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This is not a big shocker here if you have been following this blog for very long! This is a must see movie, a solid piece of film art. I’ve written on it here, here, here, and here.

Shutter Island

You’re likely thinking: “DiCaprio in this guy’s top 2 movies of 2010? What is he thinking!” I’m thinking this is a solid movie that has grown on me. I love the end when seen in light of the hope that the gospel offers. Apart from the gospel, there is no hope – your choices are numbness (alcohol, sex, legalism, or a lobotomy) or despair, especially in light of a severe loss. I also appreciated the theme of self-deception and how so many times you can just be blinded to the fact that the people you see as your enemies are actually the only friends fighting for you and believing in you. Is Ben Kingsley’s Dr. Cawley an enemy or friend? You’ll have to watch and see. This is not a horror flick but a psychological thriller with some disturbing scenes and definitely a darkness to it. You’ll feel like you got punched in the stomach after watching it, but it’s worth it if you can see the beauty of the truths so elegantly on display.

Get Low

This was not a much publicized film and did not end up playing more in the smaller independent theaters. The only reason this isn’t higher than 3rd is because the first two are so excellent. Duvall and Murray are academy award winners and at their best but Black makes this movie for me. Read my full review here.

Crazy Heart

This movie came out right before Christmas last year but I lump it in with 2010 since that’s when most of us saw it. Jeff Bridges is unbelievable in this movie as the alcoholic aged former country star hitting rock bottom. He was so good that in the first half of the movie, my wife was simply grossed out by how genuinely wasted and skeazy he was. The academy award for best actor that he earned for this movie was well deserved. Be sure to check out my original thoughts here. Heads up on 2 scenes with sexual content that are easy to see coming and easy to fast forward through without missing anything important.

Toy Story 3

Is it me, or has every single dude I’ve talked to about this movie told me about how it took nearly everything they had to keep from weeping at the end of this film. That includes me. I nearly bawled at the end. That final scene is the epitome of bittersweet and genuinely heartfelt. I never thought an animated movie could have that effect but this movie did.

The Book of Eli

Denzel kicking the snot out of baddies, eluding the fantastically evil Gary Oldman, and trying to finish his mission to take the Bible to the west: what more could you ask in a film? What haunts me about this movie is brutality and depravity unleashed. This is no movie for the faint of heart or if you’re looking for a pick me up on a Friday night. There is hope, but it is not in this world.

Iron Man 2

Combined with the first Iron Man, this saga has been very entertaining, well acted, and a strong microcosm of how the gospel works into our lives. I discuss it here and here. Watch James Harlman’s (of Mars Hill) here:

Overall, there were some very good films this year, seriously. What’s coming in 2011? At first glance: a ton of sequels. We’ll see what early 2011 movies pop out of nowhere like Shutter Island, Book of Eli, and Crazy Heart did this year.

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There is only one movie coming out in the next 2 months that I have actually seen. Most of the other films I just think were worth seeing with just a few that my wife and I will probably give a shot on DVD.

Toy Story 3 (Nov 2)

Honestly, I did not expect much from Toy Story 3. How many movies that are the 3rd in the series are any good? Spiderman 3. Batman 3 (90s). Harry Potter 3 (my least favorite of the movies). Karate Kid 3 (seriously?). Star Trek 3. Superman 3 (Richard Pryor!). All of those movies terrible or at least not rewatchable! However, Toy Story 3 would not be ranked among those films. It closed the series well (that’s right, it’s the last in the series!) and pleasantly surprised me. We took our older 3 kids and had a blast. Maybe that is why I enjoyed it so much! There was a part near the end where my son thought Buzz and Woody and friends were toast and he stood up and simply yelled “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!” Needless to say, he was into it. I still crack up thinking about it.

Seriously though, this was more than just a fun movie but had redemption glimpses throughout as well as continuing the Toy Story theme of what it means to be a good friend. The end nearly broke me. I’m not kidding; I had to fight to hold back the waterworks! If you have kids, you were probably planning to giving this movie a shot anyway, but I had to make sure you knew it was worth watching!

A few other DVDs coming out that I’ve heard reliably good things about include: How to Train Your Dragon (October 15), Oceans (October 19), and The Pacific (HBO Miniseries, November 2).

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