Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five best movies of 2010...

Having seen over 50 films from various genres at the cinema this year, it's safe to say that I think it's been a disappointing year for film compared to 2009. That's why these five movies have shone all the more brightly in 2010.

Buzz Lightyear Toy Story 3 billboard
Where to start? Toy Story 3 is an entertaining, engaging, action-packed and truly original story which has real heart. The characters feel alive and totally 'in character', every one has a chance for their personality to shine through (and there's a huge cast with even more great additions this film). And need I even mention the show stealing 'Ken and Barbie'?

It's make you laugh, but be warned it will make even the coldest heart shed a tear. Toy Story 3 really is a joy to watch.
Toy Story 3 poster

Black Swan Natalie Portman poster
Dark, unsettling, disturbing. Not the usual words you use to describe a favourite film, but it's these qualities which make it such an intriguing movie to watch.

With a totally amazing, believable and hopefully Oscar-worthy performance by Natalie Portman, it's a real cinematic highlight for 2010. Who'd have thought a film about ballet could be so gripping and engaging?

Natalie Portman's Black Swan ballet outfit
Black Swan art deco poster

The King's Speech poster
From unsettling and awkward, to a totally uplifting and triumphant piece of cinema. The King's Speech may not have giant robots, blue aliens or guns blazing, but what it does have is superb acting by actors at the top of their game, plus great chemistry and heart amongst the cast.

Let's hope Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are all recognised for their fantastic portrayals of British royal life based on a true story.

The King's Speech is witty, engaging and it will leave you speechless, and wanting more.

Colin Firth's Kings Speech costumeThe King's Speech movie costumes
Inception bath tub film billboard
Finally a movie to challenge, intrigue and entertain us arrived in 2010. Shrouded in mystery before its release and managing to retain some of that mystique upon viewing, Inception was a great sci-fi thriller to keep audiences guessing and at long last, talking, after the movie was over.

It's not perfect, but it is inventive, fresh and original and was a welcome change from all the constant remakes, re-imaginings, sequels, literary and comic book adaptations that the studios keep pumping out in the hopes of scoring a new franchise.

Inception movie costumesInception props and costumes

The Kids Are All Right poster
Smart, funny, sexy and very, very human. It's not just a 'gay' film and it has an engaging story, plus great performances by the cast.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore make for a totally believable and loving lesbian couple, whilst Mia Wasikowska also put in an emotional performance (and much improved from Alice in Wonderland).

The Kids Are All Right film costumesThe Kids Are All Right costumes
Other favourites this year included DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon which delighted and surprised in equal measure, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World which was a total breath of fresh air, The Social Network for lifting the lid on the creation of Facebook, Easy A which made me laugh and proved Emma Stone can be a leading lady and Kick-Ass which stunningly illustrated how a potty-mouthed tween vigilante called Hit-Girl could steal the show (the amazing Chloe Moretz) and even Nic Cage surprised with a great performance.

Be sure to check out what I thought my five worst movies of 2010 were, plus take a look at my five favourite films in 2009 were.

I can't wait to see who wins the Oscars for this year and hope that 2011 is a return to form for film...

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