KHTV’s Jonathan Nettles’ Top 10 list is 30 percent animation

December 31, 2010

I asked KHTV’s Jonathan Nettles for his Top 10 list. He provided links, and wrote this:

Jonathan Nettles, the official unofficial film critic for Today’s THV is probably the newest and greenest member of the film critic community in Central Arkansas. He’s just a guy that likes watching movies. Some people know sports stats, some can create beautiful works of art, Jonathan can recite every line of Top Gun and Star Trek 2 from memory.

When asked about my top 10 movies of the year, I wondered how I would go about deciding which ones to pick. Do I pick ones that I ranked high in my reviews or the ones that I enjoyed as a movie fan who since last April got to review a movie every week? I decided to go with the second one. So here goes, debate it if you want, but here are my 10 favorite movies that I saw in 2010…

10) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Even though this movie underperformed and had an underwhelming story, I felt like it deserved better from audiences and critics. It reminded me of all the fantasy adventure movies released on the late 70’s ad early 80’s and I know it can’t carry the film alone but the animation was absolutely amazing. the depth of color and detail in Guardians far surpassed that of both Dragons and Toy Story 3. I knew when I watched it that it would get lost amongst the other animated films of 2010 and it should have because it just wasn’t as good but something draws me to this movie. I think it’s one that I’ll be able to watch over and over again and I truly hope that there will be a sequel.

9) Tron: Legacy

I should clarify this and say that Tron: Legacy as a whole was not that good and probably does not belong on a top 10 list but many elements of it do belong here. The 3D was nothing special but otherwise the visual effects were breathtaking and the action intense enough to keep you interested. What really pushed this into the top 10 for me was the soundtrack from Daft Punk. I wish I could turn off the dialogue and watch this movie with nothing but the musical score. It’s not exactly John Williams but it’s still very cool and hearing it on the IMAX sound system was worth the pice of admission for me.

8) Restrepo

Restrepo is a little known documentary about a batallion of soldiers in Afghanistan. It’s a very unique look at what happens in war and the perils that members of our armed services face every day. The story is told with narration only from the soldiers in it and the sound of the gunfire. No matter what your political stance may be on the war against terror, Restrepo will definitely open your eyes.

7) How To Train Your Dragon

Yes, it’s the second animated movie on my list but it deserves to be here because i had so much fun watching this movie. There’s not much to get attached to as far as characters go and it’s your standard kids tale about an outcast who befriends an enemy and soon becomes the savior of the village. I may have enjoyed it as much as the kids that were in the theater.

6)The American

This movie gets the award for most misleading marketing campaign. What I thought was a spy thriller turned out to be pretty far from it. It was actually a character study of an assassin who wanted out of the life with the feel and look of a foreign film. There’s not much dialogue and it was boring at times but George Clooney made me care about his character so much that it didn’t bother me. If anything, this film showed me that George Clooney is a better actor than I though he was and that I should give lower-budget foreign films a fairer chance.

5) The Expendables

A simple-minded, easy to watch action flick is sometimes all you need. This was a movie that you can just sit and watch. You don’t have to keep up with complex story lines, character crossovers, or anything like that. The bad guys were the bad guys and the good guys killed the bad guys because they were the bad guys. I love action movies and this directorial return from Sylvester Stallone starring himself and every other action movie star in Hollywood provided everything I wanted.

4) True Grit

The Coen Brothers recreation of Charles Portis’ novel and the 1969 John Wayne film was outstanding. It’s the classic western tale of revenge with god guys who seem like bad guys and bad guys who still have manners told from the point-of-view of a teenager who wants to see her father’s killer brought to justice and is willing to go as far as she must to see it through. Fans of the 1969 movie will probably agree that it’s not better but should still appreciate the attempt.

3) The Social Network

“Crisp” is the word I would use to describe this movie. Aaron Sorkin may be the greatest dialogue writer of our time and the words on paper in the film were amazing throw in quickpaced editing and movement from director David Fincher and The Social Network becomes a true force. It’s a very insightful and interesting tale of the lawsuits brought against Mark Zuckerburg by others who felt he stole the idea for facebook from them. We all know how it turns out (they all made a lot of money) but it’s still a great look at how something could start so small and grow to something almost larger than life.

2) Toy Story 3

Another animated film? When that’s half of what came out in a year they’re bound to creep in. I think this is the best movie I’ve seen this year (but not my favorite).I think it deserves to be in the Best Picture category at the Oscars. Everybody can relate to this movie, especially the ending, and I don’t think there’s a person out there who could say it was a bad movie or even that they didn’t like it. It made this 31-year old tear up both times I saw it.

1) Inception

There are movies that make you think and then there are movies that wake you up in the middle of the night and mess with your head for a couple of days. Inception did the latter, It’s not a momentous film that will change society but Christopher Nolan has a knack for getting into the heads of the audience. The movie is really long but I got so into it that I didn’t realize it was almost over until it was almost over. Christopher Nolan has made the release of his films an event that people salivate over. There’s already a decent amount of buzz over his next Batman project which is slated for release until 2012 and hasn’t even started production. I actually just bought Inception on DVD this morning and as soon as I finish writing this I’m popping it in… or maybe I’ll take a nap first.

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