2010 in Film: A Droids Perspective

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Now that we’re officially in the new year it’s time to take a look back at 2010. After browsing through the list of films I’ve seen in 2010 (85 in total), I was surprised to see that, all things considered, it wasn’t too bad of a year. While there weren’t too many films I consider ‘classics’, I’ve enjoyed a substantial amount of the years releases in one way or another. That said, it’s not all rainbows and lollipops, as there were still far too many absolute stinkers, which I will get to in a minute. But first, the good news. Here’s my list of the best and worst films of 2010 along with a few other categories for your debating pleasure. Let the arguing begin!


The Bestest Most Enjoyablest Film of 2010 (Not in the Top 10)

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Salt

This film is the perfect summer blockbuster. Philip Noyce takes a ridiculous premise and does a runner, flatly ignoring plot holes and instead ramping up the action and thrills with Angelina Jolie along for the ride as Evelyn Salt, a maybe or maybe not Russian spy. Huge fun.

Other worthy candidates are Solomon Kane, Unstoppable, Robin Hood,  The Sorcerers Apprentice and Knight and Day.

                                                                        
The Biggest Surprise of 2010

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Date Night

From the director of Night at the Museum and the Pink Panther remake comes an action comedy that actually includes action and comedy! Needless to say this film took me by surprise, especially after watching Date Night soon after witnessing the horror of ‘The Bounty Hunter’.

Special mention to The A-Team, which was a film I fully expected to loathe, but was pretty damned entertaining.


The Most Overrated Film of 2010

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I will preface this with that statement that I don’t think any of these films are “bad” per se. They’re just nowhere near worthy of all the accolades they’re getting. Hence the “overrated”.

The Social Network

A well acted, directed, written, made, produced, edited, scored, shot, marketed, released, instantly forgotten borefest about a completely unlikeable douchebag involved in various acts of douchebaggery. Could not care a less.

The runners up in a very close race are Somewhere and The Fighter, both okay films, particularly The Fighter, but whoa nelly are they getting their nuts unjustly caressed.


The Best Performance of 2010

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James Franco in 127 Hours.

Wow. Just wow. Franco nails this performance as the reckless adventure seeking Aron Ralston, who somehow conspired to get his arm trapped under a rock and has to do the unthinkable to survive. Franco elevates the film into “great” territory with a likeable, intense, fascinating performance. Simply brilliant.

Some other terrific performances that deserve a mention are Natalie Portman for her searingly intense portrayal of a ballet dancers decent into madness in Black Swan, Tahar Rahim in A Prophet, Woody Harrelson as Defendor, Jim Sturgess leading the years best ensemble in The Way Back, Jackie Weaver as the den mother of a family of criminals in Animal Kingdom and although I hated the film, I have to concede that Ryan Reynolds in Buried was excellent.


The Worst Performance of 2010

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Sigh. I wish this was true. But as embarrassing to themselves and their entire nation as the English cricket team performing the sprinkler dance is, it’s not a patch on this bloke. Easily the worst performance of 2010. And he’s helpfully carried it over to 2011.

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That’s great Mitch. How about less time trying to fit your fist in your mouth and more time learning how to bowl six straight deliveries you useless twat.

                                                               
The Worst Film of 2010

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Iron Man 2

I originally gave this 1 1/2 Changs, which is far, far too generous in hindsight. What was I thinking? It’s a colossal failure in every respect. It’s not entertaining at all. In fact it’s irritatingly dull. Not even a leather clad Scarlett Johansson can save it. Utter garbage. I’m hereby unveiling my new rating for Iron Man 2, and this rating applies to every film on this list.

APE

The rest of the dreck that round out the Bottom 10, in order are Cop Out, The Bounty Hunter, Splice, Legion, Predators, A Nightmare on Elm Street, MacGruber, Killers, Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Good lord, what a terrible list that is.


The Best Film of 2010

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Inception

The backlash against this film began pretty quickly. “It’s a smart film for dumb people” they said. I say it’s a two-plus hour therapy session masquerading as a brilliantly constructed action adventure. I don’t care. Let the naysayers have their Sofia Coppola’s, and I’ll have Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thrill ride. It’s a terrific film start to finish and most importantly, holds up on second viewing and then some.

The runners up, which are all excellent films, are A Prophet, Black Swan, Bitch Slap, Animal Kingdom, 127 Hours, The Town, The Way Back, Centurion, and Defendor.

And thus ends another year. Not too shabby from the looks of that list.

 

Droid

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In between refining my procrastination skills I talk a lot of shit about movies and such.

38 responses to “2010 in Film: A Droids Perspective”

  1. Jarv says :

    That monkey is really funny

    • Tom_Bando says :

      Ahhh Droid, did you Finally get to watch the classic, the Unique, the Uber 70’s Simian SuperFlick A*P*E*?! the Korean Extraction Point, as it were, for all fine cinematic Ventures.

      See told ya there was an alternative to the double orang eye poke!

      • Droid says :

        I wish Bando. I acquired it (the screenshot you see), but it’s in german! Damn germans! Will their crimes against humanity ever cease!?

  2. Jarv says :

    Also was Bitch Slap 2010?

    Which reminds me- season of the witch is getting shafted

  3. Droid says :

    Just updated this with something I forgot to include. What a useless dickhead.

  4. Jarv says :

    Oh he’s not alone.

    I’m doing the post mortem tomorrow

  5. Xiphos0311 says :

    Haven’t seen much on this list except for Inception which I found to be mediocre and suffering under the weight of it’s own self perceived importance. The Crazies which was really good and The Fighter and The Town both of which were excellent.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I forgot Centurion which was fun stabbery that needed to be cut down by about 5 or so minutes.

    • Droid says :

      There’s not much I love more than sports movies, but The Fighter never took off for me. Micky was such a bland, uninteresting person that he was completely overshadowed by Dicky and his family. I’m sure that’s all true to life and all that, but I simply couldn’t get involved in his story. There was so much screen time dedicated to Dicky that it took away from Micky. If they wanted to tell his story then okay, tell it. But because they knew that Micky had no personality and his story really wasn’t that interesting (at least the way it was told here) they focused a lot on Dicky, and it didn’t work. For me anyway.

      I really like The Crazies. That was on the shortlist for the top 10.

      • Tom_Bando says :

        I (Obviously) liked the Fighter better than you did, Droid–however it’s true Wahlberg played him as a rather flat, bland kinda guy. And where were those Ward/Gatty fights??? he had 3 great bouts w/ him.

        Here is a case in point:

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  6. redfishybluefishy says :

    i just saw 127 hours today and yes, James Franco is amazing. Great movie and, considering it is pretty much a one man show, there is an impressive lack of narration and the monologue was kept to a minimum. i love when directors assume the audience is smart. so much of it is told visually.

    Salt was entertaining but forgettable.

    Iron Man 2 really was truly awful.

    Inception was really good and I agree with your therapy session analogy, Droid. I enjoyed it quite a lot but, strangely, i have no desire to see it again.

    As for the overall year, honestly I haven’t seen all that many.

    I really enjoyed the Harry Potter movie even though it was only the first half. Not as good as Azkaban, but not far behind. WAY better than the last one.

    Never Let Me Go was well worth seeing. I loved the visual setup… everything in the ‘school’ is a mishmash of eras, like a flea market extravaganza. Very quiet and thoughtful without being manipulative. It presents the issues but let’s you do the moralizing. I love this old school kind of sci-fi; thoughtful rather than all about what to blow up next.

    The King’s Speech was rather infectiously charming. Ironic that this ‘feel good’ movie was all based around the speech for the start of WWII.

    • Droid says :

      Never Let Me Go is excellent. It placed just outside the Top 10. The only thing I’ll say is that the importance placed on the “gallery” in the film isn’t quite established enough. The book does it better (because it has time to). It helped that I’d read the book beforehand.

      I want to see the Kings Speech. Geoffrey Rush is awesome.

      Franco was brilliant.

  7. Continentalop says :

    Interesting list, but to pick Inception over Un prophete is blasphemy! Blasphemy!

    Actually, I’ve come to a theory is a film that is impervious to criticism or praise.

    • Continentalop says :

      Ineption I mean is impervious.

    • Droid says :

      Un Prophete is undoubtably brilliant, and I seriously considered it for top spot, but it came down to rewatchability. I don’t think I’ll watch Un Prophete again for a long time. Inception I have, and probably will again in the nearish future.

  8. just pillow talk says :

    Sigh…there is no way Iron Man 2 is the worst film. Looking at it by itself, yup, it’s boring and just kind of “there”. But compared to say The Bounty Hunter, nope it’s definitely not the worst film out there. 500 Days of Summer was worse. Legion was worse. I think the Backup Plan came out last year, and that was worse. Letters to Juliet worse.

    • koutchboom says :

      Naw I’m with Droid. Legion/Juliet/Bounty (500 days was good and it was 2009) there was 0 expectations for them to be good, also none of them where a tent pole release film. Like you wanna know why everyone bitched all summer that this was the worst year ever at the movies??? Because Ironman 2 was probably one the weakest summer openers in recent memory.

    • Droid says :

      Koutch said it. No one expected The Bounty Hunter to be good. It was fucking terrible and met expectations. Iron Man 2 however has no excuses. It really should’ve been infinitely better.

      Haven’t seen Backup Plan or Juliet, thank christ.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah I haven’t scene The Bounty Hunter/Plan/Juliet no plans to either. But I’m almost certain I’d enjoy at least one of those slightly more then Iron Man 2. Mainly because I never have expectations going into those things and sometimes I end up at least enjoying it.

        Well who knows recently maybe they are as bad as everything else. The last two chick flicks I saw fucking blew (Its Complicated and Eat Prey Love) and I thought there was more of an outside chance of me enjoying those two more then the first three. I don’t like Anniston/J Lo/Siegfried I don’t mind Roberts/Streep.

      • Droid says :

        Its Complicated fucking sucks. It somehow made me briefly hate 3 actors I really like.

        I will NEVER watch Eat Shit Bitch.

      • just pillow talk says :

        I guess that comes from how one defines worst film. You should really have called Iron Man 2 “Most disappointing film”.

      • Droid says :

        No the most disappointing film of 2010 is Splice. I fully expected that to be good/great. Boy was I wrong.

        Iron Man 2 is utter shit. Me no likey.

      • koutchboom says :

        No I still say Iron Man 2 is the worst. Because it was so trite it was pathetic. Fuck at least Eat Prey/Complicated were just failed original(ish) ideas for movies. Iron Man 2 was just so miserable you wonder how a movie like that just gets money thrown at it. Plus RDJ was terrible in it, it always felt like he didn’t want to be there anymore, some of the lamest action pieces I’ve scene in a long time. There were only 3 action scenes I think and none of them made any fucking sense. Something like Eat Prey/Bounty Hunter just failes because its a failed concept from the get go, but Iron Man 2 could’ve easily been just a fun ride of a film but its just so staggering/painfully dull and lifeless.

      • just pillow talk says :

        Not a chance you would enjoy either one Koutch.

  9. koutchboom says :

    So the main movies I still need to see this year are…

    The Town/Fighting Owls/A-Team/Black Swan/127/Megamind/Catfish/The Losers/Kings Speech/The American/Tangled

    Other movies I don’t really need to see but still want to

    Devil/Splice/Nightmare Remake/Charlie St. Cloud/Frozen/Greenburg/Knight and Day/Enter the Void/Jonah Hex/Vahalla Rising

    Going to try to do that all by the end of the month. FUCKING netflix and there lame 30 day wait bullshit.

    • Droid says :

      I’m interested to hear your opinion on Legend of the Guardians. I liked it.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah i really wanted to see it in theaters. I hope the Road Runner short is on the DVD I’m gonna pissed if its not. I figure I’ll like it. I’ve liked all Synder films the first time I’ve seen them. But rewatching 300 bored the shit out of me, and I’ve only caught bits and pieces of Dawn Of The Dead since I first saw it and it looks really cheesy second time through. Haven’t gone back to watch Turdman again.

        I think Synder though is a good study in the idea that the only true art left in films is the trailer.

      • Droid says :

        Its the first Snyder flick where the slo-mo actually works. The animation is really good. I’ve seen DotD and 300 once. DotD was okay. Hated 300. Seen Watchmen twice, the ultra fucking directors cut with the animation the second time. Never again.

  10. LB says :

    Ahh-yes, cocial network *is* waaayyyyy over-rated. That made my day. Cheers!

  11. ThereWolf says :

    I’ve not seen many of these.

    ‘Inception’ is magnificent – fuck the backlash. I’ve got ‘A Prophet’ lined up on Lovefilm (and ‘Defendor’… and ‘Bitch Slap’), looking forward to that.

    Thoroughly enjoyed ‘Centurion’, ‘Solomon Kane’ and ‘The Crazies’.

    ‘Legion’ was fucking hopeless and ‘Splice’ – shite, and I really wanted to like it. Shite. And unintentionally funny.

    Nice one, Droid.

  12. MORBIUS says :

    Ho Droid,

    Agreed with some, mainly Inception,
    dissed on others, The Social Network.

    Have yet to see 127 Hours, is it very
    graphic, the actual truncation scene?

    Missed The Owls of Ga’Hoolie movie,
    but will be seeing it soon at home.
    Did you see it in 3-D? The animation
    in the trailers looked very sharp.

    Nicely written mate.

  13. redfishybluefishy says :

    hey morbius! yeah, it is a little graphic, but way less than a horror movie. it’s desperate and survival based and really a cerebral and stylized moment where you kind of feel like you’re in his delirium. it’s intense, but not over-the-top.

  14. tombando says :

    I thought 300 was just fine, but never need to see it again. One and done there. It played like a video game to me-keep on slayin’ that there endless stream of Persians coming around the bend, you know? The movie itself was strange.

    Today-I will go see True Grit. Sounds good.

  15. ABh says :

    agreed, especially regarding the social network. I felt that I did not know anything about the characters after the movies, it is a well documented event. No oscar nomination for Nolan, sad is the word.

    • Droid says :

      No nom for Nolan and no nom for Danny Boyle, but Fincher and Russell get nominated for their uninteresting films? That’s why we don’t give a damn about the Oscars around here.

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