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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easy A: Only form of payment is gift cards, please

Taking gift cards in return for fake sex, or sexual encounters in some cases, is probably not the best way to gain positive notoriety in high school. Olive, played by the amazing Emma Stone, realizes this the hard way in easy A (that rhymed!).

Last night, instead of watching the good ole Maple Leafs lose to those annoying Senators, I went with the girlfriend and other friendly folk to see Easy A.  I’m a big fan of Emma Stone.. oh and her work too, from her small-ish role in Superbad to co-starring with Mark Zuck… er… Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland.

This was one of those movies I wanted to see, but didn’t think I’d actually go to the theatres to see it. Needless to say I knew what kind of movie it was going into it, so my expectations for good acting and such, weren’t too high. I came out mildly surprised.

My two favourite characters in the movie were Olive’s parents played by Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Patricia Clarkson (Six Feet Under, The Green Mile). When I was looking for a picture of the two from the movie, I came upon a great interview with Tucci from Cinemablend describing his and Clarkson’s relationship. Pretty much every scene they were in had great chemistry and they were hilarious. Nothing less can be expected from two great actors, though.

Of course this movie boiled down to a romantic high school comedy, but it was done in a way that all audiences could get something out of it. It also showed the modern school, with references to the new generation posting every mundane action of theirs on Facebook, or Olive’s video being a live stream sent to everyone who ends up watching from their laptops and cell phones. I give easy A, a 4/5.

Oh and I forgot to mention: because of this song I now have Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocket full of sunshine stuck in my head.

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