Me and My Nine Iron

February 10, 2011

Best and worst movies of 2010

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 5:15 pm

In my first full year, I’ve seen 49 films that were released in 2010 and will continue to make some changes as I catch up on last year’s movies. Without further ado, my top 20 and my bottom 5. Post up if you have a top 10 movie that isn’t on my list, as I consider them my 5-star movies of the year. Let the verbal sparring begin!

Must watch

  1. True Grit (Best Picture, Best Remake)
  2. The Social Network (Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, Best Adaptation from a True Story)
  3. Black Swan (Best Thriller)
  4. Toy Story 3 (Best Animated Feature, Best Sequel)
  5. Blades of Blood (Best Foreign Language Film)
  6. Kick-Ass
  7. TRON: Legacy (Best Score)
  8. The Town
  9. Going the Distance (Best Comedy)
  10. Inception (Best Original Screenplay)
  11. Shutter Island
  12. Faster
  13. Knight and Day
  14. The Fighter
  15. Let Me In
  16. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  17. Youth in Revolt
  18. 127 Hours
  19. The Crazies
  20. Case 39 (Best Horror)

Must avoid

  1. Cop Out (Worst Comedy)
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Worst Story, Worst Adaptation)
  3. Shrek Forever After (Worst Sequel, Worst Animated Feature)
  4. The Last Exorcism (Worst Horror)
  5. Paranormal Activity 2




  1. I’m the exact same, and that’s why you might be surprised to find a movie like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (16) in front of Get Him to the Greek (20).

    Comment by BJ — January 7, 2011 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  2. I’m a simpleton when it comes to lists like this. Cinematography, script, acting, directing — the craft, essentially — are secondary criteria. I go by how the movie makes me feel, how effectively it aroused emotion. Did it make me think? Did it make me laugh? Was I sad or happy afterward? And maybe the dialogue, acting and editing played a part, but an effective movie is always greater than the sum of its parts. So yeah, this is not an objective ranking and is purely reactional. My list:

    1. Black Swan
    2. The Kids Are All Right

    (There’s a decent sized gap here)

    3. The Other Guys
    4. Cyrus
    5. 127 Hours
    6. Toy Story 3
    7. The Social Network
    8. The King’s Speech
    9. Inception

    Comment by Chris Le — January 4, 2011 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

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