Mike’s Top Ten of 2010 (REMIX)
I’m in the middle of revisiting the last few years of top ten lists.
I won’t do all of them, don’t you worry. I’m just doing the ones that I made since the blog started.
Well — technically I made all of them since the blog started. But I’m talking about the top ten lists I made for specific years and not for decades. The ones where I ranked stuff specifically and did it with less than a few weeks of time to think about it. Which are 2010, 2011 and 2012. Everything else I’ve had lots of time to sit with and decide my opinion on. So those I don’t need to update. These — these will be interesting.
I’ve updated my 2012 list and 2011 lists, and today is 2010. The thing about this one is that I didn’t really rank anything outside the top ten that year. I just sort of threw in a quasi-tier two thing that wasn’t well-thought out at all. So now I’m gonna update that shit for real.
Here’s my (REMIXED) Top Ten list for 2010:
(Note: These ARE NOT RANKED. They’re in alphabetical order. I’ll mention a general order, but there is no more order for this year anymore. I told you I don’t rank specifically after the initial list/after a calendar year has passed. It reverts to alphabetical order after that and it’s about the list and not the rankings.)
1. Black Swan
- No change. Still love this movie to death. It still completely holds up for me.
2. Blue Valentine
- This was a sort of late addition to the list, in that I saw it on like, January 8th, right after the list went up, and I immediately wanted to put it on. And I made it #10.5 in the article, because I didn’t want to fuck with my list, but I also knew it was going on and Shutter Island was coming off. So, in a way, this is an addition, but also, it’s not. This was on that list from the moment I saw it, and I’ve watched it twice since then (that I can remember), and this is so solidly on here. This ain’t going anywhere.
3. The Fighter
- Haven’t seen this in a while (though I did watch it last year at some point), and I still love it. I can’t see this coming off the list. David O. Russell films are pretty much a staple for this list.
- Well fucking really.
5. The King’s Speech
- The only reason this wasn’t on my top ten list originally was out of spite. I was an idiot. I didn’t even mention the film in the article, because I was pissed it was going to win all those Oscars. But that was ridiculous. That was the last time I held a grudge like that, and fortunately (I hope) I’m past all that nonsense. This deserves to be here completely. So this is on and The Town gets bumped off.
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- Still on the list, still probably #1 if I had to rank them (but I don’t, and we’re two years out, so I couldn’t even begin to figure where any of these films would go on an actual ranked list). I love this film, and this’ll always be one of my favorites from this year.
7. The Social Network
- I don’t need to say anything. Of course this is here. This will never not be here.
- This is a new addition, mostly because I loved the shit out of this movie and I think I’ll probably end up watching it more than Red. I still haven’t watched Red in months, and I have a feeling when I do watch it again, I’ll go, “I still like it, but it’s more of an 11-20 and not a top ten.” So I preemptively put it there. There were a couple of choices of what to put here instead, but this seemed like the most obvious one, since I fucking love Disney, and I know I’ll watch this a lot more often than most of the others, even though I do love them.
9. Toy Story 3
- It would only be weird if this wasn’t here.
10. True Grit
- This is a strong contender for my actual favorite film from 2010. This makes a real play for it, two years out. I’ve rewatched this movie a ton in the last two years, and I still love every frame of it. Oh yeah, this isn’t going anywhere. Ever.
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And now for the (REMIXED) 11-20, which I never really did, originally, so this is gonna be interesting:
(Also, remember, NOT in any order but alphabetical.)
11. Animal Kingdom
- Oh fucking yeah. One of the absolute best movies of the year. What keeps this from top ten is that I won’t rewatch it a bunch and I don’t have that extra level of love for it. This one’s more the fierce support, “See that movie” kind of love rather than the True Grit “Oh my god I fucking love that movie” kind of love. This is the kind of movie I do the 11-20 for.
12. Enter the Void
- This is the Tree of Life of 2010. Technically a 2009 film, but it hit a bunch of festivals in ’09, before being reedited and hitting them again in 2010 and being released in the U.S. in 2010. So I’m calling it a 2010 film. Either way, this is like Tree of Life in that, I love it, but I won’t watch it enough to truly call it a top ten film just yet. Maybe in ten or fifteen years, when everything flattens out, it might go on. But now — 11-20 makes sense.
13. The Ghost Writer
- I loved this movie. Haven’t watched it again since the initial watch, but I want to. I really enjoyed this. Pure 11-20. Loved this.
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
- These movies will always make top 20, if not top ten. I love them.
15. Never Let Me Go
- This movie was terrific. I’ve only seen it the once, but I’ve been really wanting to watch it again since. I really loved this.
- It used to be top ten. There was no way it was falling any lower than this.
- Love this movie, so, so much. It’s one of those movies that I might not like/rewatch as much as some tier two films, but it’s so unique and so batshit crazy I have to show respect. I need to make sure people see this, if only to experience the insanity.
18. Shutter Island
- It was top ten, it was never falling below 11-20.
19. The Town
- Same as what I said up there.
20. Tron: Legacy
- I know I made fun of it a while back, but I still really like this movie. It belongs here. I really do like is, as much fun as it was giving it grief.
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And now, since I didn’t really do it before, here’s a tier two and tier three for the year:
Tier Two: The A-Team, The American, Buried, Defendor, Easy A, Flipped, From Paris With Love, Get Him to the Greek, Get Low, Going the Distance, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Monsters, 127 Hours, The Secret World of Arrietty, Secretariat, Solitary Man, Winter’s Bone
Tier Three: Agora, The Company Men, Despicable Me, Edge of Darkness, The Expendables, Frozen, Hereafter, I Love You Phillip Morris, Iron Man 2, The Kids Are All Right, Knight and Day, Love and Other Drugs, Megamind, Piranha 3D, Rabbit Hole, She’s Out of My League, Somewhere, Unstoppable, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
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And tomorrow — well, I’ll explain tomorrow. We’ll just call this one a day for now.