Saturday, January 1, 2011

Disgruntled Monkey's Top Ten Movies of 2010

So it’s the 1st of January 2011 and the polls have well and truly closed for me to look back and see what my top ten movies of 2010 are. Looking back I must say the year actually turned out to be pretty good with me finding one movie that not only topped last years list but would now be in my personal all time favourites.

With my list I ordered it in what made the biggest impact on me. Therefore there might be some movies here that you would question why they are on a top 10 list, but at the end of the day you can’t really argue with the impact they had on my as that’s a personal measurement. For each movie I will at least try and list the reasons for the impact.

Also before we get down to the nitty gritty there are four movies that came out in 2010 that I missed yet could quite possibly make my list. True Grit, Black Swan and The Fighter are all out in the states however Australia will not be getting them until late January this year. Also there is The Last Exorcism that I just missed at the cinemas and haven’t managed to see it yet on the DVD.

10: Predators – Actually position number 10 was probably the most problematic for me to decide. I really wanted to go with Tron Legacy and while I dug the movie, at the end of the day Predators was just a better polished film. At the end of the day it was just nice to see a favourite movie of mine given a worthwhile sequel.

09: Daybreakers – I love vampire movies. This was a good vampire movie if only because its world building was exceptional. It was really interesting to see the world a Vampire would need to exist in if they became the dominant species. Add to that some pretty decent acting and a return to the savage vampire of old and this was a welcome way to start the year off.

08: Kick Ass – To me Kick Ass was just a nice palate cleanser from all the super hero movies. It was something that we haven’t seen yet and while it was a funny movie it made sure to add a little bit of darkness so the audience didn’t totally think it was junk. I’m also sure this movie rewarded my faith in Nic Cage again. Rock that Adam West voice.

07: Megamind – This was a true surprise for me. It was supposed to be just something funny for the end of year. But the voice acting, the sly nods to comicdom, the majority of humour being derived from the plot; just made me smile. Normally Pixar graces this list but this year Dreamworks is the winner of my animated heart.

06: The Town – Many people thought Ben Affleck was a joke and while I thought he made some bad choices in the movies he did I seemed to be siding with Kevin Smith when it came to the mans talent. I’m so glad he got into directing as he’s now proving to people that he’s very talented. The Town is just an awesome crime drama that I would have no problems comparing to Heat. Just being able to watch a movie that created that same joy I had when I watched Heat for the first time is impressive.

05: The Social Network – I think this will be on many people’s lists this year. Why? Simply put David Fincher took a movie based on Facebook and created a brilliant piece of film making. A movie on Facebook shouldn’t be this gripping. Shouldn’t have such dynamic characters. Shouldn’t have people saying Justin Timberlake deserves an Oscar nomination. But it deserves all the praise and was one of the few movies this year that met the hype I heard about it.

04: Scott Pilgrim vs The World – This movie centres on one of the biggest jerks I’ve ever watched. Scott Pilgrim is a gigantic jack ass of a man who’s left many damaged people in his wake. The fact that this movie is still enjoyable and has me cheering for Scott is a nod to the stellar acting of Cera and the awesome directing of Wright. Visually this movie is a homage to my generations obsession with video games. Oh yeah baby. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

03: Book of Eli – This was the most pleasant surprise of 2010. I thought it looked cool but wasn’t expecting much but everything seemed to gel with me. From acting, to score, to story and the look; I loved it all. I don’t think there is much more I can say about this movie.

02: Shutter Island – Can I admit something to you all? I did not like the Departed one bit. I’m not saying it was a bad movie but I just wondered why it was getting all this praise when it was one of the weaker Scorsese films in my opinion. Just from all the unwarranted love it got I foolishly turned my back on Scorsese. This movie was the slap to my face that I needed. I’m sorry Mr Scorsese you are a talented director and while not every movie you make will be for me, all I need to do is wait and you’ll make something that grabs me by my balls. Shutter Island was just a fantastic mind screw of a film that had an unbalanced character, in an unbalanced setting all the while Scorsese is messing about with editing and sound to throw the audience even further off key. This is why he is a master director.

01: Inception – If you told me that I would have two films with DiCaprio in my top ten I would have said you that you were crazy. But here we are and to top it Nolan grabs my number one spot yet again (Dark Knight was the first time). Nolan can just make these intricate movies that tell a wonderful story and yet are compelling in the action department. Add to that a cast that is just fantastic and you have a movie that appeals to many people for all different reasons. Bold statement time. I think Nolan has to be one of the most important directors alive at the moment.

So that’s the end of my list. Hope you enjoyed reading. Oh hang on I can hear you now you want to know what the worst movie I watched this year was. Well it was a dual winner. Legion and Jonah Hex. There was potential in the ideas of both but they just blew. One was so boring considering the idea behind it, the other was just throwing so much crap at the ideas it lost any thought of consistency. Which is which you ask? I’m not telling. If you really want to know then you’re going to have to watch them. This would be the point that I did an evil laugh. Happy New Years people.


  1. Inception at the top - where it should be!

  2. I have The Last Exorcism, if you wish to see it.