so, i just realized that my surgery rotation is crazy and i do not have lots of time to blog anymore. sad face. so, my 2010 film year in review series will be a bit truncated. last year, i did a top 10 not in my top 10 since it was such a great movie year; this year, i am doing a top 5 in my top 10. this was hard to do, as there were many great movies in 2010. without further ado, i’m going in. and i’ma go hard.
starting off the list is the strangest movie i have seen in a long time, the greek export and nominee for best foreign language film, dogtooth. dogtooth is super controversial, with a hard nc-17 rating, so this is not the film to gather the family around to expose them to other cultures. it can be watched in various viewpoints, as either a comedy, or a satire, but most importantly, it shows us the outcome of what happens when children are overprotected.
in a totally opposite direction, we are given the film that everyone saw the preview for it, laughed at it, skipped it, then saw it sometime later, and saw what a gem it was, easy a. showing that there is life yet in the high school dramedy genre, will gluck’s modern retelling of the scarlet letter set in high school is a star making vehicle for the charismatic and likable emma stone. with great performances all around, especially from stanley tucci and patricia clarkson as the most amazing movie parents of all time, definitely catch this film, and watch it over and over and over.
roman polanski is a name that attracts attention, and so do his films. his latest, the ghost writer, is a taut political thriller, with more than a passing similarity to the times and tribulations of tony blair. at the center of the drama is ewan mcgregor, an actor who consistently delivers wonderful performances.
the literary sensation, the girl with the dragon tattoo, comes to the big screen in its native swedish before david fincher attempts to make its american version with daniel craig and rooney mara. while the last two films in the trilogy were a bit weaker, and also needed to be seen together, the first film stands on its own as a great piece of mystery film making, and provides the world with a strong female protagonist in lisbeth salander, played pitch perfectly by noomi rapace.
lastly comes the town, ben affleck’s triumphant return into directing and acting. with the town, affleck is able to finally shed all of his past failures, and show that when he wants to, he can put together not only a great crime flick, but a great movie as well. with great supporting work, and featuring the underrated rebecca hall, the town serves perfectly as the follw up to affleck’s previous ode to the criminals of his hometown boston, gone baby gone.