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?

Some quick Golden Globes thoughts

Like many people, I watched the Golden Globes last night. Awards season is a favorite for Alli and me and we picked up some Original Pizza, some Throwback soda and settled in for a night of glamour, movies and TV…all from the comfort of sweats on the couch.

First things first: Ricky Gervais was really disappointing. For as much smack as he talked prior to the show about how he was going to be brutal to the stars, all he really did was self-promote (not unheard of) and get in maybe one good dig at Mel Gibson. The rest of his jokes were just really MEH.

Some other thoughts:

  • I really felt that Jane Lynch got robbed for supporting actress in a TV series. I’ve never understood why they lumped all the supporting actors and actresses into one all-encompassing category, including comedies, dramas and mini-series. She should have won. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Big Love, but Sevigny didn’t deserve it. Sue Sylvester is the heart and soul of Glee.
  • Speaking of Glee, I’m so glad that it won. I love that show.
  • I still have very little desire to see Grey Gardens.
  • Toni Collette won a shocker for TV actress in a comedy. I won’t say she’s not deserving…I was just really surprised.
  • Alec Baldwin is the new Tony Shalhoub.
  • I think that Julianna Margulies winning Best Actress in a Drama series was a shock to everyone except Julianna Margulies.
  • T-Bone Burnett does not look like he should. He should at least have a beard.
  • I really like how the Oscars splits the screenplays into adapted and original. Like Just Cara said, when you are blessed with great source material, it’s hard to mess it up. Unless, of course, if you’re Rob Marshall.
  • I love Robert Downey, Jr., but I was really hoping for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to pull out the Best Actor Comedy win. He was awesome in (500) Days of Summer, one of my favorites of the last year.
  • The room was amazingly cold toward James Cameron during both of his acceptance speeches. And I was thinking, it’s gotta suck to be a filmmaker during the year that James Cameron comes out with a movie. It’s once every 10 years, but still. It’s gotta suck.

Overall, it was a decent show…not a ton of huge surprises. Would have liked to see Gervais push it a little more. It will be interesting to see Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin host the Oscars. I doubt they will go after any of the actors in attendance, but you never know.

Another thing to note, if you’re a Twitter user and you watch the Twitter stream during shows like this, I highly recommend following Doug Benson. He hosts a podcast called “I Love Movies” and is totally hilarious.

The Emmy Nominations

The Emmy nominations came out today. Award shows are fun to watch, but oftentimes the Emmys get old because they are predictable. The same old people win year after year (Kelsey Grammer, Tony Shalhoub, 30 Rock, Sopranos…you know what I mean).

This year, the field has some of the same usual suspects, but there are some surprises as well — some welcome surprises.

Here’s what made me happy:

  • Kristin Wiig’s nomination for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live. She’s easily the funniest woman (if not overall performer) on the show.
  • The nomination of Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He’s the best part of one of the funniest shows on television and his character is a modern-day Cosmo Kramer. I’ve talked about The Big Bang Theory plenty of times before. It’s genius. (Get it?)
  • The Supporting Comedic Actor category. Barney. Dwight. Drama. Kenneth. Where was Ari, though?
  • Big Love. I’m almost embarrassed to say that, but I freaking love that show.
  • Justin Timberlake’s nomination for Guest Actor on Saturday Night Live. He’s a terrific, versatile host. Bring it on down to Justinville!
  • Neil Patrick Harris as host. BARNEY. WIN.

What did you think of the nominations?

Golden Globe Picks

It’s awards season time again. The Golden Globes are a short two weeks away and I thought I should throw out my predictions just to get them into the mix. I haven’t seen many of these movies, but I’m going to predict based on my very specific formula and algorithm that analyzes the things in my head combined with the buzz that I hear. My picks are in bold.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Unfortunately, I’ve only seen one of these movies, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I absolutely loved. From everything that I hear, Slumdog Millionaire is the sleeper. Everyone on the Internets says its and the folks I’ve talked to in real life say it’s terrific as well. I hear good things about the other flicks as well, but for now, I’m going to go with what I’ve seen.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

It’s a shame that Cate Blanchett is not up because her performance as Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button nearly steals the limelight from the title character. I was not impressed by Angelina Jolie’s performance in Changeling. I just found it annoying and one-dimensional. I wasn’t as enamored with that movie as everyone else though. I just thought it was a bit heavy-handed. Since the Golden Globes are sponsored and voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, it’s usually a good bet to go with the international flavor, so I’m gonna pick Kate Winslet in her husband’s movie version of Mad Men. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

There are some big stars in this category. Sean Penn once again vanishes into the character of the iconic Harvey Milk. Leonardo DiCaprio continues to impress me as he matures and I know that everyone loves the old guys in this category – Frank Langella’s performance as Nixon is spot-on from the trailers and I hear that Mickey Rourke is blowing people away in The Wrestler. But this is Brad Pitt’s year. Benjamin Button FTW!

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

What a horrible category. I’ve seen three out of the five candidates up and none of them are worth of an award. Mamma Mia! is fun, but that’s because of the genius songs by ABBA, not because the movie is award-worthy. In Bruges is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time. I couldn’t even get all the way through it (so you won’t see my vote for Farrell or Gleeson either). Everything I’ve heard about Woody Allen’s latest is that it seems to be good. I’ll pick Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Rebecca Hall was in two critically acclaimed movies this year, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Frost/Nixon. I don’t have any clue what Happy-Go-Lucky is about. McDormand’s performance in Burn After Reading is OK, but nothing special. Meryl Streep is also average in Mamma Mia! I want to see Last Chance Harvey because I liked Emma Thompson in Stranger than Fiction and I enjoy Dustin Hoffman. It looks like a decent flick, but I’m gonna go with Rebecca Hall.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

I already have said my peace about In Bruges. I don’t really understand the James Franco nomination. The rumor is that he probably should have been nominated for his supporting performance in Milk, so I’m gonna tap him as the stoner to win.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

This is a pretty stacked category. Amy Adams got robbed last year. She should have won for her portrayal of the animated-princess-turned-real-life-princess in Enchanted. Kate Winslet is the best actress on the planet right now though.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

I haven’t seen Tropic Thunder so I’m not sure what to think of Tom Cruise and Robert Downey’s nominations. All I know is that if Heath Ledger doesn’t win, there might be a riot in Gotham that Batman will have to deal with.

Best Animated Feature Film

I haven’t seen Bolt, but I’ve heard good things. I loved Kung Fu Panda, but if Wall-E doesn’t win, I’ll eat a cockroach. Such a gorgeous movie.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Danny Boyle wins because of Slumdog’s international flair.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Down To Earth” – Wall-E – Music By: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman – Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel
  • “Gran Torino” – Gran Torino – Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens – Lyrics By: Jamie Cullum
  • “I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt – Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele
  • “Once In A Lifetime” – Cadillac Records – Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarmon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street
  • “The Wrestler” – The Wrestler – Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen

Best Television Series – Drama

I’m assuming that the HFPA will follow The Emmy’s lead and award the AMC show that watches like a movie. 

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Sally Field – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order
  • January Jones – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Anna Paquin – True Blood (HBO)
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

It’s a toss up between Mariska Hargitay and Kyra Sedgwick. They might split the vote and if so, it might go to Anna Paquin on HBO’s hot new vampire show. But I think Mrs. Kevin Bacon takes the Globe.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Gabriel Byrne – In Treatment (HBO)
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors (SHOWTIME)

Everyone is totally gaga for Michael C. Hall’s Dexter, but Hugh Laurie has won this award like ten years in a row. I’m going with Jon Hamm because no one wears a suit like Don Draper.

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy

I would love it if Entourage pulled out the win for once. I thought last season was its best yet, but alas, the HFPA has no love for Vince, E, Turtle, Drama, and Ari. 30 Rock is a funny, quirky show with a terrific cast, but the same could be said for The Office as well. I don’t get Showtime, so I don’t follow Californication and Weeds (although I’ve seen the first two seasons of the latter). This is a good category, but I’m gonna go with Jim and Pam FTW!

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy

  • Christina Applegate – Samantha Who? (ABC)
  • America Ferrera – Ugly Betty (ABC)
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Debra Messing – The Starter Wife (USA)
  • Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds (SHOWTIME)

Hmmm…this is a tough one. I think that Christina Applegate is pretty good on the unfunny Samantha Who? and I know that the HFPA loves Ugly Betty (although not enough to give it a nomination), but I’m going with Liz Lemon. I know that Tina Fey is basically playing herself, but anyone who can enter the word BLARG into the vernacular is awesome.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)
  • Kevin Connolly – Entourage (HBO)
  • David Duchovny – Californication (SHOWTIME)
  • Tony Shalhoub – Monk (USA)

I’m so freaking sick of Tony Shalhoub winning this category all the time. Alec Baldwin is genius on 30 Rock, but Steve Carell should win. Michael Scott is both lovable and loatheable at the same time. Carell walks that line so well.

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television

I’ve only seen Recount, but I’m pretty sure that John Adams will win.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Ralph Fiennes – Bernard And Doris (HBO)
  • Paul Giamatti – John Adams (HBO)
  • Kevin Spacey – Recount (HBO)
  • Kiefer Sutherland – 24 (FOX)
  • Tom Wilkinson – Recount (HBO)

How is 24 considered a mini-series? Is that so Kiefer can win? I don’t get it. I liked both Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson in Recount (although I would give the nod to Spacey), but I don’t think that anyone stops Mr. John Adams himself.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

I don’t like how they throw all the supporting actors and actresses together into one huge category for comedy, drama and mini-series. I will say this: Laura Dern is absolutely genius as Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in Recount. But I would have really liked to have seen Jenna Fischer up for her portrayal of Pam on The Office. And where are all the nominations for Lost this year?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

I always have the worst time picking who I want to win between the Pivs and the Barnacle. I think Pivs has won enough for Entourage’s Ari (not that it will stop them from picking him again), but I’m going to hold out against all hopes and pick NPH. Barney is such a fun character and he brings such color to the fun Friends-esque show How I Met Your Mother. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the author of The Bro Code, Sir Barnabus Stinson.

So that’s it. WordPress is telling me that this is an almost 2,000-word post, so I’d better wrap it up. Awards season is a lot of fun for me and Alli and I’m looking forward to when the Oscar nominations come out on January 22.

Billy, You’re On My List

Billy Bush Headshot

Watching the “Golden Globes Winners Special” tonight was painful. I love everything about award shows – the glamour, the speeches, all of it. Alli and I will sit through hours of award shows, but these 1-hour specials are just lame. I would have rather read a press release than have had to watch Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell opine on what the big surprises were of the night and act as though their broadcast was anything but useless.

There’s nothing good about Billy Bush. The guy is a moron.

I was disappointed that Juno didn’t win any awards tonight. I would have liked to see Ellen Page and the movie pick up a couple statues. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you anything of consequence other than that the Pivs won deservingly again for Entourage. It was a very bizarre night and one I’m soon to forget.

And that Billy Bush better watch his back.

UPDATE: Read Jake’s hilarious post about the writers’ strike and how dumb it is.