My Favorite Movies of 2010

Last year was a pretty weak year for movies, so instead of writing a 2009 list, I had a Best of the Decade list.

This year we’re back in business. Five movies received the coveted 5-Star Stegmaier rating, and several others (Inception and How to Train Your Dragon) came very close. Here’s are my five favorite movies of 2010 (movies I watched for the first time in 2010–some of these came out in previous years), with my favorite coming first.

  1. The Social Network: This movie will entertain you from beginning to end and leave you with plenty of fodder for conversation. It doesn’t matter if it’s accurate–there’s so much going on here to discuss.
  2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox: One word comes to mind when I think of this movie: Joy. I had a big, goofy smile on my face while I watched it, and I have the same response thinking back upon it.
  3. District B13: The best action movie I’ve seen in a long, long time. This movie is what I wanted Kill Bill to be.
  4. Toy Story 3: Entertaining, funny, and emotionally moving, all in one tight little package. Pixar wins again.
  5. Moon: One actor and a simple, sparse script. This is the movie that you keep bumping back on your Netflix queue so you can watch bad rom coms. Put it back on the top of the queue and watch a masterpiece that I would argue is better than 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Also, I feel the need to mention some terrible, terrible movies I saw this year. Never see these movies. The worst is first.

  1. Skyline: If I wanted to watch 90 minutes of people sitting in a hotel room talking about going outside, I’d…okay, I’d never want to watch that. No one does.
  2. Greenberg: I’ll give Ben Stiller another chance. I will never watch another movie by the director of Greenberg. Terrible.
  3. Love and Other Drugs: I could dissect this movie a million ways, but I won’t. I can’t believe I actually looked forward to seeing this.
  4. Charlie St. Cloud: This should have been a movie of the week on Disney Family. And it shouldn’t have gotten any further than that.
  5. Funny People: There are some good jokes in this movie, but this biggest joke is on the audience. Your protagonist has to be at least minutely likable for a movie to work. Apatow, you know better.
  6. Sherlock Holmes: A fair number of people will disagree with me about this one. Frankly, I don’t know what you all are thinking. This movie is a dizzying array of quick cuts and surreal sequences. And it was boring. Really boring. This wins my I Can’t Believe They’re Making a Sequel award.

In total, I saw 44 movies in 2010, rating them an average of 3.25 out of 5 stars.

What were your favorite and least favorite movies of 2010?