In any case, I thought I’d make a quick list of my five favourite movies of the year. I don’t necessarily feel these are the five best or most Oscar-worthy movies I saw this year–just the five I enjoyed the most. For example, “The Social Network” won’t be on my list, despite it being a critical darling. And, obviously, I haven’t seen every major release that might make this list.
I tweeted these, so I’ll include my 140-character justification for each.
- The Kids Are All Right – A thoroughly-modern story that’s funny and charming without buffoonery. Also, an acting clinic.
- Winter’s Bone – A dark, gripping film, and a striking debut by Jennifer Lawrence. People actually speak like that in 2010 America?
- Oceans – A joyful love song to the sea. The eye candy was extraordinary, and there’s a sequence with a shark I’ll never forget.
- The American – A masterclass in on-screen stillness from Clooney. Slow without being boring, and an unusual portrait of small-town Italy.
- Inception – Christopher Nolan is a terrific director. Great cast. Not as sophisticated or complex as people think.
Films that didn’t make that list, but would be in my top ten, include Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shutter Island and Greenberg. I suspect that True Grit might qualify too, though it’s not out until December 22.
On a related note, I just saw the trailer today for The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s new movie. It might be the 2011 film I’m most looking forward to.
What was your favourite movie of 2010?
UPDATE: Phillip asked sur la Twitter what my, uh, bottom five movies of 2010 were. In no particular order, they would be The Losers, Takers, Knight and Day, Predators and Dinner for Schmucks.