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Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010
Sam Ashurst – Deputy Digital Editor
1. Shutter Island
"Stunning central performance from Leo, who somehow makes a difficult third-act twist as gut-wrenching in the flesh as it was on the page."
2. Toy Story 33. Bad Lieutenant4. The Social Network5. I’m Still Here6. Monsters7. Somewhere8. Four Lions9. Youth In Revolt10. The House Of The Devil
(Read all Top 10s here, lists based on UK release dates)

Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010

Sam Ashurst – Deputy Digital Editor

1. Shutter Island

"Stunning central performance from Leo, who somehow makes a difficult third-act twist as gut-wrenching in the flesh as it was on the page."

2. Toy Story 3

3. Bad Lieutenant

4. The Social Network

5. I’m Still Here

6. Monsters

7. Somewhere

8. Four Lions

9. Youth In Revolt

10. The House Of The Devil

(Read all Top 10s here, lists based on UK release dates)

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Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010
Dan Goodswen - Digital Production Editor and Tumblr-person
1. A Single Man"Sumptuous, passionate and utterly heartbreaking, Firth was robbed of a deserved Oscar by Jeff Bridges’ back catalogue of greatness rather than a better performance. Ford directs with the drive and ambition that took him to the top of the fashion world, and the same attention to style, detail and sex. A gorgeous film, that never rushes or leads, never judges or condemns, but immerses you in love, loss, despair and ultimately, hope."2. Exit Through The Gift Shop3. Monsters4. Toy Story 35. I’m Still Here6. Four Lions7. The House Of The Devil8. The Town9. The Social Network10. Bad Lieutenant
(Sorry, Inception fans… it was Number 11)

Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010

Dan Goodswen - Digital Production Editor and Tumblr-person

1. A Single Man

"Sumptuous, passionate and utterly heartbreaking, Firth was robbed of a deserved Oscar by Jeff Bridges’ back catalogue of greatness rather than a better performance. Ford directs with the drive and ambition that took him to the top of the fashion world, and the same attention to style, detail and sex. A gorgeous film, that never rushes or leads, never judges or condemns, but immerses you in love, loss, despair and ultimately, hope."

2. Exit Through The Gift Shop

3. Monsters

4. Toy Story 3

5. I’m Still Here

6. Four Lions

7. The House Of The Devil

8. The Town

9. The Social Network

10. Bad Lieutenant

(Sorry, Inception fans… it was Number 11)

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FrightFest 2010: Monsters review
Time to blow our own trumpet: the Total Film-sponsored Monsters is one of the best of ‘Fest so far.Just when you think the monster genre is on its last four or more legs, someone goes and reinvents it.That someone is Gareth Edwards, a Brit whizzkid who, on this evidence, could be the next James Cameron. And not just because of his film’s bio-luminescent flora.Monsters puts Hollywood budget-bloaters to shame, achieving scale and spectacle on a staggering $15,000. That’s right. Only three zeroes. It’s also an intimate epic whose laptop-produced FX are used sparingly but with Spielbergian impact.The movie’s blend of the earthy and the otherworldly have earned comparisons with District 9 that Edwards (in a post-screening Q & A) admitted are flattering.Yet Monsters is very much its own beast, fresh, original and unpredictable.Notice how we haven’t spilled much of the plot yet? That’s because it’s one of those movies where you’re best off going in as cold as possible. Suffice to say that the eponymous beasties are ETs scattered six years ago by a crashed NASA probe over an area between Mexico and the US.The area is now an Infected Zone, through whose hazardous terrain journo Scoot (Andrew Kaulder) and his boss’ daughter Whitney (Samantha Wynden) must cross to reach safety.You’re on your own from hereon in to discover the film’s striking sights and surprises. Edwards has a terrific eye for large-scale grandeur (the South American landscapes snatch the breath) but also rich, tiny details, tucked into the margins of the screen. True, some of the early tautness does start to seep away in the second half, and the leads’ chemistry isn’t as combustible as it could be.Yet the characters essay a lot more depth and interest than those in Cloverfield, a film that shares Monsters' attention to authenticity, but not its haunting poetry.
Click here to watch our interview with Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

FrightFest 2010: Monsters review

Time to blow our own trumpet: the Total Film-sponsored Monsters is one of the best of ‘Fest so far.

Just when you think the monster genre is on its last four or more legs, someone goes and reinvents it.

That someone is Gareth Edwards, a Brit whizzkid who, on this evidence, could be the next James Cameron. And not just because of his film’s bio-luminescent flora.

Monsters puts Hollywood budget-bloaters to shame, achieving scale and spectacle on a staggering $15,000. That’s right. Only three zeroes.

It’s also an intimate epic whose laptop-produced FX are used sparingly but with Spielbergian impact.

The movie’s blend of the earthy and the otherworldly have earned comparisons with District 9 that Edwards (in a post-screening Q & A) admitted are flattering.

Yet Monsters is very much its own beast, fresh, original and unpredictable.

Notice how we haven’t spilled much of the plot yet? That’s because it’s one of those movies where you’re best off going in as cold as possible.

Suffice to say that the eponymous beasties are ETs scattered six years ago by a crashed NASA probe over an area between Mexico and the US.

The area is now an Infected Zone, through whose hazardous terrain journo Scoot (Andrew Kaulder) and his boss’ daughter Whitney (Samantha Wynden) must cross to reach safety.

You’re on your own from hereon in to discover the film’s striking sights and surprises.

Edwards has a terrific eye for large-scale grandeur (the South American landscapes snatch the breath) but also rich, tiny details, tucked into the margins of the screen.

True, some of the early tautness does start to seep away in the second half, and the leads’ chemistry isn’t as combustible as it could be.

Yet the characters essay a lot more depth and interest than those in Cloverfield, a film that shares Monsters' attention to authenticity, but not its haunting poetry.

Click here to watch our interview with Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

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At the Empire Leicester Square for the FrightFest Q&A with Mr Tobe Hooper, the inaugural Total Film Icon. This should be good!

At the Empire Leicester Square for the FrightFest Q&A with Mr Tobe Hooper, the inaugural Total Film Icon. This should be good!