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My Top Picks

  1. Kick Ass: Completely unexpected. I hated watchmen, so I was really not expecting this to be any good. It was brilliant!
  2. Insidious: Wow... This movie probably isn't to everyone's taste but I loved it - even those slightly corny moments at the end. The SFX were cheap but amazingly effective. Quite scary actually.
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: Wow. I wasn't expecting this. It was really good especially for a kid's film.
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: This was awesome and the only reason it isn't my number one top pick is because of all that camping. The camping bits were dull in the book too so it's not really the movie's fault.
  5. Toy Story 3: It was good but then anything by Pixar is good.
  6. Inception: I'm not going to rave over inception because it wasn't unique but it was still fairly well done.
  7. Shutter Island: Apart from a weak ending, it's another powerhouse performance from Leonardo DiCaprio.
  8. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Much better than it had any right to be.
  9. Let Me In: It was a remake and not as good as the original but it was still better than most films released this year.
  10. King's Speech, The: Quite a good period drama.
  11. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Despite the long title, this was actually quite good.
  12. Date Night: A very funny rom-com.
  13. You Again: A rom-com which rises well above the rest.


Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  1. Hævnen (aka In a Better World): I watched this in 2014 and was stunned that I missed it. Wow. Such a powerful film.
  2. Tomorrow, When the War Began: Ok, I was expecting some sort of low budget kiddie flick. Even worse, I figured that since it was Australian, low budget meant no budget. I was surprised to find a flick which was impressive to watch, relatively unpredictable and balanced moments of action with genuine pensive thought. There's a great shot of a girl looking up at a poster showing our colonial treatment of Aborigines which points to general realization that we too are being usurped - but it's not in your face. It's just a moment and it's left to repeat viewers of the film to catch by themselves.
  3. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A lot better than it had any right to be.
  4. Repo Men: Pretty action packed.
  5. Piranha 3D: At last a horror remake which actually gets the mix right.
  6. Tooth Fairy: This was surprisingly funnier than I was expecting. Maybe there's hope for the Rock as an Arnie replacement yet.
  7. Predators: Considering the footsteps it had to follow in... fairly good.
  8. Micmacs: Very funny. Feels a lot like Delicatessen.
  9. Four Lions: Probably the closest we'll get to Monty Python these days. British, Funny and about Terrorism
  10. Dogtooth: Yes, it's totally weird but it's actually quite an interesting art film
  11. Tron: Legacy: Much better than I was expecting. Had I known it would be as good as it was, I'd have wanted to see it in 3D at the movies.
  12. Alpha and Omega: Probably the most overlooked "good" kids film of the year.
  13. Hot Tub Time Machine: This sounds like a recipe for disaster but somehow it works.
  14. Legion: I wasn't expecting much from this film and figured it would be like Constantine. It's not. It's very different.
  15. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Surprisingly unusual.
  16. Alice in Wonderland: I'm a massive fan of the 1951 Alice in Wonderland cartoon and I've watched (and mostly enjoyed) several other versions, including notably Jan Svankmajer's scary 1988 version. I wasn't too keen on yet another retelling of the story, especially from Tim Burton who remade Willy Wonka with such detachment. This one at least has a vastly different story. In that sense, it was a surprise.


The Biggest Disappointments

  1. Nightmare on Elm Street, A (Remake): The original Elm Street film is a classic. You'd think that there was no way to muck it up but this remake gets it wrong on nearly all counts. The make-up is terrible, Freddy's voice is awful, the acting is bad and every change they made to the original story has made it worse. Gone is the awesome sequence when Nancy snags Freddy's hat. Gone are the furnace room scenes. Even the walking corpse scenes are massively lacking in impact.
  2. Lottery Ticket: Practically unintelligible. My kids asked me if those people were speaking a different language.
  3. The Expendables: A passable movie with way too many extreme close up shots. An amazing cast with very little to do.
  4. Sorcerer's Apprentice, The: This was terrible.
  5. The Edge of Darkness: It wasn't terrible, it was good - but it just lacked.... something.
  6. The Last Exorcism: It kept me watching... barely (and the ending was dull and predictable - except for the corny bits). The poster had me expecting a lot but I am so sick of hand-held camera movies now.
  7. Bounty Hunter, The: I think that in romantic comedies, you're supposed to care about the characters.

All the films I've seen at the Cinemas in 2010

  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
  2. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  3. The Edge of Darkness
  4. The Expendables
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  6. How to Train Your Dragon
  7. Inception
  8. Iron Man 2
  9. Karate Kid, The
  10. The Last Exorcism
  11. Little Fockers
  12. Tooth Fairy
  13. Tomorrow, When the War Began
  14. Toy Story

Films from 2010 I've seen on the Small Screen

  1. 127 Hours
  2. A Team
  3. After.Life
  4. Alice in Wonderland
  5. Alpha and Omega
  6. Avatar: Special Edition
  7. Bitch Slap
  8. Black Swan
  9. Book of Eli, The
  10. Bounty Hunter, The
  11. Buried
  12. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  13. Case 39
  14. Charlie St. Cloud
  15. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The
  16. Clash of the Titans
  17. Cop Out
  18. Crazies, The
  19. Cyrus
  20. Date Night
  21. Daybreakers
  22. Despicable Me
  23. Devil
  24. Disappearance of Alice Creed, The
  25. Dogtooth
  26. Due Date
  27. Faster
  28. Four Lions
  29. From Paris With Love
  30. Furry Vengeance
  31. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, The
  32. Green Zone
  33. Harry Brown
  34. Hot Tub Time Machine
  35. Human Centipede (First Sequence), The
  36. Illusionist, The
  37. Insidious
  38. Jackass 3D
  39. Jonah Hex
  40. Kick-Ass
  41. King's Speech, The
  42. Knight and Day
  43. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  44. Legion
  45. Let Me In
  46. Lottery Ticket
  47. Machete
  48. Megamind
  49. Monsters
  50. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  51. Nightmare on Elm Street, A (Remake)
  52. Paranormal Activity 2
  53. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  54. Piranha 3D
  55. Predators
  56. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  57. Red
  58. Repo Man
  59. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  60. Salt
  61. Saw 3D
  62. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  63. Shrek Forever After
  64. Shutter Island
  65. Skyline
  66. Social Network, The
  67. Sorcerer's Apprentice, The
  68. Splice
  69. Survival of the Dead
  70. Switch, The
  71. Tangled
  72. Trash Humpers
  73. Tron: Legacy
  74. Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The
  75. Unstoppable
  76. Vampires Suck
  77. Winter's Bone
  78. Wolfman, The
  79. Yogi Bear

What's Left to see from 2010

The boldface titles are the ones I'm most interested in.

  1. 12th & Delaware
  2. 20th Century Fox
  3. 3 Idiots
  4. 4.3.2.1
  5. 44 Inch Chest
  6. 8: The Mormon Proposition
  7. Ajami
  8. American, The
  9. Animal Kingdom
  10. Another Year
  11. Army of Crime, The
  12. Art of the Steal, The
  13. Babies
  14. Back-up Plan, The
  15. Behind the Burly Q
  16. Biutiful
  17. Black Waters of Echo's Pond, The
  18. Blue Valentine
  19. Boogie Woogie
  20. Break Ke Baad
  21. Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin
  22. Brooklyn's Finest
  23. Brotherhood
  24. Burlesque
  25. Cairo Time
  26. Carlos
  27. Casino Jack
  28. Casino Jack and the United States of Money
  29. Catfish
  30. Celine: Through the Eyes of the World
  31. Centurion
  32. Children of Invention
  33. Chloe*
  34. Cinema Guild
  35. City Island
  36. City of Your Final Destination, The
  37. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  38. Conviction
  39. Countdown to Zero
  40. Crayon
  41. Crazy on the Outside
  42. Creation
  43. Daddy Longlegs
  44. Dear John
  45. Death at a Funeral
  46. Defendor
  47. Dinner for Schmucks*
  48. District 13: Ultimatum
  49. Don McKay
  50. Double Negative
  51. Dry Land, The
  52. Easier with Practice
  53. Easy A
  54. Eat Pray Love*
  55. Elite Squad 2, The
  56. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  57. Extra Man, The
  58. Extraordinary Measures
  59. Eyes Wide Open
  60. Fair Game
  61. Farewell
  62. Father of My Children, The
  63. Fighter, The*
  64. Film Unfinished, A
  65. Finding Bliss
  66. Fish Tank
  67. Flipped
  68. For Colored Girls
  69. Formosa Betrayed
  70. Frankie and Alice
  71. Frozen*
  72. Garbage Dreams
  73. Get Him to the Greek
  74. Get Low
  75. Ghost Writer, The
  76. Girl on the Train, The
  77. Going the Distance
  78. Gone with the Pope
  79. Good Guy, The
  80. Good Heart, The
  81. Great Directors
  82. Greatest, The
  83. Greenberg
  84. Grown Ups
  85. Gulliver's Travels
  86. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
  87. Guzaarish
  88. Happy Tears
  89. Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess
  90. Here and There
  91. Holy Rollers
  92. House of Numbers
  93. How Do You Know
  94. Hubble 3D
  95. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  96. I Am Love
  97. I Love You Phillip Morris
  98. I Spit on Your Grave
  99. I Was Born, But...
  100. IFC Films
  101. Infidel, The
  102. Inside Job
  103. It's a Wonderful Afterlife
  104. It's Kind of a Funny Story
  105. Jack Goes Boating
  106. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  107. John Rabe
  108. Joneses, The
  109. Just Wright
  110. Killer Inside Me, The
  111. Killers
  112. Killing Jar, The
  113. Kimjongilia
  114. Kino International
  115. Kisses
  116. Kites: The Remix
  117. La Mission
  118. La Soga
  119. Last Airbender, The*
  120. Last Day of Summer
  121. Last Shot, The
  122. Last Song, The
  123. Le Amiche
  124. Leap Year
  125. Leaves of Grass
  126. Lebanon
  127. Letters to God
  128. Letters to Juliet
  129. Life as We Know It
  130. Life During Wartime
  131. Lightkeepers, The
  132. Like Dandelion Dust
  133. Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
  134. Looking for Eric
  135. Losers, The
  136. Lourdes
  137. Love and Other Drugs
  138. Love Ranch
  139. MacGruber
  140. Magnet Releasing
  141. Make-out with Violence
  142. Mao's Last Dancer
  143. Marmaduke*
  144. Marwencol
  145. Mesrine
  146. Metropia
  147. Middle Men
  148. Milk of Sorrow, The
  149. Morning Glory
  150. Mother and Child
  151. Mugabe and the White African
  152. Multiple Sarcasms
  153. Music Box Films
  154. My Name Is Khan
  155. My Soul to Take*
  156. Neshoba
  157. Never Let Me Go*
  158. Next Three Days, The*
  159. Night Catches Us
  160. North Face
  161. Nowhere Boy
  162. Nutcracker in 3D, The
  163. Oath, The
  164. Oceans
  165. Ondine
  166. Only When I Dance
  167. OSS 117: Lost in Rio
  168. Other Guys, The*
  169. Our Family Wedding
  170. Paper Man
  171. Patrik, Age 1.5
  172. Peepli Live
  173. People I've Slept With, The
  174. Perfect Game, The
  175. Perrier's Bounty
  176. Please Give
  177. Preacher's Kid
  178. Princess Kaiulani
  179. Prophet, A
  180. Pyaar Impossible!
  181. Raajneeti
  182. Raavan
  183. Rabbit Hole*
  184. Racing Dreams
  185. Ramona and Beezus
  186. Red Baron, The
  187. Remember Me
  188. Restrepo
  189. Robin Hood*
  190. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
  191. Runaways, The
  192. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
  193. Saint John of Las Vegas
  194. Salt of this Sea
  195. Secretariat
  196. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  197. Sex and the City 2
  198. She's Out of My League
  199. Shinjuku Incident, The
  200. Smash His Camera
  201. Solitary Man
  202. Somewhere
  203. Soul Kitchen
  204. Soundtrack for a Revolution
  205. South of the Border
  206. Spoken Word
  207. Spring Fever
  208. Spy Next Door, The
  209. Standing Ovation
  210. Step Up 3D
  211. Stolen
  212. Stone*
  213. Stonewall Uprising
  214. Sweetgrass
  215. Takers
  216. Tamara Drewe
  217. Tempest, The*
  218. Terribly Happy
  219. Tillman Story, The
  220. To Age or Not To Age
  221. To Save a Life
  222. Touching Home
  223. Tourist, The
  224. Town, The*
  225. Trotsky, The
  226. True Grit*
  227. Twelve
  228. Valentine's Day*
  229. Videocracy
  230. Virginity Hit, The*
  231. Waiting for Armageddon
  232. Waking Sleeping Beauty
  233. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  234. Warrior's Way, The
  235. What If...
  236. What's the Matter with Kansas?
  237. When in Rome
  238. When You're Strange
  239. Why Did I Get Married Too?
  240. Wild Grass
  241. Wildest Dream, The
  242. Wonderful World
  243. Yellow Handkerchief, The
  244. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  245. Youth in Revolt