Animal Kingdom – A bleak crime/family drama from the land down under, which is historically no stranger to deep criminal legacy. Jacki Weaver drew raves and awards as the calmly manipulative matriarch to a clan of miscreants.
Inception – Christopher Nolan’s thoroughly enjoyable visionary thriller upon, even if its dream-within-dream logistics had some rolling their eyes. A benchmark in Nolan’s evolution, but so is everything he makes.
Black Swan- A film that concerns Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman dropping molly and hooking up doesn’t have to do much more to land on some peoples “best of” lists, I’m sure, but in addition Black Swan is an elegant, bizarre psychological thriller with Portman’s spellbinding turn as an unraveling ballerina at its core, and another win for Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream , The Wrestler).
127 Hours - Essentially a one man show for James Franco. That climaxes with him amputating his own arm and climbing out of a very deep ditch. There you go.
The Town- In the end, it proved overall to be a great year for somber flicks concerning dynasties of lower class criminals. This Ben Affleck directed neo-classic heist flick boasts a mad-dog performance by Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner as an Oxycontin-addicted thug to boot.
That’s the official take on 2010. If you have conflicting reports, let’s hear them.