My Tentative Top 10 Movies of 2010 (Revised)

I had the chance to visit my old professor, Austin Sarat, today. As usual, he asked me to give him some film recommendations. Here's the e-mail I sent him, which features a tentative list of my top 10 films of 2010 (feel free to compare this with the previous list I made in August [hence the "revised" in the title of this post]. Damn, there've been a ton of great films in the past few months!). Tune into the /Filmcast this Sunday for my final list:


Professor Sarat,

So good to see you today, and glad to hear you and the family and the academic career are going well. Do check out the materials I gave you. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here's a very tentative list of my Top 10 films of 2010, with links to Amazon Blu-Ray listing where appropriate:

1. The Fighter
2. The Social Network
3. How to Train Your Dragon (for the kids)
4. Animal Kingdom (you will probably find this film boring, but I really enjoyed it)
5. Mother
6. Inception
7. The Kids Are All Right
8. Toy Story 3
9. Black Swan
10. The King's Speech

Other movies that I enjoyed, but that you might not necessarily enjoy:
Catfish - a fascinating documentary about how people construct their identities online these days
Exit Through the Gift Shop - another great documentary, this one about the nature of modern art, as told by graffiti legend Banksy
Winter's Bone - regarded by many as one of the best films of 2010

Let me know if you find anything worthwhile here. And let's keep in touch!


8 comments :: My Tentative Top 10 Movies of 2010 (Revised)

  1. Can you tell us why you like Winter's Bone?

  2. Can you tell us why you thought The Fighter was better than The Social Network or Black Swan or How to Train Your Dragon. It was a sports movie we have seen a million times!

  3. For some reason I thought Scott Pilgrim was going to make it to your list.

  4. crazy man, austin sarat does some stuff every yearh at the university I work for, at first when I came back to this browser tab I thought i was looking at some forwarded work email

  5. Have you not seen True Grit yet?

  6. Not quite sure why, if you're worried about boredom, you would select ANIMAL KINGDOM as the title for him to avoid; MOTHER has a much more methodical pace.

  7. Excellent list. Like someone above asked though, what did you (and all people) like about Winter's Bone. I watched it yesterday and thought it was ok, but was not blown away by the acting, or pacing, or directing, or the story.
    And I am somewhat of a movie snob who was prepared to really love it.


    IMDB says Mother is a 2009 movie. Are they wrong...?

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