Well thats 2010 over and done with, well not quite yet — but still It’s safe to say that thats it for 2010 in film. Apart from a few releases it’s pretty much done and dusted, which is a relief for me — because frankly it’s a hard enough bunch to pick from already. I would do a Top 10, but really that would be a nightmare, as there have been sooooo many geeat movies – that 10 just wouldn’t be fair.
This being the first full year of Cinema Sharks (hip hip horah!) existence I had to cinsider the way to go about making my Top movies of the year, it’s not just about putting down a title — but putting it down because you really mean it. And it’s one hell of a job refining all the films of year to a small, because of the magnitude I realised I wouldn’t be able to do so. So I just thought I would put the films I wanted and forget a Top 10, this is more like a top LOT.
Writers do things diferent all around the net, whether its just endorsement or simply the best films they liked — the way I operate isn’t to endorse, to be honest the people who are important probably don’t read what I think. All my picks are the films I watched (which is a shit load in a year) and enjoyed above all. Forget genre, forget styles – I don’t mind drawing my line in the sand when it comes to comparing films. I don’t really care. As for ranking I prefer to stay out of it, take away the competition, this isn’t an awards show – I rather just have them in typing order. But to get a sense of my style I’m going to have the best and the worst, this is a balls out look at cinema — like it or get out!
ONe thing that I do need to make clear, as it has been questioned upon many times — I live in New Zealand, and films take their dandy time coming here. So news and release dates I tend to cater for are US and here, because they are the priorities. Sorry, but New Zealand tends to be at the bottom end of the release calendar — but in the rare few times we actually get films WAY before others.
Also it is to be made clear that I’m not a critic, I don’t have the time of day to see every film possible, the time just isn’t there — and the money isn’t either, in this “economy” the prices have heightened to the fact that I can only afford to see one or two films every month (not including renting), and I will never stoop so low as to pirate films (not anymore anyways).
There are several films on this list I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing yet — which would take a lot of time (and wallet) to watch all of them — so lets just pretend I did! So sit back and relax, as I’ve done the hard part! So to cap off a superb year of film, here is the best and worst films of 2010 in my eyes, enjoy!
Tron Legacy: Tron was simply on my list of films of the year because I came out more excited afterwards than going in..and thats a huge achievement. A visual triumph, not as detailed as it’s forerunner but still a gut-busting stunner. Great score I have to add!
Toy Story 3: When a childhood franchise comes to its end, it takes on the tremendous effort of not only appealing to general audiences but also providing a conclusion to life-long life fans aswell — and Toy Story 3 did it for me. Capped of the franchise and left me heart-broken after it ended.
Inception: A obvious choice Chris Nolan’s Inception is a cheerleader with a personality! It gave excellent visuals, as well as a mind-boggling story. A mind-heist mind-fuck you wouldn’t dare turn your brain brain off on.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: A movie influence by blistering music, video games, and trippy cartoons. A mix of the romance genre, If I was asked to put ‘Scott Pilgrim’ into a genre I honestly wouldn’t know where to start. A romantic coke-zero infused coming-of-age story that gives a sizable nod to modern pop-culture.
Legion: A lot of negative reviews follow Legion, a dark horror-thriller about what happens when God finally loses faith in humankind and sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. A not so visually stunning flick, Legion contains enough ill humor to take down the G man — but hey, if you are into Horror/Thriller gems that shoots first and asks questions later then this it’s worth a go.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1: The previous films seemed to get a bit mind numbing around the middle, but Deathly Hallows part 1 got us away from the hussle and bustle of Hogwarts — giving a slower and much darker point of view. A surprise and a fantastic film for all, a good popcorn movie.
Exit Through The Gift Shop: Due to circumstance I was unable to attend the very limited showings here in NZ, but after buying the thing on dvd I realized what an amazing film it was — and that the power of who you know can go a long way. And I realized at what lengths people went to pursue their dreams, even if it means they go a bit power crazy. One thing, it’s not actually about Banksy.
Kick-Ass: Not for the light-hearted, this realistic view on superheroes takes a turn for the better. Appealing to fan boys of the comic generation and the action + comedy junkie inside of you, Kick-Ass is a dark thrill ride that proves that super-hero films aren’t all capes and glory. A hell of a laugh, Kick-Ass…well…kicks ass!
The King’s Speech: Not yet release here in NZ, but hoping that the film looks as damn amazing as the trailers and pictures the reviewers are painting. Colin Firth hits the spot once again, after his last victory in A Single Man. Judging by the trailer were in for a drama with a dash of comedy. Im looking very much forward to seeing this.
Alright thats the end of great year of film, I would like to thank you for sticking through the trenches with us on the front line of film! I look forward to spending another year ranting about movies with you into the new year, Happy new year!!
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