My Favorite Movies of 2010


It’s awards season once again…my favorite time of year. Snow on the ground and statues are being handed out left and right of metal naked dudes.

One of the great benefits of working where I work is free movies. So Alli and I have seen a lot this year and without bias, I wanted to present my favorite movies of the year. Now these might not necessarily be Oscar- or Golden Globe-worthy, but they were my humble favorites. First the list, then write-up below.

  1. The Social Network
  2. The King’s Speech
  3. The Fighter
  4. Inception
  5. True Grit
  6. Toy Story 3
  7. The Town
  8. Cyrus
  9. Tangled
  10. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

DISCLAIMER: I work for AMC Theatres so I saw nearly all of these movies in the theatre for free as a part of my benefits. However, the opinions expressed in this post are solely my own.

The Social Network

This movie was just everything. Extremely timely story. Great acting. Incredible script. Best movie score…maybe in the last decade. I saw the movie three times in the theatre. Loved it every time. | Buy at

The King’s Speech

Gorgeously filmed and acted. Colin Firth is perfect and is complemented so well by the brilliant Geoffrey Rush. I was actually surprised that the Hollywood Foreign Press did not crown this as best picture at the Golden Globes since they tend to favor movies made outside of the U.S. | Find showtimes

The Fighter

I’m not a huge Mark Wahlberg fan, but the man can put a project together. He was committed to this movie for 3 years, so he stayed in boxing shape until it finally came together. Christian Bale gave probably the best performance by an actor in any role as Dickie and Melissa Leo transformed into the unrecognizable controlling mother Alice. | Find showtimes


It’s a shame that Christopher Nolan’s dream thriller came out so early in the year. With a year as back-end heavy as this 2010, it got lost in the shuffle a bit, which is a shame. It’s a wonderful story, amazingly directed in seven different countries and Nolan’s story was one of the most original of the year. In a world of sequels and remakes, original stories are tough to come by. | Buy at

Toy Story 3

I am a sucker for Pixar. I never thought the third movie about talking toys would move me to tears. But Lee Unkrich’s amazing film blasted it out of the park. Who knew that some of the best filmmakers in the world would work at an animation studio? | Buy at

True Grit

I don’t really like the Coen Brothers, but this movie was just fabulous. Such an entertaining movie that is carried by its young star, Hailee Steinfeld. Jeff Bridges is a great Rooster Cogburn. Better than John Wayne. YEAH, I SAID IT. It immediately became my favorite Coen Brothers movie. And Hailee Steinfeld won’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (Melissa Leo made sure of that as Alice in The Fighter), but man, she was great. | Find showtimes

The Town

Ben Affleck made a crime movie that was on par with Scorsese’s The Departed. Not only did he star in it and help write it, but he directed a well-made, tight crime thriller. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and the late Pete Postlethwaite all turn in terrific supporting performances. Entertaining and exciting. | Buy on


Such an underrated film. I don’t know how many people saw it, but Alli and I caught a late Sunday night showing and I was so glad that we did. Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill really deliver in this small movie about a mother’s relationship with her grown son and new boyfriend. It’s really a lot of fun. | Buy on


A Rapunzel story? Another animated movie? YES. Tangled was sweet, funny, creative and it was fun for both kids and adults. | Find showtimes

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Edgar Wright’s movie based on the graphic novel of the same name was one of the most creative, visually stunning movies of the year. Michael Cera is great as…Michael Cera…errrr…the title character and while much of what makes this movie great is the source material, it wouldn’t work without Edgar Wright’s vision. A lot of fun. | Buy on

Honorable Mentions

Kick-Ass was the more hilariously violent than The Expendables and more enjoyable. It’s Kind of a Funny Story was completely overlooked in the indie circuit.

So what were your favorite movies of the year?

Author: Shane

Shane Adams is a marketer, designer, blogger and preacher man who lives in the Kansas City area with his beautiful artist wife Alli and his corn-chip-smelling dog, Dreyfuss.

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