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The Year in Cinema: 2010's Top 5 Print E-mail
Written by MATT KOLTHOF   
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
As the award season has arrived and 2010 is wrapping up, there has been a lot of debate as to what films were the best. With blockbusters and indies coming out every week it can sometimes be hard to sort through the titles and find the truly elite. Here are my picks for the top 5, wide-released films of the year.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The seventh addition of the popular Harry Potter series lived up to its expectations of being only an introduction to the second part where a lot of lives will end as well as the story itself.

In the first part, Harry, Ron and Hermione go on the run to avoid the wrath of Voldemort and to find the different pieces of his soul. If they can collect and destroy each piece of his soul, it will leave Voldemort defenseless and more importantly vulnerable to death.

The movie contains beautiful cinematography, amazing visual effects and powerful action sequences. The characters reach a depth in the story that hasn't been portrayed in the earlier films. The characters feel alone, lost and desperate which leads to high tension and even higher consequences. The movie relies on character depth, a growing plot, stupendous action and enticing visuals and does it quite magically I might add (excuse the pun). The entire saga is great, and this is a perfect addition to the series. Seeing the way Part one came out I cannot wait for the phenomenal climatic ending of the entire Potter saga.

2. Inception

Christopher Nolan garnered a lot of hype and buzz with this intelligent, action thriller. A magnetic mystery draws us into this inconceivable storyline about what happens to us in the world of dreams.

Dom Cobb, played by the dashing Leonardo DiCaprio, is a thief. However he doesn't steal money or very valuable objects, instead he steals ideas from within one's dreams. This complex job has made him an invisible man, impossible for him to live a normal life. But one last job can give him his freedom and more importantly his family. This job is called inception, hired by a wealthy businessman to plant an idea instead of stealing one. This is the most intricately, complicated procedure with a lot of room for failure. Cobb hires a top-notch team including Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to get the job done successfully.

This movie is designed to make us think. A stellar cast and a gifted director help make this film become a masterpiece. A very smart film, where the main antagonist is in fact time itself for these dream-dwellers, not some random man with a gun. A great script, a hauntingly beautiful score, and smart set pieces help us feel apart of this nightmarish dream of theirs. This is pure emotional storytelling at its best.

3. Toy Story 3

The classic animated series returns for its third time with all the lovable characters returning from the originals. A beautiful looking film with inspiring animation and an original story,h made this film the highest grossing film of 2010 passing over one billion dollars!

Andy, only a young boy when we first met him in the first film, is going to college in a few days and is busy getting ready. He has no time for his toys so puts them in a bag to go in the attic. By accident the toys are sent to a daycare center, which at first is a toys wonderland, but soon turns out to be a nightmare for these child entertainers.

The Toys who first feel abandoned, soon find out that Andy is looking for them, he didn't donate them at all, and the daycare is a dangerous place. So naturally they try to get out, but not if the evil Lotso' Huggin' Bear has anything to say about it.

The movie plays on the familiar escape heist idea but does it with genuine comedy and heartwarming characters. What this movie is trying to do is to take a heartwarming theme for children and blend it with the attractive genre and an outcome that is sweet, fun and chalk full of adventure. Combined with incredible animation and amazing voice work makes Toy Story 3 a real charmer.

4. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Based on the infinitely funny graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, this film is perfect, blending comedy and action as director Edgar Wright so fittingly can.

The film follows slacker Scott Pilgrim who lives in the chilly city of Toronto. He's a twenty-two year old bass guitarist who is dating a seventeen year old schoolgirl. This is until he starts having dreams about a new girl whom he meets in real life soon after.

This love for the dream girl soon becomes an obsession for him and finally goes on a date with her. The first date goes so well that soon after Scott and Ramona Flowers start to date. That is when the action really heats up! It turns out the only way to date Flowers is to beat and destroy her seven evil ex's in a deadly video-game styled battle. With each one stronger and more evil than the last.

The great aspect of the movie was the retro style feel that radiates off it. It's about cool band members and their cool retro style lives. The humor is so realistic and the visual effects are so mind-boggling that we can't help but believe that it's real. Kudos to Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, and the rest of the cast for their funny, off-beat characters that is sure to invite us back to the movie again and again.

5. Kick-Ass

In this dark action-packed comedy, director Matthew Vaughn takes the genres of action, superhero, and comedy to blend it all together for this R-rated film. It is surprisingly a very powerful superhero film, with stellar performances by Aaron Johnson and Nicolas Cage.

It's about a geeky nerd named David Lizewski, who is a super fan of superheros. His entire life has been spent being bullied and robbed. So one day he gets fed up, orders himself a costume from eBay, and becomes the first real superhero: Kick-Ass! with the help of two other superheroes Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, they make an unstoppable team. This makes the local crime boss Frank D'Amico very upset. So naturally he hires a bunch of goons to knock them out of the equation. Which leads to big fight scenes and the question of: "if an average nerd in a costume is pitted against a real life crime lord, did he make the right choice of standing up for what's right?"

Powerful performances by all the actors including thirteen year old Chloe Moretz and gritty, realistic action propel us into the dirty streets of New York City. Also, the protagonist is probably the first real superhero that we can actually connect to. He has no super abilities, no "Spidey sense" or gamma ray intrusions. No, this is a real guy and a real teenager, making him a relate able character.

This of course were only a few, five in fact, of many great films that came out this year. If I missed your favorite, please include it in the comments section below. Happy New Years!

well written
Written by Guest on 2010-12-28 22:30:00
A good read. Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more next month. :grin  
awesome article
Written by Guest on 2010-12-28 22:46:19
Excellent piece. Keep going with your reviews. Can't wait for the next one to come. :)  
Good Work!
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 18:48:25
This is great. I have never seen Inception, and this review made me want to go see it! Great job! 
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 20:32:48
This blows
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 21:14:45
wow matt these sound professional!
Written by Guest on 2010-12-30 02:34:35
This article can suck it :(
Written by Guest on 2011-02-06 19:30:26
I enjoyed reading your reviews. Thanks!

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