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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2010

So we’ve gotten to the end of the year, which, of course, means end-of-the-year lists. I don’t think 2010 was the worst year ever, but it pales in comparison to 2009. Last year I was in love with so many films – starting very early in the year and continuing into January of this year with the films I wasn’t able to see before ’09 ended. I really just think 2010 will go down as a mediocre year. I did, however, still manage to come up with a list of my 15 favorite films of the year. I’d like to emphasize that this list is based on my favorites and not necessarily a “best” list. I’d  also like to note that, unlike last year, I was able to see almost all of the 2010 releases I was interested in seeing before the New Year. There were three, however, that I missed that I wish I could have seen before making this list: The King’s Speech, 127 Hours and Blue Valentine. There’s no guarantee those would have made the list anyhow, but I still wish I could have seen them. Regardless, I did manage to see fifty-five 2010 releases this year, a personal record for new releases. I’d also like to note that I’ve seen over 500 new-to-me films this year, but I’ll make a proper round-up post for that tomorrow (I’m watching movies til Midnight tonight!).

The list is after the cut, because I think my #1 is a little shocking and I want to keep up the suspense.

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“The Social Network” Named Best Film By The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association

Seems like David Fincher’s film is picking up lots of momentum as Awards Season is beginning. The question is whether it can keep it up all the way through Oscar night. The Town won Best Ensemble again. Makes me wonder if it’ll get a SAG nomination. Sure looks like it.

Complete list of winners and nominees after the cut.

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The National Board of Review – Awards Season is Officially Open

Like I said on my earlier post, winning at the NBR doesn’t necessarily mean winning come Oscar night. But it does help jump-start a film or a performance into the race and often is a good look at what the nominees could look like.

For example, Winter’s Bone‘s inclusion on their Top Ten list is a big push for a little film. So is Jennifer Lawrence’s win for Breakthrough Performance. Last year the NBR gave that award to two performances: Gabby Sidibe in Precious and Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. Both performances wound up with Academy Award nominations.

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New Poster for Ben Affleck’s “The Town”

Finally an American poster for Affleck’s upcoming crime thriller. I posted the French version of the poster a week or so ago. I think I like it better than this one, but it’s nice to get another one. I am REALLY looking forward to this film. It’s got such a great cast, if Affleck manages to capture the same manic-yet-tense energy that his debut effort, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, had then we’re all in for a real treat.

A Deluge of New Posters

I’m going to let these posters speak for themselves I think.

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Trailer For Ben Affleck-Helmed “The Town”

I really love his directorial debut, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, and this looks to be equally as good. It’s got an amazing ensemble cast including Affleck,  Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Jeremy Renner and Chris Cooper.

You can see the trailer here over at Apple. The film hits theaters on September 17th, 2010.

15 Breakthrough Performers of 2009

2009 was a good year for cinema. So good I had to have a Top 15 instead of a Top Ten (and now, after I’ve seen a lot of the End of the Year fare, I feel like I’d need a Top Twenty). There were some newcomers who blew us away and some actors/actresses who have been kicking around Hollywood for years waiting for That Movie that makes them a household name, and for them 2009 was that year. I’m going to do this list in alphabetical order by last name.

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