In compiling this list, I realized that it can be very hard to rank films. I was actually forced to reduce one of my film ratings (for TRON: Legacy), since I realized that I didn’t like the film better than other films on my list. Either way, I am happy with how my final list came out and I hope you enjoy it.
10. TRON: Legacy
Even though my re-rating of the film pushed the film way down to the bottom of the list, I still consider TRON: Legacy to be one of the most visually spectacular films of the year and it still rightfully earns a place on this list.
9. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
This film was an absolute joy. It was definitely great seeing a major film that took place in Toronto. While it might not have fully erased Michael Cera’s constant typecasting, I can definitely say that this is the film that is best suited for the actor.
8. 127 Hours
You can definitely say that Danny Boyle has come a long way from films like Trainspotting. I would say that the early reports of people fainting during the climatic amputation scene was a little exaggerated, but it was still a gripping film, even if it slightly cheated on the single-location premise with all the flashbacks and hallucinations.
7. True Grit
You can always expect the Coen brothers to create some gripping films. While this western film doesn’t feature too many shootouts, it features some excellent character development, especially by the young Hailee Steinfeld.
6. The Social Network
I’m sure that some people laughed when it was announced that there would be a film about the creation of Facebook, but the end result was a very intriguing film. I also have to say that the score by Trent Reznor was one of the best of the year.
5. Black Swan
It can definitely be said that this film is one of the most trippy films about ballet to be released. It can be hard to define this film under a single genre, however it was definitely one of the most intriguing films on the year.
This was hands-down the most cerebral film of the year. This exploration on dreams and the difference between fantasy and reality may be a bit too much on a first viewing, but it was definitely a very enjoyable film.
3. Toy Story 3
Pixar has been raising the bar each year with their films and even though this is the third film in the series, it is also one of the best (and the most touching). A fitting conclusion.
Where 127 Hours cheated somewhat in its single-location premise, Buried is a film that takes place 100% within a coffin buried in the ground. True, there’s contact with the outside world through phone calls, but we never see the film outside of Ryan Reynold’s perspective and it is definitely one of the most thrilling films of the year.
1. The King’s Speech
This is definitely a great film and it’s great because of the fantastic chemistry between Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. I am expect this film to win Best Picture at next year’s Oscars and if it doesn’t, it will be a complete sham(e).
And those are my top ten films of the year.