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10) EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. The "if you only see one documentary this year" documentary. Banksy accomplishes everything he set out to do and more with this scathing look at the art world, the puffed up egos it creates and the travesties that can come of it, all while giving what appears to be an accurate history of the Street Art movement. Banksy claims that everything we see is real and he never imagined people would think he was hoaxing us - which may in and of itself be part of the mindfuck. Real or fiction, this is one of the very best things you will see all year. Read my full review here.


9) FOUR LIONS. One of the ballsiest films of the year is a British import about a group of suicidal jihadists that haven't the foggiest of how to go about killing infidels. But this wonderful piece of absurdity doesn't set out to make fun of one group of people, but rather scathingly destroys everyone, lampooning how it is each of the sides view one another when juxtaposed against a group of complete idiots that are claimed by no one. An absolute must see.


8) BOOK OF ELI. One of the year's truly underrated films, this Hughes Brothers film is so elegantly put together that it takes a few viewings just to take in how elegant it really is. The sound design work in here is just incredible - as is the score - and once you've seen the film, rewatching it with a mind towards that soundscape is something of a mind blowing experience. Everything in this film was carefully crafted to tell the story they wanted to tell and the end result is one of the very best post-apocalyptic films ever made. One of those rare films that is so much better the second time around. Here are my initial thoughts from almost exactly one year ago.


7) KICK ASS. One of the great comedies of the year, KICK-ASS single handedly gave us back Nicolas Cage while also making a star out of Chloe Moretz. The film perfectly skewers comic books as well as comic book culture, and offers up what is the ROBOCOP of its day - and the second best geek comedy of the year. I love the hell out of this film. Here is my initial review as well as my thoughts on its morality and message here.


6) SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Hell. Yes. Of the films in my list, this is the one that has gotten the most play here in my house and will no doubt be watched over and over again, as it is a favorite of both myself and my wife. Funny, touching and often stunning to look at, it is the film that proves that Edgar Wright is a man capable of far more than masterful spoofs. He is officially on my list of people whose films I will be excited for upon announcement. You can read my review here.


5) INCEPTION. The first time I watched it, I loved it up until the final three seconds. The second time I watched it, I hated the living shit out of how it had me questioning every small detail rather than being able to enjoy the narrative. But once someone found the primer - the fact that Cobb's wedding ring is actually his Totem, the way, we, the audience, can deduce what is real and what isn't - I was able to embrace the film again and love the hell out of it. I still have my issues with the final shot, but the film remains one of the very best of the year.


4) TRUE GRIT. The Coen's best film by far, I have watched it several more times since my review and my love for it has exceeded that for any their other films. One of the greatest westerns of all time, I wish with all my heart that they would set out to make a few more over the next decade.


3) THE SOCIAL NETWORK. I don't think it is much of a secret that I worship at the altar of Sorkin. Whenever I'm in a funk and can't squeeze out a word, I throw on an episode of WEST WING or the underrated THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT upon which it was based and drink in Sorkin's rich use of language for a few hours until the juices get flowing again. There's something about his raw optimism juxtaposed against the frustration of bitter reality that sparks the fires of hope deep down in my soul. Give a power like that to a director like David Fincher and you would be hard pressed *not* to have one of the best films of the year on your hands. When it comes to my bottom four, the separation of this arrangement is by a matter of degrees, and this was a tough call to put at number three - but something about both 1 & 2 spoke to me personally, so they edged this out. I actually believe this will end up walking home with more gold than anything else this year, and will end up my focus when it comes time to make Oscar picks.


2) BLACK SWAN. Transcendent. I have a friend who has a screaming rant that involves her wanting to punch Aronofsky in the dick (her words) because he made a movie about SWAN telling the story of SWAN LAKE. I, on the other hand, want to kiss him square on the mouth for doing that. Here's my love letter to it from a month ago. The film is the very definition of brilliant and had it actually made me cry, it would be my number one film.


1) NEVER LET ME GO. Which brings me to the one film in my Top Ten that actually did make me cry, and not just from the disappointment I felt at seeing so many of my brothers in arms neglect this film on their end of year lists. It destroyed me; it is a brilliantly executed, singularly perfect film. And nothing I've seen since has managed to hit me with anything near the emotional clenched fist of Romanek's heartbreaking vision. Read my passionate ode to this modern classic here.


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  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Nice to hear from you man! Best reviewer on this site... FACT.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Oh, i almost forgot...

    by fettitular

    PRIMUS! ;-)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by Tighxo

    Very little love for Blue Valentine anywhere. Too much of a downer for people to stomach?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Book of Eli, eh? I'll have to digest that one for a minute...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Hey at least he didn't put...

    by fettitular

    "A Serbian Film" on there. Massa, thankfully, is not a fan of NEWBORN BABY RAPE.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Surprisingly, i don't agree with him on a majority of these picks. Black Swan and The Social Network are much too high, and Kick-Ass, Scotty Pilgrim, and Book of Eli should be nowhere near any top 10 list... However, True Grit and Inception are in decent enough spots. Haven't seen Gift Shop, Four Lions, or Never Let Me Go, at this time. I'll give you a C+ Massa ;-)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:56 a.m. CST

    At least he's normal...

    by Justicer7

    Harry is an attention whore who thinks his pick of "A serbian film" is 'edgy' and cool, when actually his desperation & way of life stinks worse than the vile film itself. Massawyrm, thank you for at least representing humanity and fathers, and decency and, NOT promoting putrid pornographic hell sewage as one of the best films of the year. That is all.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    To your credit, A Serbian Film is not on this list

    by lock67ca

    For that, you have my respect and deepest thanks.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    'Kick-Ass single handedly gave us back Nicolas Cage...'

    by Righteous Brother

    I would say it was more of a one-two punch of Kick-Ass and Bad Lieutenant. And Book of Eli - one of the best of 2010? Really??

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    This list sucks

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    This list is predictable. You start off with the obligatory AICN favorites like "Scott Pilgrim" and"Kick Ass", you cherry-pick some critical darlings like "Black Swan" and "The Social Network", and you throw in a prestige title to make yourself look smarter ("Exit Through the Gift Shop"). I guess you have to fall in line with Harry's so-so taste in order to write for this site.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by Massawyrm 1

    I take solace in the fact that had I written a list full of unconventional choices, your criticism would have been that I wrote an "Oh look at me, I'm so different" list. You can't win for losing with a talkbacker.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Agree with Book of Eli

    by estacado1

    And Never Let Me go on no.1 is right, but I haven't watched Black Swan or True Grit yet. The ones I don't agree wit are Scott Pilgrim and Kick Ass.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by alan_poon

    I really wanted to love that film given how Spaced and SOTD are so special to me.Hell I even like Cera. Sadly I hated it and had to turn it off. Maybe I'm too old to appreciate something like this but I don't think that's the reason. Just didn't warm to any of the characters at all save maybe Culkin.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    nice list - will finally check out book of eli cause of it

    by zapano

    im not too sure about 4 lions's inclusion, was expecting more from chris morris, a bit repetitive and confused, but definitely worth seeing scott pilgrim is not as great as a lot of people are making it out to be. edgar wright is without doubt extremely talented and made the best film possible out the script, but the premise stifled him and the film itself. techinically its up there with the very best but Edgar Wright will do much better work in the future

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I wish Edgar Wright would make a full version of...

    by Righteous Brother

    'Don't' - the trailer for it is just fantastic, it hits every note perfectly, easily the best trailer in Grindhouse.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Closest to my own top 10

    by LLcruize2

    I too feel Book of Eli was criminally misunderstood and underrated. Were it not for Cerra, "Pilgrim" might have cracked my top ten. Kick-Ass, like Pilgrim for Massa, has received the most plays on my Blu-ray player of anything I have seen/purchased this year.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    fuck scott pilgrim

    by Daniel2010

    Heres my Top 10 list: 1/ Inception 2/ Toy Story 3 3/ Law Abiding Citizen 4/ How To Train Your Dragon 5/ Brothers 6/ The Hurt Locker 7/ The Town 8/ Tron: Legacy 9/ The Social Network 10/ Devil

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by RaptorJesus

    The ring is not Leo's totem. It's just his dream version of himself. Also, the end shot is no more ambiguous than the chess piece at the end of Xmen 3.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with the final shot of Inception?

    by D.Vader

    What's wrong with ambiguity to get the audience talking? Also, it doesn't matter one way or the other what happens to the top. What matters is Cobb is happy.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Thats funny

    by itsallinthereflexes

    someone saying fuck scott pilgrim with law abiding citizen in their top three. I hope its a joke.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Nice to see some love for Law Abiding Citizen! Total "guilty pleasure" for me. Thoroughly enjoyed that flick... Does it really have to be a "guilty pleasure" though? Hhhmmm... Also, i'm pretty sure that film was released in 2009.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Can you please explain yourself when you say the book of eli was "criminally misunderstood and underrated"? How so?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I really didn't think it was that complex...

    by fettitular

    at all. I'm fairly certain that i "understood" everything about that film... i just didn't think it was all that great. Loved some of the imagery, the tone, and the opening sequences... but other than that, it was pretty weak. Especially considering the cast. BIG missed opportunity...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Did Aronofsky steal the title from

    by Dennis_Moore

    Mercedes Lackey? Her book The Black Swan is a fantasy world retelling of Swan Lake.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    The Book of Eli's biggest detriment?

    by fettitular

    Lack of subtlety. Also, it was quite contrived.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST


    by Massawyrm 1

    The answer to those questions and more can be found in the initial review. And I agree that the top doesn't matter, but the camera stays. Had the camera followed him and left the top spinning, I would have zero problems with the film.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    The final shot of Inception was...

    by fettitular

    Note perfect. The moment he spun that top, i thought to myself "damn, i hope the camera zooms in on it while it's spinning, but it doesn't end up being conclusive about whether or not it keeps spinning..." I was obviously quite pleased when the film ended ;-) Perhaps my favorite thing from that fantastic film.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Maybe i'll have to give Eli another try...

    by fettitular

    I do remember liking the score now. Quite a bit, in fact... *boots up Frostwire*

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    why does your friend want to punch Aronofsky?

    by Spandau Belly

    She hates him because he made a movie about Swan Lake, okay, but why? Is there a general understood hatred of Swan Lake that I'm unaware of? It's not like he did that musical 'Cats', where I think it's pretty cool to hate. I mean, if you're gonna hate that guy, hate him for signing up for Wolverine: Part 5.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by Daniel2010

    I think Law Abiding Citizen and The Hurt Locker came out in Oz in 2010, so I judge by release date, not the USA date since Im Aussie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    And yeah, Never Let Me Go made me cry too

    by Spandau Belly

    And Scott Pilgrim made me cry because I realized my generation is generation manchild.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    My Best Of Worst List

    by Daniel2010

    Worst Movies 1/ Killers 1/ Easy A 2/ Gullivar's Travels 3/ Grown Ups 4/ The Last Airbender 5/ Clash Of The Titans 6/ Valentine's Day 7/ Knight And Day 8/ Date Night 9/ From Paris With Love 10/ The Men Who Stare At Goats 11/ Step Up 3D 12/ Streetdrance 3D 13/ Hot Tub Time Machine 14/ Robin Hood 15/ Resident Evil: Afterlife Movies that may be bad, but are fun: 1/ Skyline 2/ Buried Movies that may be good, but are crap: 1/ Alice In Wonderland 2/ Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    "if it made me cry"

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    What a weird stumbling block

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I agree about Inception's final shot

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    It doesn't ruin the movie or anything but it's wholly unnecessary gimmickry

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Almost Massa

    by Gezoes

    I have the same list! Except Inception. Bombombombombombombombombombom Pappaaaaapppaaaaa bombombombombom. Let alone his annoying wife.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Book of Eli

    by mighty boosh

    IS contrived, uneven, has no idea what kind of movie it wants to be, and the action is amateurish. Watching someone play Fallout 3 (an obvious inspiration for Eli's cinematic look) for 2 hours would be a better post-apocalyptic experience on screen. The movie was like 3 stories with the same characters. And the ending could not have laid it on any thicker. There were so many better movies that could have taken this spot. Ah well, each to their own.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Four Lions was terrible.

    by obi_juan

    Maybe it was you or some other reviewer on the site who was saying that Four Lions was like Dr. Strangelove. That wasn't true at all. I went into it understanding what it would be about, but they simply didn't attack the material in a funny way. Instead everything came off as awkward and forced. There was one funny scene at the end involving a wookie, but that was it. Skip the movie and catch that scene on youtube.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Gotcha mate.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Mighty Boosh

    by fettitular

    Well said about Eli... Can someone please make a Fallout 3 film already??

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    BLACK SWAN was truly brilliant...

    by LoneGun

    ...and is my pick for Best Movie of the Year. Assuming it would be a depressing experience, I held off on seeing it for some time. Finally caught it this week and loved it. It reminded me of Roman Polanski's earlier work. I was really blown away.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    BLACK SWAN Was A Decent Remake of Satoshi Kon's PERFECT BLUE

    by NeonFrisbee

    It was fun and entertaining, I liked it, but I honestly have no idea why everyone is falling all over themselves to praise it. It was SO over-the-top, derivative, and obvious that it borders on self-parody. I honestly thought it was hilarious. Both my girlfriend and I were cracking up throughout most of it. It was like some weird, totally unsubtle mash-up of SHOWGIRLS, CARRIE, and THE FLY mixed with some REPULSION. It was fun, though, for a hysterically exaggerated exploitation film. I totally get why people like it, though. I like it too, but it's NOWHERE NEAR the work of genius people are claiming it to be. I really think it's garnering such praise because EVERYONE (boys and girls, hetero and homo) wanted to see Mila Kunis go down on Natalie Portman. Like, OH! Dirty up the perfect princess good girl! THASS SEXAY! Uh, I mean, "a work of cinematic genius!" Right! Nah, but seriously, it was fun. Good. Not great. Imho.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    book of eli? worst movie of the years.

    by claxdog

    Are you serious?That movie was a stupid. The fact that he real braille bible is about 20 volumes makes the premise total shit.Another glaring fact is that every hotel room in the world has a bible the fact that they are all gone is asinine. How someone could put this shitty movie on the top ten list is truly mindblowing.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    hey Massawyrm, where do you rank Toy Story 3?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I personally would have put it in my top 5 of the year, How did you stack it up against the rest, did it make your top 15? top 20?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    God, i truly don't understand the love for Black Swan...

    by fettitular

    Might be the most dissapointing film of the year so far for me... Way too melodramatic for my tastes. Too contrived and simplistic. I expected a little more "meat" to the plot and getting into the psyche of Nat's character a little more. Seemed to me to just be a bunch of WEIRD SHIT for the sake of being WEIRD SHIT, without any substance. It was surprisingly unsubtle too... I also feel that Nat's performance is getting WAY too much praise. I don't think she even came close to delivering the best performance this year by an actess... hell, she wasn't necessarily even the best actress in her OWN FILM! I thought Mila stole the show with her limited screen time. Thought the cinematography was extremely overrated as well. I don't remember a single interesting shot in the entire film. Unless you count the overused tracking shot behind the character's head shit... that almost ruined the fucking wrestler for me lol Anyway, Aronofsky remains an enigma to me. Definitely not in the same class as David Lynch or Stanley Kubrik. 2 flim-makers he's obviously inspired by, and tries to emulate...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Black Swan = a truly forgettable film

    by fettitular

    I think what people are liking about it is completely abstract and not tangibly related to the actual film itself. I.e. seeing depth or subtext where there is none. (Kinda like "The Fountain") Seems more profound or poignant than it actually is... For some reason, Aranofsky's films have a tendency to do this to some people. Might be Mansell's scores, perhaps? I think his debut, Pi, is still his only truly great film to this day.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Where is 127 Hours???

    by AshokForgiven

    That movie was so awesome. Franco ftw.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    half this list sucks

    by claxdog

    I am really starting to question the reviewing skills of the people running this website.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Totally Agree, fettitular

    by NeonFrisbee

    BLACK SWAN was, let's be honest, totally ridiculous. I liked it though, for what it was -- an unintentionally hilarious exploitation film. If Aronofsky was capable of ANY kind of self-awareness, he would've embraced the camp (which came out anyway, in a tidal wave of hysterically over-the-top silliness) and toned down the ham-fisted melodrama. I wish Paul Verhoven made BLACK SWAN. THEN it would've been a gloriously over-the-top camp classic for the ages. Instead we got another hilariously unsubtle, self-important, unintentional self-parody from Darren "I Think I'm A Genius!" Aronofsky. He SO desperately wants to be Kubrick or Lynch and is NOWHERE NEAR as good as either. I'm sure the praise he's getting for BLACK SWAN is just inflating his already insanely outsized and completely baseless ego and we'll get another one of these ludicrously overrated, but still entertaining films in a couple of years.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Man, if Black Swan were to win the Oscar this year for Best Film...

    by fettitular

    It would join the ranks of other overrated, unworthy past-winners such as: Million Dollar Baby Crash The Hurt Locker Shakespeare in Love The Departed A Beautiful Mind Chicago and to some degree... No Country for Old Men

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Well put, Neonfrisbee! Well fucking put...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I too "enjoyed" Black Swan...

    by fettitular

    as i was watching it, that is. Trying to "figure it all out" was pretty fun... However, once the film ended, especially with that MAGICALLY DELAYED MORTAL KNIFE WOUND..... i was just fucking laughing to myself under my breath. Fucking ri-DONK-ulous!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    No Toy Story 3?

    by henrydalton

    Yeah, I'm curious where you'd place that too. For me it was the best film of the year by about a million miles. Nothing else remotely touched it.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    How does Kick Ass "perfectly skewer" comic books exactly?

    by D.Vader

    I'm confused. It felt very been there, seen that. Except for an 11 year old girl assassin, but that wasn't skewering comic books so much as adhering to their universe rules.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Nice carpet-munching scene though

    by fettitular

    Definitely boner-inducing ;-) I agree with Frisbee... Darren shoulda embraced the camp, insted of taking itself too seriously. Me thinks the "great" Aranofsky is a little too PROUD for that however...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Totally agree with ya on "Kick-Ass". More like: "Derivative/cliche/mediocre-Ass" Probably sits right behind Black Swan as the most overrated film of the year. With The Social Network coming in a close 3rd...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Best Coen film?

    by andresjf

    Really? I thought 'True Grit' was good but not great. Not one of the best westerns and DEFINITELY not the best Coen film. I thought 'No Country for Old Men' was much better. (that's right, I went there. Bring it).

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    btw people, regaring Toy Story 3....

    by andresjf

    You realize Massa didn't care for Toy Story 3. He 'liked' it a lot, but thinks its really overrated.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Social Network wins "mass delusion of the year" award

    by IndustryKiller!

    It's a good film, but How a procedural with ZERO thematic heft has gotten this much praise will be looked back on like Avatar and Crash in terms of what the fuck was everyone thinking??

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    And the Coens ENTIRE catalogue is somehow worse than The Social Network????

    by IndustryKiller!

    You should be fucking shot for that insinuation.....or at least never allowed to enjoy cinema as an art form again.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I Liked KICK ASS More Than I Thought I Would

    by NeonFrisbee

    I skipped it when it was in theatres, but was pleasantly surprised when I watched it on dvd. I don't think it's a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought it was pretty funny. A decent parody of superhero comic tropes.

  • To be fair, Jesus *did* spend that particular weekend down in Hell battling all those demons. Only after kicking arse for His Dad did he get resurrected as someone even his closest friends didn't recognise (maybe Jesus was a Time Lord?) before flying off into space. Or whatever the fuck he did with his magic super powers.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    God Makes A Blood Sacrifice Of Himself To Himself To Save Us

    by NeonFrisbee

    That pretty much sums up the myth of Christ and how completely bizarro it is.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Yeah, i think my expectations for Kick-Ass may have been a little too high or something... I mean, shit, some people were declaring it "The Best Comic-Book Film of All Time" Heeeeeeeelllllllllll to the no. lol

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Right on Industrykiller

    by fettitular

    Social is definitely right there with Swan in the EXTREMELY OVERRATED/MASS DELUSION department...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Massa didn't care for Toy Story 3?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Clearly he has no soul... No I kid, but seriously to me TS3 just seemed like the perfect movie and I'm surprised it isn't at the top of everyone's list It made me laugh, cry, It even made me sit on the edge of my seat which is something most animated films can't do, It may have been because it's the third installment but the film made me care about the characters more then any film has in a long time, Live action or animated. It's certainly the best thing Pixar has done, and to me it's The best film of the year, and I'd love to see it take home the best picture Oscar (if any animated film ever had a chance, this would be it)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    lol @ neon

    by fettitular

    Yeah i love how christians can laugh at and mock scientology, while believing in an equally "bizarro" pile of horseshit themselves... Hypocrites much??

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Christianity is no different than Scientology, except...

    by fettitular

    that it's been around for a couple of thousand years. Absolutely no other difference beyond that. Instead of a group of FUCKTARDS making some shit up 50 years ago... it was a group of FUCKTARDS making some shit up 2,000 years ago. Buncha gobble-dee-guck...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Discussing religion isn't a bannable offense here...

    by fettitular

    is it? lol

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    The taste on this site is always questionable...

    by I Hope You Die

    But then the name is "ain't it cool" and not "ain't it good" so I take movies of questionable value like Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim and Book of Eli are included because they were nerd-cool rather than because they're lasting monuments to the cinematic medium. With Inception I think it's best not to over think it. It is, after all, a movie about going 'inside' peoples' dreams. When your premise is incoherent, the rest of your story can only make a so much sense. (Much like movies that deal with time travel.) I think Inception hit the sweet spot of being intriguing and realistic within its constraints.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    One of us! One of us!

    by fettitular

    GOOBLE GOBBLE, GOOBLE GOBBLE!! One of us! One of us! ;-)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    So The Fountain gets ragged on for being too obvious...

    by knowthyself

    But it's okay for Aronofsky to show us the silliness of Portman mentally transforming into a swan? I was okay with the black feathers but the eyes, neck, legs, and feet were too much. I laughed out loud.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    And where the hell is all the love for...

    by fettitular

    Monsters?!? Fuckin' LOVED that flick. Probably the most underrated film of the year... A true GEM in this tepid, mediocre to AWFUL year for film.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Just watched Never Let Me Go a few hours ago

    by David Cloverfield

    It's heartbreaking, but not really believable, becouse it takes place in a world, where the only difference is some medical breakthroughs. People today are capable of accepting terrible things, if they happen on the other side of the globe (child labour in China). But society would never stand for these death sentenced clones living amongst us as common knowledge. Imagine Petax1000. You think 90% of the population would be okay with growing and massacaring people in the name of health? I know we love a cynic view about human nature, but it's so unrealistic, it really took me out of the film.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    And on THAT note...

    by fettitular

    FUCK The Fountain, too!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    127 Hours was THE best film of the year.

    by knowthyself

    It really is.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Still haven't seen the following films for 2010...

    by fettitular

    The White Ribbon Creation How to Train Your Dragon Toy Story 3 The Killer Inside Me Valhalla Rising Enter the Void Buried 127 Hours Unstoppable Harry Potter 7 pt.1 The Fighter I Saw the Devil Rabbit Hole Blue Valentine Bedevilled So there may still be some good films yet...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    ...yeah, I'm still unsure about this one. I need to watch it again. My problem being that I read the comic book first and it pretty much copied it page for page except for some plot changes...while I accept these changes were made to cater for a wider audience, I feel like they (together with the rest of the way the film was made) left the whole experience feeling a little flat, such as the origin story of Hit Girl and Big Daddy, and Kick Ass's relationship with the girl he fancies. However, had I seen the movie first I expect the shock value/'coolness'/plot would have impacted upon me much more. The trouble is, I'd read the comic first. I think the comic is edgier, both in great ways and in a-bit-too-willing-to-shock ways. And reading it first probably hampered the movie for me. Although I didn't really love Wanted's movie adaptation, at least it felt different to the comic. I'm all for things being very faithful, but when it comes to pretty much copying from page to screen, you need to do something a bit extra to keep the wow factor/entertainment value fresh. Or find some way to reinvigorate the source material for the cinema audience. Still, plently of people who have read and not read the comic loved Kick Ass so I guess it's just me.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    So far, the only truly GREAT films i've seen are...

    by fettitular

    Inception and Monsters (neither of which were "perfect"). With True Grit ALMOST being great. Everything else i've seen has been mildly dissapointing to AWFUL (predators and catfish i'm lookin' at you...)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Thanks for bringing up Wanted. I enjoyed that MUCH more than Kick-Ass. Without a doubt. Hadn't read the comic books for either film though, so i cannot comment on the faithfullness of the adaptations...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Best Coen film?

    by DEX

    I loved True Grit too but it's not the best Coen film, not by a longshot. Mainly because it feels less like a Coen brothers movie than a good adaptation of the novel. My vote would go to Miller's Crossing, which has more of the trademark Coen brothers humour and weirdness combined with a multi-layered story.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    "Wanted" had that...

    by fettitular

    Visual flair, style, and kinetic energy that Kick-Ass only wished it had...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Best Coen Brothers Film?

    by Garth

    Stop it. True Grit is NOT their best. Not even CLOSE. It's a good film, but at best it's middle-of-the-pack Coens. It's NOT better than Miller's Crossing. It's NOT better than No Country, not better than Fargo. It's not better than Lebowski. Neither is it better than Raising Arizona or Blood Simple. It's a good film with several GREAT performances. It is NOT their best by a long shot, and it is offensive to their CAREERS to say that it is.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    The problem with Kick Ass is...

    by knowthyself

    Big Daddy and Hit Girl are from another movie where Kick Ass is a real life hero who realizes that you'll get your ass cut on the street. My favorite part of the film is when he gets his ass cut for trying to stop those guys from breaking into the car. Meanwhile these other two yahoos are jumping around and doing shit no one could ever do in real life. They act like cartoon characters. It's like the movie wants to be real and then injects this element that debunks the entire premise of "real life heroes."

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    no toy story 3 list fails in my eyes

    by ORIONgods


  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Owen Gleiberman named Book of Eli as the worst of the year.

    by Griefo

    ..but then again, he also chose O' Brother, Where Art Thou as the worst film of 2001. Miserable son of a bitch.. that was the best movie of that year! I liked Eli, not great but it was good. In my opinion the best films of the year were Rabbit Hole, Somewhere and Winter's Bone.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Wow, nice counter-argument! Dumbass... lol

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    True Grit is the Coens' best film

    by Samuel Fulmer

    If you forget preaty much every other film they made. Hell, you don't have to go back to far in their filmography for a better film, A Serious Man was better!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    I'd love to hear "garth's" retort and defense of Kick-Ass...

    by fettitular

    As hilarious as that would be... i'm afraid that i must retire for the evening. Or morning, as it were... ;-) But when i wake up tomorrow, i want to see Garth's epic and majestic defense of his beloved Kick-Ass. Where he explains, in great detail... the masterwork of cinematography, fight choreography, editing, and pacing... that set the amazing kick-ass, apart from such low-class filth, as Wanted... I'm countin' on you GARTH. Don't let me down, bitch!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Damn you Massa!

    by sambafreak13

    I LOVED the ambiguity of the final scene in Inception...for me, it was pitch perfect. I hadn't read anything about the "wedding ring as Cobb's totem" theory until your description above...and now I fear that I agree with you and the final scene does indeed take place in "reality"...which REALLY PISSES ME OFF CAUSE I PREFERRED NOT HAVING AN ANSWER :) Oh well. It's really interesting how different people seek different experiences from movies. I am normally someone who really wants to understand everything last detail and nuance of the plot, but in this case (and this is surely a credit to the film makers) I was very content to not have the answer, and be forced to decide for myself. Regardless, well done on the list. But next time please give us some warning before you pull back the curtain on a film; some of us want to be fooled ;)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    far better list than GinZilla AKA Knowles.

    by Stalkeye

    Just the mention of Kick ass and Eli gives Massa more cred than Harry. And thank gawd that Serbian Film didnt make it on the top ten. Keep it classy.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    Wanted wasn't faithful to the comic at all. However, I didn't mind this so much, because it made something completely different out of the original 'elements' of the comic. Also, most of the characters in the comic are drawn to resemble real-life celebrities/actors/musicians so it was kind of odd to see these characters played by other celebrities/actors/probably not musicians. The comic is worth a read. In my mind it is vastly superior to the movie, but also completely different. I didn't think they'd adapt it exactly, and certainly didn't expect them to, however they made the movie something different in its own right, for good and bad. The movie is ok for some trashy fun.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    No 'Buried'?

    by Dutchster

    Don't get me wrong, there were a ton of thing 'wrong' with that film in my opinion, but I though I'd seen all the reviewers rave about how great it was. It won't make my top 10 list, I'm just surprised it's on none of the lists on this site yet.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    ...I used the word 'different' far too much there. Other adjectives would have been good. Apologies.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    People need to chill...

    by CMBat

    I think this is a great list. It might not be a great list for someone that forces themselves to believe that they are only cool if they love films that no one has heard of. It might not be cool for people that think that any one of these movies touched different people in different ways but not themselves. But these are all great movies. Social Network is a spectacular film, not just because of the story or the writing, but because of all of it. Just watch the open credits roll and the music as he strolls through campus. Or the way they handle the first meeting with Timberlake through narrative. This is a great movie, and very well written as well. I personally don't love Black Swan, but I get why it could be considered great film to many people. It's one thing to say "I don't love this film as much as you, I would have had TS3" or whatever. But please stop the talkbacker hate about "this is the worst list ever" or "what a sell-out list." It makes perfect sense as a list for some people, especially the person who took the time to write it so you could read it and spend part of your day excited about commenting on it. That is all.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Book of Eli ... no. True Grit? Not at all Coen's best

    by Behemoth

    Otherwise, agree with a lot of this list. Haven't seen "Never Let Me Go" yet. But Book of Eli ... no, this was not a good film, certainly not a "ten best" type of film. The "payoff" was laughable. As for "True Grit," I was disappointed. I LOVE the Coens. I've been championing them since "Raising Arizona," which is my favorite thing they've done. True Grit was empty. It had excellent performances, looked beautiful, good music, but ... in the end, I didn't care much at all about any of these people. The "epilogue" was especially poor, and the capture of the fugitive was anticlimactic as all hell. "The Fighter" belongs on this list, that's for damn sure. And anyone still bi-pedal in five wears his ass for a hat. SUCKLE AT THE TEAT OF BEHEMOTH!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    "BWAHAHA" is all you deserve, Fat Titillator

    by Behemoth

    After making a dumbass comment like you made, you mole-infested slab of hog flesh. "Wanted" was such an ABSOLUTE PIECE OF SHIT. All lower life forms such as yourself deserve nothing but loud guffaws of laughter from your superiors.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    That was my favorite part of Kick Ass too; it felt real and was quite harrowing. I enjoyed the over-the-top cartoonish elements that Big "Adam West" Daddy and Hit Girl brought, but it really was like they came in from another movie. Basically, after the parking lot stabbing scene -- which had the most to say about how ridiculous the entire premise of superheroes actually is and what would *really* happen if some scrawny kid put on some fetish wear and tried to right wrongs -- it turns into more of a darkly humorous cartoon. I still liked it, though. It was a fun parody of the genre tropes.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Glieiberman is nothing more than an anal retent..

    by Stalkeye

    ...hell with that pretentous and pompous douchebag. He's one of the reasons why I cancelled my subscription to that rag.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    BOOK OF ELI underrated???

    by AsimovLives

    Undoubtly there's some good ideas in the movie, but it's a case of the sum being less then the sum of it's parts. And the movie is hardly as smart as it pretends to be. And then there's the obnoxious The Bible is awesome" propaganda bullshit that permeates it from start to finish. I have seen better Zaitochi movies, namely, Kitano's Zaitochi, which is actually undoubtly really good.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Never Let Me Go

    by Indiana-Joe

    The scene in Never Let Me Go where the teacher tells the kids what is going to happen to them in the future is probably going to be one that sticks in my mind for a long time. Or the "completion" scene. Or the scene where they are applying for a deferral. Oh hell, it's just pretty damn great from beginning to end.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I Loved The Novel "Never Let Me Go"

    by NeonFrisbee

    Haven't seen the film yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Mass, don't ya think it's irresponsible...

    by jonathancaltman even indulge the knee-jerk, post-"I'mNotHere," cries of "FAKE!" at Exit? It's as if people think that Banksy's choice of public space as his medium makes him a "prankster." So if he has a movie, it must be a big prank. But there's NO compelling reason for it to be anything but it is. No interesting message that's not already perfectly executed in the documentary. I think allowing the vocal minority of douchebags to taint the interpretation of that movie is a shame. There's real debate to be had in the actual material. Unless you'd report on 9/11 with "whether it did or didn't happen," I say you should take a friggin stand. When a theory holds no water in practical or artistic terms, it belongs in some talkback, not the main article. And I think it's unfortunate that you'd taint the views of someone who hasn't seen it with a question that only serves to diminish the questions the film does raise.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    book of eli was worse than scary movie 4

    by golden tribw

    I just lost all respect for you Massa. That film was fucking terrible. Fucking, fucking, fucking terrible in every way.

  • Just wondering.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Agree with Behemoth & others on True Grit

    by golden tribw

    It was an okay movie, but it wasn't a great movie, it wasn't a great western, and it didn't feel like a Coen Bros movie. None of those things are irredeemably damning, but it just wasn't anything to write home about in the end, not even Damon or Bridges -- I thought Barry Pepper stole all the scenes he appeared in. <br><br> The snakebite and everything afterward/related was silly. The epilogue was utterly unnecessary and unclever/overly cutesy. It was like clumsily retreading NO COUNTRY ground -- now THAT's a western, and a far better one than this. <br><br> Also, on INCEPTION: Massa, your niggling issue with the final shot is a stupid thing to bring up in a one-sentence review, and didn't you have the same (stupid) criticism of BENJAMIN BUTTON or was that a different AICN reviewer? I was blown away when I saw it in theatres but I just watched it again on blu-ray and I've gotta say it really is one of those movies that relies on sweeping you off your feet the first time around, because on second viewing I found the exposition incredibly clunky and dialogue cheesey/awkward, the plot overly convenient, dream-world 'rules' stupid and laughably arbitrary, etc etc. Now it just seems to me like a showcase for Leo and JGL, because even in theatres I thought the special effects were mediocre at best (the exploding vegetables were too cartoony to look like they actually belong in the physical world and the collapsing shoreline buildings are pretty obviously fake)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by JBouganim1

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus spent 3 days in hell?

    by beastie

    Also, I think Toy Story 3 was overrated. I feel that the first two are some of the best comedies ever made, but 3 just had too much going on. Didn't really work on the level of Pixar's best for me.

  • Enjoy your weekend

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    BOOK OF ELI again (honestly)

    by golden tribw

    Can someone tell me a few good things about that movie? Honestly? I remember crappy action sequences, ugly desaturated color, a bunch of BIBLE bullshit (holy hell, what century are we in again? Do people still actually give a shit about that crap?), and Gary Oldman in possibly his worst performance ever. <br><br> Literally the one half-decent thing in the entire movie, as I remember it, was a super-slo-mo shot of an arrow passing through a raindrop or something, but even that ended up mediocre because Denzel was hunting rats or some boring rubbish. <br><br> Everything about this movie was just so fucking STUPID! It's supposed to be a bleak, desolate, filthy future, so that's why Denzel doesn't have a single fucking smudge on his entire person, right? That's why his $500 2010 Oakleys or whatever the hell they were look so beautiful and pristine, because the non-diegetic soundtrack that magically appears whenever he fights people also has the incredible property of rejuvenating his shades and clothes with nanotech! Radical! <br><br> No, this movie was made by retards who saw BLADE and then saw THE ROAD, and decided they could one-up them both while combining them into a single film. Except BLADE is an incredible, original action film (it gave birth to the entire trench-coated superhuman kung-fu Matrix thing), and THE ROAD is a haunting and indelible drama (far better than *anything* that came out in 2010 because it's got the emotion & assured resonance of BLACK SWAN without the histrionics) .... somehow these two lasting, 'great' films (I'd say), were combined into a lowest-common-denominator piece of the utmost bullshit.<br><br> Watch THE ROAD again, those two guys are fucking covered in grime! Then watch the over-slick, total pussification that is the Book of Eli and try not to throw up your lunch. What a wank movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Candy ass monkey suit

    Book of eli was average..nothing more. Cant believe Toy story 3 wasn't on here!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    About half of these movies are on a gay list

    by Jeditemple

    The other half are okay.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Glad to see someone else like Book of Eli

    by jimmy_009

    I couldn't believe some of the reviews of it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Kick-Ass was a comedy?

    by jimmy_009

    The Internet broadcast snuff film made me literally want to vomit. Loved most of the rest of the movie, but Christ, that was sickening for some reason. I don't know that I'd classify Kick Ass as a comedy.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Book of Eli-Thank You!

    by Leslie

    Finally, someone recognizes Book of Eli. I have seen it on some of the "worst of 2010" lists. I thought it was awesome and have seen it several times. Thank you, Massawyrm!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    I think I enjoyed Book of Eli simply because it's been the closest thing to fill the Fallout 3 movie void for me. If they actually made a Fallout movie I'm sure Book of Eli would drop a few pegs in my book. Plus it was one of the few "twist" endings that I've enjoyed in the past decade.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by Itchy

    maybe it's just because I have kids, and they love the movies, and I enjoy finding a movie we can both enjoy, and maybe I'm just turning into a softie, but for me, Toy Story 3 wasn't just the best movie of the year, it's one of the best I've seen ever. Not a single wasted scene, intelligently written characters, and quite possibly the funniest "credit roll" I've ever seen. I'll be shocked if it isn't up there at Oscar time - and it would certainly be deserving if it became the first animated flick ever to get a BP Oscar. And as for Book of Eli, the only thing it was good for is showing that you could cover Mila Kunis head to toe in dirt and she's still scorchingly hot.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    True Grit being the Coen Bros. best

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I can see that applying to someone who generally doesn't like Coen Brothers films since it's probably the most audience friendly. Sort of like someone who would think that Spartacus is Kubrick's best.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    No love for How to Train Your Dragon?

    by templesweeper

    Am I alone in thinking that, not only was it better than Toy Story 3, I thought it was a top-ten movie this year. I had a blast with that movie. Great score (seriously, the music when they are flying is just awesome), an original story, great animation, had everything. Seriously, that movie might even make my top-3 films of the year. It may be warped by the fact that I watched it with my 8-year old son who loved it as well. He saw Toy Story 3 in the theater also, but guess which movie gets about 10X more playtime in our house on blu-ray.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Book of Eli twist actually caught me (Spoilers)

    by DougMcKenzie

    Usually between my wife and I we can see a twist a mile away (except for BS ones like Signs). I never for a second, even when we saw the book was Braille, that Eli was blind himself. Massa is right in that all the clues are there in the score and foley work, but it something as visual as film you just are not looking for it. Kudos to the Hughes for really doing something new. I however still thought the plot was a tad pedestrian and the big plot hole of the fact there are millions of bibles and this is the only one left? Really?...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Jonathan Alexander

    I'm so glad you put book of eli on your list !! it was so underrated. good list all around !

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    and I'm glad to see them on here. Also, for a quick sec I thought Four Lions was about Voltron (most of Voltron anyway ;)- ). and I agree, Book of Eli, though not anything extra special, was a pretty coo' fliq and deserved a little more love.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I didn't love it as much as a lot of folks, but I hated the idea about having to go through scenes with a fine tooth comb to see which is real, whatnot. AND I FREAQIN GOT SO ANNOYED BY ARIADNE. So cocky and nosy. But it was still a great fliq imo.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Ending does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "I still have my issues with the final shot"<p> Massa, you have issues with the final shot of INCEPTION but not with BOOK OF ELI? Talk about double fucking standards.<p> BOOK OF ELI was a decent enough movie but by god... the final shot with Mila Kunis inexplicably becoming some sort of samurai bad ass ready to go wander the wastleland was just so random and awful.<p> It actually made me laugh - in a total moment of WHAT THE FUCK?!!<p>It really did undo so much of the good work done earlier, leaving the audience totally bemused about the moment of utter crapness they just witnessed.<p>Talk about finishing on a bum note.<p>I wouldnt be suprised if that final shot wasn't a big contributing factor to the poor critical reaction the film got.

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  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Not since granma chucked her necklace overboard in TITANIC has a film ended so badly.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    cobra you forgot that she has his ipod now!

    by Meadowe

    she's figuratively carrying eli's torch now!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Exit Through Another Documentary

    by edgardevice

    Exit sucked. A love the reviews for it though. It makes me think that movie critics, for the most part, pick up on one or two things somebody wrote about a film and then repeat ad nauseum. Enter, Exit Though . . . A boring film about elitists pricks pretending to not to be elitists pricks.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Speaking of soundtracks....

    by Darth Macchio

    Good list, haven't seen everything on it yet but at the end of the day, this whole business is tied to opinion and my intake of films out of my preferred genres tends to be rather limited and thus, i cannot speak to the quality of many of these films. But I will say that Hanz Zimmer is a freaking genius and I love everything he's done recently. Sherlock Holmes is a decently mediocre if highly re-watchable film but the score is simply brilliant (Blackwood's death scene music in particular). We all know how good his work was in TDK and I wasn't suprised to find his work in Inception different and, not unlike the film, somewhat hesitant at first but then filled with great themes and changes. Amazing hearing Zimmer's brilliant work and yet hearing James Horner get so much praise for basically aping not only Aliens but his work on Brainstorm almost note for note in Avatar.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    why doesn't anyone bitch about True Grit's stupid epilogue?

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    That movie was perfect up until that point, but there was no reason for the tacked-on epilogue.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST



    Agreed Kitano's Zatoichi was an awesome film with great cinematography and a fun slighlty campy quirkiness to it. The only thing I dislikes was the CGI blood. Book of Eli was not horrible but when my favorite things about it are the sound and the fact that it was filmed using only RED cameras, it probably should not be on any top ten list. And the end premise. The last remaining bible. Come on!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Meadowe, oh yeah I forgot about the stupid ipod. Nice bit of product placement.<p> Amazing how an ipod can instantaneously transform a girl who 15 mins earlier had to be rescued from gang rape and bloody death into the Terminator.<p> Imagine if she'd had an ipad - she'd rule the world!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    True Grit's ending

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm still a little torn on it, but I'll take it over John Wayne's stunt double jumping a fence leading to a freeze frame that says THE END.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    It's like Mad Max meets the Ipod

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was the pitch for Book of Eli.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    re:yeah i wrote that /True Grit ending

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    How is the ending horrible and tacked on? The ending is essentially the same as the novel, and is true to form and content with the entire film. It's not a film about Mattie being a hero, it's about how vengeance and violence are not free, and whether there is universal law and morality. I guess that wasn't spelled out for you, or the film didn't end happily or in a cliche fashion, so it must seem horrible.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I saw it as The Book Of rELIgion, from the first trailer

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The Hughes Bros did give it a good look, and the seige on the home was nicely staged, but best of the year??? I would have easily substituted Let Me In, a surpisingly good remake. From The director of Cloverfield it REALLY surprised me.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    alibyebyeessmob-You're right

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And when you say "it's about how vengeance and violence are not free, and whether there is universal law and morality," sums up the worldview presented in preaty much every Coen Brothers film. The only qualm I have with it is that I'm usually not a fan of movie epilogues (like we see in many recent Spielberg films, Return of the King, Castaway, etc.), so it kind of felt like the movie had already really ended by the time the older Maddie showed up. But it's the Coen's, so at least their handeling of an intellectual rather than emotional ending works much better than other directors that can't handle the intellectual stuff.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I love everything the Hughes Brothers have done.

    by BanditDarville

    No, they aren't the Coen's, but they have a gritty style I like. Thank you Mass. I thought Book of Eli was an interesting, unappreciated gem. I saw it as kind of a Mad Max in the heartland (even though it was likely in the western part of the country, since they drive to Frisco on a tank of gas in a Suburban). I even liked the "Bible bullshit" element in that they set it up as personal faith/peace vs. a way to manipulate the uneducated masses.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by claxdog

    The fact that the braille version would take up 20-30 volumes the size of the book he was carrying makes this movie utter shit.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    6 7 and 8 were shit

    by lostboytexas

    how come no one puts Jackass 3D on their list? fuckers

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    If you don't like Aronofsky...

    by djscott95

    You are a moron. That is all.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Fight Club at the Ballet..

    by Dancingforever

    To start with, the movie at it's most basic is a telling of the swan lake by people performing a ballet of swan lake. It's like if I made a movie about two people with families that hated each other but fell in love while performing in a play called Romeo and Juliet. There's nothing original, deep, or intriguing about that. That same bull shit worked so well in Godfather 3 eh? Mila Kunis, who might be the hottest girl around, comes stumbling into this movie and seems totally out of place as the "wild" and "dangerous" girl from California. Because New York of course is known for prudes and shut ins and only someone from California could be that daring. Her delivery of lines through the film makes me believe she was either on PCP or just got done watching a John Waters marathon and was chanelling Divine. The stage director's character redefines sexual harassment in the work place. His character would be brilliant if this was intended camp, but shockingly we are asked to see him as artistic and some sort of bizarre mentor figure for Portman. He helps her realize the finer elements of ballet by repeatedly squeezing her crotch. The entire presentation of this film, albeit with a strong performance by Portman, should be universally taken to task for being a pretentious wanna be art film that is impossible to take seriously. Arondofsky has some weird thing about abusing his characters physically through his films, this theme is in full effect here as with his previous works. I'm not sure what his hatred for the human body is but he isn't satisfied unless his subjects are constantly being physically tormented in some way. If you wanted to make some kind of bizzare film adaption of Swan Lake, why not play it opposite? Why not have Portman be some kind of whore on the ballet scene who CAN play the Black Swan effortlessly but struggles with the more wholesome vulnerable parts of the role? Let her character arch be one of redemption instread of some sad Fight Club rip off. I was expecting Kunis to arise from eating Natalie's bush and say, "The first rule of being the Black Swan, is you don't talk about the Black Swan." And while we're at it, why not actually do something memorable and have Portman grab her by the back of the head and send her down for seconds, that would have been memorable. Instead the best scene from the film felt obligatory to haul in male viewers to a ballet movie. It was almost like an apology, hey the movie blows but at least Mila does too. I hope the Academy and the rest of the general public wake up before it's to late and this piece of shat doesn't receive anything. I guess I could deal with Portman winning best actress but the girl in Winter's Bone gives a far superior performance. Of course a movie like that is completely ignored here. How can you ignore a movie with Sheryl Lee? Ah well, I'm in the monitory as everyone else is in love with this film but I can't stand it. I predict in 2-3 years Arendofsky will be the new M Night.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I hate KICK-ASS.

    by blackwood

    It's just so... smug. It doesn't earn anything it attempts to do. BLACK SWAN is my number one. It has levels. For something that can play loud and broad and obvious it is also deep and quiet and subtle. I genuinely think it is genius. Seen it twice and liked it better the second time. I think I might like it even better the third. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is up there for being surprising and heartfelt. TOY STORY 3 was also great, and much to my surprised I really liked TANGLED. I think animation took a leap forward this year with a bunch of accomplished films that could all stand close to, if not shoulder-to-shoulder with, Pixar. I love that you put ELI on your list, Massa. But the important thing is you gave me the opportunity to tell the world how much I HATE KICK-ASS again. So thanks.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    "Mila Kunis, who might be the hottest girl around, comes stumbling into this movie and seems totally out of place as the "wild" and "dangerous" girl from California. Because New York of course is known for prudes and shut ins and only someone from California could be that daring." This is an inaccurate representation. Kunis's character is not presented as "wild"; certainly not"dangerous". She's just a free spirit that contrasts with the protagonist's uptight approach. The idea that the movie somehow presents New York as a place full of prudes and shut ins is absurd.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    thunderbolt ross

    by Dancingforever

    Perhaps your right. Let's review... Portman is a prude and shut in. Portman's Mom is a prude and a shut in. The stage director is a prude The previous actress to portray the swan was a prude but now is a crazy shut in sequestered in a hospital I guess beyond that everyone else is portrayed differently, those characteristics are only present in the lead and three main supporting actors. Let's also review my thoughts on Kunis. From literally the first scene, we are told she is from California, and not just California but San Fransico!!! This means she's wild, a free spirit as you would say. This of course totally goes against what she is supposed to be perfect for, the evil black swan. If the want was to so desperately use the locale, why not pick somewhere more sinister, dark and inherently evil like Haiti, Siberia, or Texas. No, she's a neo dark hippie from San Fransisco who is also the imagined antagonist to the protagonist but really she's not bad it's all in Natalie's head. Thank you for furthering demonstrating another level of idiocy this movie celebrates. Back to your charges against me... "Kunis's character is not presented as "wild"; certainly not"dangerous" No of course not. She lures her to a bar with super bad music, offers her drugs, and then engages in anonymous sex. No matter how wonderful I would find a woman like this in real life, in terms of her character in the movie it's all over the place and certainly a threat to Portman both professionally and socially. Because of her influence she even misses a crucial rehearsal, something that would not have happened without her influence. I agree with you in that her initial characterization would make you think that she would be endlessly babbling about the best version of Dark Star and how they are finally releasing the Egypt concert series, but then out of no where she suddenly knows the dark cliche bars of New York. The sentiment for this movie reminds me of Hollywood's attempt to make an independent film, better know as American Beauty. The Black Swan reminds me of another horrible film called The Antichrist. It looks cool, it's shot well, it's intentionally weird and edgy, but ultimately it's a yet another attempt to cash in on the genre that Lynch, Jaramusch, and others have done some much better.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Yeah I Wrote That

    I did pick up on that, but I feel it's not a message that really needs to be revisited in the movie. Prior to that scene, it is pretty clear that vengeance is not worth it. Not to mention, you can just check out any old revenge flick if you need a reminder. Tonally, it felt quite different than the movie that preceded it. I respect their decision to include it, but I would argue if it wasn't there, you wouldn't miss it. True Grit's "message" was not what set this film apart from its 2010's peers. It is an incredible film, definitely one of the most flat-out enjoyable movies I've seen all year. That's why I feel it's a mis-step. Whereas No Country's intellectual ending felt brilliant and refreshing...even if initially bewildering to most.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Wyrm, I like you

    by Keith

    But I found Never Let Me Go incredibly disappointing, and Inception riddled with holes. Inception is just a total fucking mess logically. The top doesn't work as a totem (think about why not). The use of kicks is completely inconsistent: we're told the kick must be imposed from the level above, yet at key moments characters impose their own kick from within their own level. Why the fuck does Fischer not recognize Saito, his #1 rival, either inside the dream or on the bloody plane? Why does Nolan just switch rules on the fly as he goes along (most obviously the "oh, this time getting killed is terrible for you" manoeuvre)? Why are we told that the gang can expect to spend a tough week at the top level of the Fischer dream yet they're clearly out in around an hour? And, most of all, why the fuck is a dream machine needed inside a dream to get down a level? Who builds it? Is there fully realistic physics and chemistry working inside a dream such that the logic is completely isomorphic to the outside world? You're already inside a virtual machine, so why the fuck not go down another level using a rubber monkey? It's a MESS. It's a movie designed to make stupid people feel clever. And it doesn't even work as an action movie below the second level (the hotel).

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    True Grit with subtitles...

    by JuanSanchez

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Mass, you've successfully convinced me to see

    by sweeneydave

    every film on your top ten list. I haven't felt that way about any other critic. Congrats.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The Book of Eli

    by Yelsaeb

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The Book of Eli?

    by Yelsaeb

    That movie was a stinking dog pile. It was so stupid and showy. It had all those stupid fake CG cuts like the camera going into the window when that house was getting shot up. It was trying way too hard to be cool. I'm just going to stop right here before I go nuts with nerd rage. And sorry for the double post.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Book of Eli - Freedom Deep

    by Brian Kerezsi

    So if Book of Eli is top ten for 2010 it stands to reason that Freedom Deep must have been top 10 for 1990. Oh no, wait, no-one cares where Whitta got his "inspiration" from. Why is there no more discussion about this anywhere?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    My TOP TEN

    by lelandgaunt

    We agree on Scott Pilgrim and Never Let Me Go, disagree on Black Swan, Inception and True Grit. I posted my list here:

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Loved the True Grit epilogue, didn't love..

    by Jaka

    ... the snake bite/cave scene. I watched the movie three times now and I get the cheese vibe each time during that scene. Otherwise I think the movie is about as close to perfect as I've ever seen.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Don't care if it is true to the book.

    by Subtitles_Off

    TRUE GRIT's ending is just all kindsa lousy. Also, the mechanics of having Matt Damon's character show up in the nick pissed me off. He left in the middle of the night and got only so far as he had the time to hear a gunshot, return to the side of the river, have a chat with Cogburn to plan the rescue and get up the hill. In the same five-ish minutes Lucky Ned gave Rooster to vamoose. That true to the book too? This sounds like a really dumb-ass book. Dude should've just had a good night's sleep at the fire instead of all that pansy-ass running off in a hissy. TRUE GRIT is the "best Coen movie, by far," says 'Wrym, and FARGO dares him to repeat that to its face before it kicks his stoopid ass.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    INCEPTION is character-driven because

    by Subtitles_Off

    characters never, ever shut DEƒUCK® up.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I am a moron, then.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Aronofsky used the fukken camera like a Shake Weight© in BLACK SWAN. Less is more, dude. Less is more. MOTHER, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and FOUR LIONS. The only three really good movies from last year that I've seen.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by Massawyrm 1

    Well, this is the first I've heard of it. But reading the way Stevenson structured his argument, I have a hard time believing plagiarism. He makes a couple of stretches with the terminology he uses to describe BoE, seemingly in order to make the two films look far more similar - then he writes off all the dramatically different elements in the film as "forced action sequences" and "forced twists" to infer that they exist only to disguise the film from its origins. The two films clearly share a premise "A guy wanders through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a book," but he failed to convince me that there were any other similarities short of the visual imagery they both borrowed from earlier films and the fact that there are girls in them. I certainly won't argue that there *wasn't* plagiarism; but I will say that the guy made a few too many leaps in language and logic in order to convince me.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Subs, I just assumed that Damon's LaBoeuf never left

    by Jaka

    Since he'd already been following them earlier in the film I just figured he was there right outside of camp the whole time. Everything else works if he was that close by. The "plan" wasn't exactly complicated. "You go get the girl" (said in a deep, scratchy growl, of course) would have been enough, because Tom Chaney, Lucky Ned and his gang had no clue LaBoeuf was there at all.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by erikzod

    Exit is a self important documentary about absolutely nothing worthwhile. So many other films deserved to be on this top ten, what a waste.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    About Inception...

    by jerseycajun

    Yeah, I hear you about obsessing over the details, but I actually enjoyed obsessing over it. Then once I realized that the ambiguity is purposeful, that it's not the question or the answer that's important to the resolution, but the resolution to his mental state which the film leaves me with a really great sense of satisfaction. There is another way to interpret the final shot: That the film is our dream layer and we're about to wake up ourselves.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Never Let Me go! Number 1!?! Are you insane?

    by silentbobafett2

    Honestly... this film was so flawed it's not even funny. From a film 90% made of mid shots. To a bog standard score. To a trouble shoot that saw Romanek step back and let the DP direct many of the scenes. Its a film that is good... but should have been great! Surely you can see how this film was a classic in the making and got messed up! In 5 years time you'll be saying "I'm suprised I gave that best film of the year!" It's all opinions but I'm shocked this is anywhere near a top ten, let a lone a number one on such a good list!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    In fact...

    by jerseycajun

    If one listens to the soundtrack carefully, the first and last notes play almost as aural bookends, the last note being the first note played in reverse, as if entering and leaving a dream.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Blackwood said it best about Kick-Ass:

    by fettitular

    "It's just so... smug. It doesn't earn anything it attempts to do." Fuckin' BRILLIANT. That is exactly how i felt while watching it. That sums up my feelings about the flick better than all the stuff i've already typed up about it. I don't know if i ever would've articulated it that way though... So simple, yet so perfectly true. It isn't nearly as clever or witty or "dangerous" as it thinks it is. Sums up another shitty, overrated film from a couple years back that i couldn't FUCKING STAND: Little Miss Goddamn Sunshine. FUCK. THAT. MOVIE. UP. IT'S. ASS.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    And props to "dancingforever"...

    by fettitular

    For deconstructing the SHIT outta that overrated, silly, bore: Black Swan. Mr. Plinkett would be oh so proud... ;-) Keep it up, mate!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    I love how frustrated people get with Inception.

    by Knuckleduster

    It's like having an argument over which ending to a Choose-your-own-adventure book is the real one.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST to look at, but derivative

    by ninpobugei

    ...also the last movie I'll watch in 3D. Hated the whole experience and would've enjoyed the movie more in 2D. I thought it was great to look at, had some interesting ideas with the Na'vi and their literal ties to their world, but otherwise the story was an amazingly predictable paint-by-numbers affair, which I found highly disappointing. Odd that I also disliked TITANIC with a passion...and they both turn out to be the highest grossing films of all time. (sigh) Go figure.</p> <p> I mentioned elsewhere that I despised SCOTT PILGRIM. I really liked KICK ASS, but not sure if I'd put it in my top 10 for the year because, honestly, we don't really go out to the theater anymore, so I haven't seen movies like INCEPTION (watching tonight as it just came in from Netflix) or TRUE GRIT or BLACK SWAN. We did see THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT and enjoyed it. Also want to see NEVER LET ME GO...I can see this being a tear-jerker, much like THE FOUNTAIN (I found that movie to be profoundly sad, albeit an odd mishmash of symbolism).</p> <p> Finally, I simply can't bring myself to watch THE BOOK OF ELI knowing he's carting around the friggin' Bible, a piece of trash that's more apt to enslave people than set them free or save them.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    ...we were getting on so well. Then you had to go and hate Little Miss Sunshine. I'd be interested in knowing what caused you to hate that movie so much. No kidding, and not in a sarcastic 'poke the angry bear with a stick' kind of way, I'm genuinely curious to hear some articulate insight. I really enjoyed it, thought it was a sweet, fun movie with some nicely drawn characters. Granted they have to draw from some stereotypes and typical situations but I honestly didn't have a problem with it, or find it preachy or anything like that. I just thougth it was a sweet, funny little movie with some good performances. Danny Boyles SUNSHINE, on the other hand, frustrated me purely with its last 15 minutes...I'm sure other people found this, and I'm sure there are those who are sick of people moaning about the last 15 minutes, but I feel like it did so well to be something fresh and different and genuinely gripping before pulling the rug from underneath you and kicking you in the balls in the last act. "Like kissing a beautiful girl who then burps in your mouth".

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by ninpobugei

    Both movies started out as if they were going to be a high-level sci-fi movie, then degraded into a campy slasher horror flick in the final act. I'm sooooooo tired of sci-fi that has to devolve into horror. Sorry, guys, but ALIEN did it first (and best).

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    Good call. It's like they had this new way of approaching sci-fi, then completely forgot to write an ending until the last minute. "Oh shit, we don't have an ending - better make it a slasher movie". It's even more disappointing in the case of Sunshine because that movie was really something different, intelligent and almost artistic. Right up until the massive copout. If I ever meet Danny Boyle, I'll congratulate him on his good movies and varied oeuvre, but I will also ask him why on Earth he ruined Sunshine.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    My apologies to Massawyrm

    by Ringwearer9

    I accused him of dishonesty in another talkback, but there seems to be a consistency to the stuff he seems to like and highly recommend. He's a soft touch for sci-fi movies. He's happy to jump into an alternate reality, and assume explanations exist to justify that alternate reality. I can't do that anymore with movies, so I suppose I envy him the fun he has with certain flicks I consider bullshit.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Just watched Exit through the Gift Shop


    I was surprised how it all digressed into an A-Team episode by the end. Just kidding. Actually I think that the beginning was genuine, but that Mr. Brainwash was a hoax by Banksy. There is no way that that doofus would be that prolific in such a short period of time. the only question is as to whether the Frenchie was in on the joke or not.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    BOOK OF ELI?!?! REALLY!??!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    That slot in your list rightly belongs to Toy Story 3. 'Tis a travesty you committed. But you redeemed yourself with the Never Let Me Go love. Damn, that movie is sho nuff powerful. Hey Choppah!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But Chris Evans in a wet t-shirt ain't one a' them.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by SnootyBoots

    You're right to be pissed off, but don't blame the book. Charles Portis does not have La Boeuf leave Mattie and Rooster even once, let alone twice as the Coens have it. Just one of many changes they made. That movie is NOT the faithful adaptation they would have people believe it is. The original movie, save for a more sentimental ending, is actually incredibly faithful to the book.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Open Range is better.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, I believe that Mr Brainwash was...

    by Jaka

    ...not just a hoax from Banksy, but a whole collection of street artists. That's why there was so much are art that looked so different in the exhibit. In the end it was just a giant piece of genre wide self-promotion, brilliantly put together as a (possibly completely fake) documentary.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "The Coen's best film by far" - you idiot!

    by golden tribw

    I can't believe I didn't notice this claim until now. I guess the general shittiness of the list and its reasoning led me to skim. What a fucking insult. <br><br> NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN was the Coen Bros' western. It was a fucking epic movie, it was shocking and horrifying and it introduced us to potentially the most memorable killer since Hannibal Lecter. It subverted the hell out of all kinds of conventions while paying sincere tribute to the history (visual, narrative, and otherwise) of the western.<br><br> Even if you like TRUE GRIT, it's not a "Coen Bros movie," just a western they happened to direct. So how the fuck do you proceed to claim that it's their best film BY FAR? Terrifying!<br><br> And that's ignoring the fact that Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, Hudsucker Proxy, and Fargo are all miles better than this.<br><br>I've always liked Massa actually, but more for the vitriol than the positivity, in all honesty -- maybe that's why I'm so non-plussed hearing you gushing about a bunch of movies I thought were mostly shit. But holy hell, the Constipated Turd of Eli and True Shit as the Coen's best. I'll be . . .

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON better than Toy Story 3

    by golden tribw

    Since I haven't mentioned it already, I've gotta agree with some other talkbackers on HTTYD. This was the best animated film of the year, superior to the (enjoyable) Toy Story 3, and it put a lot of the live-action movies to shame even in terms of writing and -- dare i say it -- acting/emoting.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    GOLDENTRIBE -- yes!

    by ninpobugei

    Totally agree on your call of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON over TOY STORY 3. Yes, I liked TS3, but it was a little bit more of the same-ish. Loved the ending, though. HTTYD, however, was really good. Fresh, original, surprisingly touching. While both were good, I gotta hand the prize to HTTYD for the better overall animated flick.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Mighty boosh

    by fettitular

    Yeah man, we were getting along so well... until you went and defended the god-awful lil' miss sunshine ;-) Seriously though, that movie pissed me off like none other. I throw it into the same category as other "smug", preachy, or self-aware films such as: Donnie Darko, Broken Flowers, The Weatherman, Kick-Ass, John Q, Crash (the biggest offender of this... and that goes for any script written by the dreadful Paul Haggis), The Darjeeling Limited, I *heart* Huckabees, etc... Do you see a pattern here? I'm assuming if you liked little miss sunshine, than you most likely enjoyed a majority or all of the films i just listed. But i won't hold it against you... ;-p Anyway, there's just this smugness, or arrogance to these films, and the main culprit is the script. The dialogue and the situations the characters find themselves in just REEK of the writer's own thought process or beliefs. They remind me of the film student scripts i would read in college. It's so fuckin' amateur. The characters are just shallow "talking heads" for the script writer... and i'm just extremely sensitive to that. Those films, and others like it, just lack any kind of subtlety, and it really fucking bugs me. Thus, i couldn't develop any sense of connection or empathy for ANY of the characters in little miss sunshine (or any of those films i previously mentioned...) and every line of dialogue just comes off as cheap, manipulative, and grating... Anyway, i hope this long-winded rant of mine was semi-coherent, and that it allowed you to kind of see where i'm coming from. But i don't care if you like those flicks... you're still a cool chap. ;-)

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    No problems - I can see that those films are not your bag! Some of them I liked, one or two I liked more than just liked, one or two I didn't like. And they are just the kind of movies where, in most cases I can see why people can't get in with them. Same for music really. I'll listen to anything from bluegrass and classical to bludgeoning hardcore stuff. Horses for courses, as they say here in Blighty.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Great List!!! BUT...

    by TRL

    I'll just start out by saying that The Book of Eli was my least favorite movie of the year. It was just mediocre until the utterly terrible ending. Toy Story 3 should have been on instead. But the rest of the list is GREAT! Glad to see love of the underrated Exit Through the Gift Shop and Four Lions. Hope everyone takes your advice and sees those movies. Also, any film fan who hasn't seen Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim: listen to Massawyrm and go see it now! Haven't seen Never Let Me Go, but Social Network and Black Swan top my list as movies that I'm sure I'll watch over and over.