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Best Films of 2010

Posted by: Matthew Turner 17/12/2010 @ 11:58
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Films seen so far this year: 462
Films seen this week: The Shop Around the Corner (again), For Colored Girls, A Serbian Film, The Thorn in the Heart, Barney's Version, The Tourist, On Tour, Enemies of the People, Chalet Girl, Tangled, Burlesque (again), Fred: The Movie, Animals United, Morning Glory

Top Ten Films of 2010
And so the annual list-making extravaganza is on us once again. Film reviewers live for this time of year and will happily reel off their top tens of the year to total strangers on the tube. What? Just me? I find that hard to believe. Anyway, before I release mine onto the world, the usual caveats apply – first of all, I do mine by UK release dates rather than the ridiculous February cut-off that the BAFTAs et al all adhere to (which usually means half the BAFTA-nominated films are things the public haven't seen yet) and secondly, let me tell you, when you see almost every film released in a year (I've seen 462 films this year so far), it is AGONY whittling them all down to ten. So I've done a top 20 instead, but the top ten are my top ten.

1. Winter's Bone
2. Dogtooth
3. The Social Network
4. Mary & Max
5. Enter the Void
6. Whip It
7. How to Train Your Dragon
8. Lourdes
9. Gentlemen Broncos
10. Bad Lieutenant

Before any Toy Story 3 fans start posting abusive comments, let me say that the only reason Toy Story 3 didn't make the top ten is because I already had two animated films there and I prefer How to Train Your Dragon and Mary & Max. Secondly, I agonised long and hard over whether to include Inception in the top 10 but ultimately decided I couldn't quite justify it, though I do concede that Inception is the film 2010 will be remembered for.

11. Toy Story 3
12. Inception
13. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
14. World's Greatest Dad
15. Mother
16. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
17. Tamara Drewe
18. Shutter Island
19. Ponyo
20. Splice

Special mentions are also due to five more: Kick-Ass, A Prophet, The Brothers Bloom, Catfish and (a personal favourite) Youth in Revolt.
Also, since we're talking about the films of the year, this seems an appropriate place to post this fabulous compilation video of 2010

Trailerwatch: Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides
Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in. I really didn't think I had any interest in seeing the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie (largely because the second and third were so unremittingly awful), but shiver my timbers, the latest trailer looks amazing.
Subtitled On Stranger Tides, the film ditches Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley (hurrah!) in favour of a story about Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) going in search of The Fountain of Youth and encountering mermaids (sexy mermaids, by the looks of things), zombies (not so sexy) and Blackbeard the Pirate (a brilliantly cast Ian McShane). Best of all, he's helped by Penelope Cruz, who promises plenty of fiery, swashbuckling love interest action.

The trailer seems to tick all the boxes: swordplay, swinging around on ropes, explosive stunts and lots of Jack Sparrow one-liners - I swear there's even a bit where someone swings off a chandelier. All of which suggests that the film-makers have learned the lessons from the previous two movies and have gone back to what made the first one so much fun. Here's hoping, anyway – it opens here on May 18th.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):There was no blog last week so there are several new entries this week, including Mathieu Amalric's burlesque artistes drama On Tour, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, don't-let-anyone-tell-you-what-it's-about
documentary Catfish, British drama In Our Name (starring Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt as a soldier suffering from PTSD), harrowing Killing Fields documentary Enemies of the People and, just making it into 10th place, possibly for one week only, Burlesque, which isn't quite as much fun as it ought to have been (it's both too knowing and too tame) but is still worth seeing, particularly if you loved Showgirls, Coyote Ugly or Crossroads. Interview-wise, you can read our exclusive interview with Love Life star Carice van Houten, our exclusive interview with In Our Name star Joanne Froggatt, our exclusive interview with Henry Joost and Nev Schulman, the co-director and 'star' of Catfish here and our press conference interviews with the stars of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here and here.

1. The Social Network
2. On Tour
3. The Kids Are All Right
4. Easier With Practice
5. Megamind
6. Somewhere
7. Catfish
8. In Our Name
9. Enemies of the People
10. Burlesque

DVD of the Week: The Expendables (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is The Expendables, co-written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. Sly stars as the leader of a group of beret-wearing, motorbike-riding mercenaries that includes knife expert Jason Statham, pint-sized martial artist Jet Li, big gun enthusiast Terry Crews, explosion fanatic Randy Couture, trigger-happy sniper Dolph Lundgren and, er, tattoo artist Mickey Rourke After a couple of quick cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly and co embark on a mission to overthrow the Latin American dictator of the small island country of Vilena.

This is a perfectly cast, gleefully violent throwback to old-fashioned 80s action movies and as such, it's an enormous amount of fun, providing you like non-stop gunfights, explosions, punch-ups and stabbings and aren't too bothered about things like plot, character depth or dialogue. It is, to be fair, packed with the biggest and best explosions of the year – the harbour-bombing sequence is a particular highlight while the ending is a full-on explosion-fest. In a good way. A guilty pleasure. Extras include: a director's commentary with Stallone; a 7 minute Making Of featurette; a deleted scene; a short gag reel and a promo gallery.


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