December 31, 2010, - 3:57 pm
Since it’s the end of the year, here’s my Top Ten Movies of 2010 with a link to my complete review under the name of each movie:
1) “The King’s Speech“: King George VI learns to overcome a stutter, in order to rally the English people around the Allied troops in World War II. Also the charming story of the friendship of two men, a royal and a commoner. Read My Complete Review.
2) “True Grit “: The second movie based on the book of the same title is a terrific Western, beautifully shot with mostly great acting. A young girl hires a federal marshal to find and hunt down the man who killed her father. Set in 1800s America. Read My Complete Review.
3) “Mao’s Last Dancer“: A Chinese ballet dancer, who is seized from his family to dance for Communist China, yearns for freedom and realizes his dreams in the United States. An uplifting, touching, patriotic movie about the greatness of America. Read My Complete Review.
4) “127 Hours“: This is the story of Aaron Ralston, a weekend hiker and mountain-climber whose hand gets stuck under a boulder in the wilderness. Stars the talented James Franco who shows great range of emotion and acting. Read My Complete Review.
5) “Hereafter“: Three people’s stories intersect as they try to either reach lost loved ones and/or prove that there is a hereafter. Touching and can’t miss the cute English twin boy actors, Frankie and George McLaren. Read My Complete Review.
6) “Despicable Me (Read My Complete Review)“: Terrific, cute, hilarious animated movie that adults and kids will enjoy, starring Steve Carell as the world’s greatest villain and mean guy who plots to shrink the moon and steal it from the sky, so he can continue to maintain funding from the Bank of Evil. But he’s touched and softened by the young orphan girls he adopts. Read My Complete Review.
7) “The Next Three Days“: Heart-pounding thriller filled with unpredictable twists from beginning to end, as a man plots to free his wife–who has been convicted of murder–from prison and flee the country. Top-notch Russell Crowe stuff. Read My Complete Review.
8) “Heartbreaker [L’arnacoeur]“: Cute, light, fun French-language film with English subtitles about a man who breaks up relationships for a living. With his sister’s and brother-in-law’s help, he makes the women fall in love with him, then dumps them. Funny, quick, and tight. Read My Complete Review.
9) “Harry Brown“: Michael Caine, in an even more brutal, British version of “Death Wish,” avenges the British gang killing of his only friend. A former Marine, he outsmarts the police repeatedly and gives the bad guys what they deserve. Read My Complete Review.
10) “Inception“: Pretentious, but cool and inventive sci-fi movie about a gang of dream bandits, led by Leonardo DiCaprio, who enter people’s dreams (and even further dream levels beyond that) to steal information and plant seeds to change behavior in real life. Is this real life, or are you in a dream? Better check your talisman. But don’t enter a dream without bringing an architect to design the maze for you, first. It was the perfect, ambiguous ending that finally won me over. Read My Complete Review.
Honorable Mention/Documentary – “Exit Through Gift Shop“: Don’t confuse my enjoyment of this fun, light, very cool movie with an endorsement of either vandalism a/k/a graffiti or Banksy, the anti-Israel director of this movie (who did a little graffiti on Israel’s very necessary counter-terrorism fence). But you’ll enjoy this story of a French immigrant to Los Angeles who styles himself a street graffiti artist counter-revolutionary and, instead, turns himself into one of the biggest, most commercial capitalists in the pop art world. Love the Rubik’s Cube stuff his cousin does, too. If you like pop art, like I do, you’ll have fun with this. And even if you don’t, it’s entertaining. Since we don’t want to give anti-Israel Banksy even a penny, best to take this out of the library or wait ’til it’s on cable. Read My Complete Review.
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