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2010 has been a truly great year in both films and games. There have been numerous chart topping sales with some of the releases this year, and 2010 really goes out in a bang. Here I would like to present MY top ten films and games of 2010. Granted I was only able to play a couple of the new releases that came out this year, actually about half on my games list. The other 5 were top picks made by me that received critical acclaim. I have seen all ten movies on the films list, so that's not a problem. Just keep in mind that I was only able to play half of the games on the gaming list. I would like to present the top ten films list first:
TOP TEN FILMS OF 2010
10. The Book of Eli
"This taut and superb post-apocalyptic thriller houses both great acting and one MAJOR twist that you'll unlikely see to come."
9. The Crazies
"This film is one of the better remakes that I have yet to see, and is one of the better modern horror flicks of this day."
8. Shutter Island
"A truly creepy thriller that involved its own little mysteries for the audience to solve and its superb twist."
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
"The first part in the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise sets down the events to be experienced in the upcoming second part, and it involved even more amazing character development."
6. True Grit
"The Coen brothers manage again to make an incredibly amazing film, it is also their first western film and it works flawlessly."
5. A Prophet
"A splendid French film that delves into the making of a monster in a monstrous environment."
4. The Town
"Ben Affleck's best work behind and in front of the camera, and involves numerous shootouts and heists that top even bigger bank robbery films."
3. Toy Story 3
"The final installment in the always amazing Toy Story trilogy that brings both laughs and tears to the table, and delivers one heck of an animated experience. It was well worth the 11 year wait, by the way."
"Never has a film made me think as much as Inception has, never has a film made the trip and experience that delves well into dreams inside of dreams, never has a film made this much of an impact that I still think about the journey and the ending 5 months later and I try to decipher what it all means still to this day. A very well done film."
1. 127 Hours
"A completely flawless film. Danny Boyle has brought us from London to Mumbai and now to the darkest depths of a man's will and need to survive. James Franco is downright perfect, his performance nearly brought a tear to my eye. Many have claimed that the amputation is graphic, and it is but it shows just the actions a single man would perform in order to survive the ungodly inevitable. This Oscar worthy film is one for the ages and it SHOULDN'T be missed by anyone.
TOP TEN GAMES OF 2010
10. Super Mario Galaxy 2
"A stellar sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy that adds new planets, characters, and a heck of a fun time."
9. Fable III
"Another improved sequel that adds a whole new storyline that actually ties into your own character from Fable II that involves in a revolution."
8. Heavy Rain
"A fresh and unique experience into video gaming that brings new ideas to the table that make a game that truly blows you away."
7. Fallout New Vegas
"Almost considered a clone of Fallout 3, New Vegas really isn't. It adds Hardcore mode, the ability to look down the sights of the guns, mods, and much more in a truly amazing package."
6. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
"Another great sequel to Assassin's Creed II that leaves off right at the end of its predecessor. It involves Ezio once again as he tries to track down more people to kill, but he has some extra help to guide him along the way."
5. Halo Reach
"The last Halo game developed by Bungie introduces a whole new campaign that involves the downfall of Reach, newly improved Firefight mode, Forge world, and a whole lot of other goodies."
4. Call of Duty Black Ops
"Treyarch has finally managed to outshine the Modern Warfare series and has brought their own telling of the Call of Duty franchise to light. Its multiplayer is highly improved and so is its campaign that brings a whole new take on the word 'conspiracy'."
3. God of War III
"Kratos returns in the highly anticipated conclusion of the God of War trilogy. It is a true and stellar conclusion with improved combat and amazing graphics that make this game as special as it is.
2. Red Dead Redemption
"This western themed game is one of the best I have ever played hands down. It has a great protagonist and an amazing and flawless story that ends in a depressing manner, but its really all worth the while."
1. Mass Effect 2
"This is most likely the best game I have ever played. Never have I ever been attached to a band of likable characters such as this squad, and to see some of them die in the suicide mission really brings a truly amazing experience to play. The story is fresh and exciting, the characters have their flaws, but they almost all seem flawless at the same time. Play this game and you'll be experiencing one for the books."
Those are both of my lists. I know I wasn't able to see every big movie or play ever big game, but these are the two tops lists I could come up with and I hope you enjoyed them.
Have a great final day of 2010, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Reviewing this film without giving too much away is like walking on eggshells here, so if you don't want to see the film, or have seen it already then feel free to read on, but if you are eager to see it then please read on with caution.
So many films these days present the audience with the story, going into full detail about it without having the audiences' brains to go into work detailing all that is going on. This is completely different in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception', which instead presents you with a story and leaves you dangling, making you think what goes on both during the run time, and long after the film ends. The movie focuses on the main character Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) a professional thief and 'extractor' who enters the dreams of others and steals or extracts information from their minds as they sleep. He is framed for a murder he did or did not commit, and is in foreign countries most of the film due to being wanted in the US. He has been trying his best to get home to his 2 children, and finally finds a way to do such that. Saito (Watanabe) is a very powerful businessman. His terminally ill corporate rival Maurice Fisher is literally on his deathbed. His son Robert (Murphy) is about to inherit his father's energy company, and in doing so will create Saito's corporation to fall into ruins. Saito gives Cobb a deal, that if he can go into the dreams of Robert and plant an idea into his brain (known as Inception) to get Robert to dismantle his father's business, that Saito will clear Cobb's name and help him get home to his children. Cobb then assembles a team. The Point Man Arthur (Levitt), The Architect Ariadne (Page), The Forger Eames (Hardy), and The Chemist Yusuf (Rao). With their help he tries his best to create the Inception. Cobb also has to deal with the visual recreation of his deceased wife Mal (Cotillard) who enters the dream world and sometimes ruins what is going on. Okay, the story is a big piece of work, and is the highlight of the film. While it seemed confusing at first, the more I thought about it the more that the story came together and started to make more sense. There is a lot of talk about the ending, but I think Nolan wanted to leave it open to the audience whether or not it was reality or a dream, including the events that did lead up to that point and the final scene was great. Personally I found Inception to be the best film I have seen this year. It's completely flawless, and at times I actually forced myself out of the story to find these faults and I simply couldn't find any. The casting is perfect, and I really got to like and enjoy all of these fine characters whenever they were on screen, especially Joseph Gordon Levitt's Arthur, who was simply awesome. The music by Hans Zimmer was great, and the theater I was in had the volume cranked up a lot (a good thing) and the first opening score was so loud it shook the entire theater and I was dazzled about how cool it was. No scenes seem out of place and it seems as if Nolan has already mastered this technique with his previous films. Inception also housed some incredibly jaw dropping scenes, with the city of Paris folding over itself and countless others. Though the one that I really loved was the zero gravity fight sequence between Arthur and some bad guys, which was incredibly cool and is one of my all time favorite fight scenes, and is worth the admission price alone. Overall Inception is indeed the best film I have seen in a long time. It made me think constantly without any slow downs of the story, it was dazzling and mindbending (especially when it turned into a dream within a dream within a dream), it had some great action scenes that didn't seem too long, too cheesy, hardly any CGI and not constant. The casting was perfect as I did enjoy each character, and the directing was flawless. A film has never made me think this much ever since my first viewing off Memento (also by Nolan), and it feels both completely original and fresh. It still has me thinking about the plot, the ending, and the characters a day later, and that is the true sign of a flawless and superb film. Do yourself a favor and see this movie, you won't be disappointed.
This is my list of my favorite 50 video game characters. It's not a list of who I think are the best, or anything along those lines. It is strictly my list and my list only. If you don't agree with something then just take your complaints somewhere else. Thank you.
50. Russell Northrop (Bully)
49. Packie McReary (Grand Theft Auto IV)
48. Vamp (Metal Gear Solid)
47. Dr. Kleiner (Half-Life 2)
46. Lawrence (Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal)
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