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?

It’s kind of a funny story… blogged!

When I went in to see It’s kind of a funny story I thought it was that other Zach Galifianakis movie, with Robert Downey Jr.. man did I feel stupid. This one didn’t star Robert Downey Jr., but instead Keir Gilchrist, playing “Craig”, a teenager going through a bout of depression, with suicidal thoughts.

Craig checks himself in to the psych ward after going though some stressful times. His issues, by his own admission, weren’t very serious. The biggest of all was his Father’s (Jim Gaffigan) pushing him to go to sign up for a prep college that he wasn’t all to keen on going to. While in the ward, shared by teenagers and adults alike, due to renovations, he meets a bunch of people who end up changing his perspective on life.

It’s kind of a funny story is a great movie for many teenagers and even adults who are going through tough times emotionally. The biggest message that I got out of it, was that people shouldn’t be afraid to discuss something like depression, because it’s much more common than you think. Craig kept his issues bottled up inside, but it wasn’t until he spent this week in the psych ward that he was able to truly deal with his problems. It took a bit of stepping out of his comfort zone and loosening up, but in the end he saw who he was a bit more clearly, and was able to overcome his many anxieties.

While this wasn’t the movie I was expecting, I was thoroughly impressed with it. Zack Galafianakis as “Bobby” gave the best performance I’ve seen from him, and Emma Roberts as “Noelle” did a great job as well. For LOST fans out there Jeremy Davies makes an appearance as “Smitty”. He doesn’t have a bunch of lines, but seeing Miles from the show made me happy (and want to watch it again). If you’re looking for a movie to see this week, head out to It’s kind of a funny story. I give it a 4/5.

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