Me-Movies Best & Worst of 2010
By Faisal Hashmi on January 8, 2011
From the good to the downright awful, we count down the best and worst in movies in 2010.
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15. How To Train Your Dragon
What trailers made out to look like another casual DreamWorks animation film is actually a movie that can stand beside Pixar’s best. It’s a riveting tale of the bond between a boy and his own dragon set in a battle backdrop. The characters are endearing and the dragon Toothless is a classic character that is extremely adorable. The action scenes, humor as well as the surprising amount of heart in the story led to the movie having major legs at the box-office and a deserved sequel is now in the works.
14. The Kids Are All Right
The concept has a lot of potential – things get awkward for two lesbian parents when their children track down and invite their sperm donor for a family dinner. And with great performances by Annete Benning, Julianne Moore and Mark Rufallo among others, there’s no doubt that the movie mines so many dramatic as well as comedic situations and makes for an entertaining spin on the dysfunctional family.
13. Rabbit Hole
This latecomer to the Oscar buzz party looks like award bait on first sight but is actually much more. It’s about a couple dealing with the loss of their young child and while the subject matter is depressing, the movie has moments of dark humor and a strange uplifting tone to it. Its calmness is also achieved by a wonderfully understated performance by Nicole Kidman and an equally powerful one by Aaron Eckhart. It will probably not compete with the heavy-hitters, but a couple of nominations are a lock for it.
12. The Ghost Writer
No matter how his personal life may be, Roman Polanski is undoubtedly a brilliant director and if this ends up being his last film, he’s surely gone out with a bang. ‘The Ghost Writer’ is a compelling Hitchcockian mystery thriller and sets a wonderful atmosphere filled with deep mysteries and deception that doesn’t let go until the final twist ending and a powerful final image that seals it. It’s the kind of movie Hollywood hardly makes anymore and stands as one of the best films of the year.
11. Shutter Island
Martin Scorcese gave us the most unbashed genre thrills this year with the excellent ‘Shutter Island’. Featuring a taut performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s a thrill ride with Hitchockian undertones and a very haunting atmosphere and setting throughout. The ending may not be the most unpredictable twist ending, but it’s visually fantastic and stands as one of the most effective films of the year and a deserved hit.