I’m going to be totally honest and concede that I’m completely useless at compiling lists. Reason one: I’m always changing my mind. Reason two: Me preferring one film over another depends entirely on my mood. Reason three: I’m lazy. Reason four: Because I am. So without further ado here’s what I consider to be the 10 best films of 2010. (Please note these are the films I have seen in 2010, I know a couple of them aren’t released in the UK until 2011)

1. Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine is unquestionably the most beautifully heartrending film I’ve watched in a long, LONG time. It has it’s fair share of excruciatingly painful to watch moments, however in equal measures it’s full of humour, warmth and charm. Both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give ridiculously multi layered and human performances. Beautiful and brutal in equal measures, writer-director Derek Cianfrance I salute you!

2. Black Swan

Natalie Portman has never been better and Darren Aronofsky further cements his place as one of the best directors working today with Black Swan. The movie is on all counts breathtaking. You won’t see a more hauntingly enchanting film this year. No film commanded my attention as much as this did, I was spell bounded the whole time.

3. 127 Hours

This films about as riveting and gut-wrenching as you could imagine. I haven’t seen a movie in a long time that has captured the strength, love and will of the human condition as triumphantly as 127 Hours does. James Franco and Danny Boyle are both on top form.

4. Inception

A ridiculously talented director + a great cast + an interesting and original story + amazing imagery + jaw dropping action + heartfelt emotions= win win win win win win win win win win……and more win. Christopher Nolan has truly become the modern master of balancing entertainment and substance, Inception was truly a feast for your eyes and mind.

5. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Without a doubt Edgar Wright created the most entertaining and original movie of the year in Scott Pilgrim VS The World. Full of eye popping visuals, a great soundtrack and quirkyness in abundence, my inner geek (we all possess it) ran wild with this film.

6. The Social network

David Fincher, you my good sir are a master of this film malarkey! Everything about this film is fantastic – the score, the performances, the dialogue, the pacing…….I could go on and on.

7. Carlos

With a running time of 5 hours and 19 minutes, a story covering roughly twenty five years of a mans life, and a vast amount of settings, epic is the word that best describes Carlos. The film is anchored by a enigmatically multi layered performance from Edgar Ramirez in the role of the notorious, convicted Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez).  Wholly fascinating!

8. Winter’s Bone

Dark, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winters Bone is powerful stuff! Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role is astonishing. If you like a hefty slice of ‘whodunit’ and ‘coming-of-age’, this film is a MUST.

9. The Kings Speech

Two great performances by two great actors, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush deserve every single bit of praise they’ve been receiving for this film. I was expecting a stiff royal drama and boy was I wrong! The Kings Speech is a masterfully crafted film filled with humanity, wit and warmth.

10. The Fighter

I’m a complete sucker for these ‘ based on a true story’ type flicks and this one didn’t disappoint. Christian Bale is ridiculously good in this film, I’d be gob smacked if he doesn’t bag an Oscar. The film felt authentic throughout, it was also a lot more compelling and humorous than I expected. Two thumbs up!

Honourable Mention

Africa United, Let Me In, Toy Story 3, The Town, Monsters, Benda Bellini, Four Lions, Kick Ass, The Tillman Story, Buried, Rabbit Hole, Mother, Somewhere, Heartless, Shutter Island, Never Let Me Go, Of Gods & Men, Get Low, Enter The Void, Fish Tank, I Am Love, Machete, The Killer Inside Me, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Another Year

*Please note I haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon, Enter The Void and True Grit.