Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week we decided to throw it back ten years and countdown our list of the best films of 2010. Looking back, there weren’t that many options for this list. It is really the cream of the crop and then not much else. Anyways, let’s get to it!
10. Hot Tub Time Machine
If you would’ve told me this film would make our top 10 of 2010 ten years ago, you must’ve been a prophet. Hot Tub Time Machine is one of the most fascinating success stories in recent memory where we see a group of friends get in a hot tub that sends them back to the ’80s where they look like their former selves and have to make everything happen the way it once did or change the course of history. For this film to work as well as it does is a miracle and it took this ridiculous concept and made it feel normal and welcoming. Too bad the sequel had to happen.
9. How to Train Your Dragon
It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since How to Train Your Dragon came to theaters, but here we are today. Two films later and here we are with what is one of the best-animated trilogies ever behind another we will get to. This one was a blast where we saw a boy and his dog story but with a dragon instead of the dog. The bond that Toothless and Hiccup form is so heartwarming and relatable which has been the key to the success of this franchise.
8. True Grit
The Coen Brothers are some of the most successful directors in the history of cinema and one of their most underrated films is True Grit. The Coen’s remade this classic western that was already beloved and made it better. Jeff Bridges is phenomenal in this role which is saying something considering his career. They also introduced the world to Hailee Steinfeld, and we are only just now seeing the best of what she has to offer. This is a very overlooked film that shouldn’t be.
7. Shutter Island
Whenever Martin Scorsese puts out a film, the world takes notice, except for a couple of cases including this next film. Shutter Island was a turn for Scorsese where we saw him go in more of a thriller route and it turned out to be a huge success for him. This film takes a major turn halfway through you do not see coming and it makes the rewatch that much better. All of this is led by DiCaprio who turns in a different kind of performance than we are used to. Many have not seen this film, and they should.
6. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
What is probably one of the biggest cult films of this century comes up next with Scott Pilgrim vs The World. There are many of you who still have no idea what this film is, so let’s fix that. This is one of Edgar Wright’s best films about a guy who starts dating a girl who has seven evil exes and must battle them in order to be with her. This film has so much style and flare that makes it so rewatchable and almost like a comic book come to life. There are so many familiar faces in this one who were onto big things later and contribute to this wonderful film.
5. The Fighter
When a good sports film comes along, it is always something to cherish. We love these films about underdogs who come from nothing and become something and that is what The Fighter is about. This film is so brutal, and the duo of Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale works so well because Bale brings the best we have seen out of Wahlberg. Amy Adams and Melissa Leo are also fantastic, and it put David O. Russell on the map as a director to watch out for, and he has only more to come.
4. Toy Story 3
Remember when I said How to Train Your Dragon was the second-best animated trilogy? That’s because Toy Story 3 made this franchise number one. This is one of the best films of the past ten years and became a cultural phenomenon when it was released. Pixar has always wanted to break our hearts, but this time they decided to take it out, squeeze it like a towel, and put it back in. This film is all about growing up, not just for Andy but also for all the toys as well and it made both adults and kids cry alike. Truly a classic film here.
I have been very vocal at my dislike for the praise Christopher Nolan gets on the internet, but this film is not part of that. Inception is his best work to date and it really explores just how complex Nolan’s mind is. He made us question our dreams and how they work by putting it in a heist film with an interesting story. It does have its continuity problems, but that will happen with this large of an idea. Regardless, Nolan knocked it out of the park with this one and he has yet to reach those heights since.
2. The Town
The people of Boston are very protective of their city and how they are portrayed in film. There is a reason why The Town is the film they celebrate the most. This is the most Boston film you are ever going to find, and it is awesome. Affleck directs the crap out of this and gets incredible performances from his entire cast, but most importantly Jeremy Renner. Renner is so scary good in this that I thought he was a different person throughout. This film made us look at Affleck as a major director and I hope he can get back to that soon.
1.The Social Network
The Town is an incredible film and would’ve been a worthy number one, but it is not perfect, unlike The Social Network. The Social Network is David Fincher’s masterpiece and has only gotten better with time. When it came out, it was already relevant but now that more news has come out about Zuckerberg, it has only made the film more complex. There is so much you could rave about here from the incredible score to Sorkin’s long script that somehow got squeezed to under two hours, all the way to Eisenberg’s astounding performance. This film has no flaws and should’ve been the best picture winner of this year over The King’s Speech that didn’t even make the list.
So, there you have it! The Top 10 films of 2010. This was a year that didn’t have many great options, but the ones it did were some of the best films of the 21st century. They introduced us to people who would become the biggest in Hollywood by the end of the decade. Yeah, there are some that could’ve made this list, but for the most part, we got a solid group of films. What does your list look like? Let us know below and we will see you next time with another list!