In 2010 there was a ton of really great films released and unfortunately I missed quite a few of them. Reading all of the Top 10 lists on our site and other sites has reminded me of 10 movies that were clearly fantastic films that I missed out on in 2010. In my defence some of these films I could not see because of their extremely limited release but had I of seen them they would very likely have been on top of my ‘top 10 list of 2010’. So in 2011 I will be working hard to catch the 10 best Movies o f 2010 I missed as they arrive on DVD. Here are my Top 10 Films of 2010… that I missed in completely random order.
Black Swan: If there is one movie that is getting more buzz than any other film this year it is Black Swan. Directed by Darren Arronofsky who has directed such films as The Fountain and The Wrestler it It stars Natalie Portman as a ballet dancer who wins the lead in “Swan Lake” but slowly loses her mind. Both Luke and The Dude who are writers on this site raved about Black Swan and there has been Oscar buzz for Natalie Portman and Darren Arronofsky. Black Swan has a wide release and is still playing so you can very likely catch it in theatres this weekend I Know I am going to try. On unrelated matters I cannot wait to see what Darren does with his first big budget mainstream movie the Wolverine sequel. He is such a visionary seeing him go mainstream is going to be very interesting. [ Black Swan Movie Review ]
Monsters: Monsters is very much like Lionsgate’s Buried. I have no idea why the studio did not make a bigger effort to get this film into the mainstream. Critics and fans have raved about this film and considering it was made for only $500,000 a return on investment was pretty easy to make happen. Instead the studio released the film into about 25 theatres and pretty much nobody got to see it. Directed and Written by Gareth Edwards it is set six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion. A cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. With emphasis on substance over glitz its a low budget scifi film that will appeal to film fans who want more then films like Skyline have to offer. Substance in other words. [ Monsters Movie Review ]
The Social Network: How I missed this one is beyond me. I planned to go the opening weekend, then I set a time to go with my sister and it still never happened. The Social Network is David Finchers tale of FACEBOOK without actually using the name Facebook. It is a story of lies, deception, insane riches and best of all the power of greed. [ The Social Network Review ]
Catfish: I have deliberately avoided seeing too much on Catfish but from skimming the reviews including Luke’s on our site its clear I am going to love Catfish. I tried to go see this in theatres but it wasn’t playing anywhere remotely close to me since it was only released in about 100 theaters. It is the story of a 20 year old male who meets a girl on Facebook and the results of their ‘meet up’. A dark thriller I am pleased to say I do not have any clue how this one ends and cant wait to see it on dvd! [ Catfish Movie Review ]
127 Hours: I am a huge fan of films based on true stories so long as its not Texas Chainsaw Massacre where its 99% nonsense 1% reality. 127 Hours which stars James Franco and is directed by SlumDog Millionaires Danny Boyles is about a mountain climber who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. This film much like Buried is sure to shock and thrill as well as make your squirm from what I have read. [ 127 Hours Movie Review ]
Waiting For Superman: I am a sucker for documentaries and this one got alot of buzz and rave reviews but like a lot of films on my list was not released wide enough for me to see it. This despite the studios attempts to use the same viral techniques from Paranormal Activity to push it much wider. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
The Tillman Story: In all honest I am not sure how good or bad this film is but I have heard a few critics rave about it and considering the injustice that was done to this heros legacy I really want to see it. Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn’t done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev’s riveting and enraging documentary.
The Town: As a rule I am not a fan of Ben Afflecks. I keep having flash backs of Daredevil. Alot of people have raved about The Town including our very own Luke. As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. I purchased this flick on DVD and will be watching it this week! [ The Town Movie Review ]
The Ghost Writer: I don’t mean to get on a moral ladder but I completely forgot who directed this film or I would never have purchased it. Regardless of how evil Roman Polanski’s crime against the child he victimized is you cannot take away from the fact he is a very talented director. I will watch this movie since I bought it but I wish I had not. The Ghost Writer stars Ewan McGregor and Timothy Hutton and is about a ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister who uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
Buried: Starring Ryan Reynolds the current IT guy in Hollywood Buried tells the story of Paul a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. I have a massive phobia of small spaces so its a pretty safe bet that Buried will give me the heebee-jeebees. Everyone who saw Buried has raved about this project and it had some great early initial buzz but the studio only gave it a very limited release on about 100 theatres and after a few weeks it was pulled. Still not clear at all why this psychological thriller that had critics and fans raving was put on the back shelf. At least with Buried I know I am not the only one who missed it. [ Buried Movie Review ]