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Mark Kermode | 16:59 UK time, Tuesday, 16 November 2010

So I'm winnowing away at my Top Ten and Bottom Ten lists for 2010 and already there are spectacular new candidates jostling for position at the polarities.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Dear Dr K.

    One film that you may have overlooked in your blog which will definitely be in my top ten of this year is Buried. A truly amazing work. Any film that can make you feel that uncomfortable whilst also keeping you absolutely riveted to the edge of your seat whilst keeping all its action in a coffin deserves to be in any top ten. Along with a brilliantly intense performance from Ryan Reynolds, Buried was an incredible surprise for me this year. One of the best.

    A contender for worst film of the year is the one that opened at its very beginning all the way back in January. Daybreakers. A terrific concept mutilated by the most inept writing and filmmaking. Yes, this is a vampire film worse than Let Me In.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'm still doutbful that this year I will see a better film than The Social Network, not just a great piece of entertainment but a film which defines an era of online social networking and then proceeds to expose it for the shameless, cowardly and vindictive thing it is. I'd stand up for that.

    I'd be perfectly happy to stand on the face of both Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck after unleashing on the world that unfunny mass or narcissistic self indulgent tripe that was I'm Still Here. A film about acting? No a film about how a PR stunt can horribly backfire and be one of the year's biggest flops and worst films.

  • Comment number 3.

    Best 5

    Scott Pilgrim
    Kick Ass
    Easy A
    Toy Story III

    Worst (actually not seen anything really bad, avoided those I didn't fancy, these are underwhelming)

    Resident Evil Afterlife
    Jonah Hex
    Clash of the Titans

  • Comment number 4.

    Clash of the Titans was alot of fun, much better than the putrid mess of Kick-Ass. Agreed Daybreakers was execrable.

  • Comment number 5.

    So far, my Top 10 looks like this:

    1. Toy Story 3
    2. The American
    3. The Social Network
    4. The Secret In Their Eyes
    5. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
    6. Inception
    7. Winter's Bone
    8. The Ghost Writer
    9. The Secret Of Kells
    10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    Granted, there are still plenty of films I've yet to see, including the very likely top 10 candidates of Black Swan, True Grit, and The Illusionist. For me, looking at my top 10 now is important, as there will undoubtedly be a couple more releases in the next month here that will knock some worthy entries off my list. It's good to give them some recognition.

    As for my Bottom 10, well, I don't actively seek out bad movies, so I'll just stick with a couple choices. Fortunately, I haven't seen films like Sex And The City 2 or Eat Pray Love, which I'm sure could easily take over the top spot of worst film of the year.

    The last time you talked about lists, I mentioned that the worst film of the year that I'd seen was Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. While I still think that film is complete rubbish, I have to say that it has been dethroned by the Joaquin Phoenix "documentary" I'm Still Here. Pointless, pretentious, ponderous, and painfully unfunny, I'm Still Here is the worst time I've had in a theater this year, and Joaquin should personally reimburse everyone who paid to see that travesty.

  • Comment number 6.

    I hated Dinner for Schmucks,really really hated it.
    But what makes it evidently worse is the fact I love the original french film (Le dîner de cons) so much,but hey thats Hollywood for you.
    On a more positive note I thoroughly enjoyed Inception.I loved the fact it doesnt patronise the viewers intelligence by going to some lengths in creating a concept as difficult as dreams.And it didnt give the audience the ability to slack off while watching it as the viewers needed to be fully awake, while seamlessly embracing its overal quality in indepth and engaging story.

  • Comment number 7.

    Top films this year

    The Road ,Social Network ,Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ,Toy Story3 Inception ,Kick ass

    But save the best film last A Prophet just brilliant

    As for worst here are a few

    Clash of the Titans ,Predators ,Bounty Hunter ,Nightmare on Elm Street


  • Comment number 8.

    I feel like I've gone mad because two movies I currently have in my bottom list have each won themselves two Oscars.

    The first would be Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire (a film that deserves to win worst title just as 'X'Men Origins: Wolverine' did for me last year). The fact that its story was overloaded with sympathy pleas surprisingly did not put me off, in fact I was very impressed with the setting and performances. It was the incredibly slow pace and overly self important attitude that nearly forced me to scream "We get it! Sucks to be her!" at the screen.

    But it was Crazy Heart that really baffled me in terms of its success as I found it (and I hate to use this word) offensive. Starting off well I was interested in it's protagonist's own personal struggle, amidst characters that themselves weren't perfect. However as soon as it became relevant that no one else but Jeff Bridge's character Bad Blake was intended on changing, I was hugely disappointed by the film's complete lack of complex drama and its vapid and two-dimensional conclusion.

    The worst thing is that these films were so obviously manufactured to win Academy Awards and I believe it's very possible that soon the "Oscar movie" will soon become a genre in itself and the awards will only go towards the films that best fit the genre's traditions.

    But at least neither of these movies were as bad as The Last Airbender, which doesn't deserve an explanation but rather a disclaimer that says 'Don't watch this'.

  • Comment number 9.

    Mark what about A Prophet? Afilm which took the standard prison drama/gangster story and took it to a new level. I don't thibk I've seen a film this good since There Will Be Blood.

    But for pure fun I would have to say Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It is endlessly re-watchable full of great gags that reward repeat viewings. Edgar Wright did something which I don't think will be matched for many years.

  • Comment number 10.

    Best Films

    1.Easy A
    - The Best Teen Comedy In a long time.That loving tribute to The Comedys of old. Emma Stone has become a star in an instant and her career is just kicking off.

    - Nolan's best film yet with amazing cinematography , acting , directing and storytelling. Brillance in front of our eyes.

    3.The Social Network
    - An Amazing Story about Facebook , Personalities and Ideas. Fincher & Sorkin both deliver Drama Gold.

    4.Toy Story 3
    - Great End To The Greatest Trilogy Of All Time and Moving Pixar into the future and King Of The Animation Studios

    5. - Scott Pilgram Vs The World
    - Eagar Wright delivers his best film yet with smart jokes , amazing effects and great acting.

    Worst Films

    - The Most Boring Unfunny Film I've Seen Since Disaster Movie.

    2.The Switch
    - Jennifer Aniston's career is Over.

    3.Shrek Forever After 3D
    - Why 3D is overrated tripe. Plus its really boring.

  • Comment number 11.

    I'm with Rob,

    While Wright shows his hand too early, Cera was (mis)cast for his audience draw, and Winstead emotes like a brick - Scott Pilgrim is the highlight so far. It's Wright's best work since the first series of Spaced, Shaun is overrated and Hot Fuzz stank.

  • Comment number 12.

    My favourite animated film of the year would have to be the Australian "clay-mation" Mary and Max. Released last year in Australia, this poignant and tragic yet at times hilarious film has only just made it to our shores, so if under house rules it qualifies as a film of 2010 I would certainly consider allowing it to break into my top ten.

    There are few words in the English language can that adequately communicate just what I thought of The Last Airbender...bilge is the first that comes to mind. An absolute no brainer for worst film of the year. M Night Shyamalan, where did it all go wrong?

  • Comment number 13.

    2010 Top Films (so far).

    1. Inception
    2. The Ghost Writer
    3. A Serious Man
    4. Toy Story 3
    5. Buried
    6. The Social Network
    7. Ponyo
    8. American: The Bill Hicks Story
    9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    10. Kick Ass

    I've spoken to many people who have watched 'The Ghost Writer' and dismissed it as being nothing substantial, but for some reason, I've become terribly fond of the film. It's quiet and cool, and indulges itself in it's gorgeous atmosphere. One of it's themes is the dissection of communication, particularly communication with people with high statuses. I adore the film.

  • Comment number 14.

    I agree that Scott Pilgrim certainly deserves a place in the top ten. However, for my money, the best comedy released this year was John Carney's Irish flick 'Zonad'. A highly ambitous change of direction after 'Once', everything about the film, the bizarre mish-mash of 1950s Americana with rural Ireland, the over the top music hall humour and the excellent performances by Simon Delaney and Don Witcherley in particular, just worked perfectly, even though it could easily have wound up as a complete mess. It is very rare that a film with such a unique sense of humour is released and it definetely deserves a wider audience than it has so far found.

    One film that deserves to be thrown with gusto into the bottom ten is the utterly awful 'Book of Eli'. A central message thrust down your throat without even a dash of subtlety, ludicrous plot devices and the most irritating soundtrack ever inflicted on my ears. Nobody was expecting much from 'Sex and the City 2' but you can't blame yourself for being disappointed by a film with an excellent cast (who are probably wracking their brains as to why they chose to climb aboard a wreck like Eli)

  • Comment number 15.

    Top 5

    1. The Social Network

    2. Winter's Bone

    3. Toy Story 3

    4. Father Of My Child

    5. Another Year

    Worst 5

    1. Sex And The City 2

    2. Vampires Suck

    3. Eat, Pray, Love

    4. Leap Year

    5. A Nightmare On Elm Street

  • Comment number 16.

    I actually think The Ghost Writer is the finest thing I have seen this year, a master film maker doing exactly what he does best, a solid and compelling thriller. For my money it's Polanski's best film in 30 years (ie since Tess).

    Did you happen to see Police, Adjective? Maybe you saw it in Cannes last year but it didn't make it to the cinema here until this summer. Although not at the top of the so called 'Romanian New Wave' it's definitely one of this years most exciting releases. Possibly the most intelligent police film I have ever seen.

    Although I am yet to see it, I remember you loved Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang, not good enough for your top 10?

  • Comment number 17.

    My Top 10 so far...

    1. The Road (came out in January so counts)
    2. Shutter Island
    3. The Social Network
    4. Inception
    5. Youth in Revolt
    6. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
    7. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
    8. The Killer Inside Me
    9. Book of Eli

    but I've been to a lot more gigs than films this year, i'm been pretty slack this year.

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh I'd also like to shout out for The Kids Are All Right. Shamefully missing from your list, a brilliant film.

  • Comment number 19.


    "The putrid mess of Kick-Ass?"

    Are you on crack?

  • Comment number 20.

    My top film of this year so far, that seems to have been overlooked is "Dogtooth". I loved the idea, and the light humour alongside the somewhat darker storyline. I'll certainly be getting the DVD some time soon...

    Other films I've been especially excited about this year are Skeletons, Micmacs, Inception, Kick-Ass and A Town Called Panic.

    And if I had to stretch it to ten I would probably include The Social Network, Made In Dagenham, The Killer Inside Me and save a space in case I see anything especially good in the next 6 weeks. I'm off to see Another Year tomorrow night so maybe that'll appear in my list. So:

    1 Dogtooth
    2 Skeletons
    3 Micmacs
    4 Inception
    5 Kick-Ass
    6 A Town Called Panic
    7 The Social Network
    8 Made in Dagenham
    9 The Killer Inside Me
    10 ?

    I'm not sure I've seen any especially bad films (that's what DrK is for) but one film I couldn't get as excited about as most other people was The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Maybe I need to give it another go...

  • Comment number 21.

    Definitely The Road has been my favourite of the year so far.

    Just as a reactionary thing (mostly to it's repeated place in comments above this one), I think the most over-lauded film of the year was Scott Pilgrim. Nothing about it worked apart from Kieran Culkin, and two or three lines and visual jokes.

    Also Mark, you said Chico & Rita will likely be your top animation - is Toy Story 3 precluded from that list if it makes the full top 10? That would be fair enough, it would avoid farcical situation like in football where Christiano Ronaldo can be voted the best player of the year, yet get beaten to the best young player of the year.

  • Comment number 22.

    Human Centipede,

    Hilarious and unique

  • Comment number 23.

    A quick note on the topic of Let Me In- be reasonable, Dr. K. Yes, I can understand and agree that it's a carbon copy of the original and that you object to its very existence, but let's measure it on a relative scale. Is Let Me In really worse than Jonah Hex, or Vampires Suck, or Valentine's Day, or The Last Airbender? (People still finding my blog looking for your review, if you remember Newcastle, so thanks for that)

    Measure Let Me In as a horror remake, compared to, say, A Nightmare On Elm Street. It might be pointless, but there's no way you can make one of the ten worst films of the year if you're as competent a filmmaker as Matt Reeves and you stick so closely to a film as brilliant as Let The Right One In.

    I'm aware this seems both preachy and long-winded, so shall round out with my top and bottom 10 (so far) out of 123 new films seen...

    1. Toy Story 3
    2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    3. Inception
    4. The Social Network
    5. The Secret in Their Eyes
    6. Kick-Ass
    7. Cemetery Junction
    8. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
    9. Black Dynamite
    10. Shutter Island

    1. Vampires Suck
    2. Jonah Hex
    3. Old Dogs
    4. Valentine's Day
    5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    6. Shank
    7. From Paris With Love
    8. Life As We Know It
    9. Takers
    10. The Last Airbender

  • Comment number 24.

    The Killer Inside Me is easily my favorite film of this year. Or of the last couple of years really. Shame that leaves me standing on an island.

    Great to hear you talking up Winter's Bone again, by the way. :)

  • Comment number 25.

    It's quite hard to make Julia Roberts unlikeable... well done Julia.

  • Comment number 26.

    Also, I'd leave Inception off the Top 10. Feels very overrated - Prestige with explosions. Though it'll make a great screensaver for your 50" telly, going on in the background of the family Christmas dinner.

  • Comment number 27.

    There's still alot of films I like the look of that I've yet to see (Winter's Bone, The Killer Inside Me, The Social Network for example) but here is a rough top 10:

    1) How To Train Your Dragon

    2) Exit Through The Gift Shop

    3) Shutter Island

    4) Toy Story 3

    5) Inception

    6) American: The Bill Hicks Story

    7) Up In The Air

    8) Four Lions

    9) Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    10) The Road

    The worst films I've seen this year are probably Iron Man 2 and Get Him To The Greek.

  • Comment number 28.

    I think the worst film ive watched to date was "skyline" i watched last friday (at release).

    I think it was worse than nearly every single Uwe Boll film released, a film that i thought was excellent was law abiding citizen (i think that was released this year) i really really well thought out thriller showing how the legal system really isnt about justice but about deals and counter deals. Butler was truely great in it.

  • Comment number 29.

    I haven't actually seen many films at the cinema this year, which is quite bad considering I'm a film student. Anyways...

    My best films of the year

    5. Monsters: Although it's not out yet (a few weeks time), I got to see the premiere of this in Cardiff. It's sort of a romantic road movie with big squid like aliens in it. It relates to what you mark were saying about skyline on friday. That there's now big special effects films that concentrate on characters and their story with all the special effects going on around it. The cinematography in it is excellent as well.

    4. The Road: Was in my august list. Again it is a really good father and son story. A film with a heart and soul.

    3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: I know this was lower down in my list in august, but I wanna state how good this film is because of the remake that's being made. This is a brilliant character based thriller. Noomi Rapace is excellent and I do want her to get an oscar monination for her role. Please don't give the remake the time of day. I'm trying not to think what Daniel Criag will be like doing a swedish accent and Rooney Mara (out of the actresses considered for the role) is not going to be good in it.

    2. The Social Network: I wasn't expecting much from this, but it was actually really good. The script is really good as is the cinemtography. I don't think the film is misogynist. I think it shows the characters might be, but the overall film isn't really. (I know the actress I just slagged off above is in the social network, but she's in about 2 scenes and you forget she's even in it).

    1. Inception: Said the same in august and no other film has managed to beat it. It is good to see Leo Di Caprio actually be worth watching. It will probably be my film of the year. I'm desperatly waiting for it to come out on DVD.

    Although it isn't in my top 5 I think it does deserve a special mention, Enter the Void. It is technically brilliant with a good (not brilliant) concept behind. Although it is a slow (very slow) moving film that does test your patience.

  • Comment number 30.

    Dr. K. (at 2:07 in): "I know what you're really interested in, is the BOTTOM..." (emphasis in quote).

    And perfectly on cue: the image of Emma Watson.

    Editor is a right cheeky chappie.

  • Comment number 31.

    'Bad Lieutenant',
    'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
    and 'Scott Pilgrim' for sure.

    I still don't understand what Mark sees in Kick Ass, it made me feel a bit ill. It was gratuitous, generic, and seemed to break taboos as boringly and predictably as mainstream rom-coms tick the emotional boxes.
    I quite like a review on IMDB which says "It's Superbad meets Kill Bill!"
    I agree, but probably not for the same reasons.

    Anyhow, a film that nobody has mentioned which had me squirming in my chair and wanting to run out of the cinema was 'Wild Target'. Truly horrifying. For me, not only the worst film of the year, but maybe the worst film I have ever seen. I guess the only reason it isn't on Mark's list is because he hasn't watched it. He is one of the lucky ones.

  • Comment number 32.

    I haven't seen that many films this year sadly, but I'll post my best and worst yet.

    Toy Story 3
    The Ghost Writer
    Shutter Island
    The Social Network

    The Last Airbender (You need to review this Dr. K!)
    The King Of Fighters
    Get Him To the Greek

  • Comment number 33.

    I'm not going to list any films, because the best gems tend to rise to my awareness only a few years after release.

    What's disappointing is that there seems to be a strong consensus that 2010 was a year in which the English language mainstream reigned supreme. Almost everyone here (presumably a well-educated film audience) so far is listing the same handful of films, thoroughly predictable fare, riding the wave of no expenses spared marketing campaigns. And hardly any mention of foreign language films. Then again, perhaps 2010 really was as boring as it appears in these lists.

  • Comment number 34.

    I don't think you've seen it yet Dr. K, but Piranha 3D has to be one of the worst films of the year. It fails even as a genre piece, a pretty tough achievement. It is unremittingly dull, and not even a mass slaughter of annoying American teenagers can save it.

  • Comment number 35.

    Obviously this is subject to change (there are still six weeks' worth of movies to come) but my Top 10 looks a bit like this: not in any order:

    THE ROAD (yes, it was released in January)

    While I've clocked up 104 cinema films, I've not seen many of the apparent stinkers of the year (Bounty Hunter, Vampires Suck), so my worst 10 looks something like:


    There are other films I've seen this year at festivals that were better and worse, but as they've not actually been released to cinemas I've not counted them - Simon Rumley's RED WHITE AND BLUE at one magnificent end of the scale, and DEAD CERT and 2001 MANIACS FIELD OF SCREAMS at the wretched other.

  • Comment number 36.

    The best films of the year have to be
    Toy Story 3
    The girl with the dragon tattoo
    The social network
    Kick Ass

  • Comment number 37.

    I still haven't seen it yet, but my anticipation is such that Carlos will be a strong contender for film of the year. Though originally a TV mini-series, it did get a theatrical release.

  • Comment number 38.

    Id like to stand up for Pirahna 3-D and say that it was a lot of fun in a backwards kind of way! Not only did it have a sense of humour, something severely lacking in horrors these days, but it used 3-D for what it is: a gimmick. Throwing blood, guts, vomit and genitallia at the screen! It was great fun! And who doesn't want to see Eli Roth's head crushed between two boats?

    My Top 5:
    1. The Ghost (Writer)
    2. Inception
    3. Toy Story 3
    4. Winter's Bone
    5. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    Honourable mentions: The Social Network, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shutter Island, How To Train Your Dragon, The Ilusionist, The Hole in 3-D (I know, I know, but I really liked that movie)

    Bottom 5

    1. Sex & The City 2
    2. The Last Airbender
    3. Leapy Ear
    4. Eat, Pray, Love...Vomit
    5. Parasnormal In-Activity 2 (Nice one Dr. K)

    "Honourable" mentions: The Bounty Hunter, Old Dogs, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Jonah Hex

    Vampires Suck? I refused to give Seltzberg my money.

  • Comment number 39.

    1. Inception
    2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    3. The Social Network
    4. Greenberg
    5. Shutter Island

    Still have a lot of stuff to see though.

    I've managed to avoid many of the real clunkers of the year so I don't think I have enough movies for a Bottom 5. But I'll definitely mention THE LAST AIRBENDER.

  • Comment number 40.

    Dr K, I am amazed that you didn't include Scott Pilgrim in your suggestions as you said that it was a perfect cult movie and would fit in nicely with Kick-Ass as far as the top 10 goes, same with Nanny McPhee as far as family films go. As for me my top 10 best of the year would be:
    10. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
    9. A Town Called Panic
    8. Invictus
    7. Iron Man 2
    6. How To Train Your Dragon
    5. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    4. The Social Network
    3. Toy Story 3
    2. Kick-Ass
    1. Inception

    For your worst I want to see Vampires Suck in your bottom 10 so that you can vent your full disgust towards the makers of the film whose names must never be said. My Bottom of the year would be:
    10. Step Up 3D
    9. Leapy Ear
    8. Devil
    7. The Last Airbender
    6. The A Team
    5. Clash of the Titans
    4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    3. Vampires Suck
    2. Alice in Wonderland
    1. Robin Hood

  • Comment number 41.

    A couple of suggestions I'd put forward would be:

    for the worst:

    1)Wall street 2: Money never sleeps. An awful, contrived, pointless sequel that illustrates Oliver Stone's extinguished passion for making fiction and why he should now stick to documentaries.

    for the best:

    1) Buried: A truly disturbing, dark thriller that manages to make every corner of coffin visually interesting for 95 minutes. Few other films have provoked such a physical reaction from myself this year.

    2) Maybe not allowed but....... Back to the Future?????

  • Comment number 42.

    Top Ten of 2010 far

    1. The Road

    2. Up In The Air

    3. Kick Ass

    4. The Killer Inside Me

    5. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

    6. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

    7. The Social Network

    8. Shutter Island

    9. Inception

    10. Scott Pilgrim vs The World

    Two for the bottom of the pile...

    Easy, The Last Airbender. Two words. Utter rubbish.
    Secondly, Clash of the Titans. 3D, 2D ...who cares. Gimmicks can't paper over this atrocious nonsense. On the upside, Ray Harryhausen must be feeling pretty damn smug. God bless him.

  • Comment number 43.

    In no particular order five of each, more to follow when I've shuffled the rest of my choices about....:-)
    1. The Road
    2. Shutter Island
    3.The Town ( not many seem to have mentioned that one, so I'll champion it )
    5.Toy Story
    1. Saw 3D
    2.Clash of the Titans
    3.Robin Hood
    4.Pirhana 3D
    5.The A Team

    That's all folks.....

  • Comment number 44.

    My top 7 so far

    7.Easy A

    6.The Runaways

    5.Made in Dagenham


    3.The Social Network

    2.Winter's Bone

    1.The Road (should you consider it to be from this year)

    (Alt)1. Inception (if The Road was this year Inception would go to number 2)

    Some that nearly made it would be Toy Story 3 and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

  • Comment number 45.

    I still have quite a few films left on the list 'to see', but here are some of the best I've seen that haven't had much mention:

    + Four Lions
    + Capitalism: A Love Story
    + Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
    + Oil City Confidential
    + The Killer Inside Me

    Thanks to Mark's ever-reliable reviews I have seen very few bad movies this year, but these two are easily the worst:

    - Resident Evil: Afterlife
    - The A-Team

  • Comment number 46.

    Top 4 so far:

    1. Scott Pilgrim VS. the World - (not just a guilty pleasure, it's simply da bob-omb!)

    2. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - (so unashamedly wacky, it takes the piss out of Hollywood filmmaking and still manages to be darkly, ludicrously entertaining).

    3. I'm Still Here - (Phoenix didn't go mental for nothing you know, plus it's a pretty interesting examination of the mock-documentary genre as well as stardom/ performance).

    4. The Social Network (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and be a Complete Facebook Bastard).

    Bottom 1 so far:

    1. Paranormal Activity 2 - (more, better things happen when I fart under the covers).

  • Comment number 47.

    I am really hoping the award season shows us something of real promise.. Looking forward to 127 hours and Black Swan.. But here are my top 5 of the year so far..

    1)The Social Network - An very interesting character centric story that actually has something to say ABOUT Gen-Y instead of FOR Gen-Y.

    2)Inception - The best of its kind since the original Matrix and proves that something doesn't have to be franchise-linked brainless testosterone fest to be a successful summer action movie.

    3) Scott Pilgrim - Manic and bold in its style, the movie never stops or slows down. Light and fluffy in content but the most fun I have had all year.

    4)Greenberg - My favorite Ben Stiller role since his performance in Tenenbaums. Very funny and overlooked. Reminds me of a Woody Allen romantic comedy.

    5) Toy Story 3 - Pixar is consistently brilliant and devoted to telling a good story with well crafted imagery to boot.

    Top 5 Worst of the year

    1)My Soul to Take - One the most bumbling, moronic, bland, unoriginal, awkwardly scripted, over acted paces of dung I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!

    2) Grown Ups - So lazy and unfunny its actually offensive.

    3) Valentines Day - Star power does not equal quality. Too long, predictable, messy, and every scene/character is criminally undeveloped.

    4)Alice In Wonderland - Burton branding himself as a Hot Topic trademark director. So boring... This was just a meandering make-it-up-as-we-go plot with lifeless performances...all topped off with ugly and unimpressive animation.

    5) Killers - Uneven, unfunny, unsexy, hodgepodge of script. A movie made as a star vehicle for should-be television "actors".

  • Comment number 48.

    For me films of this year look like this:
    1. Inception- A real classic in a making
    2. Toy Story 3-A fitting end to a great trilogy
    3. Buried-Ryan Reynolds surprised me and I was tense all the way through
    4. Princess and the Forg-good to see a great animation in classic disney style come back
    5. Capitalism-Turned me into a socialist


    1. Nightmare on Elm Street-Loved the orignal, remake takes away every and gives us back nothing
    2. The Last Airbender-Ruined a classic cartoon
    3. Devil-Was the funniest film I saw this year, problem not meant to be a comedy.
    4. Eclipse-Sorry Mark, Twilight is horrible and this was no different
    5. Firday the 13th- Unitnellectual garbage.

  • Comment number 49.

    Dr K,

    Two things; Firstly so glad to see Winters Bone making an appearance. An absolutely mind-blowing drama with a genuine sense of suspense. The only downside is the fact that night I saw this film many of my student fellows shunned my decision to see this when they all saw.... Due Date.

    Secondly; With regard to best animated film, have you seen The Illusionist yet? I saw this in a double bill with Winters Bone last Friday at my local arthouse cinema and it was absolutely fantastic. Beautifully drawn, wonderfully told and a genuinely touching film. See it before the year is out!!

  • Comment number 50.

    I'm heartened to see mentions of American: The Bill Hicks Story. It is a terrible shame it didn't get a national release but I was lucky enough to catch it at my local independent cinema in June and wholeheartedly recommend it, to the long-standing fans as well as those who are new to the Hicks experience.

  • Comment number 51.

    Top 10 of 2010 so far: (Harry Potter and Tron could very easily make it in!)

    1. Inception
    2. Toy Story 3
    3. Kick-Ass
    4. Easy A
    5. The Social Network
    6. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
    7. Let Me In
    8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    9. The Town
    10. The Killer Inside Me

    However, the best foreign film of the year is The Illusionist. An utter masterpiece with the best score since Up.

    Bottom 10 of 2010:

    1. The Back-Up Plan
    2. Sex and the City 2
    3. The Last Airbender
    4. Skyline
    5. Jonah Hex
    6. The Bounty Hunter
    7. Clash of the Titans
    8. Shank
    9. Dinner for Shmucks
    10. Due Date

  • Comment number 52.

    An enjoyable list, thanks. My top and bottom 5 of 2010 so far:


    1. Inception - a clever and engaging dose of pure sci-fi entertainment, in which Leo doesn't irritate in the slightest.

    2. Scott Pilgrim vs the World - Pity this one didn't catch on, because it was great fun and full of delightful humour.

    3. Four Lions - Just try making a film like this in America and see how far you get.

    4. The Ghost (Writer) - Dodgy director produces classy political thriller and even manages to make Ewan McGregor palatable.

    5. The Brothers Bloom - It seems hardly anyone saw this, which is a pity because it has some charming performances and an old-fashioned screwball zest to it.


    5. The Lovely Bones - Disappointingly turgid tale from one of my favourite directors.

    4. Crazy Heart - This paper-thin nonsense is supposed to be top-flight filmmaking? 100% predictable.

    3. Alice In Wonderland - Disjointed and ill-thought out, this had the potential to be great but was deeply flawed.

    2. Greenberg - Self-indulgent, almost consistently unfunny and borderline creepy.

    1. I'm Still Here - What on earth were they thinking? A complete mess, with cretinous faux-outsider larks substituting for wit.

  • Comment number 53.

    A top 10 for the good stuff

    1. Scott Pilgrim,
    2. Four Lions
    3. Up in the Air
    4. The Social Network
    5. Kick Ass
    6. Toy Story 3
    7. A Single Man
    8. The Road
    9. Exit Thru the Gift Shop
    10.How to Train Your Dragon

    And the 5 worst of the worst - being more selective with my viewing this year

    Piranha 3D - why ....
    Shrek: Forever After - when sequels go bad
    Survival of the Dead - another George who shouldn't have tried to expand on his orginal trilogy
    Robin Hood - dull and a contender for worst accent in a leading and supporting role
    Clash of the Titans 2D - dodged the 3D version, but still so easy to get on the list

  • Comment number 54.

    1) No One Knows About Persian Cats
    2) Certified Copy
    3) Whatever Works
    4) Women Without Men
    5) The Hunter
    6) Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
    7) Eyes Wide Open (Didn’t get a very wide screening, but was shown briefly at the ICA in 2010)
    8) Lebanon
    9) The Secret In Their Eyes
    10) MicMacs

    I’ve seen a few clangers this year but not enough to list ten. I wasn’t really that struck with I Am Love and Enter the Void was decent in parts but was far to long and drawn out.

  • Comment number 55.

    All my friends and university buddies have got there lists done and the one movie that they have argued about is Kick-Ass. "Why was it not on your list dude? The movie is truely epic" blah blab blah. My reply is that they had overhyped it for me.

    Top 5
    1. Inception
    2. Shutter Island
    3. Scott Pilgrim
    4. How To Train Your Dragon
    5. Toy Story 3

    Oh Oh Oh Dr K. The Kids are Alright. I would love to hear your thoughts on this film.

  • Comment number 56.

    Seriously? Inception? How was it any different from eXistenZ ?
    A good action film I would accept, but hardly top 5.

    What about 'Skeletons' ?
    What about 'Alice Creed' ?

    Social Network very good
    The Ghost very good

    Shutter Island I worked out from the trailer. Pants

  • Comment number 57.

    Iv'e been trying to work out mine for a while but at the moment mine has to looks something like this
    Best films

    1) Inception
    2) Social Network
    3) Winter's Bone
    4) Secret of Kells
    5) A Prophet
    6) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    7) Secret in their Eyes
    8) Scott Pilgrim
    9) Kick Ass
    10) Ponyo

    As for the worst films I am unsure but I am surprised that no one has mentioned the animated abomination Space chimps 2 which as well as having animation that would look awful on some children's animated programme the most irritating of characters, bad jokes and the most awful dialogue I have seen in years. It has 3d so bad that it literal causes your eyes to sting.

  • Comment number 58.

    Four Lions. Fantastic

  • Comment number 59.


    Avatar – Beautiful, imaginative and good clean fun – Safe choice?
    The Killer inside me – Just a great movie
    The Collector – A vast improvement for the producers of SAW
    MacGruber – Silly and funny “I’ll suck your c**k…” Poking fun at the MacGuyver series and very well.
    Shutter Island – Predictable twist but great mood to the film

    Worst (meaning lowest end rather than bad, unless stated)

    Clash of the Titans – Just lacked soul, otherwise not too terrible
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Disappointing, would be just as pleased to watch Bergerac
    Kick Ass – Just rubbish, sorely disappointed
    Machette – Like all Grindhouse movies, first 20 mins is quality, then the remainder of the movie is reliant on you remembering the first 20 mins being good (like the old style camera effects at the start – it gives you that feel then your brain is tricked into thinking the whole film is like that)
    Daybreakers – Completely missed the mark, bad vampire movie

  • Comment number 60.

    47 seconds ago
    My Top 5

    1- Winter's Bone - A brave gothic almost fairy tale. Quite unlike everything else I've seen this year.

    2- Srpski (A Serbian Film)- A vile but effective horror film.

    3- Four Lions - A controversial comedy with genuine heart.

    4- The A-Team - Suprisingly great, in fact my favourite re-hash ever.

    5- Toy Story 3 - Full of suspense and heart. A brilliant end to the franchise.

    Despised (haven't seen 3 more as bad as these)

    1- Scott Pilgrim - Overly gimmicky = boring to me. The whole "it's not funny cos it's funny yeah, it's funny cos it isn't......but it is really cos it's not meant to be" Nathan Barley approach is just lazy and shows a fear of sincerity on the film-makers part.

    2- Paranormal Activity 2 - Boring and overly expensive almost remake of a film that was dull and effective in almost equal measure.

  • Comment number 61.

    I thought 'How to train your dragon' was one of the best animated films of the year and is definetly on my top 5 list, which also includes:

    The Social Network
    Toy Story 3

  • Comment number 62.

    Mr. Kermode,

    I have to say I don't agree with Paranormal Activity 2 being in the bottom 10. Yes it probably was over-hyped and the scares were all too reminiscent of the first film. But, the two films did interweave quite effectively, which was a good touch, and (*spolier alert*) who can say that the kitchen scene during the day didn't catch them off guard..!?

    Fair enough it's never going to be a top 10 contender, but to draw it alonngside, "Eat, Pray, slit my wrists" and other such visual crimes is perhaps over stepping the mark. It's certianly more effective a film than most horror related drivel that gets the go ahead to make it to the bigscreen.

  • Comment number 63.

    To all those who loved Inception: there is no such thing as a dream within a dream. You might think you've experienced a dream within a dream, but you haven't. You can only dream one dream at a time.

    Let me also say that the lists taken down here are all pretty limited - to about 20-30 movies, no? Where are all the foreign movies? Where, even, are the movies Hollywood made? I thought this was a movie, where people watched MOVIES mainstream or not. Near every movie listed is mainstream. Bill Hicks: An American Story is a nice exception. Good movie. For a fan especially, it was a new thing to experience how Bill's jokes were recieved by an audience. I think the John Malkovich movie Disgrace also deserves a mention. Granted, even though it was released less than a month before 2010, it was unduly ignored. It is a great movie. As for the best of this year, surely Mark Kermode is completely right to consider The Social Network. Not only was it engaging and intelligent, it had the advantage of a mass audience. This is the type of mainstream movie that should be encouraged.

    I've no idea for worst movies - I generally try to avoid the bad ones - but I was really looking forward to Dinner For Schmucks. You have murdered my dreams, all of you.

  • Comment number 64.

    My best and worst both star DiCaprio. Shutter Island was a great piece of film making with a sublime and portentious gothic atmosphere and score and a cast to die for/ Inception has to be one of the most pretentious, drab and over-rated films I have seen in years, which I still find hard to take as I love all the other Chris Nolan films....

  • Comment number 65.

    top 10 so far:

    Toy Story 3
    The Road
    The Social Network
    Shutter Island
    Another Year
    Winter’s Bone
    A Prophet
    Bad Lieutenant

    ive avoided the really stinky films this year but the following were the worse ive seen in the cinema in 2010:

    When You’re Strange
    Robin Hood

  • Comment number 66.


    Great choices so far, however there are two or three films I feel you have overlooked in your list:

    1) I wonder if you've could do a blog post/review on the Mayo show about "The Kids Are All Right". Boyd and Floyd loved it, but as it is a film I am very conflicted about I'd love to get the good Doctor's comments. I really wanted to love the film and I believe the acting is some of the best I've seen in recent memory with some real moments captured on film. However, one of the central plot points, the love affair between the Mark Ruffalo character and Julianne Moore rang completely false. I've heard some colleagues of mine, particularly in the gay community, talk about the fluidity of homosexuality, but at the same time I also believe that while it's a film designed to portray the normalcy of gay parents it seems to "cop out" to a classic heterosexual male fantasy i.e. turning a lesbian straight. If that storyline was cut out and focused more on the kids of the title and the impact of the adults on their growing up it would HANDS DOWN the film of the year. As it stands currently, it's the most contentious.

    2) While you may have extensively interviewed the man and therefore may understand his work better I cannot escape the fact that "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is the worst film I've seen this year. I refer you to my blog review It's poor performances (the only exception being Michael Douglas) the most incongruent film score in the songs of Byrne & Eno, and the ridiculously jerky, creaky plot leading up to the bizarrely cute ending (have you EVER known an Oliver Stone film to be CUTE?!) that almost ruined the Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place." I haven't seen many of the films you "slagged off" (to use one of your country's phrases, I'm an American, D.C. by way of Boston) as I am a self-financed film critic and subject to time and budgetary constraints, but from what I've seen Stone has lost the plot.

    Keep up the great work, it's been almost a year now since discovering you on youtube and what a fantastic year it's been!

    MoviesAreLikePeople (You Either Trust Them Or You Don't)

  • Comment number 67.

    Ok, it's a work in progress but here it is...
    Top 10:
    1 - Toy Story 3
    2 - A Prophet
    3 - The Social Network
    4 - Mother
    5 - Winters Bone
    6 - The Hole 3D
    7 - Double Take
    8 - The Killer Inside Me
    9 - Another Year
    10 - Shutter Island

    Bottom 10:
    10 - Shelter
    9 - Shrek Forever After
    8 - Due Date
    7 - The Expendables
    6 - Repo Men
    5 - Clash of the Titans
    4 - Jonah Hex
    3 - A Nightmare on Elm Street
    2 - Saw 3D
    1 - The Last Airbender

    On a side note Dr K, your fury regarding the collective response to "Let Me In" echoes my reaction to the response "Inception" garnered from everyone. A solid three star film in my opinion but nothing more than that. It is the most overated movie I have seen in many years. If I hear another person talk about how 'Intelligent' that film is, I could very well implode. I had to go to the cinema twice to watch it, just in case I was missing something and I had made a mistake in my initial assesment. I hadn't. It's as dumb as nuts.

  • Comment number 68.

    Where's Enter the void?

  • Comment number 69.

    Would like to take the opportunity to plug Easy A I think this is the movie I have enjoyed the most all year (Toy Story being a close second). The characters were masterful and even if the plot got a bit out of hand towards the end it was a fantastic story and some of the one-liners were great. It's only a shame that it only got about 3 days in the cinemas here (and didn't appear at all in my hometown, I had to travel 30 miles to see it) and isn't out on DVD until the end of February. It was at the top of my Christmas list!

  • Comment number 70.

    Granted, I haven't been able to catch many of this years releases (have been catching up on DVDs instead) how can you forget Pilgrim? This really seems like a rather egregious oversight.

    Incidentally, I can't have been the only person who was more than a little uncomfortable with the sadistic violence played for laughs in Kick-Ass. At least The Killer Inside Me had the decency to take its subject matter seriously. Now it could be that my adverse reaction to these scenes is overshadowing the films better elements, but thinking back I can't actually remember much about the film apart from these painful elements. Certainly by no means a classic.

    All in all, I think I'd go for Winter's Bone as my own pick for the top slot.

  • Comment number 71.

    The scene that most sticks in my mind from this year is the last 30 seconds of REC. 2 which (like the first REC) shows something really nasty happening to Manuela Velasco. Overall it’s nowhere near as good as the first REC movie; but has an ending to creep you out.

    Bad Lieutenant and The Disappearance of Alice Creed would be contenders for my top 5 list.
    Inception too - because it treated the audience as adults and not 10yr olds, it’s not perfect mind, but not bad.

    I have hopes for Tron Legacy when it arrives, not least because Jeff Bridges is on board.

    Lots still to catch up on: Winter's Bone, The Ghost, Despicable Me, Prophet, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 127 Hours...

    It says something when so many animated movies get a mention.
    Haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon yet, but as it’s now out on DVD I’ll rectify that soon.
    I enjoyed Poyno, The Frog and the Princess & Toy Story 3.
    Disney have also Tangled out soon, though it’s more in the CGI style of Shrek.

    Predators and Burton’s Alice were the most disappointing. (Not often you’ll see both of those mentioned in the same sentence either.)

    Worst – Clash of the Titans.

    PS Mark, you've forgotten that Goddard movie from Cannes. That should be in your bottom 10.

  • Comment number 72.

    I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton is my film of the year.

  • Comment number 73.

    I agree with the majority of Mark Kermode's choices.

    I thought Inception and The Social Network were immense. It is so rare (for me anyway) to watch an action film that is more than just explosions and special effects. There was an original and interesting story and premise that is vastly more intelligent than the majority - if not all - of the the action films i've seen.

    The Social Network I found to be especially intriguing. I found Inception interesting because it delved deeper into the complexities of dreams and ideas than I have ever encountered thereby causing all who saw it to begin to think about life philosophically rather than watch an average action film that caused them to think about going to the toilet at the end whereas The Social Network was interesting because firstly it is about a company that the majority of us deal with day to day. Instead of Facebook being created by a large group of Bill Gates-esque adults like people assumed (Or I did anyway), it was created by a young and rather troubled computer programmer. It dealt with the now money obsessed, vain, superficial, misogynist world we live in which was portrayed brilliantly well. The Social Network should get the Oscar for best writing which was so crisp and perfectly delivered.

    However, one film I thoroughly enjoyed that needs at least some acknowledgment is Cemetery Junction. I laughed a few times but it was a film that was made to be enjoyed rather than laughed at. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant both reiterated the fact that it wasn't a comedy, it was a drama with funny parts in it, and it was. The film was well directed, well written, had a great soundtrack and was obviously made with love and attention to detail. It had a warmth which is a trait so often left from films and you could tell that Gervais and Merchant throroughly enjoyed making the film as much as I did watching it. Whether it should be considered for an Oscar is up to the good Doctor.

  • Comment number 74.

    Winter's Bone
    We Are What We Are
    Four Lions
    Enter the Void
    The Illusionist
    Valhalla Rising
    The Killer Inside Me

    Also technically these are 2009 films but came out officially in the UK in 2010:

    A Prophet
    The Secret in their Eyes

    The absolute worst has to be Clash of the Titans but I was expecting that so it wasn't that big of a deal. The biggest disappointment however was Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Zzzzzzzzz.

  • Comment number 75.

    Going off the subject, this is in regards to your plea to projectionists to take better care of showing a movie in the right ratio etc.

    This is from Yahoo news.

    "Families taking their children to see animated hit 'Megamind' in a US cinema were given a nasty shock when 'Saw 3D' was accidentally screened instead.
    A theatre in Massachusetts unfortunately played the brutal horror film instead of the animated adventure, leaving kids screaming at the screen. The children were told to cover their eyes as cinema bosses tried to correct their mistake.
    It took several minutes before the right film was shown, and so the children would have seen graphic images of a man with his foot cut off, and a woman killed by a buzz saw.
    An upset father told WHDH of his traumatised son, "He came and slept with us and we thought we had gotten past that years ago. He said that he had a few nightmares."
    Free tickets were handed out by red-faced cinema employees as compensation."

  • Comment number 76.

    Whilst I would disagree with either Let Me In or Paranormal Activity 2 being the worst films of the year (I think you're showing your horror roots there...), I would like to add one or two: The worst script that has ever been passed into the hands of a director (oh wait, they're the same talentless person). Even a really hot cast couldn't turn this mess into anything other than the piece of garbage it was.

    Due Date- Weaker than Iranian whiskey.

    Tamara Drewe- Most over praised movie of the year? Well, it was remarkable that it got any praise at all. Seriously boring.

    I may later add some of my favourite movies of the year but for the moment it's easier to criticise than to praise. This hasn't been a vintage year, but then again it's been several years since we've had a truly vintage year...

  • Comment number 77.

    I love the Toy Story series, 3 being the best in my opinion. I also believe Pixar have made the best animated film ever with Monsters Inc.
    Nevertheless I must nominate Despicable Me for inclusion in this years top 10 !

  • Comment number 78.

    Surely you're not adding mediocre entries like Paranormal Activity 2 and Let Me In to a 'worst of' list? When I think of a terrible film, I think of a film that wasted my time so badly that I had an intensely visceral attitude of hatred when I exited.

    Certainly in a year when we've had The Last Airbender, Vampires Suck, When in Rome, Alice in Wonderland and so forth, those suggestions seem lightweight. And I wouldn't finalise my list just yet, since the two big comedies out this Christmas, Guillver's Travels and Little Fockers, certainly look like huge unfunny pieces of... er, coal.

  • Comment number 79.

    Chomet's The Illusionist! An amazingly assured film and without doubt one of the best overall, let alone in animation, of the year.

  • Comment number 80.

    The Social Network
    127 Hours
    Toy Story 3
    The Killer Inside Me
    The Ghost Writer
    Scott Pilgrim vs the World

    The Last Airbender
    Cop Out
    Jonah Hex
    Clash of the Titans
    Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Comment number 81.

    The Best
    • A Prophet
    • The Illusionist
    • Oil City Confidential
    • The killer inside
    • Kick Ass
    • Collapse
    • House of the Devil
    • The Princess and the frog
    • Exit through the gift shop
    • The most dangerous man in America

    The Worst

    Always difficult to determine the benchmark for a bad film. I try my hardest not to watch movie’s that I will believe I will not enjoy. Therefore my criteria for a “BAD” movie may differ from others…. Yes low budget horror flix or pointless spoof comedies are routinely poor and they are exactly what you would expect (I therefore choose not to watch)…….however bigger budget films by reputable directors, summer blockbusters or critically acclaimed movies deserve more focus. Based on this, my top of the plops are as follows:

    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Lovely Bones
    • The Social Network
    • Iron Man 2
    • Up in the Air
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Armored
    • Centurion
    • Exam
    • Case 39

  • Comment number 82.

    Just a question for all those people who have put worst film lists, have you actually seen all those terrible films? Have you actually paid to see them?

    Because I would have listened to my favourite film critic when he says don't watch...e.g The Last Airbender and I wont watch it. I'll take my money and watch something that I have at least heard someone say positive things about.

    Then I may not agree but at least I wont have spent my money on..say...Saw 3D which is clearly going to be a terrible terrible film.

    P.S. I have a baby so I don't get to the cinema that often so I can only give you a top 3;

    The Road
    Avatar:Special Edition - Does that count as this year?

  • Comment number 83.

    Although I agree with you that Inception and Toy Story 3 deserve to be in the top 5, what about Enter the Void and Mother? Although they are not completely flawless, they are both very intriguing, experimental films which deserve some praise.

  • Comment number 84.

    Positively the worst film I saw this year was Skyline; a triumph of special effects over plot, acting, dialogue, and anything else. Take some paint with you when you go to watch this movie; watching the paint dry will be more interesting than watching the movie

    Inception is my top film for this year; of course Harry Potter is yet to arrive.

  • Comment number 85.

    My best 5 films of this year are as follows:
    1. Inception
    2. Toy Story 3
    3. The Social Network
    4. Kick Ass
    5. Scott Pilgram

    My worst films are:
    1. Sex and the City 2
    2. The Grown ups
    3. The last airbender
    4. Clash of the Titans
    5. Eat, Pray , Love

  • Comment number 86.

    I think that you're being WAAAAY too hard on Let Me In. It may have its problems, but it's nowhere near being one of the worst films of the year. I'm disappointed that you didn't treat us to your "Dannnnnyy Dyyyyyyyyeeeerrrr!" impersonation though!

  • Comment number 87.

    Shutter Island (which I liked more than Inception) and Crazy Heart as the two best this year.

    Robin Hood and the truly dire Law Abiding Citizen as the two stinkers.

  • Comment number 88.

    Four Lions has to appear on the list. For a film to have such a fast, witty, and hilarious script, a captivating story, but also a serious and topical plot for a directoral debut is an incredible feat.

    Now i know you said you didn't laugh much Dr K, please please please go back and see it again and i wouldn't be suprised if it appeared in your top 3, let alone your top 10.

  • Comment number 89.

    Inception is my film of the year by a long shot. Utterly incredible and the dark horse for Best Picture in my opinion.

    And when it comes to The Social Network, have I missed something? What is it that makes this film so brilliant? I was left thoroughly bemused my it. Am I supposed to care about these vile and incredibly smug people (who are all clearly loaded, they're at Harvard for goodness sake). Not awful by any means, but as a Fincher fan I was gutted. Definitely the most overrated film of 2010, by a COUNTRY MILE.

    P.S. As it got released in 2010 over here you know what I'm going to say now. In second place....


  • Comment number 90.

    Someone mentioned Agora above as part of their top 10, which I just want to second. Although it rams home it message on occasion with more force than is necessary, here is a film that at least tries to grapple with contemporary issues by placing them within their historical context. It has a slightly unusual narrative structure (for a moment it looks like they spliced two films together, but it does make sense why they did this) and, more unconventionally (which really is a sad, sad statement about modern cinema) it also has a strong lead character, who is unconcerned about romance or handbags. Rachel Weisz's character is instead all focussed on sating her curiosity about the world.

    Plus it got plenty of sword fights and gore, so why this film went under the radar in most countries is beyond me. It is certainly one of my top films of the year.

  • Comment number 91.

    Of what I've actually seen, or it the case of some of the worst started watching.

    Top 10
    Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    Toy Story 3
    Prince Of Persia
    The Infidel
    The Book of Eli

    Worst 10
    Did You Hear About The Morgans?
    From Paris With Love
    Leap Year
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    Clash Of The Titans
    Robin Hood

    Probably not the best/worst films of the year but when I looked at everything I'd seen so far. It's the ones I thought I got the most and the least out of, regardless of what that actually was.

  • Comment number 92.

    I haven't yet seen Chico and Rita, but this week I saw an absolutely wonderful claymation film. Mary and Max. It's hilarious, clever and genuinely touching. It's also a rarity in claymation, as this film is definately not for children. It's in my top 5 for the year! You've not mentioned it at all though Dr. K, you should sdee it if you haven't. It's great!

  • Comment number 93.

    Porkchop Express @82:

    I can only speak for myself, but yes, I did see those I listed, and I'm surprised so many people have listed Bounty Hunter, Eat Pray Love and Sex And The City 2 as some of the worst films of the year. Not because they aren't among the worst films of the year - though I'm sure they are - but because so many people seem to have completely ignored Dr K's advice and merrily shelled out for them. I haven't caught up with some of the recent podcasts so I can't remember what, if anything, he said about Vampires Suck but I'd be surprised, given its origins, if his mighty Aniston-strangling hands didn't flap more than those of a man conducting three orchestras at once.

  • Comment number 94.

    My top 10 at the moment;

    1. Enter the Void
    2. Another Year
    3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    4. Dogtooth
    5. A Prophet
    6. Ponyo
    7. Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
    8. The Headless Woman
    9. Toy Story 3
    10. The Maid

    Fantastic year so far.

    I've yet to see any bad 2010 films, so can't offer up a bottom 10.

  • Comment number 95.

    Compared to previous years it's been a pretty dire year at the cinema, where are the There Will Be Bloods and the Fountains??? (with Black Swan coming it could be 2011).

    My top ten would include:

    Toy Story 3
    The Social Network
    Enter the Void - an experience like no other and definitely the most unique film of the year.
    Monsters - just don't expect it to be a monster film.
    The Disappearance of Alice Creed - just shows what new talent can do.
    Youth in Revolt - comedy of the year I'd say.

    This year's stinkers? (or perhaps overhyped twaddle)

    Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim

  • Comment number 96.

    For my money this year's two best films have been Revanche and Ajami (although they were originally screened at LFFs 2008 and 2009). Unfortunately film distribution being what it is, you only had to blink to miss them. They really did deserve to be seen by a wider audience.

  • Comment number 97.

    Even though we still have a month and a half left of 2010 my top 10 and bottom 10 currently look like this:

    *"Friedkin" - My Top 10 films of 2010*

    1) Toy Story 3
    2) Inception
    3) Endhiran (The Robot)
    4) Another Year
    5) L'Illusionniste
    6) The Kids Are All Right
    7) Buried
    8) Wild Target
    9 ) The Road
    10) The first 72 minutes of The Last Exorcism

    *"Bay" - My Bottom 10 films of 2010*

    10) The last 15 minutes of The Last Exorcism
    9) The Wolfman
    8) The Collector
    7) Prince of Persia
    6) Its A Wonderful Afterlife
    5) From Paris With Love
    4) Alice in Wonderland
    3) Knight and Day
    2) Clash of the Titans
    1) The first 35 minutes of "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" (the one & only time i have ever walked out of a cinema screening!)

  • Comment number 98.

    Top five:
    1. Inception
    2. Inception
    3. Inception
    4. Inception
    5. Inception

  • Comment number 99.

    As you're a huge horror fan Mark, and you hated Paranormal Activity, and didn't think much of Saw 3D. What would you consider the top ten horror movies of 2010?

  • Comment number 100.

    A lot of films I liked were from the start of the year but are stil technically 2010, such as A Single Man, The Last Station, Shutter Island, Up in the Air and The Road. As far as blockbusters go, I looooved Kick Ass as well as Inception. I also remember really liking Four Lions, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Ghost (Writer?), Nicole Holofecener's Please Give and The Kids Are Alright. And along with pretty much everyone else I adored The Social Network (a love marred only by Justin Timberlake's "acting").

    As for worst, I'm still reeling from the mess that was The Lovely Bones. I though Iron Man 2 was overated - lots of winks and nudges about the avengers doesn't really cut it. Dear John was boring. I sort of enjoyed Sex and The City 2, although I at least have the decency to be ashamed about it.

    I'm watching Harry Potter tonight so this all may be irrelevant.


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