Originality is one less film…
This is totally based on personal taste and entertainment received from the film. I have no personal experience in the technicalities of film-making, acting or sound design. My light dabbling in photography does inform much of this list.
Here are a few films that didn’t make the list. I wasn’t able to see them in time for this post, but I’m certain that they are great! (Let Me In, Carlos, Dogtooth, and Mother)
Now for the list… You would do well to watch each of these films!
What just happened? Can I see it again…
18. Enter The Void
No film matches the visuals here, even if they are just hollow symbols.
17. Red Riding (trilogy)
You’ll never guess, but you should have.
Not on this list because it was made for just under fifteen dollars. Hey Cameron, story trumps visuals everytime.
I believe I don’t believe I believe I believe… I’m not sure if I believe but it doesn’t matter now.
A mandatory viewing for every American citizen.
13. Black Swan
Aronofsky creates the most chilling scenes of the year.
12. Shutter Island
Best ending of the year.
11. Animal Kingdom
Sucker punched by this… Turns into a great film when Pearce arrives.
10. Get Low
Thank you Bill Murray… It’s nice to see you again. Duvall deserves the world for this one.
9. The Fighter
Don’t worry, this isn’t a Marky Mark vehicle. Prepare yourself for Bale’s best performance…ever. (your argument is invalid)
8. A Prophet
It’s better than The Godfather. And it’s all in one film.
The brilliant mind of Nolan creates a muddled yet strangely coherent masterpiece. This is high art in a blockbuster dress.
6. The White Ribbon
I dare not try to explain it. You’ve seen nothing like it.
5. The Social Network
The best director, best actor, best score, best trailer, best opening scene, and best screenplay… and almost the best film.
4. Exit Through The Gift Shop
Pure joy… Don’t question the validity. Just sit back and enjoy the unfettered creativity.
3. True Grit
The Coens best film? Certainly the best western I’ve ever seen.
2. The Kings Speech
The best overall performances… And the best cinematography of the year.
1. Winters Bone
No movie has ever captured me the way this gem did. The most realistic looking film in ages. The desperately honest portrait of this young ladies life will no doubt bring a tear to your eye.
There it is. My top 19 films of the year.
Let me know how you would rank the films of 2010!