The best of 2010: Top 5 Movies

Along with books, I’m just as big of a fan of movies. This year I haven’t seen as many as I normally do, but nonetheless here is my top 5 list for 2010. As with my top 5 book list, I’ll post a link to the review I did earlier in the year in case you want to check it out for more info:

5. The Social Network

Garnering a LOT of hype this year was the fictional adaptation of the origin of Facebook. To make it to #5 on my list says a lot for how good this movie was. I was not a fan of the idea of making it, but I was given the opportunity to watch a screening of it, so I said ‘hey, why not?’ I ended up enjoying it a lot, hence #5.

4. It’s kind of a funny story

This one probably won’t win any awards, because it appears to have flown quite under the radar. What makes this one so great for me is how it deals with the issue of depression and suicidal tendencies amongst teenagers. Zack Galifianakis’ role in the film is also a bit of a surprise, since he’s not overtly trying to be comedic, but instead as a patient in the psych ward of the hospital, has meaningful dialogue and shows he can act well. Check out more from my review from October 11.

3. Black Swan

This one had a lot of hype, going back to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) so I’ve wanted to check it out for quite some time. Natalie Portman’s performance was the best I’ve seen from her. She transforms herself into a timid ballerina dancer who is getting “old” and has one more chance to shine in the leading role of the Swan Princess in “Black Swan”. As the movie progresses we see her character unravel and become taken over by the character of the Black Swan, who she’s had trouble grasping. It was quite a trip to watch, and will definitely be a conversation maker with people who’ve seen the movie. Go watch!

2. catfish

As with my review, I’m not going to say much about this one because the more you know, the great the chance it will be ruined for you.

1. Waiting for Superman

This was a tough, emotionally draining movie to watch, as it showed real world examples of how the education system in America is failing. I highly recommend this one and would love to hear your thoughts on it, if you’ve seen it. Here’s my review from October 13: Waiting for Superman

While this year’s crop of movies was good, I think last year had a lot more gems to choose from. Looking over my top 5 list from 2009, I still want to go back and watch each of those movies – I hope this list has the same staying power.

What movie made it to the top of your list for 2010?

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Facebook just got a lot creepier thanks to Catfish [SPOILER]

If you’ve seen the movie Catfish you’ll know what I mean.

It all started when Rel somehow got into contact with this kid Abby who was a child painter. He then became pen pals with her online, with the permission of her Mom, Angela. Eventually he got to know the entire family on Facebook, including Abby’s older sister Megan.

Rel began falling in love with Megan, but issues popping up, including supposed cover songs she’d send him that turned out to be YouTube videos with the same song covered. At this point (I believe), Rel’s brother and friend decided to make the documentary. Further events led to them making a trip to Michigan where Abby and her family lived. Here’s where the twist comes in.

Chris Bumbray from JoBlo.com puts it the best in a quote from the trailer: “The final forty minutes of the film will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that you won’t be able to shake for days.”

After The Ellen Show clip is the spoiler part, so if you’re not reading on, I really enjoyed this movie and minus the first hour or so, it was one of the best movies of the year in my books. I give it a 4.5/5

After confronting Angela, the movie went from creepy to sad. She was a woman who had given up a lot in life to raise her husband’s boys that required 24/7 care because due to their mental and physical issues. As a painter she came up with the idea of contacting Rel from his photograph that appeared in major publications. Eventually it spiraled out from there.

Forget privacy concerns with Mark Zuckerberg, Angela was able to make a bunch of profiles using fake addresses and pictures of family members/friends, just for the sole purpose of gaining Rel’s companionship (that’s the best way I can describe it). It seemed so easy to fall pray to fall pray to this, which is most scary. She would take to the computer every night after 11pm and go to work updating her various profiles. She kept three phones on hand – one for Megan and the other two for when she was herself.

Facebook is usually for people we know, so when he got to know Abby’s mom, he added her and eventually her family. This opened Rel up to the game Angela was playing. It got me thinking about how rare this could be? Are there a lot of people out there being fooled by these fake accounts? Have you experienced this?

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