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My Tentative Top 10 Movies of 2010 (Revised)

I had the chance to visit my old professor, Austin Sarat, today. As usual, he asked me to give him some film recommendations. Here’s the e-mail I sent him, which features a tentative list of my top 10 films of 2010 (feel free to compare this with the previous list I made in August [hence the “revised” in the title of this post]. Damn, there’ve been a ton of great films in the past few months!). Tune into the /Filmcast this Sunday for my final list:


Professor Sarat,

So good to see you today, and glad to hear you and the family and the academic career are going well. Do check out the materials I gave you. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s a very tentative list of my Top 10 films of 2010, with links to Amazon Blu-Ray listing where appropriate:

1. The Fighter
2. The Social Network
3. How to Train Your Dragon (for the kids)
4. Animal Kingdom (you will probably find this film boring, but I really enjoyed it)
5. Mother
6. Inception
7. The Kids Are All Right
8. Toy Story 3
9. Black Swan
10. The King’s Speech

Other movies that I enjoyed, but that you might not necessarily enjoy:
Catfish – a fascinating documentary about how people construct their identities online these days
Exit Through the Gift Shop – another great documentary, this one about the nature of modern art, as told by graffiti legend Banksy
Winter’s Bone – regarded by many as one of the best films of 2010

Let me know if you find anything worthwhile here. And let’s keep in touch!


  • Can you tell us why you like Winter's Bone?

  • Anonymous

    Can you tell us why you thought The Fighter was better than The Social Network or Black Swan or How to Train Your Dragon. It was a sports movie we have seen a million times!

  • Anonymous

    For some reason I thought Scott Pilgrim was going to make it to your list.

  • Anonymous

    crazy man, austin sarat does some stuff every yearh at the university I work for, at first when I came back to this browser tab I thought i was looking at some forwarded work email

  • Anonymous

    Have you not seen True Grit yet?

  • Anonymous

    Not quite sure why, if you're worried about boredom, you would select ANIMAL KINGDOM as the title for him to avoid; MOTHER has a much more methodical pace.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent list. Like someone above asked though, what did you (and all people) like about Winter's Bone. I watched it yesterday and thought it was ok, but was not blown away by the acting, or pacing, or directing, or the story.
    And I am somewhat of a movie snob who was prepared to really love it.

  • Anonymous

    IMDB says Mother is a 2009 movie. Are they wrong…?