Never Let Me Go 10 12
This movie, based off a novel of the same title by the Japanese-born English author Kazuo Ishiguro, follows Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), three students at boarding school in the seemingly idyllic Hailsham, England. Eventually, the three discover that they are scientific specimens created in a laboratory and raised in order to provide their organs to severely ill patients, and that the only way out of their inevitable death is to prove that they can fall in love. Never Let Me Go provides a gorgeous and provocative look at humanity and love, and, as one of the commonly cited best films of 2010, is a must-see.
Black Swan 10 12
This psychological thriller, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis, revolves around a New York City dance company’s performance of Swan Lake. In the film, Nina (Portman) is a ballerina who desperately seeks the lead role. While she fits the characteristics of the clean and elegant White Swan, she fails to embody the dark and sensual elements of the role’s other half, the Black Swan. Nina finds the darkness within herself when competing with Lily (Kunis) for the role, and is driven to a place of mental instability and hallucination. Black Swan was nominated for five Academy Awards, and the gross theater average was the second-highest for an opening weekend in 2010 behind The King’s Speech.
The King's Speech 10 12:30
This 2010 British historical drama, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, was the recipient of 12 Oscar nominations, more than any other film this year. The King’s Speech tells the story of King George VI, played by Colin Firth, who seeks and befriends an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, to correct his stammer. Firth’s performance in this film is undeniably the actor’s best, as his performance earned him a Golden Globe, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, and an Academy Award — all for Best Actor — as well as several other awards.
Enter the Void 10 1
Enter the Void is a 2009 French “psychedelic” film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. The film tells the story of Oscar (played by Nathaniel Brown), an American drug dealer who, when living in Tokyo, is shot and killed by the police. Before his death — and in an attempt to stop his drug abuse and cue him into his spirituality — Oscar’s best friend Alex (played by Cyril Roy) had exposed him to The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Oscar’s soul mimics those described in the book as he rises above his body upon death to float around the streets of Tokyo. Oscar then makes it his mission to watch over his sister Linda (played by Paz de la Huerta) and his friends after his death.