Even though my colleague Hidzir has already come up with his best of / worst of list for 2010, and even though Thanksgiving – or Turkey Day in the US – was in November, let’s give thanks anyway to some of the most memorable film experiences of the year – and pooh-pooh the experiences we’d like to forget.
In keeping with the season, which movies have been ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’, and which ones deserve a lump of coal this Christmas? Let me play Santa and decide on where the accolades and brickbats go.
Favourite films – worthy of the Mistletoe award
Greenberg – Under-rated Ben Stiller is pitch-perfect as the quirky title character.
Toy Story 3 – Long-time coming, but sequel may get a Best Picture Oscar nod.
A Brand New Life – Korean child drama is one of the year’s best.
The Boys Are Back – Off the radar drama rides on Clive Owen’s sterling turn.
Unmistaken Child – Docu of lama reincarnated as a child is spellbinding.
Worth the Wait – the Sticky Date Pudding award
Precious – movie was the toast of the awards season, but only opened in July.
Still Waiting – the Cherry on Top award
Overrated – the Cranberry Sauce award
A Single Man – Tom Ford’s lavish film, with a star turn from Colin Firth, is ponderous.
Inception – Too clever by half, yet not as clever as people make it out to be.
The Expendables – The lines and performances have to be seen to be believed.
Wall Street 2 – It was fun, for a while, but it ultimately didn’t go anywhere.
The Social Network – Pure Hollywood fantasy that’s exhilarating in parts.
Underrated – the Turkey Drippings award
Robin Hood – Never mind that Russell Crowe barely breaks a sweat as the hero.
She’s Out of My League – Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve in a laugh-out-loud comedy.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – So I like Jay Baruchel – you got a problem with that?
Ocean Heaven – Jet Li is a loving father worried about his autistic son’s future.
Legend of the Guardians – Zack Snyder’s visual trademarks intact, with animated owls.
Guilty Pleasure – the Egg Nog award
Piranha – Enough violence and nudity to make the frat boy in me blush.
Kick-Ass – Enough violence and bad language to make the frat boy giggle.
Hot Tub Time Machine – John Cusack going back to his comedy roots, in the 1980s!
Being Human – More of a guilty pleasure after the Jack Neo sex scandal broke out.
The Housemaid – Another remarkable and bold turn by actress Jeon Do-yeon.
Not so Favourite films – the Lump of Coal award
Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Did you even remember this movie existed?
When in Rome – Kristen Bell wasted in yet another ‘blah’ romantic comedy.
The Fantastic Water Babes – Return of Gillian Chung is nearly incomprehensible.
The Last Airbender – Enough slo-mo kungfu scenes to bend, or stop, time.
PCK The Movie – A sitcom turned feature with no likeable characters to root for.
Bad Dubbing – the Thorny Thistle award
Le Concert – Russian-speaking characters look off-key spouting French.
Adele – Poor English-dubbed version has French characters sounding like a bad commercial.
Eh, How Come Not Showing –the Didn’t Get My Present award
Where the Wild Things Are – I still don’t know where ‘they’ are.
Get Him to the Greek – Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill reunited.
The Road – A father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Too depressing?
Sandra Bullock Won an Oscar for This? – the Oily Spectacles award
The Blind Side – Surely must rank with Marisa Tomei’s win as an absolute head-scratcher.
Once More, with Feeling – the X’mas Dinner Leftovers award
Avatar: Special Edition – Talk about a sequel that nobody expected or wanted to pay for.
Alice in Wonderland – Johnny Depp is again the poster child for the drunk and demented.
The Wolfman – Failed remake of classic film; not to be mistaken for Teen Wolf 3.
Shrek Forever After – Part four is about an ogre with a mid-life crisis – really?
A Nightmare on Elm Street – The question on everybody’s lips: why is Freddy such a shorty?
The A-Team – Liam Neeson is more Freddy Krueger than John ‘Hannibal’ Smith.
The Karate Kid – For the last time, this should have been called The Kungfu Kid.
Yong Shu Chiang, otherwise known as SC, is a freelance editor and writer. He reviewed movies for Juice magazine when he was in college, and was the resident film reviewer for Today Newspaper from 2003 to 2005. He has also reviewed movies for Prime Time Morning on Channel NewsAsia.