The year 2010 is the year of the harmonic convergence, at least in terms of great movies.
Here at Movie Habit we often disagree wildly over which small film is really the best of the year. We end up with horse-race voting where everyone’s rooting interest is just a few points away from the nearest contender.
This year, the number of contenders is smaller, and there is broader agreement over which films deserve recognition. We didn’t all agree on Black Swan, Inception, or The Social Network, but enough of us did that they are obvious picks near the top of our list.
One contributing factor might be that Matt Anderson and Marty Mapes each contributed less than 10 picks. Anderson said “I thought it’d be a breeze to come up with a Top Ten this year. Not so. I can definitely make a high-quality top five, but getting to ten is a stretch.” Mapes said “I can only come up with eight. There are plenty of honorable mentions I could fill out the list with, but I would rather not go on record as saying they’re ‘top ten’ material.”
So if our list looks a bit more like everyone else’s, and a bit less unique than usual, blame it on the convergence of 2010. Here is our list.
1. Black Swan
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Ballet, horror, and psychological drama form a sensational Danse Macabre in Black Swan.
Amazing performance by Edgar Ramirez as a man whose politics rest on anti-authoritarian attitudes
3. 127 Hours
Clocking in at a brisk 94 minutes, 127 Hours hums along swiftly and artfully.
In Inception, a movie packed with ideas, it is said an idea is like a virus.
A masterpiece of darkness and corruption
Brainiocrat behind Facebook a class-A jerk of a protagonist
This drama has an interesting message lurking in the darkness.
Terrific cast, great scenes bring grim tale to life
Magical portrait of one five-year-old’s summer with his fisherman father
10. Winter’s Bone
Sobering movie examines the emotionally deprived life of an Ozark teen-ager saddled with caring for her family
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