Sold — and bought — as the year’s most “intelligent” blockbuster while actually baldly insulting its audience’s intelligence (to quote Andrew O’Hehir’s review, “Every time the story gets puzzling the characters call a time-out and explain it”), Inception both conquered the 2010 zeitgeist and helped define it. It was merely the biggest rendition of the year’s most prevalent movie theme: How do you know that what you think is real is actually, like, really real? How do you know that you’re not being fucked with?
— My Top 10 Films of 2010, with shout-outs to Jackass, Harmony Korine, Roman Polanski, Jean-Luc Godard, James L. Brooks, James Murphy, Noah Baumbach and the diabolical Danish version of Sacha Baron Cohen.