Stephen King’s top 10 films of 2010

Posted by · 8:22 am · November 24th, 2010

Entertainment Weekly columnist (and a dabbler in fiction) Stephen King is the first out of the gate this year with a top 10 list, beating the usual early likes of Peter Travers et al to the punch.

King’s lists are always, shall we say, unique.  They generally lean toward the populist and make it rather obvious year in and year out that the author couldn’t possibly have seen everything there was to see in a film year.  And as you might imagine, genre fare is usually dominant.

This year is no different.  Of COURSE this is his top 10 list.  Makes perfect sense.  And while his #1 couldn’t have been more predictable (given what he likes and what he’s written about the film), I wonder — was the original even on his radar?  (Answer: Nope.)  Anyway, check back Friday for Oscar Talk and an announcement regarding this year’s top 10 list (mine and Anne’s).  King’s full list (dug up courtesy of /Film) after the jump.

1. “Let Me In”
2. “The Town”
3. “Inception”
4. “The Social Network”
5. “Takers”
6. “Kick-Ass”
7. “Splice”
8. “Monsters”
9. “Jackass 3D”
10. “Green Zone”

The list is not published online yet but can be found in the issue of Entertainment Weekly currently on shelves.

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  • 1 11-24-2010 at 9:06 am

    Raffi said...

    Hnn.. I wonder if he saw Black Swan yet.

  • 2 11-24-2010 at 9:12 am

    red_wine said...

    Todd McCarthy had also posted a ‘somewhat’ Top 10 at his Deep Focus Blog on Indiewire before closing shop. It went like this

    (in alphabetical order)
    Best of the year: Carlos & The Social Network
    Animal Kingdom
    A Prophet
    Enter the Void
    Let Me In
    North Face
    The Kids Are All Right
    The King’s Speech
    Toy Story 3
    Winter’s Bone

    HM: Blue Valentine, Black Swan and Please Give

    Though he did mention he had not seen The Fighter and True Grit. But I believe THR will make him do another, ranked, one.

  • 3 11-24-2010 at 9:19 am

    Drew said...

    Any man who can put The Social Network on the same list with Jackass 3D certainly celebrates cinematic diversity. At least in their own way.

  • 4 11-24-2010 at 9:45 am

    Silencio said...

    “(and a dabbler in fiction)”–HAHA, nice.

  • 5 11-24-2010 at 10:01 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I probably wouldn’t go so far as to label it film of the year, especially since there’s a lot I still haven’t seen, but I really do think Let Me In was a wonderful movie. Despite being a big enough fan of the original to own it on Blu-ray, I’m willing to go on the record as stating that I felt the remake is actually superior. Multiple viewings down the line could change things, but I somehow doubt it.

  • 6 11-24-2010 at 10:10 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Interesting to note that Shutter Island didn’t make his list.

    I too wonder if he’s seen Black Swan. And he obviously hasn’t seen True Grit yet, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it proves to be one of his favorites.

  • 7 11-24-2010 at 10:15 am

    Loyal said...

    You’re missing #5 Kris, Takers.

  • 8 11-24-2010 at 11:27 am

    Vito said...

    Whoa, where’s Harry Potter? Did he hate it or not see it yet?

    The guy’s a huge nut for Harry Potter.

  • 9 11-24-2010 at 11:31 am

    Zac said...

    Black Swan is phenomenal, FYI. Also on Let Me In, agreed it is very good, but needs a few more viewings before I can separate it from the original. Just saw Monsters and was a tad disappointed actually; could have used a couple more “encounters.” But for it’s budget restrictions it was impressive by that account.

  • 10 11-24-2010 at 11:36 am

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, you’re missing his #5, which was that movie “Takers” I had forgot even existed.

    And this guy really needs to wait until the end of the year to make his list. I’m sure he would adore “Black Swan” and “True Grit.” What about “127 Hours?” Has he seen that one yet?

  • 11 11-24-2010 at 11:43 am

    Loyal said...

    I saw 127 Hours yesterday and it knocked Blue Valentine out of the #1 spot. Phenomenal film.

  • 12 11-24-2010 at 11:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Fixed it. Thanks.

  • 13 11-24-2010 at 12:47 pm

    (The Real)Dan said...

    Why is Inception on his list?

  • 14 11-24-2010 at 12:52 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Why is Inception on his list?”

    Because Nolan planted it in his brain.

  • 15 11-24-2010 at 1:28 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Did he really like Harry Potter films? Sorry I didn’t know his past top 10 list…

  • 16 11-24-2010 at 3:04 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    (The) Real Dan, The short answer King appreciates crap.

  • 17 11-24-2010 at 3:22 pm

    Yolanda Maria Sanchez Carral said...

    Splice!…. Really?

  • 18 11-24-2010 at 5:06 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    This is probably the most interesting list we’ll see this awards season. Well, unless Armond White does one.

  • 19 11-24-2010 at 5:52 pm

    James D. said...

    What an ugly picture.

  • 20 11-24-2010 at 8:43 pm

    Rashad said...

    How do you know that he hasn’t seen a lot?

  • 21 11-25-2010 at 5:02 am

    Glenn said...

    This is a much more interesting list than many that will come down the pipe, that’s for sure.

  • 22 11-25-2010 at 9:29 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Splice was pretty good. Not Top 10 good, but good nonetheless. Same with Kick-Ass.

    I can maybe see his top 4 making my top 10 by year’s end, though The Town could miss the cut if some late-season entries prove really good.

  • 23 11-25-2010 at 10:09 am

    CAT said...

    Thanks for the list Mr. King — it looks accurate! By the way, you were awesome as the cleaner on SOA.