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shawkins
12-07-2010, 06:19 AM
I really liked Inception. Other than that I can't think of anything that I thought was better than just average. Any recommendations?

Marlys
12-07-2010, 06:47 AM
Kick-Ass kicked ass.

Alan_Often
12-07-2010, 06:49 AM
There may not have been a "There Will Be Blood" or even "Hurt Locker" this year, but here are a few films worth seeing (which vary from good to great).

Centurion
Shutter Island
Exit Through The Gift Shop
The Social Network
Scott Pilgrim (certainly not for everyone)

and in family films...

How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Tangled

It was a really good year for family films actually. I think I liked more family films than any other genre in 2010. I've also heard really excellent things about these but haven't seen them yet:

The Kids Are Alright
Winter's Bone
Animal Kingdom
127 Hours

leahzero
12-07-2010, 07:13 AM
Haven't seen it yet but LET THE RIGHT ONE IN got great reviews.

katiemac
12-07-2010, 07:41 AM
Make sure you see The Fighter when it comes out.

Depending who you talk to, Black Swan is a glorious piece of filmmaking or it's total and complete crap.

Toothpaste
12-07-2010, 08:09 AM
Haven't seen it yet, but THE KING'S SPEECH is getting crazy positive reviews and Oscar buzz.

Definitely check out Scott Pilgrim (again, I agree though, not for everyone), The Social Network and How To Train Your Dragon

ceenindee
12-07-2010, 09:00 AM
Haven't seen it yet but LET THE RIGHT ONE IN got great reviews.

That movie's actually from 2008. You might be thinking of the remake, LET ME IN, which came out year. It did well critically but didn't make much money.

I also would second TANGLED. It's my favorite non-Pixar from Disney in a long time.

maestrowork
12-07-2010, 03:18 PM
The King's Speech is fntastic, and will give Rush and Firth their Oscar nominations (it's been a lean year for acting, I admit).

My pick for best pictures: Inception, The Social Network, Toy Story 3. Yeah, it's sad that I cant think of anything else. Everything else is just good, but not great. TANGLED could compete with TS3 but that's like cannibalism. How to Train Your Dragon may give them some competition. Well, not really.

Richard Jenkins should get his Oscar for Let Me In and Eat Pray Love..

katiemac
12-07-2010, 06:30 PM
Oscar buzz films:

Inception, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, The Fighter, Black Swan, The King's Speech, The Kids Are Alright, 127 Hours, True Grit...

That's only nine; plus, Black Swan is really dividing critics. So then you have other possibilities like The Town (I think there's only room for one Boston character study in the race, and The Fighter is better), Shutter Island, How to Train Your Dragon, Winter's Bone, Blue Valentine, etc.

Last year, picking ten was easy. This year it's kind of a stretch.

Celia Cyanide
12-07-2010, 08:04 PM
That movie's actually from 2008. You might be thinking of the remake, LET ME IN, which came out year. It did well critically but didn't make much money.

Yes, I thought LET ME IN was fantastic.

maestrowork
12-07-2010, 09:23 PM
I haven't seen 127 Hours yet, but it's getting rave reviews all over. I think it will get a nom in Best Pic, Director, and one for James Franco (just as Emile Hirsch got his for Into the Wild).

maestrowork
12-07-2010, 09:35 PM
Speaking of King's Speech, I found it a bit distracting that Guy Pearce, who was born in 1967, played the older brother to Colin Firth, born in 1960. That shouldn't matter, since the casting was PERFECT (Pearce looked just like Edward VIII), but still...

Alpha Echo
12-07-2010, 09:37 PM
I also would second TANGLED. It's my favorite non-Pixar from Disney in a long time.

Agreed.

I also loved Despicable Me...another kid movie.

As for adult movies...eh.

My stepdaughter loved How To Tame a Dragon, though. I haven't seen it, but she owns it and loves it.

Jcomp
12-07-2010, 09:46 PM
Another vote for Let Me In. I can't wait to finally get around to seeing 127 Hours.

Diana Hignutt
12-07-2010, 10:42 PM
Kick-Ass
Scott Pilgrim
Let Me In
Shutter Island

and, as the OP mentioned Inception is the movie of the year in my mind...

Smileycat
12-07-2010, 11:47 PM
I saw Nowhere Boy and I really liked it. Story of pre-Beatles John Lennon and his relationship with his mother and aunt.

Alice in Wonderland was innovative, both in the slant of the story (you can do whatever you want, not just what's expected of you) and in the F/X, especially character effects (super large eyes, body parts). Acting was great, too.

I cried when I watched Toy Story 3, which is rare for me. Darn that Andy!

There are others I liked just fine, but weren't truly special.

veinglory
12-07-2010, 11:49 PM
I liked Inception, Hereafter and How to Train Your Dragon.

Ineti
12-08-2010, 12:04 AM
Clash of the Titans, Inception, Robin Hood, How to Train Your Dragon, and Harry Potter 7.1 were all films I enjoyed a lot this year.

maestrowork
12-08-2010, 12:07 AM
Michael Douglas should get a nom for The Solitary Man (forget that POS Wall Street 2).

Kandybar
12-08-2010, 12:33 AM
I third (or is it fourth?) Scott Pilgrim. If you like video games at all, it will entertain you. I'd say it's my favorite movie of the year, with Inception being second. Harry Potter is probably the best out of all of them so far, if you're into that. And Toy Story 3 and Tangled.

Alan_Often
12-08-2010, 12:36 AM
I feel like I'm one of the few who thought HP 7 part 1 was not a good film...so many unnecessary/ill defined secondary characters, pacing issues, and misplaced drama (SPOILER: Dobby given a more emphasized death scene than Dumbledore...wha?). After so many people telling me to read the books, I've sped through the first two this week, and I can see that Rowling handles the massive cast better there. Honestly, I'm not just some Harry hater, but I can't see how anyone could say that HP 7 part 1 was a truly well put together film. Just my opinion, and obviously not a popular one.

Kandybar
12-08-2010, 12:40 AM
I think it's probably because you didn't read the books, Alan. Having read the books, the movies have often come across as rushed monstrosities - important bits being left out for cinematic sequences for no reason, trying to fit in too much from the books and confusing everything - so it was nice to see a movie be expanded to be more true to the book, including the secondary characters and subplots.

Alan_Often
12-08-2010, 12:55 AM
I can honestly say that I'm really enjoying the books, which I really wasn't sure were quite up my alley before I picked them up. I'll probably go through them all in the coming weeks. I think she's a talented writer of character. She often communicates who someone is in only a few lines of dialogue, which is no small feat.

fredXgeorge
12-08-2010, 02:45 AM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows no contest :D

third person
12-08-2010, 03:09 AM
Knight and Day is so bad it's good. No, really. Cameron Diaz kept it funny.

shawkins
12-08-2010, 05:01 AM
Thanks guys. These are good tips. I've updated my queue accordingly.

Fifthing (or whatever) Scott Pilgrim. Forgot about that one. It was really good.

Is Let Me In much different from Let the Right One In? I loved LtROI, but the remake thing does get boring after a while. I figured I'd wait till video on this one.

Diana Hignutt
12-08-2010, 03:48 PM
Thanks guys. These are good tips. I've updated my queue accordingly.

Fifthing (or whatever) Scott Pilgrim. Forgot about that one. It was really good.

Is Let Me In much different from Let the Right One In? I loved LtROI, but the remake thing does get boring after a while. I figured I'd wait till video on this one.

yeah, it's good, but I prefered LtROI. Wait for the vid.

maestrowork
12-11-2010, 11:23 PM
I enjoyed Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek in Get Low.

Toothpaste
12-11-2010, 11:36 PM
Just saw THE KING'S SPEECH. It is as good as everyone's saying. For the record :) .

DavidZahir
12-12-2010, 05:16 AM
I loved Kick-Ass and Let Me In as well as Deathly Hallows Part 1. Have heard marvelous things about some other flicks, that haven't seen yet...The King's Speech, Black Swan, Inception, The Runaways and Shutter Island.

childeroland
12-12-2010, 08:41 AM
Black Swan
Toy Story 3
A Prophet
The Millennium trilogy
Sweetgrass
Harry Potter 7A
How to Train Your Dragon
Idiots and Angels
The Illusionist
Let Me In
Kick Ass
Scott Pilgrim
Alice in Wonderland

kaitie
12-12-2010, 09:34 AM
Scott Pilgrim is the awesomest movie ever in life.

I also enjoyed Iron Man 2. That came out this year, didn't it? Not rocket science, but a good, fun movie.

Otherwise, Inception was one of the best things I've ever seen. That zero gravity fight scene? Yeah, I was so sold.

ETA: I haven't seen the American remake of Let Me In, but the original was fantastic.

The_Ink_Goddess
12-12-2010, 10:21 PM
I am absolutely crazy about The Social Network. Probably one of my favourite films ever.

But I adored Toy Story 3 too. The above two are both 10/10 films for me.

Cannot wait for Black Swan, but the UK doesn't get it until February. :(

I think I'm the only person who thought Scott Pilgrim was very mehhhh. There were some things I loved the hell out of (Kieran Culkin, the filming style, Brie Larson), some things I liked (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera) and some things I could not stand. I thought that overall it was very repetitive, not very enjoyable and I could not believe that they got rid of Envy so early. 5/10 for me.

Alice in Wonderland was good. Go in expecting a good but not brilliant film and you should enjoy it.

YukonMike
12-14-2010, 07:22 AM
Inception was the best film of the year so far for me.

I just loved how Christopher Nolan took a complex, multi-layered plot and juggled everything.

Diamons
12-21-2010, 10:20 PM
I too second the social network. A great film, I found myself not sympathetic with the main character at all. In fact, I hated him, but it was just interesting to see a friendship tear up.

jennontheisland
12-21-2010, 10:26 PM
Machete was the only movie worth seeing this year.

Darkwing
12-22-2010, 08:15 AM
I enjoyed . . . (In no particular order)

Alice in Wonderland
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Tangled
Shutter Island
Harry Potter 7

Oh, and I thought Date Night was actually pretty funny.

I wanted to see Robin Hood and am going to see The Chronicles of Narnia and Little Fockers. I think mom and I are gonna go out for HP7 and Chronicles on Friday. :) It's gonna be like a movie marathon! Lol.

LivingDork
02-08-2011, 10:35 PM
I didn't see anyone mention:
The Other Guys
Easy A
Both hilarious.
I'll second/third/whatever:
Scott Pilgrim
How to Train Your Dragon
Kick-Ass
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I

...and pretty much the full list of Oscar nominees, who're all noted above.

RayC
07-21-2011, 05:47 PM
Black Swan
Shutter Island
Social Network