The Best Movies of 2010

The Academy Awards air tonight, so I’m kind of forced to finish this now. Well, that and the fact that a couple days ago I finally saw all the films I wanted to see before I made this list. So, without further ado here are what I believe to be the best films of last year.

They are in descending order so…!!


15 – Centurion – A very entertaining movie pitting the Romans against the savage Britons. It wasn’t AMAZING, and the story was a little lacking, but it was damn fun to watch and Michael Fassbender is great, as he usually is.

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14 – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Not as good as Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, but extremely visually stimulating. I’ve read the comic, and I don’t know how I feel about some of the changes from it, but I still really liked the film. Get off Michael Cera’s back already, he did a good job of portraying Scott Pilgrim. Who do you think would have done better?

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13 – Kick-Ass - This isn’t the last comic book movie on this list. But, since I haven’t read the comic the other one is based on, and I’ve heard it doesn’t stick to it very closely, I’m going to go ahead and say this is the only comic book movie I’ve ever seen that improves upon the comic on which it is based. Sure, the ending is way more ridiculous and it’s much happier, but all the changes made for a much better story.

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12 – Shutter Island – I love Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio is probably my favorite actor, so this was almost automatic for me. But, instead of just going on favoritism, this is actually a very well put together film. I kind of guessed the end, but I think that’s more the fault of the source material than the filmmakers.

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11 – Going the Distance – Without a doubt one of the best romantic comedies that I’ve ever seen. They didn’t do the run-of-the-mill Katherine Heigl bullshit, they went for it and made an R-rated romantic comedy that men and women alike could appreciate. This might have hit home a little for me, because my girlfriend lives 100 miles away right now, but Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day make this movie incredibly watchable.

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10 – Four Lions – You probably just got to this movie and went “what the hell is Four Lions”? Well, it’s one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long time. It takes balls to make a satire about Islamic suicide bombers, and I went into this unsure if I’d like it, but just like last year’s World’s Greatest Dad this is an amazing black comedy.

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9 – The A-Team - If you haven’t had a problem with any of the movies on this list so far, you might have a problem with this one. But hey, this is my list, and I might agree with you a little. This is completely RIDICULOUS, but that’s what I loved about it. It’s like they didn’t care, they were going to do crazy shit and make things explode. I loved almost every minute of it. All the minutes Jessica Biel were in I wasn’t much of a fan of.

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8 – The Town – Bah-stun! I didn’t see Gone Baby Gone, so I wasn’t expecting much from this Ben Affleck crime drama, but it was really good. Jeremy Renner was great, deserving of his Best Supporting Actor nomination(he won’t win), and the action sequences were well done without being over-the-top. Another thing about Renner, this is the best movie I’ve ever seen him in(take that The Hurt Locker!).

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7 – Red – Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, & Brian Cox all kicking ass. It’s also incredibly funny and has some crazy action moments; like John Malkovich killing a guy by hitting a grenade back at him baseball style.

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6 – Black Swan – If you want a cutesy movie about ballerinas you’re looking in the wrong place. This is a sexy psychological thriller with an amazing performance by Natalie Portman. I originally wasn’t that interested in seeing this, but the fact that it was directed by Darren Aronofsky, and a nudge from my girlfriend, I did, and I loved it. It also has a great performance from Barbara Hershey as the overbearing mother. She got snubbed for an Academy Award nomination, she deserved it more than Jacki Weaver.

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5 – Toy Story 3 – An incredibly entertaining kids movie with adult themes. I loved this movie, yet it destroyed me. Destroyed! What is it about Toy Story movies where every time I watch one I actually feel bad that I have toys in a plastic container in my basement? I’m not afraid to admit that the incinerator scene where the TOYS ACCEPT THEIR FATE AND CHOOSE TO DIE TOGETHER made me cry harder than I can remember crying anytime in the recent past. It’s such a touching scene, and a scene I don’t think kids would understand.

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4 – The Fighter – Five minutes in and I was ready to give Christin Bale the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. There are so many great performances in this that Mark Wahlberg gets kind of lost within them. I’ve never been a huge fan of boxing movies, like Ali or Rocky, but I loved The Fighter. I almost just said this is the last movie on this list that takes place in Massachusetts, but that is a lie, there’s one more.

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3 – The Social Network – Facebook is such a huge part of everyone’s lives now. If it wasn’t for Facebook I doubt I would have kept in touch with my current girlfriend beyond graduation from college. David Fincher took a story about an asshole that started one of the world’s most popular websites and became the youngest billionaire in the world and made him somewhat loveable. And yes, this is the last movie that at least partially takes place in Massachusetts.

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2 – Inception - This is definitely the best sci-fi movie of the year, which we really appreciate around here at Never Not a Nerd. Christopher Nolan crafted a great story about idea thieves who are suddenly tasked with implanting an idea other than stealing them. The visuals and score made this film an unforgettable experience. This was my number one film, until I finally saw the one that took its place.

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1 – The King’s Speech – Another film that I really wasn’t expecting to care for that much, but I loved. It’s not promoted as a comedy, but I laughed throughout a lot of it. The relationship between Lionel and Bertie(Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth) is so great and believable that I wish they could both receive Best Actor Oscars for their performances(Supporting actor, between Geoffrey Rush and Christian Bale, is the closest race in my opinion). The King’s Speech is one of the best buddy dramedies I have ever seen, and that makes it 2010’s best film.

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