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Best of 2010

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Just because most of our 2010 reviews have been happening on Twitter doesn't mean quality music hasn't be coming in thick and fast this year. Here's my top 5 for 2010:

Abe Vigoda - Crush
Probably my most unexpected favourite for 2010, Crush finds LA Smell regulars Abe Vigoda moving up a notch to make their most accessible album yet. If a band like this can ever hit the mainstream, this is certainly great prep - like Interpol with more ideas and better beats.

The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
The San Diego post-punkers graduate from community college with straight A's in 'chorus'. After a lot of hype and a fairly average live sighting, I was surprised to find myself so engaged with this first album proper. Side A rules.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
The bubble may have burst as LCD Soundsystem set to disband, but there was still time for one last go-around. Not quite as ace as Sound of Silver, but with tracks like 'All I Want' and 'Home', it's still stuffed with classics.

Spoon - Transference
Harnessing all their studio 'accidents' into another masterfully produced masterpiece, Spoon yet again deliver a five star album. So consistent I almost forget about them. Some great slow burners on here.

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Almost forgot this one ...which is a surprise considering how bombastic it is. After the note perfect In The Future, Black Mountain had no hope of topping getting even better just yet, but the least they could do was shore up their legend. Old Fangs and the title track cruised into their best-ever playlist.

DULY NOTED: Weezer - Hurley / Pinkerton Deluxe
With their departure from a major label, it seemed certain that Weezer would put aside all the contractually-obliging crap they're been churning out and finally release a great record again. Nope. Hurley crawled back up to a 3, but luckily the time had come for a deluxe edition of 90's classic Pinkerton. A re-release shouldn't be anyone's best album in a decade, but this one is stuffed full of long-lost tracks, b-sides and oddities - plus it's getting a five star rating for being overlooked the first time round.


Monsters was a great movie. Somewhere one of the worst ever. Kings of Leon, The National and Band of Horses all disappointed. Roll on 2011.

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Bird Box

High concept sci-fi that stretches its concept a little thin.


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Triple Frontier

Unremarkable, cliche-ridden actioner. Utterly lacking in suspense.


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17th Mar 2019

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Jurassic World

Fallen Kingdom

A disjointed patchwork of homages, nods and rip offs from dozens of other movies, with little to offer of its own.


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11th Mar 2019

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A Quiet Place

Laborious, high-concept alien horror. While the concept is good, the beats are all well telegraphed.


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2nd Mar 2019

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Isn’t It Romantic

Witty, if a little obvious, post-meta rom-com.


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1st Mar 2019

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The Lego Movie 2

The Second Part

It’s literally a re-hash of all the themes of the first one with a few less jokes.


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23rd Feb 2019

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Unsane

Slight, but sometime engaging iPhone feature.


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26th Jan 2019

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Tully

Decent modern spin on Mary Poppins. Bit uneven, but a nice soundtrack helps things along.


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20th Jan 2019

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Rampage

Bog standard entry into The-Rock-action-movie genre. As much personality as a computer game.


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3rd Jan 2019

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Avengers

Infinity War

This time it’s really, really serious. Seriously.


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27th Dec 2018

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The Greatest Showman

It’s a musical ...but slick direction makes it just about bearable.


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24th Dec 2018

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Ready Player One

Pop-culture bouillabaisse, hampered by numerous terrible accents.


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24th Dec 2018

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Lady Bird

Pacey, emotional, old-fashioned indie pic. Beautifully observed.


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15th Dec 2018

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Darkest Hour

Surprisingly underwhelming biopic that doesn’t find its feet until 20m from the end.


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24th Nov 2018

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Den of Thieves

Utterly derivative / thoroughly enjoyable ‘Heat’ rip off.


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21st Nov 2018

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Well crafted character study, with some nice touches.


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10th Nov 2018

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You Were Never Really Here

Brutal revenge thriller. Stylish and violent, with plenty of explanation left to the imagination.


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4th Nov 2018

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Private Life

Intense indie drama from Netflix. Impeccably acted and directed.


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27th Oct 2018

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Black Panther

Disappointingly unoriginal superhero movie, complete with dull CGI action.


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27th Oct 2018

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Modern Life is Rubbish

Continually clichéd rock romance that never breaks into originality.


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13th Oct 2018

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England is Mine

Dry Morrissey biopic that gets arty by avoiding using any Smiths songs.


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7th Oct 2018

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The Only Living Boy in New York

Decent rehash of vintage indie movie tropes.


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7th Oct 2018

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Hostiles

Mumblingly wordy western that’s big on self-importance and low on drama and tension.


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25th Sep 2018

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The Disaster Artist

Muddled biopic with occasional moments of eccentric comedy madness.


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22nd Sep 2018

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The Boy Downstairs

Like a long episode of Girls that’s all about one of the more boring characters.


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16th Sep 2018

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Shot Caller

Slightly confused slice of post-Michael Mann LA crime.


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7th Sep 2018

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Ingrid Goes West

Sympathetic retread of Single White Female, with added #hashtags.


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26th Aug 2018

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Jumanji

Welcome to the Jungle

Fun updated reboot with added Breakfast Club.


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26th Aug 2018

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Justice League

Low-tide mark for super hero movies. I only finished watching to see how bad it could get.


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14th Aug 2018

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Song to Song

It’s a cover version of every other Mallick pic, but the setting is inspired and the improv from Gosling is enjoyably enthusiastic.


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8th Aug 2018

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Paddington 2

Well written, well paced sequel. Surprisingly competent and heartwarming.


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4th Aug 2018

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Death Wish

70s pot boiler that lazily meanders through a series of mediocre set pieces.


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23rd Jul 2018

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Thor

Ragnarok

Enjoyable change of pace for the super hero genre. Comedy wins.


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21st Jul 2018

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How It Ends

Great concept, but shoddily directed and utterly devoid of jeopardy.


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17th Jul 2018

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Anthropoid

Small scale wartime espionage flick. Decent, but a bit laboured.


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15th Jul 2018

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Geostorm

Sub Roland Emmerich swill, with Gerard Butler saving the world from crazy weather.


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13th Jul 2018

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American Made

Derivative but fun romp through 80s CIA drug and gun running.


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12th Jul 2018

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The Outsider

Brutally sincere, painfully thin yakuza flick. Jared Leto goes full Gaijin.


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6th Jul 2018

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The Snowman

Huge misfire from Tomas Alfredson, with a multitude of bizarre choices. Like a bad 80's VHS rental.


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6th Jul 2018

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Bone Tomahawk

Brutally violent, post-Tarantino western. It’s all a bit mechanical.


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2nd Jun 2018

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Solo

A Star Wars Story

Reasonable, forgettable addition. Overfilling that mysterious back story.


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1st Jun 2018

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Atomic Blonde

Lazy double-crossing spy drama, directed with a certain amount of swagger.


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24th May 2018

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The Florida Project

Stylish, incredibly depressing portrait of life on the margins.


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12th May 2018

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Brawl in Cell Block 99

Minimally written and confidently directed, with a brutally violent third act. Starring thin Vince Vaughn.


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4th May 2018

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Last Flag Flying

Unofficial sequel to The Last Detail. Surprisingly slight effort from Linklater.


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29th Apr 2018

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Alien

Covenant

Another tired entry, trotting out the same old tropes, plus new nonsensical gibberish.


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13th Apr 2018

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Star Wars

The Last Jedi

Every moment is undermined by a gag and the few serious scenes are sloppily handled.


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13th Apr 2018

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Spider-man

Homecoming

A third crack at Spider-man. Fun-ish, but it’s zero-stakes, zero-jeopardy. Bit smug too.


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31st Mar 2018

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Wonder Woman

Another garish super-hero flick. Slightly above average, mainly by being more old-fashioned.


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30th Mar 2018

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Slow West

Overly dry, eccentric western. Jarmuschian overtones.


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16th Mar 2018

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