I can’t say that I saw every movie released in 2010, but I went to the theaters more than usual this year. There were some I watched that were pretty terrible (The Wolfman), so-so (I can’t say I loved Kick Ass as much as the rest of America did) and total guilty pleasures (Jackass 3D wasn’t a waste of money. YEAH, I SAID IT.)
Here is my top-five list of movies that kept me thinking long after the credits rolled, made me laugh, or made me cry (damn you, Pixar).
1. Inception – I can’t think of the last time I enjoyed analyzing a movie. This film really is a cerebral puzzle that is hard to take in all in one viewing. I watched it for the second time yesterday and was able to catch nuances that I missed the first time. The ending is still heavily debated but I’m sticking with my original interpretation of it .
2. Black Swan – Black Swan was a pleasant surprise. This film kept me thinking after the credits – the reality was so distorted through Nina’s mental breakdown that it becomes difficult to discern. I look forward to watching the film again so I can analyze it further.
3. The Other Guys – I will watch pretty much anything Will Ferrell does…that being said, I think his output the past couple of years (Semi-Pro, Stepbrothers) has been pretty disappointing. But The Other Guys was a return to form and the best film of his since Talladega Nights. What I really liked about this movie is that it was a mix of your standard buddy-cop movie with the absurd elements that accompany any Adam McKay/Will Ferrell collaboration. Mark Wahlberg also played against type and was pretty hilarious (“IT’S A BAD TIME, BOB.”)
4. Toy Story 3 – The first Toy Story came out when I was 11, so I grew up with these movies. The sequels have been consistently fantastic (a rare feature). I thought this film wrapped up the series beautifully. And I may or may not have cried at the end, DON’T JUDGE ME. DAMN YOU, PIXAR.
5. Catfish -Yes, the movie was completely mismarketed as a thriller, and yes, it may/may not be fake, but it was still an intriguing little film that makes you reconsider your online friendships.