2010′s Top 5 Lists From the Yahoo! Movies Team
2010 was a year that featured scores of sequels, endless '80s retreads, and probably one too many movies in 3D. But it also saw the
release of pretty groovy movies about sentient toys, bizarro dreamscapes,
freaked-out ballerinas and Facebook. The editorial team of Yahoo! Movies has
put together their individual top 5 lists for the year. Scroll down and check
dialogue totally delivered. Invariably, not every word or turn of phrase in
this film is the truth, but it is an extremely well told story about one of the
more interesting and important events of our time. And I don't even use the
2) The King's Speech: The performances, go for the performances.
In a movie-making age where technology and special effects are the new stars,
here's one where the actors make this an impressive movie-going
experience. Already boasting a Golden
Globe nomination for his role as the stuttering, stammering Bertie (aka King
George VI), look for Colin Firth to get a Best Actor Oscar nom — his second in
a row - come January. Only the Harry
Potter franchise benefits from so many classically trained British thespians.
3) Toy Story 3: I guess I tend to save a spot on this
list for Pixar's offering every year.
Following stories about a rodent who could cook, a love struck robot who
doesn't speak and a curmudgeonly old balloon salesman, the brilliant bunch at
Pixar brought us a third tale with Woody, Buzz and their friends. Hey, for my money, the Pixar guys deliver the
most consistent and carefully crafted stories of anyone in Hollywood these days. Expect this one to be among the 10 Best Picture Nominees.
4) Inception: I enjoyed a couple cocktails and a double
espresso before I walked into the theater, which seemed to give me the right
balance of lucidity and alertness to help me keep up with this heady sci-fi
film. Not only was this one of the more original stories of the year, the
technical aspects were super-cool and it featured a tremendous cast (including
A-lister Leo DiCaprio and one of Y! Movies' "Newcomers of the Year,"
Tom Hardy). But I'd also be remiss not to mention Hans Zimmer's haunting,
intense musical score, one of the most memorable of his illustrious career.
5) Somewhere: Some films don't have much to say so they
don't really give you room to think.In
this hypnotically simple film - a project director Sophia Coppola calls a
"tone poem" - you enjoy both the time and space to carefully digest
every scene. We were fed an intense diet of relatively unsatisfying high-impact
action flicks this year, so I found this one refreshing, kind of like the
sorbet at the end of a rich, multi-course meal. Not everyone appreciates this course, but
sometimes you just need to cleanse the pallet.
1) Social Network: Every once in a while the stars align
to create a movie that not only combined masterful direction, excellent acting
and a dazzling sharp script, but also completely nails the mood and ethos of a