Howard's 2010 Movie Rankings

During the summers of 2008 and 2009 I ranked summer blockbusters based on how much fun I had in the theater. This is a hugely subjective scale. In late 2009 some readers asked me to further complicate things by ranking every movie for an entire year in the same way.

This list is the result.

Did I mention that it's subjective? Or that it's kind of hard to quantify "fun" or "enjoyment" using numbers? Horrible films may rank highly. Art films may plummet. I try to be honest on this hugely biased scale, but I saw 36 movies in 12 months, and that's a lot for a guy who doesn't review movies for a living. Remembering exactly how much fun I was having at a March matinee while writing up a December blockbuster is no mean feat.

My threshold of "this film was awesome" is just above Iron Man 2. That movie was ALMOST awesome. My threshold of "I wish I hadn't bothered seeing this" begins at The Last Airbender and goes down. I almost wish I hadn't seen Skyline, but it was fun to mock.. There are a lot of films in between those two positions, and yes, I honestly enjoyed all of them. Just not enough for me to want to go back and see the movie again. 

The links should lead to the original reviews. So, for posterity, here is my year in movies:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon
  2. The A-Team
  3. Inception
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. Red
  6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  7. True Grit
  8. Tangled
  9. Megamind
  10. Alice in Wonderland
  11. TRON: Legacy
  12. Iron Man 2
  13. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  14. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  15.  Salt
  16.  The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  17. Knight and Day
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  19. Robin Hood
  20. Despicable Me
  21. Shrek Forever After
  22. Kick-Ass
  23. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  24. The Losers
  25. Clash of the Titans
  26. The Wolfman
  27. Predators
  28. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  29. The Expendables
  30. The Bounty Hunter
  31. Repo Men
  32. Cop Out
  33. Book of Eli
  34. Skyline
  35. The Last Airbender
  36. No, wait... A jillionty-leven. Legion