The 2010 best movies…Friday, January 21, 2011 Category: Blog
Best 2010 movies*:
*meaning movies I saw at the cinema which were released in 2010 and not necessarily made in the mentioned year ;-). A personal list, of course 🙂
The list is alphabetically arranged:
IMDB: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.
My thoughts: This is a movie which I recommended here on the MetalCast Show. I won’t type more things about it as we have an entire post dedicated to A Prophet. I just want to say that if you haven’t seen it, please do. If you enjoy good cinema, you won’t regret it ;). Not that I only watch good movies, I have my share of silly and even Z-grade movies as well, but why would I recommend them? 😀
IMDB: Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in this Sicilian village.
My thoughts: Beautiful movie, beautiful locations, beautiful language. I have been a Tornatore fan for almost two decades now. I watched Cinema Paradiso when I was only ten years old and got obsessed with “these kind of movies”, you know, “different movies”, not the ones I watched on TV all the time. I really enjoy movies that tell stories about life, about a nostalgic past and Baarìa has it all. Besides, I love Italy, the South, the North, all the country. I actually think and plan about moving there when I retire in many years, hehe.
IMDB: Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh.
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My thoughts: Another majestic Korean movie. South Korea filmmakers have been releasing so many great films that it is hard to watch them all. Thirst was directed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance) and if you already fan of his works this one won’t let you down. Kang-ho Song, one of the most praised actors in South Korea (and one of my favorites) stars this movie as the priest.
IMDB: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.
My thoughts: This is a very interesting movie staring the great Javier Bardem. I don’t want to speak a lot about this movie because I can add some info that mighjt be considered as spoilers (in fact I didn’t add many info in all of the films on this list because of this). I just want to add that Biutiful is, in my humble opinion, the proof that Alejandro González Iñárritu can be considered one of the best directors of his generation.
IMDB: Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.
My thoughts: This is another difficult movie to talk about without containing spoilers on the info. If you are familiar with Korean cinema, then you can be sure that Chugyeogja has all the elements that makes South Korea cinema so great.
Enter the Void
IMDB: A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister.
My thoughts: For me Gaspar Noé’s movies are a hit or miss, there’s no middle ground. I find Seul contre tous one of the best movies ever, but others (especially the short ones) didn’t please me at all. This, of course, is a hit. This is a very stylish movie and it contains all of the Gaspar Noé’s polemic elements (although not as polemic as Irréversible or Seul contre tous).
IMDB: A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.
My thoughts: Also another recommended movie on the MetalCast Show. Vincent Gallo’s performance is emblematic. You truly feel his despair. The locations are beautiful and the movie is very well made. It indeed should be more well-known.
IMDB: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it’s his mother’s call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.
My thoughts: The third movie that hails from South Korea and also recommended on the MetalCast Show website. You gotta love the ending ;-). I say this is a masterpiece in which you can somewhat relate and feel the anxiety and despair of a mother.
IMDB: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father’s magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo’s father sends the ocean’s mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo’s dreams of becoming human.
My thoughts: A Japanese animation directed by the master Hayao Miyazaki. If you want to let yourself go into a fantastic magical world for a few hours and forget about your problems and in the end feel uplifted, watch any Miyazaki animation. Like his characters, his movies are magic. And the “drawings” are very beautiful as well.
IMDB: A look at the life and work of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the rescue operation when he was trapped and injured by a bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad.
My thoughts: This is an outstanding documentary. Sérgio was/ is one of my personal heroes. A Brazilian diplomat, Sérgio was an intelligent, gentle man who wanted to change the world into a better place. He truly believed that. And for this he suffered a terrible fate. There’s no way not to shed one or two tears seeing all the footage showing what happened in Iraq. He should be always remembered and praised.
IMDB: Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
My thoughts: Yes, I added Shutter Island and not Inception. I like Shutter Island much better, the plot, the cinematography, everything. This Martin Scorsese/ Leonardo DiCaprio partnership is something to be regarded by cinema fans. So far they have only participated in great movies. I wasn’t really a Leonardo DiCaprio fan until I watched the amazing The Aviator. Now I mostly look forward to his movies.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
IMDB: Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
My thoughts: Swedish cinema… I have a passion for it. Even the boring movies… hehe, but this is not the case. This is a great thriller that grabs your attention. If you don’t know about it yet, there are some rape scenes which, obviously, are terrible to see, but this doesn’t affect the integrity of the movie. It is indeed highly recommended. By the way, a Swedish friend of mine recommended it to, so I have to thank him too!
The Ghost Writer
IMDB: A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
My thoughts: I watched The Ghost Writer for the first time when I was in an airplane heading to Portugal. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I slept for a few minutes, hehe, and had to watch it again. Roman Polanski, the director, not the man, is so talented. He is a man with many masterpieces. The Ghost Writer may not be one of them, but it’s a very solid movie and it also grabs your attention.
The Secret in Their Eyes
IMDB: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.
My thoughts: Argentinean cinema school is one of the best in the world, I dare to say. Their movies are very well made and, most of the time, deep. Beautiful photography and indeed respectable acting are one of the many positive aspects. The Secret in Their Eyes was directed by Juan José Campanella, a director tat truly deserves more recognition. Ricardo Darín should also be mentioned. He is simply one hell of an actor.
The White Ribbon
IMDB: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
My thoughts: German director Michael Haneke is among my favorite ones. I always try to get my friends into his movies, but they all hate most of them, except Funny Games. I can’t explain why I love his movies, I simply do. There’s nothing philosophical or pretentions behind it, simply the fact that I like the films he makes. Beautifully shot, The White Ribbon is a movie for Haneke fans only. If you don’t like any of his movies, you’ll probably hate this one. The young actor Leonard Proxauf should get more and more roles. A superb actor, I should say.
I still haven’t had the time to go and see some of the most praised movies such as Black Swan.