Rupert Pupkin Speaks: My top 20(ish) of 2010

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My top 20(ish) of 2010


Took me a few months into this new year to catch up with more films from 2010. The timing on this list coincides with the release of the 2010 Top Ten lists by my friends over at The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnite Cinema. I know I'll take some heat for this, but I found myself pretty underwhelmed by three of this years critical darlings (BLACK SWAN, 127 HOURS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT). Not sure if I was just burning out a bit(having just about hit 500 movies for the year last year by the time I saw each of them) or if the hype was just too much or what. I had a good deal of trouble with hype this in 2010 and I always have. Somehow, I'm subconsciously setting up my expectations for something that perhaps isn't possible. Some kind of perfect film. A film that engages me emotionally and goes places I don't expect. It's a tough thing to achieve today what with so much critical coverage of films online. I avoid reading too much but some films just carry so much buzz around them that it is hard to ignore. On the other end of the spectrum, I had several films that I expected very little from end up being enjoyable. I know there might be some heat for including those "lesser" films on my list, but I had to go with the films I responded to, for whatever reason. Anyway, here's what I liked from 2010:



1. WINTER'S BONE(Director: Debra Granik)
2. THE FIGHTER
(Director: David O. Russell)
3. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
(Director: Davis Guggenheim)
4. TOY STORY 3
(Director: Lee Unkrich)
5. INCEPTION
(Director: Christopher Nolan)
6.
SHUTTER ISLAND
(Director: Martin Scorsese)
7. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
(Director: David Fincher)
8. GREENBERG
(Director: Noah Baumbach)
9. MONSTERS
(Director: Gareth Edwards)
10. CATFISH
(Directors: Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman)
11. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
(Director: Edgar Wright)
12. BLUE VALENTINE
(Director: Derek Cianfrance)
13.
RABBIT HOLE
(Director: John Cameron Mitchell)
14. THE WOLFMAN
(Director: Joe Johnston)
15.
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
(Director: Banksy)
16. TRON LEGACY
(Director: Joseph Kosinski)
17. TRUE GRIT
(Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen)
18. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2
(Director: Tod Williams)
19. DEVIL
(Director: John Erick Dowdle)
20. UNSTOPPABLE
(Director: Tony Scott)

Honorable mentions:
THE AMERICAN
WINNEBAGO MAN
BLACK
SWAN
KICK-ASS

PIRANHA 3-D
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
EASY A
BEST WORST MOVIE
AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE

DESPICABLE ME


Need to see:

MARWENCOL

TINY FURNITURE

CARLOS

FOUR LIONS

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
DOGTOOTH

MOTHER

MACHETE

AMER
LET ME IN

THE KING'S SPEECH
WASTE LAND

PLEASE GIVE

SWEETGRASS

DADDY LONGLEGS

45365

TRASH HUMPERS

ANOTHER YEAR











11 comments:

J.D. said...

Nice list. Good to see you giving a shout-out to TRON. I am really curious to know what you think of CARLOS if you get a chance to see it. Next to THE SOCIAL NETWORK is probably my fave film of last year.

SteveQ said...

"Trash Humpers?" How did I miss that? One more to add to the queue; thanks. "Winter's Bone" seems to be the best film almost nobody saw.

Rupert Pupkin said...

JD- I am VERY excited for CARLOS, plan to watch it really soon, thanks for the reminder. As for TRON yeah it's gotten the heck beat out of i but I can't deny how I felt seeing it that second time. Really, it's release and response parallels the release of the original in a lot of ways.
STEVE-Very curious what you think of WINTER'S BONE, hope you like it!

Ned Merrill said...

I was a fan of TRON--the first time I saw it. Not sure if it got any other good reviews, but J. Hoberman was a fan. I'll second the recommendation for CARLOS--be sure to watch the mini-series version.

sleestakk said...

I'm glad that your list is true to what you enjoyed the most as opposed to just falling in line with the most popular picks or critic picks. Don't think I'll see MONSTERS on anyone else's top ten but very nice to see on yours (I enjoyed it and was thrilled to see it on the big screen; was happy that I enjoyed it just as much on the 2nd viewing last weekend on blu-ray).

Stephen said...

Great list. Much more variety here than on a lot of other best-of lists I've read. And I'm glad to see you acknwoledge the hype surrounding some of the year's biggest films. For my part, I was very underwhelmed by Inception, though I feel like I'm in the minority with that one, just like you do with Black Swan and the others you mentioned. Thanks!

Rupert Pupkin said...

Ned-Very cool you were a TRON LEGACY fan too! I will be checking out CARLOS soon!

SLEESTAK-Thanks man, I would have liked even a bit more variety in my list, but alas too much time spent watching older films! Glad MONSTERS held up for you, I need to get that blu-ray!

Stephen-Totally fair regarding INCEPTION, I have a few friends who felt the same way you did. I really wanted to love BLACK SWAN like everyone else did, but I guess I was just waiting for this revelatory experience that I just didn't have. Still feels weird though as I know everyone else loved it.

Hal said...

Great list as always. TOY STORY 3 would actually top mine, which is odd because my favorite film in a particular year is rarely a blockbuster. MACHETE would be the runner up, and I have a couple of recommendations to add to the 'need to see' list: the documentaries GASLAND and INSIDE JOB.

Graygrrrl said...

I also love that "Tron: Legacy" got some love. It was an entertaining movie! However, I'm beginning to feel that I am the only person who did not like "Greenberg". I usually go for those mysogynistic, sad fests, with unlikeable characters, but this one didn't work for me. I can't seem to put my finger on it past that I never understood Greta Gerwig's character. She is an amazing actress but was the least fleshed out.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Thanks for the kind words Hal! Very cool you(and QT) enjoyed TS3 so much! It really moved up my list since it's release as we bought it on Blu/DVD for Christmas and it quickly became by little girl's favorite movie(now eclipsed by IRON GIANT). I must hve seen TS3 something like 15 times all the way through an it still holds up. I need to see MACHETE, INSIDE JOB & GASLAND for sure.

GRAYGRRRL-cool that you were a TRON fan too! That movie got way more beaten up than I feel it should've. I guess expectations and nostalgia coalesced into this massive thing that just made it impossible for the movie to live up. I did see it twice though and I think some others will have more fun that 2nd go-round. As far as GREENBERG, you are definitely not alone. My wife quit on the movie about half way through and she almost never does that. Greenberg himself is a truly tough character and I can't even express exactly what it was about the film that got me.

Graygrrrl said...

Thanks! I feel better knowing that whether you loved or hated "Greenberg", it's impossible to explain why. Maybe I should like it more for that fact! :)

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