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Special Feature: The Best Films of 2010

The New Year is nearly upon us, so to celebrate the timely end of 2010 (and another decade) CineVue’s editorial team have provided a near-definitive rundown of their own personal Top Five films of the year, as well as the most exceptional director and actor of the last twelve months in cinema. Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, David Fincher’s The Social Network and Disney’s Pixar’s Toy Story 3 all featured highly, and there were a number of hidden gems including Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void, Chris Morris’ Four Lions and Claire Denis’ White Material. Oh, and of course, we each have our own Christmas turkey in the guise of worst film (we’re looking at you Sex and the City 2).

Daniel Green, Editor
 
Top 5 Films: 
Enter the Void (dir. Gaspar Noé, France)
A Prophet (dir. Jacques Audiard, France)
Inception (dir. Christopher Nolan, USA)
Another Year (dir. Mike Leigh, UK)
Four Lions (dir. Chris Morris, UK)

Best Director:
Jacques Audiard (A Prophet)

Best Performance:
Tom Hardy (Inception) 

Worst Film:
Sex and the City 2 (dir. Michael Patrick King, USA)

Lee Cassanell

Top 5 Films:

The Kids Are All Right (dir. Lisa Cholodenko, USA)
Easy A (dir.Will Gluck, USA)
City Island (dir. Raymond De Felitta, USA)
The American (dir. Anton Corbjin, Italy)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (dir. Edgar Wright, USA)
Best Director:
Christopher Nolan (Inception) 

Best Performance:

Emma Stone (Easy A) 

Worst Film:

Clash of the Titans (dir. Louis Leterrier, USA)

Russell Cook
Top 5 Films: 
Precious (dir. Lee Daniels, USA)
Crazy Heart (dir. Scott Cooper, USA)
Up in the Air (dir. Jason Reitman, USA)
White Material (dir. Claire Denis, USA)
Kick-Ass (dir. Matthew Vaughn, UK)
Best Director:
Lee Daniels (Precious) 

Best Performance:

Mo’Nique (Precious) 

Worst Film:

The Bounty Hunter (dir. Andy Tennant, USA)

Stephen Glass

Top 5 Films: 
The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, USA)
Another Year (dir. Mike Leigh, UK)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (dir. Werner Herzog, USA)
Buried (dir. Rodrigo Cortés, USA)
Heartless (dir. Philip Ridley, UK)

Best Director:
Mike Leigh (Another Year) 

Best Performance:
Colin Firth (A Single Man) 

Worst Film:

Sex and the City 2 (dir. Michael Patrick King, USA)

Daniel Gumble

Top 5 Films:

Mary and Max (dir. Adam Elliot, Australia)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (dir. Mat Whitecross, UK)
Toy Story 3 (dir. Lee Unkrich, USA)
Four Lions (dir. Chris Morris, UK)
Shutter Island (dir. Martin Scorsese, USA)

Best Director:
Chris Morris (Four Lions) 

Best Performance:

Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) 

Worst Film:

Clash of the Titans (dir. Louis Leterrier, USA)

Stephen Leach

Top 5 Films: 
The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, USA)
The Kids Are All Right (dir. Lisa Cholodenko, USA)
Toy Story 3 (dir. Lee Unkrich, USA)
The Illusionist (dir. Sylvain Chomet, France)
Kick-Ass (dir. Matthew Vaughn, UK)

Best Director:
Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist) 

Best Performance:
Armie Hammer (The Social Network) 

Worst Film:
Robin Hood (dir. Ridley Scott, USA)

Craig Mann

Top 5 Films:
The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, USA)
44 Inch Chest (dir. Malcolm Venville, UK)
Hot Tub Time Machine (dir. Steve Pink, USA)
Toy Story 3 (dir. Lee Unkrich, USA)
Kick-Ass (dir. Matthew Vaughn, UK)
Best Director:
David Fincher (The Social Network) 

Best Performance:

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) 

Worst Film:

The Collector (dir. Marcus Dunstan, USA)

David Sugarman

Top 5 Films: 
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (dir Edgar Wright, USA)
A Prophet (dir Jacques Audiard, France)
The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, USA)
Inception (dir. Christopher Nolan, USA)
Shutter Island (dir. Martin Scorsese, USA)

Best Director:
Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) 

Best Performance:
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) 

Worst Film:
The Ghost (dir. Roman Polanski, France/Germany/UK)

What are your favourite films of the year? Vote in our Best Film of 2010 poll or leave your comments below…

The CineVue team will be taking a well deserved break over Christmas, but we’ll be back on the 27th December with all the latest news, reviews and opinions from the world of cinema.

Daniel Green