February 25, 2011
"THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT"
"THE KING'S SPEECH"
"THE SOCIAL NETWORK"
"TOY STORY 3"
MATTHEW: "The Fighter." Brilliantly cast. There
was no picture this exciting all year. I had straight chills for
the last 30 minutes. I forgot that's what movies can do.
CATHARINE: Tie: "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's
Bone." Both films feature betrayal, abandonment and deception.
Both deal matter-of-factly with outgrowing your usefulness, with
how your family shouldn't be trusted. I'll rewatch both several
times, for the characters drawn and acted so beautifully, and the
manipulations so painful.
KATE: "The King's Speech": Academy voters love a
beautifully costumed and stylish movie, and "The King's Speech"
provides that and much more. It is entertaining and enlightening
and all of the performances are top-notch. However, in my heart, I
would love it if "Inception" had a chance.
JORDAN: Aron Ralton's beyond-harrowing ordeal seems
unfathomable. So why did I connect so much with "127 Hours"?
There's a certain undefinable, surprising spirit here, with themes
that resonate so strongly -- isolation, freedom, a thirst for life
and facing death. The 10 films here are all deserving, but "127
Hours" triumphs in ways the rest simply cannot.
ELLIOTT: Aaron Sorkin writing about Facebook with Johns
Hopkins as Harvard made "The Social Network" the best
picture of the year.
AMANDA: "The King's Speech" was about more than a
stutter. It was about friendship and perseverance, which is
something I think we can all relate to.