But you know, 2010 wasn't all great. If I compile a bottom 10 list, for instance, there still wouldn't be enough room for some of the really rubbish stuff. I'd have to give dishonourable mentions to such joyless films as From Paris With Love and Wall Street- Money Never Sleeps and Takers just because I couldn't fit them into the ten spaces available.
What would that look like, that bottom 10? Seeing as how we're waiting around for the final 10 favourites, let's pinch our noses and have a gander...
10. The Last Airbender (dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
9. Shank (dir. Mo Ali)
Den of Geek. In a world where nobody uses an S where a Z will do, this comes as a cross between Mad Max and Ken Korda's magnum opus Speeding on the Needlebliss, from The Adam and Joe Show. The thing reeks of inexperience in a way that I can't forgive. It shares its name with an apparently much better film from 2009, which sucks because it's already confused enough without being confused with something else.
8. Little Fockers (dir. Paul Weitz)
7. Life as We Know It (dir. Greg Berlanti)
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street (dir. Samuel Bayer)
5. Valentine's Day (dir. Garry Marshall)
4. Jonah Hex (dir. Jimmy Hayward)
3. Old Dogs (dir. Walt Becker)
2. Gulliver's Travels (dir. Rob Letterman)
failing massively at the box office anyway, it almost feels like it isn't doing enough harm. It harmed me though, filled as it was with outright offensive awfulness. It becomes ironic because of it's utterly un-ironic approach to depicting some little people who all gratefully accept whatever mass-culture detritus Jack Black has to give them, and now all of us "little people" aren't bothering to take this crap. Well, except me and a few others, who now share a sacred bond, and a shared suffering.
1. Vampires Suck (dir. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer)
Tomorrow should bring the video special counting down my top 10 films of 2010, and we'll wrap up the New Year Bank Holiday weekend on Monday with a look forward to this year.
I'm Mark the mad prophet, and until next time, don't watch anything I wouldn't watch.