because he wants to help your crazy brain that only checked in to find out why it couldnt sleep properly before they all found out its because your crazy? And, while your at it, like waterboarding, reconsider that maybe that electro-shock therapy was all for the good of it back then?...!?....oh... <p> Well, at least this is not like Inception, where its clear to me at least in some kind of super-objective shared sense what the movie is really about or getting at.<p> But like Shutter Island, i can't help experiencing Scott Pilgrim the way i describe, and think its great on this level...i hope im not trashing every reason there is supposed to be to ACTUALLY like it....

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    ".....& your a cunt & a lightweight ......

    by Smack_Teddy

    if you cant deal with that, to be narcasistic...." is what i meant to say sorry

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    "& your a cunt & a lightweight

    by Smack_Teddy

    if you cant deal with that, to be narcasistic...." is what i meant to say sorry

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    wow.....scott pilgrim...best of 2010? wow

    by erikzod

    I couldn't really get down with Pilgrim. My top 5: 1.Inception 2. Black Swan 3. Harry Potter 7 4. Tron Legacy 5. Runaways. I still haven't seen many of the films including True Grit

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    fettitular

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    nice 2 meet ya. I had the toy too and remember it well......lol.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    anyone who wants to see serbian film

    by birdy birdman

    can download it, it leaked ages ago. non-comprehension of screener leaks must account for at least 75 percent of harry's inflated sense of cinematic superiority

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim??? You're smok'n crack

    by bames_jond

    I wouldn't even put this anywhere near a top 10 list of films. It was all pastiche. Style over substance. The film is a video game, structured like one, repetitive like one -and a very empty one at that. It doesn't capture any of the psyche of the generation it represents except for the surface. With the exception of a few clever visuals (that are used far too often) this film could be used to cure insomniacs or teach a ham-fisted course in postmodernism. Very boring stuff, indeed.

  • Which turned out to be one of the best movies I'd ever seen. So I trusted him on A Serbian Film. Now? Jesus, Knowles, what'd you recommend this to us for?!? I think it's a well-made movie, actually, as far as the acting and cinematography and direction are concerned ... but, holy hell, man--apart from shock value, that story has zero merit. And this from me--a guy who loves and adores The Human Centipede! What's funny is that now I don't even feel right about putting the 'Pede on my own Top Ten list. I just feel dirty, and I envy anyone with the sense to turn away. If I could cue the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark here, I would. Only damnation and face-melting results in looking into that nightmare. But I heard such things, and I watched anyway. Why? Probably because Drew, Harry, and the guy at Film Threat said it transcended its material. Lies. This is 100% torture porn. Well-made torture porn, but torture porn nonetheless. Anyone arguing otherwise is absurd.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    I meant that Bronson was one of the best films I'd ever seen

    by emu47

    Serbian Film definitely not.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Sex and the City 2 is more disgusting than Human Centipede

    by emu47

    ... But A Serbian Film is more disgusting than Sex and the City 2. And I didn't think that was possible.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Wow, 2012 MUST Be The End Because I Agree W/Harry's #1

    by www.valiens.com

    "Scott Pilgrim" is absofuckinglutely the movie of the year. I wish it would be up for Best Pic, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Effects, and Best Editing. Probably it will be up for Best Jack & Shit. This movie is jaw-dropping genius from curtain to curtain. The script is hysterical, the art direction is amazing, the cast is mostly stellar--It's one of those movies that you wonder how the fuck ANYONE could put that together coherently. Part of me wonders if they didn't. Perhaps the human eye and the viewers' movie/pop culture sensibilities filled in the blanks while watching it. Whatever the case, there hasn't been a movie this now-for-something-completely-different ambitious that nailed it on every level since... I'll say it... "JFK."

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Inception: A Beautiful Bore

    by www.valiens.com

    A gorgeous film that--fuck the pun--put me to sleep. Hey, I know: Why not have dense blocks of dialogue telling us what you're going to do instead of doing it for about an hour like we're all dumb assholes who won't get the weaving of levels of consciousness? Jesus, with that shit. And someone who's a fan tell me who you were routing for. Was it the corporate dupe or the corporate shill? Seriously? A movie about one corporation stealing power from another--and I'm supposed to give an ass? I don't. I don't give an ass. "Inception" blows.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Throwin' my hat in the ring.

    by Daniel Beaubourg

    Sup bros, just signed up today because of this very same topic. Here's my opinion of his list, particularly Scott Pilgrim & A Serbian Film. First off, I really liked SP. I feel like it's a fun film, and that's all it really tries to be. Would I put it at #1? Not really. Perhaps for special effects, but not as an overall film. But seriously, I don't see what's up with all the incredible loathing for the film. I'm fairly sure that a good amount of people who comment saying negative things about it are taking it way too seriously. Guys, calm your raging e-pen0rz down. You're not impressing anyone by calling Scott Pilgrim blatant hipster trash. About A Serbian Film, I'm honestly interested in seeing this film. Accuse me of being sick, a pervert, or waste of human flesh (Although I'm fairly sure those who troll AICN talkbacks don't have much of a right to judge), but it seems like an interesting film. I watch movies to be immersed into a whole new experience, and Serbian Film seems to tell a story that no one has had the guts to tell. Having a movie as sexually explicit as Serbian Film seems to be an entertaining departure from the pious Puritan society we see so often. Welp, that's my two cents. Flame away, boys.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    your boring mother blows

    by Smack_Teddy

    your bored dad before making you; thats the problem, not Inceptions plot or dialogue.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    "screener leaks must account for at least 75 percent

    by Smack_Teddy

    of harry's inflated sense of cinematic superiority"<p> That or not judging a films quality properly from a screener copy i guess

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Not so "Great Scott"

    by Stalkeye

    Despite the various references of Geek Culture which consists of Videogames, Superheroesque fight scenes and Anime which i am a fan of, the story ultimetly falls flat on it's ass. However, I do acknowlege the effort that was made during this retelling of Boy meets Girl flick. The music from Scott's band, Sex Bomb is reminicent of the early punk material (The Damned, often comes to mind.) and the cameos from certain comic thespians were appreciated, i mean how often would you see Superman,(Routh) Captainn America (Evans) The Punisher (Jane) and Wolverine (Jackman) in one film? Like I said previously, this film is more about kinetic flash over substance and i expected better from Wright, that said, he has a knack for action sequences but the story and some of the dialog kills this movie from being anywhere near the top 10. Ramona is kinda hot.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Last word on Serbian Film.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    I'll leave it to the good Mark Kermode, the UK's finest film reviewer - and a longtime champion of horror, connoisseur of exploitation... Basically a very cinema-educated erudite critic steeped in more movie knowledge than many of us. Quite rightly, he sees completely through A Serbian Film, past any purported allegory, and points out what it is: Exploitation. Fuck Harry and everyone for championing this movie. People who buy the crap the makers say about it, and are actually - despite their assertions of superiority over the ones who "don't understand it" - too stupid to recognise that whatever ham-fisted knuckleheaded commentary the makers insist they were going for are entirely secondary to putting the sickest, most vile misanthropic images up there on the screen. I fucking HATED this flick - but not as much as I hate the pseudo-wannabe-intellectual legitimising of it. Please everyone listen to this, Kermode fucking nails it. He always does. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLiwki7-dSE

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Best Film does not mean Your Favorite Film

    by jamesonian

    There's an enormous difference between saying a film is THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR and saying that it's MY FAVORITE FILM OF THE YEAR. The line has blurred for you, Harry. Time for a vacation to clear your head a bit before you start your 2011 list. Regain your critical perspective before you offer additional reviews.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    And SORT THE FUCKING SITE OUT!

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    It crashes Google Chrome, the Talkback system has become needlessly annoying. When you were touting a complete overhaul I thought there was a chance you'd be dragging it into at least 2001. If that Talkbacks suck, there's really no reason for anyone to come here anymore, and that would be a shame. And whilst I'm on a rant, Harry - please, please, I beseech you! STOP using the word "giggle" as some kind of punctuation. On here, on your Twitter updates... A 40 year old man shouldn't write like a 15 year old girl. And "giggle" is the same as "LOL"... in that no one has ever actually giggled when they write "giggle" or laughed out loud when they typed "LOL". Fucking annoying to the point it actually makes me want to skip your articles.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    "I LOVE YOU PHILIP MORRIS"

    by ufoclub1977

    was a great film! Go see it... hilarious, and full of twists... and the basis is true! It's a bit like Raising Arizona mixed with Catch Me if You Can with Ace Venture... and gay scenes abound (which I guess some people can't handle). But it's seriously great. And has a heartfelt spirit to it that I think was artificial in Raising Arizona, was a bit numb in Catch Me if You Can, and didn't exist in Ace Venture.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim FTW

    by leeland

    My favorite movie of 2010 as well. I took a co-worker to see this movie, he had never heard of it, nor did he know what to expect. Even though he paid for his ticket it was like I had given him a present.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    WTF? A Serbian Film

    by ozliiifter

    Yuck. I really am shocked and disgusted that Harry would champion this film and encourage people to seek it out. It's exploitative movie-making at its worst and completely morally bankrupt. A couple friends and I watched it a few weeks ago, having no idea what it was about or what its contents included. We had heard rumors that it was the most "shocking movie ever." We like shock cinema, so we downloaded it. After our viewing, we were all numb. It was absolutely vile and inexcusable. I still feel ashamed and dirty. And I'm embarrassed to say that I even watched the whole thing. It doesn't matter, Harry, that its not "real" and only special effects. The fact that you took pleasure out of watching what this film depicted is disturbing. But even more disturbing is the fact that you are urging others to watch it.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    we don't care what you think either Harry

    by alienindisguise

    you egotistical, self serving, stomach stapled but still fat as fuck asshole.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I've been thinking a lot about the reactions here...

    by FlickaPoo

    ... to A SERBIAN FILM being on Harry's list of favorite movies. like a lot of people, I read the Wiki description, and I know it's something you couldn't pay me to see. Several people brought up HUMAN CENTIPEDE, or wonder if the movie would still be offensive if the perpetrator had a striped shirt and blades for fingers. Good question, but I don't really think the comparison is valid. Those horror flicks are preposterous, and meant to be so. They excite a childlike blood-lust and ghoulish glee. Something like SERBIAN FILM is completely different. It's meant to scar and sicken the part of you that feels empathy. To push, bend, or toughen that part of you that is outraged or devastated by the suffering of the most vulnerable and defenseless. I'm not religious, but I can't help feeling that there has to be something wrong with that. Apparently the filmmakers claim some dubious symbolic/metaphoric justification that elevates the material, but somehow I doubt this is the SCHINDLER'S LIST of newborn porn. I'm currently reading BLOOD MERIDIAN, a very grim book with several hard to read scenes of butchery and massacre. I'm still trying to figure out exactly why (apart from the obvious differences of quality and quantity) one seems like art, and the other like exploitation. I guess that since I won't see the movie, I'll never really know...but I think the baby roasting on a spit in THE ROAD is a key example. The horror if that image hits you like a kick to the stomach, but it's just a hint...the barest glimpse before the author turns away in disgust to give us a sense of just how far the world has fallen. The goal isn't to rape (for lack of a better word) your conscience. I feel like I should have some sort of In Conclusion paragraph here, but I'm coming up blank.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    ...I used the word "exploitation" in the post above, but...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...it doesn't seem nearly strong enough in this case. At this point, "exploitation" brings to mind delightful images of jiggly boobies in cheap 70s drive-in movies, not newborn porn.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film HAS US DISTRIBUTION!!!

    by Alex D

    Harry, A Serbian Film has been picked up for US distribution and is going out with Invincible Pictures and they are planning a 200 screen release around Feb 2011.

  • this site makes no sense

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Great call on Scott Pilgrim

    by Trancer

    Pretty sure the Academy won't see it that way, but fuck'em - the film worked on every level, it knew exactly what it was trying to be, and it delivered in spades.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Tickle_Amy or Smack_Teddy or who_ever....

    by www.valiens.com

    Well said. Now I know exactly who this tripe appeals to. Thank you.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Unfuckingbelievable

    by lock67ca

    The fact that Inception and Toy Story 3 are not on the list and a movie about pedophiles who rape newborns and make snuff films is, tells me all I need to know about you Harry.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    My Top Ten of 2010!

    by Adrian

    What happened to Kick-Ass? Here's my own top ten: http://lokinfly.tumblr.com/post/2675699492/my-top-ten-films-of-2010

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    You didn't "get" Toy Story 3

    by lock67ca

    Yet you understand the "symbolism" and "message" of A Serbian Film, a movie about pedophiles, newborn baby rapers and snuff films? You're a sick man Knowles. I hope you never have children.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    and...

    by dengreg31

    "Scott Pilgrim" was my least favorite film of 2010. Takes all kinds I guess..

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    How to fail to put INCEPTION on a best of 2010 list?

    by AsimovLives

    By being brainwashed to love crappy bullshit movies like any Mickey Bay or Jar Jar Abrams's SHIT TREK, people get so jadded and dumbed down they forget how a truly great entertaining movie looks like. Like INCEPTION. The lesson to be learned is: if you enjoy stupid retard horrible shit like ABRAMS TREK, you will no longer know what's a good movie is and fail to mention in the best of the year list. It's sad.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    People who find INCEPTION boring...

    by AsimovLives

    ... should get their geek card revoked FOR LIFE! What epic failure!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    so assimovlives is an elist

    by emeraldboy

    not long after I saw inception I saw the expendables. No two films are the same. its ridiculous to say that hollywood should make some films at the expense of others.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    assimov

    by emeraldboy

    if you dont like star trek. then dont go see it. but you saw a film you didnt like and that makes you a hypocrit.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I THINK WHAT HARRY MENAS BY

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    "TRUE GRIT... my pick for BEST FILM OF 2010. It still is. Except on this list." IS THAT TRUE GRIT IS HIS "REAL" "SERIOUS" PICK FOR BEST FILM.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The Social Network? Why?

    by codecrackx15

    It doesn't bother anyone that the movie is 99% BS??? The founder of facebook is on record saying that nothing in the movie happened in real life other than the way he dresses. Sorry but, even if the movie is fictionally good it still sucks on the grounds of what it was supposed to stand for.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Zero Credibility As A Critic

    by Dave

    Harry, I've long suspected that you are not much more than a glorified pimp for the film studios which provide you the screeners you review. You have now removed any and all benefit of doubt. To even suggest 'A Serbian Film' as a legitimate work of cinema deserving of any consideration makes a mockery of film criticism. No, I have not, and never will, viewed that vile movie. I have read far more than I care to about it, and can safely say that despite your proclamations about it, that movie is torture porn of the lowest kind. I am disappointed that you give any semblance of legitimacy to such shit. You are not displaying any superior sense of taste of judgment in validating that movie. You are not showing how intelligent you are by defending it. You are not ahead of any curve in your appreciation of it. It is no better than watching Faces Of Death, or 2 Girls 1 Cup. It is literally shit, and should not be mentioned by any legitimate film critic as anything other than pure, exploitative garbage. You do not gain credence with this inclusion in your list. If I were in the film industry, I would not allow any connection between you, your website, and my product. You are a strange human being. On one hand, you profess the childlike wonder and appreciation for some films that many people can share and relate to. On the other, you clamor for true cinema cred by praising questionable and worse movies in some sort of misguided attempt to elevate your persona above that of a mere fanboy. Please do some soul searching and ask yourself what you really want out of life.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    best movie i saw this year was THE TOWN

    by skiff

    If all those films are better than the town the they must be some good.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Well at least the POS of "Yawn Legacy"....

    by BenKeeKnobKnee1

    ..aka "the pretty lightshow with no script/heart/sole/any logic" didn't somehow land at number one (or even make the FatSlob's list) But figure he'd choose another "empty light/noise show that only appeals to socially/emotionally retarded geek losers" as his number one (and he's a shill for the movie..). If Harry's opinion hadn't long ago become a JOKE of pathetic drooling manboy ID, I'd write more to counterpoint his "opinion" but he's right about one thing...he doesn't care what other (normal, intelligent people) think and NO ONE cares about your opinion you Tubby ass wanker. Eat more lard Jabba....

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    WTF I'm bored

    by proevad

    Mine. 1. The Social Network/Inception 2. True Grit 3. Black Swan 4. Sweetgrass 5. The Town 6. Carlos (only saw the long version) 7. Harry Potter and the whatever it was called this time, but if the second half of it sucks I guess this won't count 8. The King's Speech 9. 127 Hours

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    "if you enjoy stupid retard horrible shit like ABRAMS TREK"

    by MattmanReturns

    "you will no longer know what's a good movie is and fail to mention in the best of the year list." Wait a minute Asimov, buddy... I enjoyed Star Trek... and I think Inception belongs at #1 on the top ten... is my opinion no longer relevant? :)

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    in asimovs world..

    by emeraldboy

    you cant have room for both. its either one or other. that is the way he seems to operate. he hates a particular film which he pays to see anyway but loves the movies of christopher nolan

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Thank you for not including Inception. But Serbian Film?

    by v3d

    Was it good? Yeah. But top ten good? Not in my opinion. I liked it the first time I saw it when it was called: The Matrix and Total Recall. My guess is the director felt a bit guilty about making a big summer popcorn movie, and to regain some kind of auteur cred he deliberately left the ending vague. To me, that was a cheap trick and cop out and something you see in a lot of student films.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Matrix Reloaded

    by james Bradley

    soooo true, ive only been coming onto this website the last year or so but reading harrys reasoning over inception and ts3 made me realise just how dumb this guy is. i then looked back to see what he thought of the matrix sequels just for curiosity and found the werewolves bullshit hilarious! then he randomly did a 180 and loved revolutions!? Il hand it to ya harry your reveiws are pretty tragic but at least theyre comedic and surprising. except with ur sp dicksucking marathon continuing, seriously get over it and watch a good film, like you said your 40 years old.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Porn Madness

    by DarthChimay

    As far as I can tell, I'm the only person who found A Serbian Film hilarious. It was Reefer Madness for porn. I let a few drops go when Milos skull-fucked that guy to death. It was an unimaginative Peeping Tom.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by proevad

    Jesus, not a very subtle attempt by this asshole director to internationally shit on his own country. America has had it's hand in more than one genocide, but I would never sell my homeland down the fucking river like this guy did. On the other hand (as Larry David would say) Pretty, pretty, pretty good horror film.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Serbian Film

    by TRL

    I still don't think A Serbian Film sounds like my cup of tea either.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by Alex

    Don't blame the movie for what the director has made.