Posted: 01/11/2011

 

Film As Seen By Wayne Case 2010

by Del Harvey



Note: This recap is based on my personal reaction after viewing, in their entirety, 165 films released in 2010.


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Best Films (Alphabetical)
ANIMAL KINGDOM
BLACK SWAN
BLUE VALENTINE
THE FIGHTER
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE GHOST WRITER
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
NEVER LET ME GO
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE TOWN

Runners-Up (Alphabetical)
FAIR GAME
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
THE LAST EXORCISM
MOTHER AND CHILD
THE NEXT THREE DAYS
RABBIT HOLE
TANGLED

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical)
127 HOURS
BURLESQUE
CITY ISLAND
FISH TANK
GREEN ZONE
JOLENE
THE JONESES
THE KING’S SPEECH
LEAP YEAR
LETTERS TO JULIET
UNDERTOW (from Peru)
UNSTOPPABLE

Pointedly Passed for Self-Preservation Purposes
BURIED
DUE DATE

Worst Films (In Order Of Displeasure)
STONE
COP OUT
VALENTINE’S DAY
SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
REMEMBER ME
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
PRINCE OF PERSIA
JONAH HEX
GROWN UPS
THE OTHER GUYS
THE AMERICAN
YOU AGAIN
CASE 39

But Not For Me
(In spite of overwhelming amounts of positive feedback from serious critics, I beg to differ about the following films. Consider this the minority report.)
ANOTHER YEAR
GET LOW
PLEASE GIVE
SOLITARY MAN
TRUE GRIT
WINTER’S BONE

Best Documentary
8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION
THE BIG UNEASY
THE TILLMAN STORY

Best Actor (Alphabetical by Actor)
Leonardo DiCaprio SHUTTER ISLAND
Jesse Eisenberg THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Colin Firth THE KING’S SPEECH
James Franco 127 HOURS
Ryan Gosling BLUE VALENTINE
Mark Wahlberg THE FIGHTER

Best Actor – Runners Up (Alphabetical by Actor)
Ben Affleck THE TOWN
Leonardo DiCaprio INCEPTION
Aaron Eckhart RABBIT HOLE
Ewan McGregor THE GHOST WRITER

Best Supporting Actor (Alphabetical by Actor)
Christian Bale THE FIGHTER
Andrew Garfield THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Armie Hammer THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Jeremy Renner THE TOWN
Mark Ruffalo THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Best Supporting Actor – Runners Up (Alphabetical by Actor)
Matt Damon HEREAFTER
Andrew Garfield NEVER LET ME GO
Joseph Gordon-Levitt INCEPTION
Jon Hamm THE TOWN
Frank & George McLaren HEREAFTER
Sean Penn FAIR GAME
Geoffrey Rush THE KING’S SPEECH
Miles Teller RABBIT HOLE
Justin Timberlake THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Actress (Alphabetical by Actress)
Annette Bening THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Nicole Kidman RABBIT HOLE
Julianne Moore THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Natalie Portman BLACK SWAN
Carey Mulligan NEVER LET ME GO
Michelle Williams BLUE VALENTINE

Best Actress – Runners Up (Alphabetical by Actress)
Annette Bening MOTHER AND CHILD
Elizabeth Banks THE NEXT THREE DAYS
Anne Hathaway LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
Rachel McAdams MORNING GLORY
Hilary Swank CONVICTION
Naomi Watts FAIR GAME
Naomi Watts MOTHER AND CHILD

Best Supporting Actress (Alphabetical by Actress)
Amy Adams THE FIGHTER
Keira Knightley NEVER LET ME GO
Melissa Leo THE FIGHTER
Jacki Weaver ANIMAL KINGDOM
Olivia Williams THE GHOST WRITER

Best Supporting Actress – Runners Up (Alphabetical by Actress)
Ashley Bell THE LAST EXORCISM
Marion Cotillard INCEPTION
Cecile De France HEREAFTER
Barbara Hershey BLACK SWAN
Bryce Dallas Howard HEREAFTER
Mila Kunis BLACK SWAN
Blake Lively THE TOWN
Lesley Manville ANOTHER YEAR
Vanessa Redgrave LETTERS TO JULIET
Hailee Steinfeld TRUE GRIT
Dianne Wiest RABBIT HOLE

Best Director (Alphabetical by Film Title)
BLACK SWAN, Darren Aronofsky
THE FIGHTER, David O. Russell
THE GHOST WRITER, Roman Polanski
HEREAFTER, Clint Eastwood
INCEPTION, Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Lisa Cholodenko
NEVER LET ME GO, Mark Romanek
THE SOCIAL NETWORK, David Fincher
SHUTTER ISLAND, Martin Scorsese
THE TOWN, Ben Affleck

Best Cinematography (Alphabetical by Film Title)
127 HOURS
BLACK SWAN
BURLESQUE
THE GHOST WRITER
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
NEVER LET ME GO
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE TOWN

Best Original Script (Alphabetical)
THE FIGHTER
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Adapted Script (Alphabetical)
THE GHOST WRITER
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
NEVER LET ME GO
RABBIT HOLE
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE TOWN

Best Original Song (Alphabetical by Film)
“If I Rise” from 127 HOURS
“Bound to You” from BURLESQUE
“Welcome to Burlesque” from BURLESQUE
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from BURLESQUE
“Coming Home” from COUNTRY STRONG
“What If” from LETTERS TO JULIET
“Little One” from MOTHER AND CHILD
“Be the One” from THE NEXT THREE DAYS
“We Belong Together” from TOY STORY 3

Best Original Music/Score (Alphabetical by Film)
ANIMAL KINGDOM
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
NEVER LET ME GO
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE TOWN

Best Costumes (Alphabetical)
BLACK SWAN
BURLESQUE
THE KING’S SPEECH
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
SHUTTER ISLAND

Best Editing (Alphabetical)
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE TOWN
UNSTOPPABLE

Best Sound (Alphabetical)
BURLESQUE
HEREAFTER
INCEPTION
SHUTTER ISLAND
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
UNSTOPPABLE

Special Awards 2010
The Sly Stallone/Ar-nuld Schwarzenegger Worst Performance by an Actor Award:
(Tie) Robert DeNiro in STONE
Edward Norton in STONE

The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Tompkins Worst Performance by an Actress Award:
(Tie) Gemma Arterton in PRINCE OF PERSIA
Miley Cyrus in THE LAST SONG

The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: HOW DO YOU KNOW
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award:
(Tie) SEX AND THE CITY 2
THE COMPANY MEN
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award:
(Tie) MACHETE
THE KILLER INSIDE ME
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award:
Male –
Jake Gyllenhaal in PRINCE OF PERSIA
Female –
Emilie de Ravin in REMEMBER ME

The Surgeon General’s Warning Award:
Michael Douglas (cancer stricken) in WALL STREET 2
Stephen Dorff in SOMEWHERE
Garrett Hedlund in COUNTRY STRONG
Robert Pattinson in REMEMBER ME
NOWHERE BOY (entire cast)
TAKERS (entire cast)
…and many more…

The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Worst Director Award:
Allen Coulter for REMEMBER ME
Sofia Coppola for SOMEWHERE
Garry Marshall for VALENTINE’S DAY
Ed Zwick (as usual) for LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS

The Joan Crawford as “Johnny Guitar” Take-No-Prisoners Acting Award:
Harrison Ford in HOW DO YOU KNOW
Naomi Watts in MOTHER AND CHILD

The “What About Bob?” Most Annoying Performances Award:
Jay Baruchel in SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
Josh Gad in LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
Tracey Morgan in COP OUT

The Calling Sydney Guilaroff Hair Help Award:
Jamie Lee Curtis in YOU AGAIN

The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: Awarded to those providing extra and or unexpected pleasure.
Jon Bernthal, THE GHOST WRITER
Marc Blucas, MOTHER AND CHILD and KNIGHT AND DAY
Billy Crudup, EAT PRAY LOVE
Matt Davis, FINDING BLISS
Josh Duhamel, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and WHEN IN ROME
Patrick Fabian, THE LAST EXORCISM
Michael Fassbender, FISH TANK
James Franco, EAT PRAY LOVE and HOWL and DATE NIGHT
Brian Geraghty, EASIER WITH PRACTICE
Cam Gigandet, BURLESQUE
Matthew Goode, LEAP YEAR
Tom Hardy, INCEPTION
Garrett Hedlund, COUNTRY STRONG
Ben Hollingsworth, THE JONESES
Josh Hutcherson, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Ashton Kutcher, KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY
Ryan Kwanten, RED HILL
Alex O’Loughlin, THE BACK-UP PLAN
Scott Porter, DEAR JOHN and THE GOOD GUY
Hrithik Roshan, KITES
Xavier Samuel, ECLIPSE: TWILIGHT SAGA
Steven Strait, CITY ISLAND
James Wolk, YOU AGAIN

Amy Adams, LEAP YEAR
Jennifer Aniston, THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Robin Bartlett, SHUTTER ISLAND
Cher, BURLESQUE
Patricia Clarkson, SHUTTER ISLAND
Rosario Dawson, UNSTOPPABLE
Becky Fly, THE LAST EXORCISM
Rebecca Hall, THE TOWN
Katharine Heigl, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
Lindsay Lohan, MACHETE
Leighton Meester, COUNTRY STRONG
Liza Minnelli, SEX AND THE CITY 2
Helen Mirren, RED
Gwyneth Paltrow, COUNTRY STRONG
Winona Ryder, THE BLACK SWAN
Amanda Seyfried, LETTERS TO JULIET
Mia Wasikowska, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Sigourney Weaver, YOU AGAIN
Michelle Williams, SHUTTER ISLAND

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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