2010: #1 Inception


Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine
Distributer: Warner Bros.
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 7/16/2010
Date seen: 7/16/2010
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $823 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 8 (Picture, Original Screenplay, Score, Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 13 (Best Fight, Shootout, Set-Piece, Makeup, Sound Design, Art Direction, Score, Editing, Ensemble, Original Screenplay, Poster, Trailer, Action Film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 6 (Best Fight, Set-Piece, Art Direction, Editing, Original Screenplay, Action Film)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] Maybe this will make me look like some kind of raving Christopher Nolan fanboy, but I quite simply do not care.  More than any movie this year Nolan’s Inception has the scope, the vision, the entertainment value, and the heart necessary to become the year’s best film.  Building a strong science fiction concept from the bottom up using it to put together a thrill-ride of a heist film, Nolan has put together one of the most elaborately planned out scripts we’ve seen in a long time.  Many have complained that Nolan uses too much exposition, but seriously, how do you expect him to keep this thing afloat for mainstream audiences?  On top of that he’s made one of the most visually arresting films to come out of Hollywood in years and also one of its most exciting action films.  This is the zenith of Hollywood production in the post-Matrix era of action cinema.

#2 Year End Honors

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