Best Films of 2010 : August

August Winner : Animal Kingdom

It’s a crazy fucking world.

Every now and then Australia spits up something really great in independent film on crime (f.e. Romper Stomper that brought Russel Crowe into the public eye), Animal Kingdom is in sequence with this great line of movies. A gruelling, multi-layered story of the ‘Australian mafia’ (who knew there was one?) Animal Kingdom enterntains you to the core, but doesn’t sacrifice great storytelling or character development in order to do that.

One of the most disgusting mother-son relationships on screen (not including all the serialkillermovies and their twisted mother-on depictions), the film is an absolute must-see, and the best of August 2010.

Best bits: Guy Pearce as Leckie, the chills the opening scene gives you.

August Runner-Up : Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Wallace Wells: If you want something bad, you have to fight for it. Step up your game, Scott. Break out the L-word.
Scott Pilgrim: Lesbian?
Wallace Wells: The other L-word.
Scott Pilgrim: …Lesbians?

I used to hate Michael Cera, but after seeing a couple of interviews with him (, I found him so naturally funny and witty that I checked out a couple of films by him, and Scott Pilgrim was just coming out. I’ve never been a fan of manga (I guess this is where the comic is classified) but on screen, the adaptation looked great. The occasional sadness mixed with the fastpace action and comedy and the one-liners, I really really enjoyed Scott Pilgrim’s world.

Best bits: Michael Cera, Toronto scenery.


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