|Donated toys, led by cowboy Woody, attempt an escape in “Toy Story 3.”|
The movies of 2010 thrilled us, chilled us and nearly killed us.
From Harry Potter’s half-swan song to “Black Swan,” from deception to “Inception,” the year’s films provided critics with more than enough ammunition to fire off a top 10 list.
In the immortal words of Lucky Ned Pepper from “True Grit,” I don’t varnish my opinion.
1. “Toy Story 3” — I realize the uncoolest thing a film critic can do is name a Disney animated comedy as the best film of the year. And a second sequel, at that.
When I reflect on all the magical, powerful moments I witnessed at the movies in 2010, I always come back to this one: the scene where Buzz, Woody and the rest of their toy friends face death. In the terrifying and touching moments before they drop into that giant incinerator, they make their unspoken peace with each other and with their fates.
I argued then, and I argue now, that this scene represents the single greatest galvanizing moment in the history of animated features, save for the shooting death of Bambi’s mother in Disney’s 1942 classic. (Read more…)