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My top five movies of 2010
January 10, 2011 - Cory Giger
My picks for the five best movies of 2010.
No. 1: "Inception"
A truly original and engrossing story about dreams versus reality, Christopher Nolan's film is exceptional in just about every way. The screenplay and special effects are tremendous, and while the acting isn't Oscar-worthy, it is good enough to be believable.
It amazes me that this film is generating little to no Oscar buzz for Best Picture. It accomplished the rare feat of being a critical darling and box office smash ($292 million) and is currently No. 6 on imdb.com's rankings of the 250 best movies of all time.
At a time when Hollywood churns out boring and repetitive themes every week, "Inception" planted the seed that, yes, it is still possible that a unique film can be made.
No. 2: "The Social Network"
A completely engrossing and fast-paced movie about computer nerds. It sounds impossible, but the overwhelming frontrunner for Best Picture is just that.
This wildly compelling drama about the creators of Facebook grabs you from the opening scene of zippy dialogue and never lets go. The film is wonderfully woven as the non-linear story goes back and forth between the early days of Facebook and the legal proceedings that take place years later.
No. 3: "Toy Story 3"
Yes, I teared up when Woody, Buzz and all the toys were about to be destroyed in the incinerator. And yes, I teared up again when Andy gave away the toys to the little girl at the end.
Is there anyone out there who didn't tear up?
When you can come to care that much about animated toys, you know the filmmakers have done an outstanding job. The movie grossed $414 million, is a shoo-in for Best Animated Film and will get some consideration for becoming the first carton to win Best Picture.
No. 4: "Easy A"
Yes, I'm serious. This "scarlet letter in high school" comedy deserves an A for awesome.
Emma Stone gets straight A's for being absolutely adorable, audacious, adventurous and, well, you get the idea.
Stone plays a high school girl who develops a bad reputation for being a floozy, even though she's not. She's just lying about it to help the boys at her school with their problems.
This is one of those films where the description simply can't do it justice. Stone is so good at selling her sexpot character that she has become a budding superstar.
No. 5: "The Town"
Ben Affleck, take a bow.
For most of his career, Affleck has been the good-looking guy who couldn't act but still made millions in big-budget films. Lately, with "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," he has resurrected his career as a very good director.
"The Town" looks like just another bank heist movie. It's not.
Affleck made it a gritty, compelling and violent film with interesting and believable dialogue, putting the viewer in the minds of the thieves. Like three others on this list -- with "Easy A" being the exception -- "The Town" seems destined for a Best Picture nomination.
SUBHD: Other bests/worsts
Worst movie of the year: "The Other Guys." I know it made a lot of money and is well liked by some, but I found it to be witless and downright stupid. I usually love Will Ferrell movies, but this was awful.
Best song of the year: "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum. I know, I'm a weird softy. But showing my eclectic taste in music, my runner-up is Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me." Wildly catchy tune.
Worst song of the year: "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith. I'm sometimes afraid I'm gonna get a seizure listening to this terrible, terrible bubble gum song that makes "MMMBop" sound like classical music.