Monday, February 28, 2011

BEST OF 2010!!!!!

The Oscars were tonight, which means it's finally time for me to stop putting off my own Best Of lists for the year. I've seen exactly 100 movies from 2010. Normally, I make a slightly bigger production out of my Year End list with a star-studded Awards show of my own, but this year I didn't. It's just some lists, with a few pictures. I still consider the #1s here Nomi winners, though, so if you're keeping track of every Winner and Nomi-nee there's ever been, and wondering every time you see a trailer why someone isn't being listed as "NOMI® AWARD WINNER" Nicolas Cage (for example), then go ahead and keep keeping track.

2010 was somewhat of a disappointing year after 2009, which was one of the like Top 3 Cinematic Years Ever. There were a lot of great movies I loved, but very few I'd say were extraordinary or perfect, and every year ought to have at least 5 of those. Lately, though, I've actually been coming around to 2010. Looking at my Top 5 right now, it's pretty solid, so I don't know, maybe I've been too harsh. And there were only 5 movies I saw that I didn't really care for, and only one I hated. Which leads to the first category.

Worst Fucking Movie
1. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
2. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
3. The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore)
4. What I saw of White Material (Claire Denis) (I ended up missing the last 30 minutes, which is apparently where something actually happens, but I doubt it would've changed my opinion much)
5. Tamara Drewe (Stephen Frears)
Didn't see: The Illusionist

2-5 weren't enjoyable for me, but they are what they are and I hold nothing against them really. But White Ribbon is the Fucking Worst because Haneke is a perfectly capable director, and there are a couple of good scenes, so I ended up angry that it was so fucking boring. Rare Exports and Leap Year were also not-good movies, but they weren't too terrible, either.

Here's the stuff I liked.

Best Thriller

1. A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic)
2. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
3. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
4. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
5. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
6. Frozen (Adam Green)
7. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (David Yates)
9. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev)
Honorable Mentions: Burning Bright, The Ghost Writer
Didn't see: All Good Things

Best Family Film

1. Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos)
2. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
3. The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne)
4. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
5. True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen)

Best Screenplay

1. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (James Nguyen)
2. The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Movie About Facebook

1. Catfish (Ariel Schulman/Henry Joost)
2. The Social Network (David Fincher)

Best Action/Adventure

1. The Sorceror's Apprentice (Jon Turteltaub)
Didn't see: How to Train Your Dragon

Best Short Film (these are the only 5 I saw, but they're all great)
1. Spider (Nash Edgerton)
2. Day & Night (Teddy Newton)
3. The House That Drips Blood on Alex (Brock LaBorde/Jared Richard)
4. A Very Gerry Christmas (Jay Cheel)
5. Cooking with Gerry 2 (Jay Cheel)

Best Dancing

1. Dogtooth
2. Step Up 3D
3. Fish Tank

Most 90s

1. Chloe (Atom Egoyan)
This wasn't a great movie, but oh my god, so fucking 90s!

Best Movie With an Animal In the Title That Wasn't Actually About That Animal

1. Catfish (Ariel Schulman/Henry Joost)
2. Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos)
3. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
4. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
5. The Human Centipede (Tom Six) (inclusion in this category is perhaps debatable)
Honorable Mentions: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Four Lions
Didn't see: Rabbit Hole, Animal Kingdom

Best Drama

1. Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos)
2. The Social Network (David Fincher)
3. The Fighter (David O. Russell)
4. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
5. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog)
Honorable Mentions: Never Let Me Go, Greenberg
Didn't see: Please Give, Another Year

Best Comedy

1. Jackass 3D (Jeff Tremaine)
2. Date Night (Shawn Levy)
3. Easy A (Will Gluck)
4. MacGruber (Jorma Taccone)
5. Youth In Revolt (Miguel Arteta)
Honorable Mention: The Other Guys
Didn't see: Due Date, Dinner for Schmucks

Best Dramedy

1. Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine)
2. Step Up 3D (Jon Chu)
3. Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)

Best Horror

1. Piranha 3D (Alexandre Aja)
2. All About Evil (Joshua Grannell)
3. I Spit On Your Grave (Steven R. Monroe)
4. Hatchet II (Adam Green)
5. The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne)
6. Saw 3D (Kevin Greutert)
7. The Human Centipede (Tom Six)
8. Let Me In (Matt Reeves)
9. The Crazies (Brent Eisner)
10. The Last Exorcism (Daniel Stamm)
Didn't see: [REC]2, RoboGeisha, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams

Best Gore

1. Piranha 3D (Gregory Nicotero/Howard Berger)
2. I Spit On Your Grave (Jason Collins)
3. Hatchet II (Robert Pendergraft)
4. 127 Hours (Tony Gardner)
5. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (Christian Beckman)
6. Saw 3D (Jon Campfens/Tom Turnbull/Wendy Whaley)
7. Black Swan (Dan Schrecker)
8. All About Evil (Aurora Bergere)
9. Frozen (Chris Hanson)
10. Machete (Robert Rodriguez)

Best Gore Involving Pulling Out Someone's Intestines
1. Tie: Machete/Hatchet II

Best Foreign Crime Trilogy
1. The Girl Who Did Stuff (Red Riding didn't do much for me)

Best Action

1. Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn)
2. The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone)
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
4. Machete (Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis)
5. Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Honorable Mention: Unstoppable
Didn't see: District B13: Ultimatum

Best Documentary

1. Catfish (Ariel Schulman/Henry Joost)
2. Best Worst Movie (Michael Paul Stephenson)
3. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (Ricki Stern/Anne Sundberg)
4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
5. I Am Comic (Jordan Brady)
Didn't see: Winnebago Man

Best Movie About Being a Celebrity
1. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
2. I'm Still Here (Casey Affleck)

Best Hair (no contest)

1. Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Still Here

Most Underrated
1. Date Night (Shawn Levy)
This may not have made my Top 10, but I felt like it was way better than people gave it credit for.

Best Couple

1. Tina Fey & Steve Carell in Date Night
2. Stanley Tucci & Patricia Clarkson in Easy A
3. John Travolta & Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris with Love
4. Jim Carrey & Ewan MacGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris
5. Amy Adams & Adam Scott in Leap Year (can't say I cared much for how this movie played out)

Best Supporting Actress

1. Anne Hathaway in Alice in Wonderland
2. Patricia Clarkson in Easy A
3. Martiny in All About Evil

Best Supporting Actor

1. Christopher Lloyd in Piranha
2. Stanley Tucci in Easy A
3. Michael Keaton in The Other Guys
4. Noah Segan in All About Evil
5. Crispin Glover in Hot Tub Time Machine
Honorable Mention: Val Kilmer in MacGruber

Best Ensemble Cast

1. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Chloe Sevigny)

Best Actress

1. Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass
2. Tina Fey in Date Night
3. Robin McLeavy in The Loved Ones
4. Kristen Stewart in The Runaways
5. Natasha Lyonne in All About Evil
6. Kristen Wiig in MacGruber
7. Chloe Moretz in Let Me In
8. Elisabeth Shue in Piranha
9. Briana Evigan in Burning Bright
10. Dakota Fanning in The Runaways

Best Actor

1. Tommy Wiseau in The House That Drips Blood on Alex
2. Christian Bale in The Fighter
3. Dieter Laser in The Human Centipede
4. Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
5. Srdjan Todorovic in A Serbian Film
6. Nicolas Cage in The Sorceror's Apprentice
7. Jason Statham in The Expendables
8. Adam Scott in Piranha
9. James Franco in 127 Hours
10. Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank
Honorable Mentions: John Travolta in From Paris with Love, Jonah Hill in Cyrus

Best Fucking Film (Countdown!)
10. Tie: 127 Hours! (Danny Boyle)/I Spit On Your Grave! (Steven R. Monroe)
9. The Expendables! (Sylvester Stallone)
8. All About Evil! (Joshua Grannell)
7. Inception! (Christopher Nolan)
6. Best Worst Movie! (Michael Paul Stephenson)
5. Kick-Ass! (Matthew Vaughn)
4. Dogtooth! (Giorgos Lanthimos)
3. Catfish! (Ariel Schulman/Henry Joost)
2. A Serbian Film! (Srdjan Spasojevic)


1. Piranha 3D!!! (Alexandre Aja)

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