Here’s my list of the 10 best films that I saw in 2010, with 10 more runners-up.
1. Social Network- Some complained that the movie wasn’t really about Facebook. But it was actually about something bigger than that: the shift from a social elite—where the privileged Winklevoss brothers of this world would hire and discard its geeky Mark Zuckerbergs—to the true meritocracy of the digital age. The smug, awkward, voluble Zuckerberg (brilliantly inhabited by Jesse Eisenberg) wasn’t the most likeable of heroes, but he was a hero of our times. He made Facebook because he could—and because he was smarter than everyone else around him. The same could be said for this incredible film.
2. The Kids Are All Right- Lisa Cholodenko’s smartly observed, wryly funny, and loveably lived-in portrait of a lesbian couple (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) disrupted by the unexpected appearance of their children’s’ sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) features some of the best ensemble acting of the year.