2010: The year in movies

It’s that time of the year again. The post I look forward to and dread in equal parts.

Bear in mind that this is a list of movies I’ve seen at the cinemas in Australia [with the exception of two that I saw in The States] this year, so quite a few that are ’09 releases to some of you, are in fact 2010 releases in this lagging country of ours. I can already see the same thing happening next year, with True Grit, Black Swan and The Fighter getting releases mid-January here.

Once again, this has taken 3+ hours to do. With the notable exception of Inception being best of the year by a clear margin for me, I think in future years, I’m going to have to create this list in some other way [maybe grouped by star ratings], because frankly, this is excruciatingly difficult, and probably not a completely fair way to rank movies either.

Anyway, here they are, ranked best to worst.


I’d omitted Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Knight and Day, so I’ve updated the list to include those two, and got to 100 in the process!

  1. Inception
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    A year’s worth of hype EXCEEDED. This will NEVER happen again. You just blew my mind, Christopher Nolan

    Ok, so, Christopher Nolan’s Inception filled the gaping pop-culture obsession void that was left after LOST ended. I’ve seen it five times now, and I love every single thing about it. I have read countless articles, viewed numerous parodies, seen every theory known to man, and played Hans Zimmer’s score to death. I’ve always said that a sure sign of a movie’s greatness to me is how long after I spend after I’ve walked out of the theatre thinking about said movie, and in the case of Inception, it’s been months now. A clear winner.

  3. The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) 
  4. A Prophet (Un prophète)
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  6. Catfish
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  8. Let Me In
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  10. The King’s Speech
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  12. The Hurt Locker
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  14. Kick-Ass
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  16. Enter the Void
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  18. I’m Still Here
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  20. The Kids Are All Right
  21. Animal Kingdom
  22. Monsters
  23. The American
  24. A Single Man
  25. Up in the Air
  26. In the Loop
  27. The Road
  28. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  29. Blue Valentine
  30. The Killer Inside Me
  31. Fish Tank
  32. The Loved Ones 
  33. The Town
  34. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  35. Fair Game
  36. The Social Network
  37. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  38. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  39. Please Give 
  40. Shutter Island
  41. The Secret in Their Eyes
  42. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  43. The Blind Side
  44. Toy Story 3
  45. Welcome
  46. Caterpillar
  47. Tron: Legacy
  48. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 
  49. Dinner for Schmucks 
  50. Red Hill
  51. Machete
  52. The Game of Death
  53. The Expendables
  54. How to Train Your Dragon
  55. Cell 211
  56. Megamind
  57. Harry Brown
  58. Food, Inc.
  59. The Lovely Bones
  60. Four Lions
  61. Green Zone
  62. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)
  63. Chloe
  64. Confessions (Kokuhaku)
  65. Brothers
  66. Boy
  67. Edge of Darkness
  68. Invictus
  69. Micmacs
  70. Iron Man 2
  71. Despicable Me
  72. Piranha
  73. Robin Hood
  74. The A-Team 
  75. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)
  76. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  77. Date Night
  78. The Concert (Le concert)
  79. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  80. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  81. Hot Tub Time Machine
  82. About Her Brother (Otôto)
  83. Due Date 
  84. Winter’s Bone
  85. The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants)
  86. The Other Guys
  87. A Lone Scalpel (Kokô no mesu) 
  88. Get him to the Greek
  89. Knight and Day
  90. Easy A
  91. Crazy Heart 
  92. Tomorrow, When the War Began
  93. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  94. Nine
  95. My One and Only
  96. Red 
  97. Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
  98. Alice in Wonderland
  99. Buried 
  100. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  101. Chicks (La Vie au Ranch)
  102. Clash of the Titans
  103. The Book of Eli
  104. It’s Complicated
  105. The Wolfman
  106. Daybreakers
  107. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 
  108. Skyline 
  109. The Last Airbender

…mind-bendingly bad. Worst plot, acting and dialogue of the year by a clear margin. M. Night Failamalan

It was really close between The Last Airbender and Skyline. I said similar things about both, but, well, I don’t know, it was like I was mourning Shyamalan’s career at the same time, and it feels like it really deserves worst movie of the year. Skyline was a complete joke, but The Last Airbender invoked a lot more hate from me.


6 thoughts on “2010: The year in movies

  1. You should rate them based on like 3/4 different features like story, originality, cinematography etc and just fill out a google doc to track it – or is there something similar when you rate them on flixster?

  2. c0uP says:

    I’d like to, but even that is not always fair in cases, because a lot of the movies appeal in different ways >.< I was also going to use my tweets as reference, but looking back on some of them, they weren’t the most insightful *sigh*At the end of the day, it’s an overall enjoyment factor, and of course, how long after I walk out of the theatre I still keep thinking about the movie, and it’s pretty hard to quantify.I started using Flixster late into last year, and I’ll definitely use it for every movie this year, so hopefully grouping them by star ratings *should* make it somewhat easier.

  3. Great list, will add a bunch of these to my to watch list.Surprised the Social Network wasn’t higher…and very surprised Dinner for Schmucks is so high (watched it last night, was pretty disapointed)

  4. c0uP says:

    Danké, Christopher.I loved The Social Network, but primarily for the Aaron Sorkin dialogue, and yeh, I guess a lot of the others above it appealed to me more o_OI don’t quite know what the deal is with Dinner for Schmucks; maybe I was in a silly mood or something, but I do remember laughing out loud pretty frequently to it.Let me know how you go with ’em!

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