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The Best And Worst Films And Shows Of 2010

   

Best Films:

1. Toy Story 3- The ending alone gives TS3 a place at the top of the list.

2. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World- A stylish love story for the video game/hipster/comic book/indie rock generation.

3. Frozen- A gripping horror thriller from rising star Adam Green. It’s a crime that this film didn’t get a wider release.

4. The Fighter- You wouldn’t know it by looking at the ads, but this is a very uncoventional drama/boxing tale that is based on a true story. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams, and Mark Wahlberg all deserve nominations for their stunning performances here.

5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale- A touching, emotional dog centric film that is based on a true story. If you don’t shed a tear at the end of this film, you have no soul.

6. True Grit- Superb direction, gorgeous cinematography, tight pacing, snappy writing, and stand-out performances (especially Hailee Steinfeld). What else can a movie fan ask for?

7. Buried- Ryan Reynolds gives a tour de force performance as the only visible actor in this horror thriller about a man stuck in a coffin underground.

8. Winnebago Man- A fascinating documentary that didn’t get the attention it deserved.

9. Jackass 3D- The Jackass gang once again proves to be one of the most consistent entertainers. Easily the funniest film of the year.

10. 127 Hours- James Franco gives the single best performance of the year.

Notables:

1. Hereafter- Eastwood does it again.

2. Survival Of The Dead- Forget the haters, this is another fun Romero zombie flick.

3. Tales From The Script- A must-see documentary about screenwriting.

4. Birdemic- It’s kind of sad that one of the most entertaining films of 2010 is a horrible film. “Birdemic” is another so-bad-it’s good horror classic that ranks alongside “Troll 2.”

5. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy- An incredibly in-depth 4 hour documentary about “The Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise.

6. A Prophet- A superb, underrated French gangster film.

7. Waking Sleeping Beauty- A fascinating documentary about what happened behind-the-scenes during the Eisner/Wells/Katzenberg Disney era.

8. Tron: Legacy- This long-awaited sequel was one of the few tentpole releases that impressed in 2010. A visual feast.

Worst Films:

1. The Last Airbender- “Avatar: The Last Airbender” was one of the best cartoons of the past decade. M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action take on the toon was a complete bastardization of the material.

2. The Tooth Fairy- Dear Dwayne Johnson, refrain from doing more family films. Sincerely, the public.

3. Alice In Wonderland- Dear Tim Burton, stop remaking and adapting classics. Sincerely, the public.

4. Iron Man 2- A rushed sequel with far too many subplots. A colossal disappointment.

5. Predators- No likeable characters, a laughably bad performance by Laurence Fishburne, light on action= a waste of time, talent, and potential.

6. Clash Of The Titans/The Wolf Man/A Nightmare On Elm Street- Three trainwreck remakes.

7. Jonah Hex- An unwatchable adaptation of a great comic book series.

8. Machete- As a fan of “Grindhouse” and the “Machete” trailer, this was one of the films I was anticipating the most from 2010. Unfortunately, Robert Rodriguez ruined a good thing by turning a fun trailer into a bloated, overlong, sloppy mess.

9. My Soul To Take- Let’s hope Wes Craven can redeem himself with “Scream 4.

Best TV Shows:

1. Check It Out With Dr. Steve Brule- This show further proves that John C. Reilly is one of the best actors around. ‘Brule’ is bar none funniest show on television. Check it out ya dingus.

2. Caprica- A fantastic prequel to BSG that is filled with fresh and smart ideas. It’s criminal that SyFy canceled this show.

3. Breaking Bad- I just started watching this show this year and I’m kicking myself for not watching it from the start. An utterly intense, enthralling drama with arguably the best acting on TV.

4. Doctor Who- The fifth series may have had a few weak episodes (I’m looking at you Silurian 2 parter), but the “Vincent And The Doctor” episode and Matt Smith’s incredible performance as the Doctor more than made up for the season’s shortcomings.

5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Season 2 went out with a bang, but unfortunately the slow start to season 3 has caused this show to drop down on my list. Thankfully, it sounds like we’re in for a real treat for the second half of season 3.

6. The Walking Dead- A riveting post-apocalyptic zombie series.

7. Magic And Bird: A Courtship Of Rivals- This was a great year for sports documentaries on the tube. This was the best.

8. Party Down- Season 2 was just as good as the first. It’s a real shame this show was canceled.

9. Hamlet- A riveting take on Shakespeare’s play with a stand-out performance by David Tennant.

10. Transformers Prime- The best “Transformers” series since Generation 1. Love the darker tone to this series and am looking forward to the remaining season 1 episodes in Feb. 2011.

Notables:

1. The Life And Times Of Tim- I am so glad this show wound up getting renewed for a third season. A little seen animated gem.

2. Life- Another eye-boggling nature documentary series.

3. The Guild- A low key, but amusing season.

4. The House That Drips Blood On Alex- I would watch Tommy Wiseau read the phone book.

5. R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour- It’s about time there was a new children’s horror anthology series. Can’t wait to see more.

6. The Pacific- While not on the same level as “Band Of Brothers,” this HBO mini-series was still epic and emotional.

7. Psych- “Dual Spires” episode- I normally don’t watch this show, but I had to watch this hilarious ode to “Twin Peaks.”

8. Hollywood Treasure- If you’re into seeing props from Hollywood films, this is the show for you.

9. Family Game Night- A fun family game show that harkens back to the classic Nickelodeon game shows of yesteryear.

Worst TV Shows:

1. Lost- Before the final season of “Lost” aired, I was a big fan of the show. “Lost
was unlike anything on TV and contained fascinating characters and mythology. Unfortunately, the final season was completely unsatisfying on every level. From the cave nonsense to the cop out series finale, the once great show went out with a whimper. It’s a real shame because there was so much potential here.

2. Bleep My Dad Says- Sorry Shatner, but this show is just not bleeping funny.

3. The Event- Uneventful should be the title.

4. Haven- SyFy made room for this uninspired slop?

5. No Ordinary Family- Watered down network garbage.

6. Undercovers- Better luck next time J.J.

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