In my opinion 2010 has been one of the best years for film for an incredibly long time. We've had the biggest ever blockbuster Avatar reach the highest grossing film of all time status (granted it was released in 2009) the first part to the conclusion of the much loved Harry Potter series and there's no forgetting Inception!
But as well as all this large scale blockbusters we've had some really excellent indie films too. Such as Fish Tank, The Runaways, Greenberg, Chloe... and many more! So what are your top 10 films of 2010! (and I thought it might be nice if we all gave a little reason why they're our favourites and the cheapest place to pick them up at the moment?
10. Going the Distance
Now this isn't my usual choice of film, but I went to a free screening (courtesy of this forum's freebee section) and loved it! I definitely think it's one of the strongest Romantic Comedies of the past however many years, had me in stitches quite a few times and there were strong comedic performances from the entire main cast.
Currently unreleased but is scheduled for release on the 31st of Jan!
9. Exit Through the Gift Shop
I've always been intrigued by the whole Banksy thing, so when I read that 'a film by Banksy' was gonna be released I was quite excited hoping that it would clear some of this foggy charade that surrounds him. It didn't. But it was an incredibly engaging and enjoyable documentary!
Surprisingly you can nab a copy for £3.99 from HMV.com at the moment! Very hot!
8. My Name Is Khan
This is another one that I wouldn't have just picked up and watched. But I was in Chennai and the Indians I was staying with took me to see it. And I was amazed, it's an exceedingly thought provoking film with some incredibly moving performances!
Cheapest place is Choices online and it's £7.84!
7. Toy Story 3
The long awaited trilogy completer was finally here. And I was first in line to see it, and it was not at all disappointing! Thoroughly enjoyable feel-good (in places) family film... wouldn't dare say it's Pixars best. But it's up there!
Lots of different ways of buying this, starting at £12.95 for DVD and £14.97 for Blu-Ray
6. Paper Man
I read a couple of positive reviews about this when it was on it's festival run in America last year and finally got to see it a couple of months back when it finally traveled across the pond! Emma Stone really marks her territory in this film and I was pleased (and slightly shocked) to find Lisa Kudrow in a role that has distanced her largely from Pheobe Buffay from Friends. Truly brilliant acting at the neon end by Emma Stone, deserves an Oscar!
Isn't readily available on the UK market but look out for American Imports!
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Wow. The past few Harry Potter films have been to such a high standard, the only thing missing was half of each book. Splitting the final book into two films has done this franchise wonders, no doubt it will create a massive revenue at the box office (when combining both of them) and it has actually made the films narratively stronger. This film was full of amazing graphics, incredibly storytelling (I mention the story of The Deathly Hallows here) and surprisingly (as this is the first time in all 7 films...) excellent acting from the three main cast. Oh how they've grown from film 1!
Once again not yet released, but is still in cinemas so go catch it before it's too late!
Such a superb film, with one of the most memorable fight scenes (Strobe lighting) executed magnificently that even those who thought the rest of the film was dire were left gobsmacked. Additionally a sharp-tongued script giving form to Britains answer to Diablo Cody: Jane Goldman!
£4.99 on DVD, £9.97 on Blu-Ray
3. Easy A
Reading the blub this sounds like a tacky 21st century Cruel Intentions. But no, it's SO much more than that. Quick fire dead pan jokes throughout the entire script and once again (wont be the last of her yet...) an incredibly performance from Emma Stone which she has just received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for. If you havent seen it, you should!
DVD is listed for release in March, and the Blu-Ray is on Pre-Order in MyMemory's 2 for £20 deal! BARGAIN!
I like every other film goer in the country was blown away.
Oh, Emma Stone... AGAIN! It has been one heck of a year for Emma! As I mentioned earlier she deserved an Oscar for a performance in Paper Man, she got a Golden Globe nod for Easy A and she's also in what is set to be a sure-fire cult film! Although being released late 2009 it found its way into my home upon it's home-video release earlier this year, so that's how it gets into 2010!
But this film? What is there to say? Cracking soundtrack, check! Casting to the highest quality, check! A unique and fresh take on a tired and cliched genre, check! and to top it all off it's STUPIDLY stylish! I just can't get enough of it... or Emma!
So, what films did you love this year?