Ok so I’m two weeks late and $30 short but I want to give my quick picks of the top films I saw in 2010.  I want to emphasize that these are not the best films that came out this year and they are only limited to the films that I actually saw this year.   I want to stay away from numbers because there were too many films that I did not want to exclude because they were simply too excellent to miss out.

First! The most over looked. 

Catfish – Is a simple story of boy meets girl and girl has something she wants to hide. This eerie mystery, maybe faux documentary takes viewers to places that will make you question today’s electronic community and the relationships we foster through our modern means of communication. 

The only good horror movies I saw this year:

Daybreakers – This film successfully reminded audiences what vampires are truly like.  An excellent mesh of mystery, action, suspense and horror with a nifty twist thrown in which lead up to an excellent display of true monster movie gore.

Splice - It was weird, it was scary and it was overlooked.  Too often science fiction films play up the soft science to explain the outrageous liberties the film takes with reality. Splice kept it simple and very rarely strayed into the realm of disbelief. In fact it is the possibility of these events that make it all the more bone chilling in the end.

The only (2) good comedies I saw this year:

Dinner for Schmucks - The comedies this year were all about chemistry which was apparent between Paul Rudd and Steve Carell from their first scene together. Combined with an amazing supporting cast, The Flight of the Concords; Jermaine steals the whole show out from under the front men.  A little dumb at times but the more subtle dialog is where the real humor shines through. 

Due Date – I was rolling in the isles.  Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis display a chemistry that was somehow both at times awkward and touching.  Over looked because it “wasn’t the Hangover” but worth the viewing because of a touching undertone that might be over looked if you do not put the right points together.

Explosions!: 

Repo Men – Yes there was a rock opera made three years ago that very few people saw they also made 4 movies about the bottom of the ocean in 1987. Repo Men when given the chance is sure to keep audiences cheering through intense fights and chases before it turns around to force you to squirm in your chair for the next 20 minutes. 

Kick-Ass – It was dark. It was bloody, and slightly immature but it did it better than anybody. A lot of audiences were lead astray by a misleading ad campaign but it can not be disputed that Hit Girl was the number one ass kicker in theaters this summer.

For the Kids:

Toy Story 3 – Movies rarely move me to tears. Independence Day is the only film that has ever made me cry in my seat.  Toy Story 3 pushed me to the edge of tears while dangling the remainder of my childhood on the end of a string.  With the entirety of Pixar’s filmmaking prowess standing behind it a generation was able to watch the door close on a very beloved franchise in the most fitting way possible.

How to Train Your Dragon – All childrens films and television programming should be held to this standard.  It is this kind of story telling which could seamlessly capture the admiration of kids and adults alike.

My Top Picks:

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – The story rushes itself at times and the lead actors chemistry ebbs and flows throughout but the show is stolen by the supporting cast, Wallace Wells instantly wins a spot as one of the all time best characters in film.  The soundtrack fills you with the energy to take on the world and the films editing will leave you in awe.

The Social Network – I have never found 10 minutes of a man writing code so enthralling. Easily one of the best films of the year filled to the brim with amazing performances from start to finish.  The story behind the man who makes a million dollars every time you change you profile picture.  Also contains one of the best uses of special effects in 2010.

Black Swan – What more can I say. If you have not seen it yet go see it now. A master piece of filmmaking if there ever was one.  Expect Black Swan to walk away with all of the awards this year. They will have to make up more awards to just to give them to Black Swan.  The score alone is enough to keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the credits stop rolling.  If we remember one movie from this year it will be this film.

2010 was, in the eyes of many, a lack luster year at the movies but as you can see above there were plenty of gems out there worth seeing. There were many films I chose not to include for various reasons but each of these truly made a lasting impression on myself as film goer. Not every film was a classic but each one held its own charm in some way, still the best of the best will stay in our memories forever.   I still have many films to catch up on from this last year that slipped past me before the year was up.  I hope to stay current in 2011 a year I expect to hold more great films and a lot of shitty ones.  I’ll be here to help you wade through the crap. I am Damon Taylor and this is the final cut.