A Look Back…2010

Posted: 26th February 2012 by ben in movies/film
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2010

  1. Toy Story 3

    “Yeah, I knew Lotso. He was a good toy. A friend. We had the same owner, Daisy. I was there when Lotso got unwrapped. Daisy loved us all. But Lotso… Lotso was special. They did everything together. Never seen a kid and toy more in love. One day we took a drive, hit a rest stop, had a little playtime. After lunch, Daisy fell asleep. She never came back. So we waited. Lotso wouldn’t give up. It took forever, but we finally made it back to Daisy’s. But by then, it was too late. Something changed inside Lotso that day. Something snapped.”
    -Chuckles

    Incredible. The only movie I teared up at this year was about toys. I am an adult. Pixar works miracles. I was 9 years old when Toy Story came out and I like the franchise even more now, 24 years old with a masters degree. This is the most inspired movie I’ve ever seen, and it’s technically a kids movie. The third kids movie in a franchise about toys. I can’t name one thing Toy Story 3 could have done better, even the opening short film was mesmerizing. The best movie of the year. Alright, I’m off to see how much I’m going for on eBay.

    “Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
    -Andy

  2. The Fighter

    “I’m not a stepping stone anymore.”
    “I’m the one fighting… not you, not you and not you!”
    “This is my shot at the title, I won’t get another one after this.”

    The script is more conventional than you might think but the performances in this movie are why I love it. And I figured out all on my own that the title “The Fighter” has a secret double meaning! Not only is Micky Ward a literal fighter in the ring, but he also achieves success in life by fighting through tough circumstances, get it? Best performance of the year goes to Christian Bale as he transforms himself once again as Dickie, the drug addled half brother of Marky Mark. Bonus points for Conans sister.

    “That guy did not just get off the fuckin’ couch. If he did, I’m gonna get a couch like that.”
    -Micky Ward

  3. The Social Network

    “I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.”

    I became so absorbed with the way David Fincher put this movie together that I watched every special feature and the audio commenary on the blu-ray in practically one sitting. Best script of the year from Aaron Sorkin and best director of the year for Fincher. This list isn’t written in pencil, it’s written in ink.

    “Did I adequately answer your condescending question?”
    -Mark Zuckerberg

  4. Inception

    “I wish. I wish more than anything. But I can’t imagine you with all your complexity, all you perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real wife. You’re the best I can do; but I’m sorry, you are just not good enough.”
    -Cobb

    Christopher Nolan’s near perfect track record is still intact, following The Dark Knight with a sprawling epic about dreams, ideas and the subconcious. No other director could have pulled off something so bold and imaginitive as this. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s antigravity hallway fight wins best fight sequence of the year. And the top falls at the end, you can hear it.

    “Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!”
    -Saito

  5. 127 Hours

    “You know, I’ve been thinking. Everything is… just comes together. It’s me. I chose this. I chose all this. This rock… this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. It’s entire life, ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million, billion years ago. In space. It’s been waiting, to come here. Right, right here. I’ve been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath that I’ve taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the out surface.”
    -Aron Ralston

    Great energy. Great soundtrack. Danny Boyles use of haunting sounds and imagery are perfect. Amazing that everyone already knows the story and the ending but I was still watching this on the edge of my seat. Worth it for “the scene” alone.

  6. The Town

    “Driver’s name is Arthur Shea. Former Metro Police officer, fifty-seven years old. Soon as his partner leaves with the coal bag, Artie cracks a Herald, and he don’t look up ’til the guy gets back. Marty Maguire. Cummins Armored courier. Five-ten, two-twenty, fifty-two years old. Picks up every Wednesday and Friday at exactly 8:12, makes a hundred and ten dollars a day, carries a Sig nine. And he’s about to get robbed.”

    Some of the best heist sequences (bank heists, for dream heists see: #4 Inception) and car chases all but make up for the lame final beard scene.

    “You know, people get up everyday and do the same thing. And tell themselves they’re going to change their life one day and they never do. I’m going to change mine. Why don’t you do it with me?”
    -Doug MacRay

  7. Tron: Legacy

    “The Grid.
    A digital frontier.
    I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer.
    What do they look like? Ships, motorcycles.
    With the circuits like freeways.
    …I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see.
    And then, one day… I got in.”
    -Kevin Flynn

    Daft Punk and awesome visuals carry a good enough plot for me to crave this movie on blu-ray. Fake Jeff Bridges looks really fake though.
    Best: Soundtrack

    “Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you’d be so kind.”
    -Castor

  8. Inside Job

    “This is no dry economics lesson; it is a vital wake-up call.”
    -Colin Covert

    Suck it Michael Moore, this is how you make a documentary. With actual facts that show you how things work and why things are the way they are. I feel like an expert on the mortgage crisis after seeing this. Filled with blame to go around on all sides of the political spectrum, you can’t write this off as a liberal rant or conservative dribble. The most important thing I learned: everyone is a scumbag. My blood is still boiling.
    Best: Documentary

    “Inside Job really is the movie of the decade, unfortunately.”
    -Stuart Klawans

  9. True Grit

    “You give out very little sugar with your pronouncements. While I sat there watchin’ I gave some thought to stealin’ a kiss… though you are very young, and sick… and unattractive to boot. But now I have a mind to give you five or six good licks with my belt.”
    -LaBoeuf

    An impressive genre western by the bros Coen. Probably the best performance I’ve seen from Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges was awesome as usual, not much more to say.

    “Ground’s too hard. Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.”
    -Rooster Cogburn

  10. Shutter Island

    “You’re as violent as they come. I know. because I’m as violent as they come. Don’t embarrass yourself by denying your own blood lust, son. Don’t embarrass me. If the constraints of society were removed, and I was all that stood between you and a meal, you’d crack my skull with a rock and eat my meaty parts.”
    -Warden

    The Marty/Leo combo scores again with this one. Not a ton of action but the slow build-up of the events that occur on the island pay off at the end. Duly-appointed federal marshalls CRACK MY TEN.

    “Which would be worse, to live as a monster or die as a good man?”
    -Teddy Daniels

  11. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    “You made me swallow my gum! That’s going to be in my digestive tract for seven years!”
    -Gideon Graves

    Most quotable movie of the year with a visually dazzling style. It’s a shame this movie had a disappointing script or it would have been much higher on the list. I want to play Ninja Ninja Revolution.

    “Your BF’s about to get eff’d in the b!”
    -Roxy Richter

  12. Triangle

    Technically a 2009 release overseas, this hit the U.S. in February straight to DVD. And it is a gem. Does it make sense? Maybe not, but I think I love it regardless. I literally can’t say anything about the plot without major spoilers, so please see this movie now however you can. Just download it illegally, everyone does it.

  13. The Book of Eli

    “In all these years I’ve been carrying it and reading it every day, I got so caught up in keeping it safe that I forgot to live by what I learned from it.”
    -Eli

    Manages to weave a spiritual journey into a post-apocalyptic action movie. A shocking surprise ending that probably doesn’t fit with the rest of the movie but I don’t care, it’s my list.

  14. I Love You Phillip Morris

    Old Jim Carey is back. Not his funniest work ever but easily his best comedy since Liar Liar in 1997. If you want to see Jim Carey having gay sex with Ewan McGregor, SEE THIS MOVIE! I would list some favorite quotes but I think they’re too dirty for Facebook.
    Best: Comedy

  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

    I don’t read the books but this made me very excited for Part 2. Not as cool as Azkaban but I was entertained. For those who said it was a boring road trip movie, shut up you’re wrong.

  16. The King’s Speech

    “If I am King, where is my power? Can I declare war? Form a government? Levy a tax? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them.”
    -King George VI

    I wasn’t expecting too much from this as speech impediments don’t sound like the most interesting topic for a movie. But the way it fuses King George’s personal problems with worldwide issues is fantastic and makes for a riveting history lesson.

I awkwardly made a top 16 last year, damn good list of movies besides a few things: The Kings Speech sucks but at least it was only my #16 pick. I ranked The Town and The Fighter way too high. Toy Story 3 is clearly the best movie of last year but followed closely by The Social Network and Inception. Good year for Fincher and Nolan.

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