A woman being pulled out of rubble after the Haiti earthquake, crude oil washing on the shor of Grande Terre Island, a video image of 31-year-old Chilean miner Florencio Avalos, and soldiers of the Virgina National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment are some of TIME Magazine‘s best photographs of 2010.
True to what has now been an annual tradition for TIME, the magazine released the world’s highlights for 2010, in its “Best of 2010” issue dated December 20, 2010.
Aside from photographs, the Top 10 movies, books, and music were also given recognition. Here’s a sneak peek:
Top 1 and Top 10 in Movies
#10: Four Lions (Chris Morris): Nominated for the 2010 British Independent Film Award and the Grand Jury Prize of the Sundance Film Festival, Four Lions didn’t make it to the Philippines–and, perhaps, for good reason. It depicts the adventures and misadventures of “a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point.” (Definitely not for the Philippines, right?!) According to TIME‘s resident film critic, Richard Corliss, Four Lions is “the blackest, ballsiest political comedy since Dr. Strangelove.”
#1: Toy Story 3 (Pixar): An animated movie as TIME‘s Number One? Why not? Corloss writes, “Why are Pixar films so often at or near the tip of our 10-best lists? Because nobody these days makes better movies… The movie’s most important lesson is for Hollywood: Watch this and see how it’s done.” Do you agree?
P.S. Guess at which spot The Social Network lies? 🙂
Top 1 and Top 10 in Books
#10: Faithful Place (Tana French): A quick online search in the Philippines’s two online bookstores revealed that the title is not yet available in the Philippines, but it seems to be a murder mystery of Vizconde-like proportions. Frank Mackey is a detective who has been called on to the case of a 20-year old murder mystery that has suddenly become hot topic again. The victim was his girlfriend, and according to TIME’s Lev Grossman, “to do that, he has to go back to his no-hope neighborhood in Dublin and face everything he left behind.” There seems to be yet another parallel between the Irish and the Filipinos besides the religious stronghold, ‘eh?
#1: Freedom (Jonathan Franzen): Again, what TIME has deemed compelling, Philippine bookstores are not selling. According to Grossman, Freedom is another work of author Franzen at his best: “There is no one like Franzen for writing that is high-res and 3-D: the money, the sex, the bitterness, the music, the drinking, the birds–you see and hear and smell it all.” Then again, do we need more money, sex, bitterness, and drinking in the Philippines?
P.S. There’s an interesting title on #8: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. 🙂
Top 1 and Top 10 in Music
#10: Teen Dream by Beach House: Writer Claire Suddath says, “Beach House’s third album is a pleasant mix of lazy, hazy pop songs that will make you want to lie in a hammock and watch the clouds float across the sky.”
#1: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West: “Jackass” or not, Kanye West emerged a winner in TIME’s Best of Music list. Suddath writes, “Instead of a simple somersault, Kanye delivers the musical equivalent of a one-handed back handspring… That something is probably going to be played at every bar and dance party you go to for the next six months.”
Of course, it’s not just movies, books, and music that rock our world. In TIME’s “Top 10 of Everything”, you’ll get the lowdown on this year’s best (and worst)–from world news stories and gadgets, to Facebook stories and Twitter moments.