Best Films of 2010 : January

The film year of 2010 has had it’s ups and downs. In this countdown, I’ll give my opinion of the best movies out this year by month (also stating the runner-ups since some of these months were reallyreally good for great cinema). Based on wide release dates. A full list of releases here.

January Winner : Fish Tank (United Kingdom)



Live, love and give as good as you get.

A Classic Coming of Age- story, Fish Tank focuses around Mia, a rebelling 15-year old from an Essex council estate. When she meets her mother Joanne’s new Irish boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) she’s introduced to life and living in a new way.

Could be classified as a 2009 film but mostly released in January 2010 this film showcases the bad that happens when council estate meets angry teenager, could be really cheesy but gives a nice edge to a coming-of-age story. With not that much screentime Fassbender gives a really solid performance, and I cannot praise him enough (he’ll be really big when he snags that big role) and if you haven’t seen Steve McQueen’s Hunger you’re missing out.

Best Bits: Bobby Womack’s California Dreaming, The Essex twang, Michael Fassbender



January Runner-Up : Soundtrack For A Revolution

Soundtrack for a revolution tells the story of American Civil Rights movement through the unbelievable, amazing music it produced.

Earning an 86% from Rotten Tomatoes this musical documentary has so much soul, that it is a pleasure to watch and is an inspiration in it’s story.

Best Bits: All the songs (especially Blind Boys of Alabama & Anthony Hamilton and The Roots)

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4 responses to “Best Films of 2010 : January

  1. You definitely got me interested in Fish Tank! Gotta find it somewhere… Also I really liked Fassbender in Inglourious Basterds so maybe after Fish Tank I’ll want to see even more of him.

    • That’s great. I’m sure it’ll come out on DVD soonish! I hope there would be a more precise database somewhere for release dates for films and dvds!

  2. I’m not sure about retailers but we have Fish Tank in our library as a DVD. And it has finnish subtitles etc. Sandrew has released it so maybe it would be good to ask them about it!

  3. Yup, this lovely little film was released on dvd in Finland last summer, so it should be still available. I really liked this kind of coming-of-age -story, without too much cheesy moments, but raw and real life.

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