NeoGAF 2010 Movies of the Year (and Mine)

2011 March 2

Back in the beginning of 2008, I made an official voting thread over at the forum known as GAF for their collective 2007 movies of the year. Informally, it was already NeoGAF, but now it’s totally trademarked and everything. But then around the same time the following year, I was banned. The 2008 thread –and then the 2009 thread for whatever reason — was handled by other forum members. I guess it took Inception for me to reinstate myself.

Here are the 2010 results (complete with movie posters!), which are visible for non-members. For those of you who would rather not click, here’s the top 20 in list form. Think of these as the Nerd Oscars.

1. Inception
2. The Social Network
3. Black Swan
4. Toy Story 3
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
6. True Grit
7. The King’s Speech
8. Kick-Ass
9. How to Train Your Dragon
10. The Town
11. Exit Through the Gift Shop
12. Shutter Island
13. Winter’s Bone
14. 127 Hours
15. The Ghost Writer
16. The Fighter
17. Dogtooth
18. Animal Kingdom
19. Blue Valentine
20. Enter the Void

There are probably plenty of critics who have top tens that are very similar to the bottom ten above. It was a really good year for film.

My personal list:

1. Blue Valentine
2. The Social Network
3. Inception
4. The Ghost Writer
5. Animal Kingdom
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
7. Shutter Island
8. The Town
9. Black Swan
10. Enter the Void

Some really quick random thoughts:

- Blue Valentine just devastated me so much that I couldn’t imagine selecting any other movie as #1, not even Inception.

- I believe I’ve already commented on here on the slickness of The Social Network; this blog post goes into extreme film buff detail about the incredible directing job by David Fincher.

- The Ghost Writer is just a really well-constructed old-school thriller made by a rapist.

- Animal Kingdom is a massively under-the-radar Australian crime film — a slow burner that only gets better as it unravels, concluding in the most satisfying way possible.

- I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim, alright? I appreciate Edgar Wright’s comic and stylistic sensibilities. -

- Shutter Island would have been amazing in black-and-white, but that cinematography made the colorful dream sequences stand out that much more.

- The Town cemented Ben Affleck as a damn good director (what?). Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky put together a bit of a hot mess in Black Swan — the guy sure has style, though.

- Enter the Void is painfully overlong, but it sticks in your head for even longer, which is why it deserved a spot on the list.

- In case you were wondering, I saw Exit Through the Gift Shop and I didn’t love it. Jackass 3D is above it in the documentary category.

- Movies that I want to see but haven’t yet: True Grit, Toy Story 3, The King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, 127 Hours, The Fighter.

I’m going to write a bit more about some recently watched movies (including some mentioned here) sometime this week.

Related posts:

  1. NeoGAF 2011 Movies of the Year (and Mine)
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  3. GAF Movies of the Year

  • Cornballer

    Nice list that you put together, and it highlights a few that I should see one of these days (Blue Valentine, Enter the Void, Animal Kingdom). I like that you mention The Ghost Writer, too. As you point out, it’s a good, smart thriller, and that’s something we don’t see enough of these days.

    Regarding your list of movies that you want to see – they’re all worth your time, but I’d make sure you see True Grit in the theater soon because of the cinematography. The rest are either already out on blu-ray or don’t strike me as must see films on a big screen.

    • CajoleJuice

      Yeah, I was trying to see True Grit with someone for a while, but it never materialized. But I think I’ve got a friend to go with tomorrow.

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