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Tuesday 16 November 2010, 16:59

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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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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    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.

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    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.

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    Comment number 3.

    Best 5

    Scott Pilgrim
    Inception
    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
    MacGruber
    Clash of the Titans

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    Comment number 4.

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

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    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.

 

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