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JJ’s Top Ten Films of 2010 and other stuff…

All Top Ten Lists (or whatever top lists) are subject to difference of opinion.  I know that because I don’t agree with 99% of what’s on other people’s lists.  I looked them over because I needed movies that are overrated.  I create them because my list is usually different from most and I like to put my opinion out there. 

How can you tell a valid 2010 Best of Movie List from an invalid 2010 Best of Movie List?  If The Social Network, Inception and Toy Story 3 are not on their list, then that list is invalid.  Maybe…just maybe (I stretch my acceptance here) there’s an exception and Toy Story 3 is not on there, but How to Train Your Dragon or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World are the only replacements allowed--otherwise no exception.

Moreover, if a list has 50% or more movies that were never open wide--they’re a pretentious person.   It’s one thing to list a few or mention them as great, but to list them as your top ten when the majority has not seen them is high and mighty.  If it’s not disrupted correctly, that’s the disruptor’s fault, not the moviegoer’s fault.  Top Ten Lists should be accessible to those that read it and matter.  You know average people, not ones that get invitations to see premiers and are paid to like certain films. 

I decided to see how many reviews I wrote in previous years because it’s a direct correlation to how many films I saw. 

2010 I saw 98 movies.
2009 I saw 109 movies.
2008 I saw 118 movies.

Looks like my prediction at the beginning of summer was correct, there were not many great films as well as there weren’t many films to begin with.  Storytelling is as old as humans themselves are.  Repeatedly stories are told about all kinds of things and never do they get boring because the storyteller excites the listeners with abilities no one can match, hence why they’re the storyteller. 

We have come to the point in history where the storytellers are paid millions upon millions to tell us stories and keep us interested.  Many forms are at their disposal and one of those is moviemaking.  How can people who are part of the tradition of storytelling be monotonous?  They shouldn’t be.  They should do better and perform better.  They have no excuse. 


The top ten is a mix of JJ Ratings A+ to A-.  They are not in order of rating.  They are in order of how I wanted to put them.  It’s how I work my list…how I like. 

10.Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 had more lip, banter and wit than the first. The action scenes were short and sweet, powerful and satisfying, and every bit technologically awing as the first. Tony Stark doesn’t come from a cookie sheet of heroes. He’s his own breed and stands alone with who he is, what he can do and how effective his narcissistic attitude is on his charming display of heroic greatness. This is no Dark Knight, it’s far better than a film that took itself too seriously with grim and grit. Iron Man 2 is witty, facetious, brilliant and epigrammatic in its own Iron Stark way.

9. Harry Potter: Deathly Hollows Part 1

Harry Potter is nostalgic for some, but make no mistake this film is well done. It might drag for some (like during the camping), but for me it was paced so well that I think many films would learn a thing or two from mimicking how to handle pacing. 

8. Tangled

Tangled is at best one of the tope ten films of the year, at worst it’ll be under appreciated for its brilliance.  Tangled made me laugh, laugh, think, laugh and almost…almost tear up.

7. The King’s Speech

Where to start with the acting? I’ll begin with one of my favorite actors, Colin Firth. He is a remarkable man in his craft. I wanted to see this movie because of him. I wanted to be surprised again as I was with A Single Man. From the moment he stared out at the audience making weird noises and that intimidating microphone blocking his escape to the end where he is getting praise…Firth held my attention. That is acting. His captures a single man (pun intended) in all of his glory and disrepute, giving the audience a 3D view of a man without the help of any optical illusions. I’ve seen almost one hundred movies this year (and that’s about 15 less than last year---told you it was a sucky year) and there’s not an actor that took my amazement like Firth did. I haven’t been this awed since Doubt.

6. How to Train Your Dragon

It connected with me on that male mind level. I understood the mentality behind the story and enjoyed it more because of that. Though I find the title to be too much and not really about the film as a whole (like an exasperated effort to just name it), I think that it’s a very solid film that made me feel like a little boy running around with a wooden sword killing imaginary whatevers who were attacking from every direction. How to Train Your Dragon has got the goods, I’m not afraid to say it.

/Easy A 

Easy A is easily one of the best films of the year and yes it stands head and shoulders times a billion over The Town. Don’t make me turn the stubborn on. So much complaining about how there is nothing that takes something old and puts a different spin on it. Easy A takes something old, spins it and makes it shine. The Town takes something old, makes it worse and it sells…why? So if you like to be told what movie to see, pay to see Easy A and sneak a peak at boring, but I’ve warned you twice now. How could you say no to a witty teenager foray? I couldn’t.

5. Toy Story 3

The end of Toy Story 3 takes all of Toy Story history and makes the caring moviegoer, who supported the film from the onset in 1995 until now, break down and cry for the plight of toys. How incredibly gifted a storyteller are these people? This is why the bar will remain unbreached because they not only set it high, they make it insurmountable. The tears for the toys are more for what we all miss. It’s the carefree feeling, the love for the simple and the power of imagination that is lost when we cross a certain threshold and nowadays the age gets younger and younger. When people watch Toy Story 3, not only are they a little shocked by the dark nature it takes on, they cry because of the goodbyes.

4. Inception

There is layer after layer after layer in Inception. If I watched it again I bet I could pick up on more layers I missed the first time. Because the story is rich with interesting concepts and ideas and the acting is engrossing Inception is one of the best movies of the year. Nominations shouldn’t elude this film like they did The Dark Knight, especially Best Movie Oscar Nod.

Hanz Zimmer’s score shouts that it’s the best and combined with Nolan’s directing only makes Inception that much better. Oh and that foghorn like noise he gots going on at the end of some of the sections (as well as the trailer) is thrilling. Total eargasm.

3. True Grit

True Grit’s humor is dry and quick. If you don’t pay attention to the words, you miss a lot.  It came to life because of Jeff Bridges, Haliee Steinfeld and Matt Damon. Bridges is just a force. He scratches his gut, burps and he does more in that then some actors do with an entire hour and a half in ballet shoes. I’m thinking about the movie again and laughing. It is one of the better films this year and I’ve yet to see it on anyone’s list. The list that Black Duck movie and I don’t get it.

2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is amazing, astonishing, creative, witty, thrilling, enchanting, fantastical, freakin’ hot and amazing…did I state that already? It’s everything I thought it would be. It’s visually spectacular. It’s written so well that it’s now become harder to impress me. I love everything about it. It feels like seeing someone that’s so hot and sexy that you can’t find a flaw. You just want to enjoy that moment of just looking and hope it never, ever, ever goes away. This feeling hasn’t been around for a while. Inception gave me a taste of what it was I was hoping for, but Scott Pilgrim vs. The World gave me everything including the kitchen sink. The randomness melted my heart into piles of gushy, gooshy, mushy mush. It spoke to my mind. It stole my language and spoke to me in ways many movies fail to do. Yes, it’s a failure to not speak on my level. So good that I saw it at midnight and then went and saw it again on Friday. There was much laughing that hid some of the next funny lines. After seeing it twice, I can honestly say it’s one of the best, best, best movies I’ve ever seen.

1. The Social Network

With a script that has biting wit that surely makes vampires jealous, Aaron Sorkin does not disappoint. I couldn’t stop listening to the words that just shot out from the screen at amazing speed. I wanted it to continue longer than two hours. There were some things I’d laugh at that others in the theater just didn’t get or they weren't fast enough to catch. Love, love, love this movie.

The sharp wit cut through the boring and carried 100% talking film without a single moment of yawning. I love dark humor and sharp wit that slices the weak-minded people in two. I swear those that don’t like it are the dull and the slow.

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