Top 5 Films of 2010 – Year in Review: Part 2

It was a good year for film, so I’ve picked out the best five films released in the past 12 months. They are in no particular order, think of them as five experiences you should have in your life.

Toy Story 3

Starring: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton. Released: 19 July

Premise: Rootin-tootin cowboy Woody, reserved space ranger Buzz Lightyear and the other lovable brightly-coloured toys from Andy’s room are on the verge of being forgotten forever as Andy leaves for college and leaves them to the Sunnyside day care centre. How will they escape?

In-a-nutshell: Laughs for all ages return in a way only Pixar can deliver. New recruit Ken (Michael Keaton) is a particular highlight, as is the films nemesis Lotso Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty). With plenty of action and fun the film is a suitable, and moving, end to the series.

Rating: 4/5 (Read Full Review)


The Social Network

Starring: Jessie Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Arnie Hammer Released: 15 October

Premise: Semi-truthful account of how Harvard computer wiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg created the Facebook Social networking site, and all the drama along the way.

In-a-nutshell: Eisenberg is fantastic and convincing as the sarcastic and obsessive Zuckerberg and Director David Fincher plays out the story in a mix of real time, flashbacks and flashforwards to keep things interesting. The best docu-film of the decade.

Rating: 4/5 (Read Full Review)


Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans Released: 25 August

Premise: Geeky bassist Scott Pilgrim is between jobs living in Toronto going nowhere until he meets the girl of his dreams – literally…in a dream. Unfortunately and non-sensically he must fight her seven evil exs to be worthy of going out with her.

In-a-nutshell: Despite being so fantastical it could mostly be going on in the mind of leading man Scott Pilgrim (Cera). Luckily tremendous effort from Director Edgar Wright ensures top-notch quality in cast (Superman AND The Human Torch?!), fights and music. On top of that the style in honed to perfection, from the 8-bit intro to the happily-ever-after finale.

Rating: 5/5 (Read Full Review)


Tron Legacy

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde Released: 17 December

Premise: Beginning years after the first movie left off, Sam Flynn (Hedlund) goes looking for his lost father Kevin (Bridges), only to find him locked inside a computer mainframe controlled by Clu, a digital younger version of himself.

In-a-nutshell: The biggest visual spectacle of the year, enhanced further by 3D (which, surely, this film was made for) as light cycles and identification discs wizz around. The father-son relationship which drives the film is believable, even if absolutely nothing else is, and that’s what keeps things grounded and makes you care about what’s going on. Very much a two-tier film, like any good Disney effort, and a perfect and infectious soundtrack.

Rating: 4/5


Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy Released: 16 July

Premise: Dreams within dreams, planting ideas in someone’s head – concepts don’t get much wackier than this. A band of dream extraction experts plan to make the son of a business man break up his father’s empire, but not before multiple-layered action.

In-a-nutshell: Action, confusion and sublime story-telling in equal measure here from accomplished Director Christopher Nolan. The cast is perfect, the style is fantastic and the final seconds of uncertainty provide the talking point of the decade.

Rating: 5/5 (Read Full Review)

So that takes care of films, stay tuned for music and Xbox 360 titles.

James Michael Parry

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