Guess Your Top Ten of 2010

This will be the third year in a row I undertake my “Guess My Top Ten for the End of the Year”. I usually have absolutely no success, with most of the films not being released, or at least me not seeing them. This year is little different, though I am still excited to see some. One or two will even pop up on my list for this year. So, let’s begin by looking back. I’ll provide thoughts on films I have and have not seen.


Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)

NOT SEEN: Still something I desperately want to see, I’m kicking myself for missing it in theatres TWICE!

The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh)

SEEN: Nowhere near as good as I would have hoped, The Girlfriend Experience was still an interesting film. It has a lot of interesting ideas, and I did like Sasha Grey… then again, the role is tailor made for her. Still worth my time.

Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

NOT SEEN: Pretty obvious why I missed this one… will be on my list for this year.

The Road (John Hillcoat)

NOT SEEN: Still high on my anticipation list, the mixed reviews were a little discouraging, but the word of mouth among people I trust is still fairly high. Will get to this sooner rather than later.

Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)

SEEN: A beautiful movie, though it didn’t quite resonate as strongly as I would have hoped, I still greatly admire it’s passion and original approach to familiar material.

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

SEEN: I underestimated this one, though in my defense, it was a guarded kind of expectation that it would either be amazing or a terrible flop. The highest ranked film on the list to make my REAL list.

Up (Pete Docter)

SEEN: One of Pixar’s best, I don’t think I could have ever guessed how incredible the opening montage would have been. It would be interesting to see Pixar continue to tackle challenging material in that way.

Coco Avant Chanel (Anne Fontaine)

NOT SEEN: Not too hyped about this one, I just pegged it as an underdog last year, and was fairly wrong… might catch it eventually.

Public Enemies (Michael Mann)

SEEN: I liked this far more than most, love the digital filmmaking and the sort of non-linear/episodic storytelling.

Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)

NOT SEEN: The trailer was enough to make me not want to see it. I might catch it eventually, but it doesn’t look good at all.


Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)

SEEN: Had to wait until 2010, but it came. Ultimately disappointing.
Whatever Works (Woody Allen)

SEEN: Enjoyable enough, still a very minor Woody Allen film as far as I’m concerned.
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)

SEEN: Did not enjoy, despite some okay moments.
Nine (Rob Marshall)

NOT SEEN: Yea, it didn’t take much to convince me that this was a disaster.
Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)

SEEN: Terrible, and unfortunately a huge disappointment. I wanted this to be good.


Okay, now for my Top Ten of 2010 and five back-ups for possible non-releases and movies failed to see. There are a few films I’ve left off that are listed as 2010, because they’re in pre-production or are foreign, usually both.

Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

True Grit (Coens)

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)

Black Swan (Daren Aronofsky)

Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)

Chloe (Atom Egoyan)

Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Centurion (Neil Marshall)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)

Five Back-ups

Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)

The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)

The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)

Jonah Hex (Jimmy Hayward)

Suspiria (David Gordon Green)

Might add pictures, but most of them are pretty sparse :/ So little picctures makes a sad post 😦

11 responses to “Guess Your Top Ten of 2010

  1. My most anticipated releases (with a dash of trepidation where sequels are concerned):

    The Rum Diary
    Green Zone
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Toy Story 3
    Alice in Wonderland
    London Boulevard
    Iron Man 2

  2. Do I have this right: you’re predicting now what will eventually be your favorite movies later, after you’ve seen them?

    Interesting concept, I don’t think I could manage it. I’m always surprised. I thought Inglorious Basterds might have the potential to suck old, sweaty cock, and for me, it did, but that and Trick r Treat are the only new movies I’ve gotten right in a long time.

  3. I thought the Girlfriend Experience was good because it was filmed in a few months and was modern talking about things that happened months before it came out instead of years. Plus the fact that Sasha Grey didn’t have a script I thought made it brilliant.

  4. Coens can do no wrong. I don’t really see any great offense about remakes. They don’t offend me at least.

    Iron Man 2 is one I’ll definetely see, for the Downey factor.

    Wooley: Yes, exactly. It’s fun, and I’m usually wrong.

    Sean: Yes.

  5. I’m going to guess I see very few new releases this year (less than ten, easy!);

    That Sofia Coppola’s new film will sink to Roman Coppola levels and leave her critical admirers blushing in shame (Sofia just *loves* to film parties, so what happens if the *whole film* is one hideous party sequence? And yes, Marie Antoinette was actually that film, but set at the other ‘Chateau’ pretentious won’t look so pretty!);

    That–er, well, that exhausts me. I’m bracing for Charlie Sheen’s cameo in the Wall Street sequel (but at least Charlie Sheen’s in a new Oliver Stone movie!). Would *love* to hear what sorts of inspirational peep Stone feeds Shia LeBoeuf with before his scenes!

    Not sure about the new Woody Allen–kind of an old-sounding cast for Woody (but is Gemma Ward in this?). Needs one more Scar-Jo teaming!!

    If there’s something in the pipes I don’t know about– a Bertolucci “Bel Canto”?–then I’m prepared to be thrilled, but otherwise I’ll probably yawn my way through to the next Oscars.

  6. Hmm, and the Malick: I really hope this doesn’t turn out to be like that Darren Aronovsky film “The Fountain”. Or “Benjamin Button”.

    I really do loathe Brad Pitt. It’s a slow-churned loathing but I’m comfortable with it finally. He’s pouty, narcissistic in a very Aryan sort of way, and can’t really repress that conspicuous pothead vibe he wears about himself. He was fine for A River Runs Through It, but since then– . . . Hollywood uses up pretty-girl actors all the time, would they would have done so with Pitt. Malick does seem to like diffident heroes (does Richard Gere really have more than a *photographic* presence?), but I could imagine him stewing in regret over this casting.

    The film kinda looks like Robert Benton doesn’t it, but there are all these intimations of mystical wonder. Gives me a bad feeling.

  7. I ADORED Marie Antoinette. I think it’s her best work. I don’t expect the same levels of greatness, but I’ve liked everything she’s done to date, so I’m anticipating this.

    Scar-Jo :/ I like Allen, the film is ranked for Brolin though.

    How can one loathe Brad Pitt? He can be a huge miss, as in Button and his 90s work but I’d still rank him among the very best actors working today. I ADORE him. He’s not enough that I’d just see a film, not only because I think he’s talented, but I admire his choices in films. At least as of late. I also trust Malick . I think The New World is by far his best work. Hoping he keeps that up.

  8. Oh, I know you love “Marie Antoinette” (listed as your favorite of that year!)– but Brad Pitt is a new revelation!

    I used to think he was okay; for years I tried to convince myself that his Louis in “Interview with the Vampire” wasn’t ruinous but . . . pretty much it is! I think he’s terribly wooden and also very preeny. He also either is just very louche-seeming on camera or he just loves louche roles. He’s, what, in his mid-40s but he still reeks of grunginess. His acting is always either grouse or he winds himself up into a manic-lunatic schtick.

    So I wonder if Malick had to settle for Pitt because he lost Colin Farrell and whoever, and/or for budgetary reasons.

    I’m not knocking Malick, who may wind up his career having made nothing but perfect films, yet: I’m not *totally* convinced (a nagging voice of guilt has often asked me if I *really* loved “Days of Heaven” as much as I used to tell myself I did). With The Thin Red Line the emsemble-cast and ‘now you see them, now you don’t’ aspect kept the film from being hijacked as a star vehicle because there were so many of them floating around. At the same time, though, TTRL does seem suspiciously like a decade’s worth of Woody Allen stunt casting roled up into one film–I have to ask myself, does Malick have a touch of directorial vanity about ‘who he can get’?

    So if this film tries to convey some huge, Tarkovsky-scale revelation, and then Brad Pitt goes on Oprah to explain it to us all . . . or worse yet, it attempts a Tarkovsky-scale revelation, and Pitt just mugs his way through it– sigh . . .

    A very popular introductory logic textbook I had to struggle with (unsuccessfully, actually!) in one of my graduate school stints assures us, in the opening pages, that the authors believe Brad Pitt is a fine actor. Which makes me feel alot better about my shortcomings in symbolic logic.

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