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Eagerly anticipating this week ... (28-18)

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (28-18)
Ethan Hawke's Blaze (2018)


2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess

The 10 best films of the year:

1. Inception - Christopher Nolan + Best Science Fiction Movie of the Year + Best American Movie of the Year

2. The King's Speech - Tom Hooper + Best English Movie of the Year + Best Historical Movie of the Year

3. The Extra Man - Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini + Best New York Movie of the Year + Best Comeback Actor of the Year: Kevin Kline

4. Virginia/What's Wrong with Virginia - Dustin Lance Black + Most Underappreciated Movie of the Year

5. Faster - George Tillman Jr. + Best Car Movie of the Year

6. The Ghost Writer/The Ghost - Roman Polanski + Best Thriller of the Year

7. Rabbit Hole - John Cameron Mitchell + Best Drama of the Year

8. R/R: Hit First, Hit Hardest - Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer + Best Prison Movie of the Year

9. Heartbeats/Les Amours Imaginaires - Xavier Dolan + Best Canadian movie of the Year + Best Youth Movie of the Year + Sexiest Movie of the Year

10. MacGruber - Jorma Taccone + Best Spoof Movie of the Year

Other great films and TV-series of the year: (in alphabetical order)

Another Year - Mike Leigh + Best Dramedy of the Year

Biutiful - Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu + Best Spanish Movie of the Year

Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky + Best Dance Movie of the Year

Blue Valentine - Derek Cianfrance + Best Love Story of the Year + Sexiest Screen Couple of the Year: Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams

Boardwalk Empire - season 1 - Terence Winter (creator) + Best New TV-series of the Year + Best Shooting Star Actor: Michael Pitt

Cyrus - Jay and Mark Duplass + Best Independent Movie of the Year

Date Night - Shawn Levy + Best Comedy of the Year

Everything Must Go - Dan Rush + Best Adaptation of the Year

The Expendables - Sylvester Stallone + Best Action Movie of the Year + Best Ensemble of the Year

GasLand - Josh Fox + Best Documentary of the Year

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga - Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov

Howl - Bob Eppstein and Jeffrey Friedman + Best Art Film of the Year + Best Poster of the Year

Jew Suss: Rise and Fall/Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen - Oskar Roehler + Best German Movie of the Year

The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Chodolenko + Best LGBT Movie of the Year + Best Shooting Star Actress of the Year: Mia Wasikowska

Klown/Klovn - The Movie - Mikkel Nørgaard + Best Danish Movie of the Year

Mad Men - season 4 - Matthew Weiner (creator) + Best TV-series of the Year

Megamind - Tom McGrath + Best Family Movie of the Year

Good films of the year: (in alphabetical order)

Alice in Wonderland - Tim Burton + Best Blockbuster of the Year + Best Shooting Star Actress of the Year: Mia Wasikowska

 Animal Kingdom - David Michôd + Best Australian Movie of the Year

Burlesque - Steve Antin + Best Music Movie of the Year + Best Comeback Actress of the Year: Cher

Clash of the Titans - Louis Leterrier + Best Peplum Movie of the Year

The Debt - John Madden

Despicable Me - Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud + Best New Franchise of the Year

Dinner for Schmucks/Dinner with Schmucks - Jay Roach + Best Remake of the Year

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Troy Nixen

Dream Home/維多利亞壹號/维多利亚壹号 (Wai Dor Lei Ah Yut Ho) - Ho-Cheung Pang + Best Hong Kong Movie of the Year + Best Gore Movie of the Year + Craziest Movie of the Year

Due Date - Todd Phillips

Fair Game - Doug Liman + Best Political Movie of the Year

The Fighter - David O. Russell + Best Boxing Movie of the Year

Greenberg - Noah Baumbach + Best Los Angeles Movie of the Year

 How to Train Your Dragon - Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders + Best 3D Movie of the Year

I Saw the Devil/악마를 보았다/惡魔를 보았다 (Agmareul boatda)  - Kim Jee-Woon + Best Korean Movie of the Year + Best Revenge Movie of the Year + Most Violent Movie of the Year

I Spit on Your Grave - Steven R. Monroe + Best Rape-and-Revenge Movie of the Year

In a Better World/Hævnen - Susanne Bier

Insidious - James Wan + Best Horror Movie of the Year + Best Mega-hit of the Year

Iron Man 2 - Jon Favreau + Best Superhero Movie of the Year

Monsters - Gareth Edwards + Best Monster Movie of the Year + Best Debut Movie of the Year + Best Low-Budget Movie of the Year

Morning Glory - Roger Mitchell

 Norwegian Wood/ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no mori) - Tran Anh Hung + Best Japanese Movie of the Year

Piranha 3D - Alexandre Aja + Best Sexploitation Movie of the Year

Predators - Nimród Antal

Robin Hood - Ridley Scott + Most Expensive Flop of the Year

The 10 worst films of the year:

1. Paranormal Activity 2 - Tod Williams

2. Legion - Scott Stewart

3. The Crazies  - Breck Eisner + Worst Poster of the Year

4. The Killer Inside Me - Michael Winterbottom

5. I'm Still Here - Casey Affleck

6. Incendies - Denis Villeneuve + Most Overrated Movie of the Year

7. Gulliver's Travels - Rob Letterman

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street - Samuel Bayer

9. Le Quattro Volte - Michaelangelo Frammartino

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 - David Yates

Other mediocre or poor movies of the year: (in alphabetical order)

127 Hours
A Family/En Familie
The American
Charlie St. Cloud
Cop Out
The Experiment
Get Him to the Greek
Julia's Eyes/Los Ojos de Julia
Kick-Ass  + Most Tasteless Movie of the Year
Knight and Day
Meeting Spencer 
My Soul to Take 
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Shutter Island 
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

[81 titles in total]


2010 was the year Christopher Nolan joined the master rank in movies with his mind-bending Inception. Tom Hooper's historical drama The King's Speech, George Tillman Jr.'s action car movie Faster and the two small-budgeted indies The Extra Man by Shari-Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini and Dustin Lance Black's awfully distributed Virginia are the year's other masterpieces found so far. - All superb films.
The top 10 also contains Roman Polanski's probably last, great thriller, The Ghost Writer, John Cameron Mitchell's fine, riveting play adaptation drama Rabbit Hole, Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer's Danish prison movie debut R, Xavier Dolan's stylish, sexy, light Heartbeats and Jorma Taccone's hilariously funny spoof MacGruber.
The year begat new, strong franchises Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon and The Expendables; wonderful Allen Ginsberg-biopic Howl, new major TV-series Boardwalk Empire and many other great new titles. Asia brought us a couple of wild, crazy movies in Dream Home and I Saw the Devil. Noah Baumbach returned with wry, moody Greenberg, while James Wan scared us silly with Insidious and Gareth Edwards debuted auspiciously with the original Monsters. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was strange and wonderful and had audiences flocking, while Ridley Scott's Robin Hood was equally good but hopelessly  neglected by the public, - if seen up against its huge budget, - resulting in the year's costliest flop, going upwards of 150 mil. $.
Paranormal Activity 2 takes the cake as the year's worst film, an aggressively unlikable sequel, followed up by similarly dour genre mates Legion and The Crazies. Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me rocked high unpleasantness and little to redeem it on any other front. Casey Affleck - the film's star - had an all-around bad year, which he also spent involved in the 5th worst film, the unbearable, narcissistic mockumentary I'm Still Here, starring his friend Joaquin Phoenix. The worst of 2010 also includes Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed but awful Incendies, Jack Black's turn in Rob Letterman's moronic Gulliver's Travels, an insipid remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a vacuous Italian art movie about the seasons turning and goats, Le Quattro Volte, and finally David Yates' painfully long and brooding Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. Bruce Willis had a small part in Sylvester Stallone's refreshing Expendables, but also headed two brain-dead duds in RED and Cop Out, as well as appearing as himself in super-dud I'm Still Here.
On the list of great directors who underwhelmed to varying degrees in 2010, we find such forces as Danny Boyle (127 Hours), Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Family), Anton Corbijn (The American), Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud), Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek), James Mangold (Knight and Day), Julian Schnabel (Miral), Wes Craven (My Soul to Take), Mike Newell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) and David Spade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).
A few of the major stars who had very good years include James Franco (mediocre but highly successful 127 Hours, great Date Night and Howl), Guy Pearce (Animal Kingdom, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The King's Speech), Steve Carell (Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, Despicable Me) and the year's shooting star actress Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland).

2010 titles still on the watchlist:

Into Eternity: A Film for the Future, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Inside Job, Tiny Furniture, Chico & Rita, Old Cats, A Cat in Paris

Previous annual lists:

2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]  

2014 in films - according to Film Excess
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I] 
2013 in films - according to Film Excess
2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2011 in films - according to Film Excess

What do you think of the 2010 lists?
What films would be on yours that are missing here?
Any 2010 title/s that I should  throw on my watchlist?

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Eagerly anticipating this week ... (27-18)

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (27-18)
Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite (2018)