10 Favorite Movies of 2010

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

A long time ago in a galaxy known as Hollywood in the late ’80’s, I was one of thousands of hopeful film directors haunting the streets of L.A.  After directing a music video for Latin MTV, I decided it wasn’t for me and left to enter politics (which is really Hollywood for ugly people) but retained my love of film.  Here are my 10 favorites from ’10 with the caveat that I have yet to see True Grit, Black Swan or The King’s Speech

10. Salt.  The best action movie of the year featured Angelina Jolie kicking butt.  A lot of fun.

9. Despicable Me.  I’ve seen Toy Story 3 make some end of year lists but this was the animated film of the year by far. My 7-year old still quotes it daily!

8. The American.  A languidly paced thriller that is a throwback to ’70’s popcorn flicks like Day of the Condor.  George Clooney is a black market weapons specialist who is being hunted for unknown reasons.  Clooney delivers an understated but solid performance.

7. Restrepro.  An unpolished look at a company’s 18-month tour of duty in one of the most hotly contested areas of Afghanistan.  This documentary, the companion to Sebastian Junger’s book War, is neither pro or anti-war but serves as a stark reminder of the grueling sacrifice our nation’s soldiers undergo in our continuing war with the Taliban.  Warning: The trailer contains profanity.

6. Winter’s Bone.  A chilling portrait of the underside of Appalachia darkened by meth.  Incredible performances and a sinister feel helps this indie drama stand out.

5. Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Supposedly a documentary about graffiti artists that, in the end, turns out to be a joke on “hipster wannabes” who are suddenly into street art.  Brilliant and currently available via Netflix instant.

4. The Ghost Writer.  Roman Polanski is scum but he is talented scum and this fairly slow-paced mystery is well-written and brilliantly acted.  Perhaps the most underrated movie of 2010.

3. Collapse.  A documentary that is nothing but a paranoid soliloquy delivered by a narcissistic eccentric but is so compelling that it leaves you wanting more.

2. The Social Network.  In many ways, this film captures the zeitgeist of our time where shallow, socially inept people seek meaning in hipster defined categories of success. David Fincher’s best work since Fight Club.

1. Inception.  Christopher Nolan is Spielberg and Hitchcock rolled into one and this is an ingenious thriller that will be studied in film schools for decades to come. After all, how much is a dream? What does it teach us about consciousness? Absolutely brilliant and original.

  1. The Phil says:

    No toy story 3? Come on Matt!

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