I thought the 2000s were an awesome time for films. Maybe even the second best decade ever, after the 70s. For all the crappy, relentless superhero adaptations, endless big, dumb CGI blockbusters, and other pandering, lowest common denominator nonsense, there were also a bunch of amazing masterpieces, many of them showing a level of sophistication and depth I have rarely seen from any director or era. In my opinion, 2009 was at least a decent year for films, and probably a good one. But 2010? As the year draws to a close, I think that with regards to Hollywood films, it's not just bad or weak...it might be one of the worst ever. Thinking about it, has there been a more pathetic offering in the last 40 years? Granted, I haven't seen some critically acclaimed stuff, like "The Social Network" or "Secretariat", but it's painfully slim pickings from what I have. "Inception" was a near-perfect blockbuster film; a masterpiece of pure entertainment. But after all, it was just that; a pure entertainment blockbuster. Among more serious fare, the best I've seen was "The Town"; a good movie that would have been great if not for the horrendous, completely out-of-place ending. Beyond that, the ONLY other good film in either type (pure entertainment or serious art) I saw was "Red", a silly little adventure comedy with humble goals and aspirations. Honestly, I don't see how it gets more dire than that. Two good films and a single entertainment masterpiece. No serious films that were very good, let alone great. "Red" as the third best film I saw in a year. Maybe I'm missing a horde of great, limited release films, and 2010 was actually a solid year. Maybe some of the releases at the end of this year (127 Hours, Black Swan, True Grit) will turn out to all be masterpieces, and turn the year into a respectable one. Maybe there were some years in previous decades that were just as bad. But after a cursory glance, I couldn't find examples of either. Focus Agree/disagree? How does 2010 compare to other years?