Mother and Child gets my vote for the best movie I saw from 2010. I saw seven of the ten movies nominated for the Academy Awards best picture (Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and 127 Hours), and none of them left me unable to speak after the last scene. Not that “Mother and Child” is a manipulative tearjerker.
Black Snake Moan is definitely the coolest movie I saw in 2007. This movie sweats cool. From Berardinelli’s review: “Black Snake Moan… opens with a hot sex scene followed shortly thereafter by the sight of a girl writhing on the ground in apparent sexual frustration. Later, there’s booze and blues and black-and-blue marks. There’s a (white) girl in chains [Christina Ricci] and a (black) man holding the key [Samuel L.