This post is for my dad. Every year, since the year dot, we’ve put together for each other a list of our top movies of the year. Dad and I are both suckers for “Top … well … anything” lists (I border on obsessed), and we’re also HUGE movie buffs. I used to work in a cinema, and Dad is so passionate about films that he keeps a notebook with star ratings for, I think, just about every movie he’s ever seen. I love going to see movies with him, dissecting them afterwards and rating them, although Dad and I are at odds about whether reviews should be out of four stars (Dad) or five (me).
This year, there have been so many amazing movies, it’s been really hard to choose. I do have to put a disclaimer on this list, though: I haven’t seen Animal Kingdom (and probably won’t), or The King’s Speech (and CANNOT WAIT TO GO – Dad, are you listening? Take me soon?????), but it is the 31st – our cutoff date – so here it is.
Katie’s list of best films of 2010
- A Single Man. Colin Firth. So underrated (Haven’t seen the King’s Speech yet but hopefully this will be the one to win him an Oscar)
- The Social Network. Was so surprised to be blown away by this. Went just for Geek Husband Bear. But wow. Wow.
- Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Just so fun, screwy, funny, and visually Uh-mayzing.
- Red Hill.Way underrated Aussie revenge thriller with a brain and – surprisingly – a heart. Had me and Husband Bear in tears at its poignant ending. If you haven’t seen it, and can brave a bit of blood and guts, it’s so worth it.
- The Last Station. We’re talking tears? Was a mess in this film. But also laughed my guts out. Was so surprised at how funny it was!
- Wild Target. Alternatively, was NOT surprised at how funny this brilliant film was. Laughed so hard I snorted (embarrassing – but also sort of homage-y to the great Mr Nighy), couldn’t breathe (a bit scary), and cried so hard the top of my t shirt was wet (a bit weird). Bill. Nighy. Is. God.
- The Men Who Stare at Goats. Made the mistake of going to see this with Mum in a small cinema. We both have very loud laughs. Was bit embarrassing.
- Crazy Heart. Brilliant acting. Brilliant soundtrack. So sad but so worth it.
- The Hurt Locker. Such an important movie, with the most harrowing final scene I’ve ever experienced.
- Inception. My mind was mangled by this. But in a good way.
Honourable mentions to: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Gainsbourg, Get Him to the Greek, I Love You Too, Kick Ass, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Remember Me
Worst Movie of the Year: Sex and the City 2. Offensive on every level. Especially the level of boredom.
Most Disappointing Movie of the Year: Alice in Wonderland. I thought this was a sure thing: my favourite book, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton … I was so wrong. Mia Whateverhernameis can act approximately as well as my couch and this made the whole thing feel really flat. Very sad.
So, that’s it! What are your best and worst films of the year?
And, Dad? Your turn now!