Top 10 Films of 2010

For someone who writes reviews in his spare time, I think I’ve done a pretty decent job of keeping up with film this year. This list is coming to you in January rather than December because it’s much more complete this way; it’s amazing how different the top 10 looked just 30 days ago. So far I’ve seen 36 2010 releases, including 8 of the 10 best picture nominees, and not including a few whose status as a 2010 film is debatable: usually foreign films that didn’t see a US theatrical release. Surely the most glaring omissions are Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and David O. Russell’s The Fighter. The latter I simply didn’t find time to get out and see and the former hasn’t opened in my area yet. There aren’t a lot of other movies I was interested in that I didn’t get around to, so I feel like this list is pretty accurate in cataloging my favorite movie experiences this past year.

That’s what this list is. You’ll notice I titled it “Top films” rather than “Best” by some imaginary standard. While of course I think that many if not all of these movies are artistic and technical achievements, I am a man of simple taste. The final arbiter of whether or not a movie ended up here is how much I enjoyed it. So consider these recommendations from one movie buff to another. I’ll save the rest of my comments for the end. Here are my picks. READ FULL ARTICLE