2010 was categorically a fun year. And it did start on a high note, with a number of great movies that we were all looking forward to watching.
Even though some of the movies were a complete miss, there were a set of movies that did make 2010 an exciting year. That said, here are the top 10 movies that made 2010 a great year it was:
1. 127 Hours
Directed by Danny Boyle (the director of Slumdog Millionaire, as well), 127 hours is an adrenaline-charged, painful movie that portrays the real life of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who painfully amputated his arm in 2003 when a boulder fell on his arm, trapping him in a Utah canyon for 127 hours.
The movie is starred by James Franco, whose one-man show goes beyond the expected as he tries to capture Ralston’s sadness, humor, fear and most importantly his determination to live.
The movie was nominated for numerous awards, including three Golden Globe awards, nine British Academy Film Awards, six 83rd Academy Awards, and 8 Broadcast Film Critics Association awards.
The film revolves around Ilich Ramirez Sanches (Carlos the Jackal), who is actually a grim Venezuelan, Marxist terrorist. And even though his life is being tracked, he still manages to execute a series of assassinations, abductions, plots and bombings all across the Middle East and Europe.
For over two decades, he is hunted by the police as the most wanted terrorist in the world, but he manages to escape every police laid trap until his apprehension in Sudan 1994.
Being a great movie it is, it managed to earn a high placement in all the major critic polls of 2010. Moreover, the annual critics in the Film Comment voted it as the best movie in 2010.
3. The King’s Speech
The Duke of York (who also happens to be the second born son of King George the fifth) stammers all through while giving a closing speech during the 1925 British Empire Exhibition. Far worse, this ordeal gets broadcasted on radio worldwide.
Determined to get his cure, his wife Elizabeth encourages him to seek the help of Lionel Logue, a London based speech therapist.
His determination, coupled with the help he receives from Lionel, the Duke overcomes his career ending stammer and retains his throne.
The king’s speech received 12 Oscar nominations in 2011, and actually won three Academy Awards as well as seven British Academy Film Awards.
4. The Kids Are All Right
Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) are happily married lesbian couples who reside in California. The two separately use the same sperm donor to give birth to 2 children.
Later on, the younger child decides to ask his elder sister to help him find his biological father, the sperm donor. As a result, the sperm donor is eventually injected into their lives, wrecking the supposedly happy marriage.
The film is not only funny and charming; it also has a deep-seated lesson on learning about who you truly are.
5. The Ghost writer
A British ghost writer is hired to finish up a former Prime Minister’s Memoir. His predecessor, who also happens to have been a close aide to the prime minister, recently died from a superficial accident.
The writer later travels to Prime Minister’s place, and that’s where he discovers some hidden truth about the book he’s supposed to write.
The film’s great story has actually enabled the movie to win several awards since its release, part of which includes the awards for Roman Polanski as the best director and Ewan McGregor as the best starring actor of the year.
6. Toy Story 3
A 17 year-old boy has outgrown his toys and, far worse, he’s about to join college. He plans on taking only one toy with him; as a result, he picks Woody, his favorite toy.
For the remaining toys, he puts them in a plastic paper bag, which he plans to store in the attic.
Meanwhile, his mother mistakenly picks the bags and puts it outside to be collected by a garbage pickup.
The toys manage to escape but are convinced that Andy tried to throw them away. This gets them angry at Andy, who is apparently being defended by Woody.
They eventually get into a donation box and are taken to Sunnyside Day care, where the real drama unfolds.
In 2011, not only was Toy Story 3 nominated as the best animated movie but for the best picture, as well.
Further, it won numerous awards that year, including the Best Adapted Screenplay in the Academy Award.
Inception is a visually stunning, mind-bender Sci-fi movie that revolves around a team of extractors (who happen to be corporate spies).
These extractors have developed a new technique that enables them to steal certain information from people’s dream, which they intend to use for a risky mission. Who will stop them… and how?
From 273 lists of critics, inception has been ranked 1 on 55 lists. For most of the remaining lists, it has at least been accredited as the second most mentioned movie in 2010.
8. Black Swan
The film stars Natalie Portman who appears as Nina Sayer, a ballerina who’s forced to bring out the evil inside her, just to deliver an outstanding performance in wan-Lake.
And while trying really hard to let her dark side take cover, the actor’s grasp on reality begins to slacken off, threatening the most crucial role of her life.
So, if you’ve yet to watch the movie, be rest assured you’ll have something to talks about after watching it.
Black Swan has actually appeared in most of the 2010 critics’ top 10 film lists. It was also nominated for five Academy awards and featured on the American Film Institute list of top 10 movies in 2010.
9. Winter’s bone
Winter’s bone is definitely one of the top 10 movies in 2010. It depicts the life of a 17-year old who’s trying to locate her wayward father using a network of other wayward relatives.
From a broader perspective, the film evokes a great sense of pride, desperation, and most notably loyalty.
Unlike most of the 2010 releases, winter’s bone proved its greatness by winning numerous awards: Grand Jury Prize for the best dramatic film, Berlin film festival, and Stockholm International Film Festival among others.
10. The Social Network
The Social network is unequivocally the best film in the top to movies list. Actually, the movie portrays the real life of Mark Zuckerberg.
Directed by David Fincher, the movie creates a universe of young people who are traversing towards something that’s deemed to change the world. In short, the film is modern and crisp, and meticulously highlights the real story behind Facebook, the most popular social network.
The Social network was the film with the most awards in 2010. Among the awards won, there’s the Drama Golden Globe Award for best motion picture, best screen play, and best director.
Other than that, the film had 7 nominations for British Academy Film Awards as well as 8 nominations for Academy Awards.