Here are fourteen of my favorite pictures that were released in 2010, plus a final nod to my favorite film of 2010. They are not necessarily 'the best,' as there are plenty of allegedly great films that I missed but they are all pretty great.
There was but a single new wide-release this weekend, as the weekend after Thanksgiving is a scary time for Hollywood. Few studios are willing to risk dealing with the post-holiday hangover, so this weekend brings just The Warrior's Way.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I won the weekend derby, but Disney's Tangled had a smashing debut that set a record for a three-day opening weekend for a standard Disney (i.e., not Pixar) cartoon.
This seventh and penultimate chapter stands proud as the very first out-and-out great Harry Potter picture. It's easily the best of the series, one of the best films of the year, and a towering achievement.
English producer David Heyman made his name in 1999 by snagging the film rights to the first four books in the Harry Potter franchise for around $2 million. The penultimate movie in the series was just released.
It's really very fortunate that the principal cast have remained with Harry Potter from tip to tail, because otherwise the series has transformed so much, aesthetically and tonally, as to appear schizophrenic.
Chocolate being sold in Harry's name is not fair trade. The fair trade label is the most realistic way that we can know that the cocoa farmers were treated fairly, transparently, and with the chance of upward mobility.